February 19, 2016 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Future control of its drinking water continued to vex this beleaguered seaside city Wednesday, as it faced a looming state takeover and unrelenting outside interest in its water utility. The City Council was set to vote on bringing the water authority under direct city control in an effort to both monetize it and stave off private interests. But after a closed-door meeting, the council voted to delay any vote for 90 days. Meanwhile, the current head of the Municipal Utility Authority, G. Bruce Ward, made a plea to keep the department an independent authority - but also said he planned to seek a "private partner" who would kick in $100 million to the authority.
February 17, 2016 |
The subject was water. Waterline location, to be exact. Seated at a conference table on the second floor of Hopeworks 'N Camden at 543 State St. were four people who knew how to locate shutoff valves with pinpoint accuracy in the event of an emergency. The four - Chris Newbill, Michael Evans, and Gregory Coleman, and their boss, Luis Olivieri - are the GIS (geographic information system) team at Hopeworks, a tech-job-training nonprofit. They have been using GPS technology to map the locations of the mains and valves in Camden neighborhoods.
February 14, 2016 |
A water main break is disrupting travel in West Philadelphia. The break is at 63rd Street and Haverford Avenue. Eastbound Route 10 trolley service through the area was affected for about two hours before resuming around 7 a.m. Route 15 trolley service remained suspended in the area. Motorists are being advised to avoid the area. With temperatures in the 20s, the water is creating an icy mess.
February 14, 2016 |
La Salle University, undergoing evaluation of its programs as part of a financial squeeze, has added some potentially alluring varsity sports to its lineup: women's golf, and men's and women's water polo. Popular in the mid-Atlantic region, the sports are expected to draw more students to the university. "The enrollment growth opportunity these new teams represent made this decision a clear one," president Colleen Hanycz said. All three sports had been club-level activities.
February 13, 2016 |
The Delaware water company that plans to pump from a Chester County well has withdrawn its application to expand service in the county, fueling concern among residents that the firm plans to export county water supplies to out-of-state customers. "This was our fear from the beginning," State Sen. Andy Dinniman (D., Chester), who supports residents' opposition to the company's plans, said this week. Artesian Resources Corp. plans to pump about 200,000 gallons of water per day from a well in New Garden Township near the Broad Run tributary of White Clay Creek.
February 11, 2016 |
Rough-and-rustic singer-songwriter Lee DeWyze may call his piercing new album Oil & Water , but that immiscible combination also describes the oddball situation that defines the 29-year-old artist. He's an earnest, homespun post-folkie who just happened to win that most plastic of tokens, 2010's ninth season of American Idol on Fox. On Feb. 15 at World Cafe Live, DeWyze will set out to show you how little A.I. recognition changed him. He's certainly got proof in stoic new blues like the richly appointed "Stone," or the starkly rural, Johnny Cash-like "Blackbird Song," which appeared like a punch in the face during a 2014 episode of AMC's zombie thriller The Walking Dead . As a young artist, DeWyze came out of Illinois a fully formed Nebraska -era Springsteen-, Paul Simon- and Cat Stevens-inspired songwriter.
February 4, 2016 |
A few coaches with Camden's Whitman Park Tigers youth football program were sitting around after a recent meeting, watching a news story about the water-contamination crisis in Flint, Mich., when they had an idea. "We said, 'We've got to do something,' " coach Jai Green said. "We don't have much - but we better give what we have. " On Thursday, the team is launching a drive to collect 100,000 bottles of water - 4,200 cases - to donate to residents of Flint. The drive will run through Feb. 29, Green said, and involve participation from players, coaches, parents, and sponsors.
February 4, 2016 |
New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney told the Inquirer Editorial Board on Tuesday that he now wants Atlantic County to buy Atlantic City's much-coveted water utility, and to use its good credit to help the cash-strapped city pay off $160 million in tax refunds owed the Borgata Hotel & Casino. Sweeney noted that unlike downgraded Atlantic City and the State of New Jersey, the county's credit rating is solid. "They have access to markets," he said. "The county could do all that stuff," Sweeney said during a one-hour meeting, part of a tour of newspaper editorial boards to promote his plans for North Jersey casinos and Atlantic City intervention.
January 29, 2016 |
The long-standing lack of concern at every level of government about poisonous water in Flint, Mich., should serve as a cautionary tale for the rest of the nation. People's lives are at stake when environmental safeguards are ignored for economic or political considerations. In 2014, Flint opted out of Detroit's water system, which draws from Lake Huron, to save money. The town started getting its water from the Flint River while a less expensive provider built a new pipeline to Lake Huron.
January 28, 2016
Makes 4 half-pint jars; 32 ounces total 10 lemons 4 cups water 3 cups sugar 1. Use a vegetable peeler or channel knife to zest 4 of the lemons. (You don't have to be too careful about the amount of pith.) 2. Bring the water to a boil in a large, wide pot over high heat, then add all the lemons, including the zested ones, and the strips of lemon peel. (Depending on the size of your pot, you might have to do this in batches; the fruit must be submerged.) Cook for 2 minutes, then transfer the lemons to a bowl to cool.