August 14, 2014 |
It was a quiet Tuesday morning, darkness still prevailing, at the West Deptford Police Department. Of the four officers on duty, three were out on calls. A fourth, the supervisor, had just walked into the office. It was 4 a.m. Five minutes later, someone in a dark sedan pulled up, aiming a high-caliber weapon at the police building. Gunfire erupted. The supervisor ducked. Five bullets barreled into the white, key-fobbed outside door that officers use to enter. Another pierced the deputy chief's office window.
August 11, 2014 |
It seemed like the end of the road for DeHart's Farm Market in West Deptford when the roadside stand closed in December at the end of the season. The longtime fixture on Jessup Road was told to make way for new utility lines, and the future seemed bleak. "I didn't know what was going to happen," said William DeHart, 63, a second-generation farmer. "I don't know where we would have gone. " Instead, DeHart had to move the family-run Gloucester County business only a short distance from where his father, Charles, opened it in 1968 - directly across the street.
July 22, 2014 |
The white, office-style water dispenser in the corner of the kitchen says quite a bit about the unwanted lifestyle changes underway in the Minix household in West Deptford. Jeannie Minix, 55 and a vegetarian, will not be eating the tomatoes, eggplant, and other organic produce she nurtures in her backyard garden. Her daughters Chelsea, 24, and Haley, 21, keep reminding themselves not to use ice cubes from the freezer or to run their toothbrushes under the faucet. Otherwise unthinking actions are now tainted by fear of an emerging, unregulated contaminant found in the family's water this month.
July 10, 2014 |
The water contamination that has triggered the shutdown of five public water wells in Gloucester County has been found at even higher levels in several private wells. Tests commissioned by the company believed responsible for the spread of perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA) show that some private wells in West Deptford used for drinking water have concentrations of the chemical higher than what was found in Paulsboro's public supply. A state Department of Environmental Protection report has described Paulsboro's levels as "higher than reported elsewhere in the world" in drinking water studies.
June 27, 2014 |
The West Deptford company believed responsible for the spread of chemicals in the water supplies of several Gloucester County towns said Wednesday that its testing of private wells showed only a handful had "quantifiable" levels of the contaminant. Solvay Specialty Polymers had agreed to test about 90 wells in West Deptford and East Greenwich, as local, state, and federal officials have turned their attention to the contamination. Of the identified wells, the results from 50 have been sampled and verified, Solvay said in a statement, and seven have detectable levels of the specific perfluorinated compound (PFC)
June 19, 2014 |
Andrew B. Davoli is lucky to be alive. According to police, the 25-year-old Washington Township resident was sitting on train tracks in West Deptford early Tuesday when he was hit by a freight train. He was saved, police said, because he fell between the rails and the train rolled over him. After the train came to a halt, conductor Chris Herff walked back, fearing he would find a body, but was relieved to see Davoli crawling out from under a car, police said. West Deptford Police Chief Samuel DiSimone said Davoli was taken to Cooper University Hospital in Camden for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries that included a laceration to the right side of the head, and leg and back pains.
June 14, 2014 |
PLAYER OF THE YEAR / ATTACK Michael Handlan MOORESTOWN During a senior season in which his leadership meant as much as his athleticism, Handlan did it all. His even-keeled yet ultracompetitive mentality was key to the Quakers' ability to exceed expectations and win the South Jersey Group 3 championship. And, of course, his ability to score goals didn't hurt, either. Handlan, a University of Delaware recruit, collected 56 goals and 32 assists this season. The Inquirer South Jersey Player of the Year in boys' lacrosse solidified himself as one of the top offensive players of his generation, finishing his high school career with 186 goals.
June 2, 2014 |
Briana Gess walked to a patch of grass to the right of the finish line and caught her breath. She high-fived and hugged competitors and talked with her teammates after the 800-meter run Saturday at the Group 2 track and field championships at Egg Harbor Township. She had a similar reaction to her other finishes in state competitions throughout her freshman year. Gess won sectionals, states, and the Meet of Champions in cross-country in the fall. She won the 800, 1,600, and 3,200 at the South Jersey meet last week and the 1,600 Friday night.