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September 7, 2013 | By Mike Newall and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
The boy who ran up the banks of the Wissahickon Creek to the restaurant overlooking the water was nearly hysterical, an employee there said. But he managed to get out a few words: His father and brother had gone underwater, he said, and hadn't come back up. An hour later, a 13-year-old boy and a 41-year-old man were pulled by rescue crews from the water. Both were unresponsive. The man was pronounced dead by on-site medics at 3:45 p.m.; the boy was pronounced dead five minutes later, police said.
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May 5, 1986 | By Elizabeth Hallowell, Special to The Inquirer
Montgomery County officials have outlined six years' worth of road, bridge and intersection improvement projects to be financed by money collected under the recently enacted transportation fee. The fee, assessed on all new development, went into effect Jan. 1 and is expected to generate $2.5 million this year. The following are local projects planned for this year: Overlaying a one-mile strip of asphalt on Easton Road at the junction of Route 309 in Cheltenham Township.
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August 6, 2003 | By TOM PELIKAN
WISSAHICKON Creek looks great, doesn't it? A nice, long stretch of seemingly clean water, deep enough to wade or even dive into, within a quick walk of so many homes and families and kids. People even fish for trout there. You'd think it's a perfect creek to cool off in the heat of a Philadelphia summer. Think again. One young lady has already lost her life in the Wissahickon this year. She wasn't attacked or playing carelessly. She was a 14-year-old girl who went for a dip, slipped, went under the water and didn't come up again.
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August 6, 1995 | By Kristin Vaughan, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Neighbors of Penllyn Woods most likely will breathe a sigh of relief if a proposed route to the future community park there receives final approval. Concerns had been mounting over whether traffic would be directed over Trewellyn and Wissahickon Avenues to the 20-acre park once it is built. Planning a direct route to the site has been difficult because it is bordered by Wissahickon Creek on the west, SEPTA railroad tracks on the north, Willow Run and houses on the east and the North Wales Water Authority on the south, said Peter Simone, the project's landscape architect.
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February 12, 2001 | By Melia Bowie, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Protecting a natural resource such as the Wissahickon Creek does not come cheap, say members of the nonprofit group formed to preserve it. And with encroaching development endangering the waterway, the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association is seeking the public's help in raising $2.6 million to do the job. The money will go toward a capital endowment, the association's first since it was founded in 1957. The goal is to maintain and improve the 64-square-mile watershed, which includes 12 municipalities and extends from Philadelphia to Lansdale.
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August 29, 2011 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Bonnie Cook, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A 64-year-old East Norriton woman has become the fifth Pennsylvanian whose death was blamed on Hurricane Irene. Whitemarsh police discovered the body of Patricia O'Neill just after 5 p.m. Sunday along the Wissahickon Creek near Bethlehem Pike, about a half mile away from where her abandoned car had been found earlier in the day. Investigators believe she may have become stranded while trying to get to her job as a bookkeeper at the Genuardi's...
NEWS
August 25, 1987 | By JOSEPH GRACE, Daily News Staff Writer
Sicily Minor, 9, was walking through the Wissahickon Valley in Fairmount Park on a sunny Sunday when tragedy struck. Sicily was with Margaret Robertson, 37, when Robertson's 2-year-old son, Nolan Robertson Deal, fell through a partially open sewer and was swept away in a rushing stream of sewage water. The boy is still missing. "We were walking through the park," Sicily said last night. "It was around 4 o'clock. He got out of his wagon and ran through the grass. "He tripped on the pothole," she said, referring to the 25-inch sewer manhole that was ajar, leaving a 16-inch opening.
NEWS
August 25, 1987 | By JOSEPH GRACE, Daily News Staff Writer
Sicily Minor, 9, remembers walking through the picturesque Wissahickon Valley on a sunny Sunday in Fairmount Park when tragedy struck. Sicily was with Margaret Robertson, 37, when Robertson's 2-year-old son, Nolan Robertson Deal, fell through a partially open sewer and was swept away in a rushing stream of sewage water. The boy is still missing. "We were walking through the park," Sicily said last night. "It was around 4 o'clock. He got out of his wagon and ran through the grass.
NEWS
August 25, 1987 | By JOSEPH GRACE and LESLIE SCISM, Daily News Staff Writers (Staff writer Gloria Campisi contributed to this report.)
City Water Department worker Carl Shaw crawled up out of the sewer, dripping with sweat, his black rubber suit glistening with wastewater. It was dangerous work, searching for a missing 2-year-old boy who fell into a sewer Sunday. "There's toxic, explosive gases in the sewers," Shaw said yesterday in Fairmount Park. "We're putting our lives aside to find a child. " And it was frustrating work. Last night, the search for Nolan Robertson Deal was curtailed until this morning due to the dangers of working in sewers in darkness.
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April 23, 2015 | BY JENELLE JANCI, Daily News Staff Writer jancij@phillynews.com, 215-568-5906
CANDY WRAPPERS, pregnancy tests, Halloween decorations and more beer cans than you can imagine - Bradley Maule has collected it all over the course of a year during his weekly hikes through Wissahickon Valley Park. And now, he's ready to display his findings. All 3,768 of them. Maule's "One Man's Trash" project launched in January 2014 in hopes of bringing attention to litter in Wissahickon Valley Park. The PhillySkyline.com founder and Hidden City co-editor started the project because he was appalled by the amount of trash he saw in the Northwest Philly arm of Fairmount Park along Wissahickon Creek.
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September 23, 2014 | BY JENELLE JANCI, Daily News Staff Writer jancij@phillynews.com, 215-568-5906
JUST A FEW feet into his morning hike in Wissahickon Valley Park recently, Bradley Maule was greeted by a pile of dog crap. He promptly pulled out his iPhone and made a note of the mess. A few steps later, Maule spotted a 40-ounce Budweiser bottle and a Yuengling box. He snagged both items with a Grip-n-Grab trash grabber and put them into a plastic bag fetched from his backpack. Maule, 38, of Mount Airy, is almost 10 months into his yearlong project, "One Man's Trash. " He collects litter during weekly hikes in the park and also documents every pile of dog feces and unleashed dog he sees - Wissahickon Park requires that dogs be leashed.
NEWS
August 19, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Days since last rainfall?" "Well, yesterday we got a little bit. " "Water clarity?" "Looks pretty clear to me. " "All righty. Stream bed color?" "Brown," Doug McClure pauses, staring at the mud, "with green highlights. " "Odor?" Wendy McClure doesn't wait for her husband's answer. She spreads her arms wide and raises her nose to the sky: "Doesn't smell like much of anything. Just a creek. " The North Wales couple were on their first official field survey Wednesday as "Creek Watchers" - a group of 60 amateur scientists collecting water-quality data for the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association.
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November 8, 2013 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
VENUS Powell-Uzzell was wearing a button with the photo of a former co-worker - a father who lost his life jumping into Wissahickon Creek to try to save his son - when she helped save another man's life in September. It was a Sunday afternoon, Sept. 15, shortly before 2 p.m. Powell-Uzzell, a security officer at Einstein Medical Center in Olney, was at the information desk in the hospital's main building when she got a call about a man on the roof of the seven-story garage. Powell-Uzzell, 37, who has worked at Einstein for five years, was the first - and for an incredibly long 10 minutes, the only - officer on the scene.
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September 10, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
ON MOTHER'S Day, Geanna "Gigi" Harper could count on Pete Luciano to bring her a rose. Luciano wasn't her son, or even a relative, she said, but each year he would stop by her house on Venango Street in North Philadelphia, two doors down from where his wife and children lived. Now others will be bringing flowers for Luciano. On Friday, during a family outing, Luciano, 41, jumped into the Wissahickon Creek near the area known as Devil's Pool to try to save his 13-year-old son, Jordan, as the boy struggled in the water.
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September 9, 2013 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
ALONG THE Wissahickon Creek, not far from Devil's Pool, a near-perfect summer afternoon ended in tragedy yesterday as three young children watched their father rush into the water to save their older brother, and neither came out alive. The father, 41, tried to save his 13-year-old son, who was struggling in the water near the popular swimming hole just before 3 p.m. yesterday, Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan said. "He was just a father who took his kids out to enjoy a beautiful day, and this happens," said Sullivan.
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September 9, 2013 | By Mike Newall and Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writers
The boy who ran up the banks of the Wissahickon Creek to the restaurant overlooking the water was nearly hysterical, an employee there said. But he managed to get out a few words. His father and brother had gone underwater, he said, and hadn't come back up. An hour later, a 13-year-old boy and a 41-year-old man were pulled by rescue crews from the water. Both were unresponsive. The man was pronounced dead by on-site medics at 3:45 p.m.; the boy, five minutes later, police said.
NEWS
June 24, 2013 | By Beth Kephart
The day before there'd been a storm, and so the Wissahickon Creek ran freckled, like the back of a fawn. It was 51 degrees, the 13th of May, early, but not dawn. Fish jumped. Frogs demurred. A garden-variety Canada goose was jonesing for a show. If there were turtles on the backs of rocks, they achieved perfect incognito, and every bird that rustled was (it seemed) a chubby-bellied robin, until my eyes saw past the secrets of the trees. A chimney swift. A pair of fish crows. An operatic gray catbird wearing a very sweet toupee.
NEWS
February 21, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The body that Marine Unit police found Saturday in the Wissahickon Creek was identified Tuesday as a missing Roxborough man, David Taundi, his father said Tuesday. "It's a nightmare. That's the only way to describe it," Josiya Taundi said of losing his son, who was recalled as a good-spirited humanitarian. David Taundi, 33, had been missing since Dec. 15, when his vehicle was involved in a fiery crash on Henry Avenue near the creek. "There's a lot of speculation," Josiya Taundi said of the incident.
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