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November 30, 1990 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Soldiers were packing duffle bags and checking the engines of their huge green trucks. Wives, with children in tow, were showing up to lend support. And the phones were ringing off the hook. "It's like Grand Central Station around here," said Sgt. Thomas Brown as he fielded calls from relatives, soldiers and media representatives. "We've been very busy. " The National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia has been buzzing almost nonstop since this week's call-up of the first city guard unit during the Persian Gulf crisis.
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April 6, 2013 | By Robert Moran, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A local nonprofit group is set to buy the Pennsylvania National Guard armory in West Chester and convert it into a theater for film and live performances, officials announced Friday. Pending legislative approval, Uptown! Entertainment Alliance would purchase the 10,900-square-foot armory for $760,000 from the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, officials said. The nonprofit, which is dedicated to establishing a permanent theater in West Chester, would receive a low-interest loan to buy the property at 226 N. High St. The group would launch a fundraising campaign to pay for the renovations needed to transform the nearly century-old building into an arts center.
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April 26, 1992 | By Amy Westfeldt, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
While other New Jersey National Guard members were heading to the Persian Gulf, Sgt. Joseph Melvin drove a two-ton truck into a flooded underpass to rescue a kidney patient who was late for dialysis. Burlington City emergency officials called Melvin one rainy day in September 1990 when local police were unavailable to retrieve the stranded car in a tunnel near the intersection of Routes 30 and 130. Melvin's story typifies the city's relationship with soldiers at the 71- year-old National Guard armory, which will close if a proposal by Defense Secretary Dick Cheney goes through.
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January 15, 1992 | By Robert J. Terry, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police bomb squad members searched the Tacony home of a National Guard member yesterday morning and found a cache of mock explosives and live ammunition that authorities said had been taken from a Frankford armory. The guardsman, Edward Cox, 32, of the 6600 block of Edmund Street, was arrested on charges of risking a catastrophe and possessing explosives. The cache included explosives used in military training exercises to simulate blasts from such things as booby traps and artillery shells, police said.
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April 2, 1988 | By Terence Samuel, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania National Guard plans to close its Chester armory and move its company to Spring City, Chester County, because of difficulties in recruiting new members and maintaining its building. If the Chester unit, Company B of the Second Battalion, 111th Infantry, relocates, Chester would be left without a National Guard unit for the first time in three decades. Mayor Willie Mae James Leake has criticized moving the company from the Delaware County city, saying such action would hurt the city's efforts to renovate its downtown and revive its depressed economy.
NEWS
August 27, 1992 | By Amy Westfeldt, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Burlington City's armory will close by late October along with four other New Jersey armories because of state budget cuts, New Jersey National Guard officials said this week. But Burlington City leaders aren't bemoaning the loss of the 62-year-old institution. In fact, they're hoping the military could cut them a deal. The city, ever in search of a municipal building to house the mayor and other city officials, is interested in purchasing the armory on High Street, administrator Bruce Benedetti said last week.
NEWS
August 9, 1995 | By Tara Dooley, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
All George Diem wanted, he said, was to use the bathroom. As he discovered, nothing is simple. When he asked the borough to turn on the water at the Pitman armory so he and a group of about 10 American Legion volunteers could use the facilities while they worked on a civic project, Diem said, he unwittingly landed in the middle of a dispute between the borough and the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. Since the National Guard pulled the Third Battalion out of the building in September, the borough and the Military Affairs Department have been wrangling over control of the armory.
NEWS
July 8, 1996 | By Rena Singer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It's not enough that Elmwood Park has three Little League fields, a bocce court, a band shell, a volleyball court, a zoo and a woodland stream stocked with trout. The 118-acre slice of green in the center of this very urban borough needs a community center, too, says Mayor Jack Salamone. To that end, Salamone has begun lobbying state representatives and senators to ensure that the 70-year-old Pennsylvania National Guard armory at 340 Harding Blvd. - a few yards away from the chain-link backstop on the girls' softball field in the park's southernmost end - comes to the borough if the National Guard moves out. Legislators in Harrisburg say there is a good possibility the Guard will abandon the property next year.
NEWS
June 11, 2009 | By David Patrick Stearns INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
The Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia is only blocks away from its usual Kimmel Center environs, but artistic light-years removed from Carmina Burana. On this Monday evening, under the merciless glare of high-wattage fluorescent lights, the chorus is both singing and maneuvering through various formations, along with more intricately choreographed dancers inside the Armory of the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry. About 50 yards away, on a high platform, music director Alan Harler conducts his singers with a flashlight.
NEWS
November 23, 1998 | By Tom Avril, INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
A Senate committee is scheduled today to hear a bill that would make it easier for custodians of keys to state or federal armories to obtain a permit to carry a gun. That narrowly tailored amendment to New Jersey's gun laws is described in the bill's one-line synopsis and in an accompanying five-paragraph summary. The summary does not, however, describe another amendment - one that would make it a little easier for all New Jerseyans to buy a handgun, leading some gun-control advocates to call the bill a "sneak attack" by the gun lobby.
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May 24, 2015 | By Justine McDaniel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bullet holes mar a shooting range in the basement. One dank room, according to a sign, is a vault for combat weapons. A silhouette of a lone soldier is painted on the stairwell wall. But when a group of West Chester residents enters the National Guard Armory, they see the arching, vaulted ceiling; the hall fit for a stage; the balcony that looks like it was made to be a light booth. They see a theater. "The first time I walked in, I went, 'This is a theater-in-waiting,' " said Tim Blair, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at West Chester University.
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July 4, 2013 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - It is summertime at the Shore, and children are swimming, surfing, boating, playing ball, and pursuing other warm-weather activities. But away from the beaches and the glitzy casino resorts, in the working-class and low-income neighborhoods where shootings are frequent and exposure to gangs and drugs is common, safe diversions may be tough to come by. So a $2.9 million indoor youth sports complex unveiled Tuesday inside an underutilized hall at the New Jersey National Guard Armory on Absecon Avenue could become a welcome oasis for neighborhood youths this summer, as well as children from throughout the region.
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June 28, 2013 | By Theodore Schleifer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Recent roof failures have accelerated the planned demolition of the Broad Street Armory, a process attracting heightened scrutiny in the wake of the Market Street building collapse that killed six people. The Armory site's developer and attorney say they are taking extra precautions in tearing down the four-story, dilapidated brick building, built in 1886. It could come down as early as next week, and neighbors have raised concerns about containing a demolition in the heart of South Broad Street.
NEWS
April 7, 2013
The nonprofit Uptown! Entertainment Alliance is set to buy the Pennsylvania National Guard armory in West Chester and convert it into a theater for film and live performances, officials said Friday. The nonprofit would buy the 10,900-square-foot armory at 226 N. High St. for $760,000 from the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, officials said. State Sen. Andrew Dinniman (D., Chester) said he introduced a bill Friday to authorize the transfer. The group would receive a low-interest loan and launch a fund-raising campaign to pay for renovations needed to transform the 1916 building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, into an arts center.
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April 6, 2013 | By Robert Moran, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A local nonprofit group is set to buy the Pennsylvania National Guard armory in West Chester and convert it into a theater for film and live performances, officials announced Friday. Pending legislative approval, Uptown! Entertainment Alliance would purchase the 10,900-square-foot armory for $760,000 from the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, officials said. The nonprofit, which is dedicated to establishing a permanent theater in West Chester, would receive a low-interest loan to buy the property at 226 N. High St. The group would launch a fundraising campaign to pay for the renovations needed to transform the nearly century-old building into an arts center.
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March 1, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
THERE WAS A TIME, not all that long ago, when the Third Regiment Armory seemed destined to spend an eternity as an empty, decaying shell that occupied a huge chunk of land on South Broad Street. That dim view was upended this month, when nearby residents learned that the armory - which passing motorists might simply know as the place with that kinda-weird Sinatra mural - had been sold to local developer Michael Carosella, who plans to replace the 127-year-old property with a six-story apartment building.
SPORTS
February 17, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
Sara Sargent of Pennsbury finished in fifth place Saturday night in the Millrose Mile at the Millrose Games at the Armory in New York City. Sargent finished in 4:55.50. In the boys' competition, Strath Haven's Jack Huemmler and Pennsbury's Connor Harriman were unable to keep up with the pack as they were the last two finishers in the Millrose Mile. Huemmler finished in 11th with a time of 4:26.13 and Harriman followed in 12th with a time of 4:27.24. Ben Malone of Pascack Valley, N.J., came in first in 4:12.62.
SPORTS
January 27, 2013 | By the Inquirer Staff
Strath Haven's Jack Huemmler set a school record in the mile on Saturday afternoon with a second-place finish at the New Balance Games at the Armory in New York City. The senior finished in 4 minutes, 16.22 seconds. Edward Cheserek of St. Benedict's Prep (N.J.) cruised to victory in 4:10.94. The finish qualifies Huemmler for the Millrose Games, scheduled for Feb. 16 at the Armory. Sara Sargent of Pennsbury completed the girls' mile in 4:58.75 for second place and also qualified for Millrose.
NEWS
September 18, 2011 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
Officials of the Pennsylvania National Guard were helping to make funeral arrangements for a decorated former soldier who was found dead Saturday, Sept. 10, at his home in Northeast Philadelphia. Sgt. Odilio Muñoz, 34, who served as a combat medic in Iraq in 2004 and 2005 and was awarded the Bronze Star with a valor citation, was discovered by his mother on his sofa after not answering calls for several days. His family and the Guard said the cause of death had not been determined.
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March 4, 2011 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
About 3,700 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard were alerted Thursday that they may be called up for a year of duty in Kuwait, starting early next year. They are members of the 55th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, which is headquartered in Scranton and which has units at Guard armories around the state. The troops can expect to protect truck convoys and provide security for other American forces in Kuwait, which remains a hub of U.S. military activity even though troop levels in neighboring Iraq have been heavily reduced.
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