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April 26, 2010 | By Marc Wallace
As a transplanted Philadelphian living in New York, I'm going to lose it if I read one more story about how "some Philadelphians occasionally refer to their city as the sixth borough of New York. " Say what? The sixth borough! Is there anybody from Philly who ever said that? Yeah, and I've also read the claim that some 8,000 commuters make the 75-minute train ride each workday from Philadelphia to New York. But listen, I've lived in New York City for 35 years, and so far I've met only one of these 8,000 people.
NEWS
March 24, 1988 | By Marilou Regan, Special to The Inquirer
The Borough of Folcroft has decided to seek housing-rehabilitation funds from the Delaware County Redevelopment Authority. Borough secretary Jean Bozzelli announced Tuesday night at a continuation of the March 14 council meeting that Folcroft would apply for a Community Development Block Grant from the authority. Bozzelli said funds would be available to the borough for the acquisition and/or disposition of real estate in Folcroft that is deteriorated, suitable for rehabilitation or appropriate for historic preservation.
NEWS
September 16, 1997 | By Tamara Audi, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The borough now has the right to purchase the old Zane School from its owner for more than 30 years, the Rev. Carl McIntire, under an ordinance borough commissioners adopted last night. The ordinance declares the property at 756 Haddon Ave., which has been condemned since January for more than a dozen fire code violations, an "area in need of redevelopment. " Under New Jersey state law, that designation grants Collingswood "broader powers to take some action to rehabilitate what is an eyesore and waste of prime real estate," including purchasing the property, said Commissioner Louis Cappelli Jr. According to the law, the borough or any other potential developer must offer Mr. McIntire the fair market value determined by a certified appraiser.
NEWS
June 17, 1990 | By Robert F. O'Neill, Special to The Inquirer
A contractor on the Blue Route construction project has backed off an agreement to provide 30,000 cubic yards of free dirt to Prospect Park, according to borough officials. The dirt is needed to fill in Moores Lake Park in the borough's northwest end. Prospect Park had hoped to reclaim a marshy area of the park and develop it into a full-scale recreation facility. Councilman Ralph B. Moore reported at a Tuesday night business meeting that the contractor, Kiwit-Perini, advised the borough it now has a number of requests for clean fill and will not be able to provide the dirt free.
NEWS
March 5, 2016 | By Justine McDaniel and Jason Laughlin, STAFF WRITERS
SEPTA wants a federal judge to issue a restraining order against a lower Bucks County municipality that the transit agency contends has imposed "exorbitant" fees and "excessive" regulations that are delaying a $36 million upgrade of its Levittown station. In a lawsuit filed Wednesday, the transit agency asked the court to bar the Borough of Tullytown from asserting any authority over the work at the station, which began in November. More than $250,000 in borough fees and other "regulatory burdens" have been preventing SEPTA from finishing the project, it claims.
NEWS
September 7, 2012 | By Robert Moran, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Colwyn Borough councilman has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that he was assaulted by police at a council meeting last year. Council President Tonette Pray disputed that any assault occurred at the June 9, 2011, meeting. "None of that happened," Pray said. "Basically, this is all political. " Councilman Sunday Nwegbo was arrested for disorderly conduct at the meeting. In October, he was found not guilty in District Court. At that meeting, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday, Nwegbo was criticizing McDonald Ford, then the borough's treasurer, when Ford "attempted to physically attack" Nwegbo.
NEWS
August 12, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
A white Paulsboro municipal employee is suing several minority elected officials for what she describes as a racially charged attempt to oust her. The shake-up surrounding borough administrator LeeAnn Ruggeri's employment became public earlier this year, when she was removed from her role as interim chief financial officer after she did not complete the necessary classes to earn the certification required to remain in the post permanently. The borough's 2014 audit found that the interim CFO - who at the time was Ruggeri - did not properly maintain the general ledger, failed to reconcile bank accounts, and overspent accounts.
BUSINESS
December 28, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Population: 2,677 (2012) Median income: $54,911 (2012) Area: 0.36 square miles Settlements in the last three months: 8 Homes for sale: 12 Days on market: 61 Median sale price: $210,000 Housing units: 1,209 units, mostly twins and singles School district: Springfield Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, City-Data.com, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach HomExpert Market Report; Barbara Mastronardo, Weichert Realtors;...
NEWS
July 4, 2013 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
If a bunch of young, upstart environmentally conscious entrepreneurs were going to make the struggling Chester County borough of Modena their home base, then the name had to reflect their place and purpose. So Jim Bricker, Rob Mastrippolito, and Brendan Steer relocated Waste Oil Recyclers, their vegetable-oil fuel conversion business, and then renamed the industrial park they later purchased. Out of Modena came MoGreena. The tiny borough, about a third of a square mile with 585 residents, is now a hub for several like-minded businesses whose goal is to live with less.
NEWS
September 7, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
Audubon's heart is stirring. New and expanding businesses, the start of renovations of a prominent mixed-use property, and the recent sale of a former bank headquarters have West Merchant Street buzzing. "I bought the building because I love it. That's the truth," new owner Michael Yacovone says, showing me around the onetime Audubon National Bank. Most recently used as an auction house and music venue, the handsome brick landmark at Merchant and West Atlantic has high ceilings, hardwood floors, and a working fireplace.
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NEWS
September 7, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
Audubon's heart is stirring. New and expanding businesses, the start of renovations of a prominent mixed-use property, and the recent sale of a former bank headquarters have West Merchant Street buzzing. "I bought the building because I love it. That's the truth," new owner Michael Yacovone says, showing me around the onetime Audubon National Bank. Most recently used as an auction house and music venue, the handsome brick landmark at Merchant and West Atlantic has high ceilings, hardwood floors, and a working fireplace.
NEWS
August 22, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
Beyond a majestic set of gates on West Branch Avenue in Pine Hill, the road to the Trump National Golf Club Philadelphia rises to a manicured peak. The private club atop Camden County's highest point - Trump National's website calls it South Jersey's highest - is opulent, the view of the Center City skyline spectacular. But the blue-collar borough below - which owns the 365 acres where the beautiful course was built as a property-tax-exempt redevelopment project in the late 1990s - is barely visible from up there.
REAL_ESTATE
August 8, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, Staff Writer
I periodically revisit communities and neighborhoods in the Town by Town series, especially the ones that have impressed me as up and coming. For example, I went back to Hatboro last December - nine months after my Town by Town visit - to spend some more time walking around its ever-evolving downtown. When I visited Silverdale for July 24's entry, I stopped by Sellersville and Souderton - the latter to see how the train station project was faring. I don't usually write about these visits, because my motto is "one Town by Town to a customer and no refunds allowed.
NEWS
August 6, 2016
A plan to install 10 surveillance cameras in high-crime areas of Pottstown was presented to the borough council this week. The camera system, which is being funded by the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office, will be monitored around the clock by the Pottstown Police Department, said Assistant District Attorney Brianna Ringwood. The cameras, which can be moved to different locations as needed, will be useful in apprehending suspects and aiding investigations, Ringwood said.
NEWS
August 1, 2016 | By Daniel Block, Staff Writer
Run-down buildings line the borough's pockmarked downtown streets, bordering sidewalks cracked by weeds. Montgomery County is one of the wealthiest in the state, but Pottstown, one of its biggest municipalities, looks more like the town that prosperity forgot. Thus the opening of a newly constructed bank branch on High Street constitutes a major event for a town with high aspirations for revival. "You don't see a lot of brick-and-mortar bank branches being opened these days," said Steve Bamford, executive director of Pottstown Area Industrial Development.
NEWS
July 13, 2016 | By Emma Platoff, Staff Writer
Collingswood school officials, borough leaders, and the Camden County Prosecutor's Office will hold a public meeting July 26 to discuss "recent issues involving the schools and the Camden County Prosecutor's Office," the borough announced Monday. The meeting, set for 7 p.m. in the Collingswood Senior Community Center, comes after weeks of parent outcry over a new district policy under which schools reported 22 incidents of sometimes minor student misconduct to local police between May 25 and the end of school on June 17. School district officials and law enforcement said they were following a new directive from the Prosecutor's Office to report nearly every incident of student misbehavior, but the Prosecutor's Office denied issuing any such instructions.
NEWS
June 21, 2016 | By Daniel Block, Staff Writer
Few aging towns in the region - perhaps the nation - have undergone a transformation akin to that of West Conshohocken, where housing developments and McMansions have changed the tiny borough. But since 1888, one constant in the Montgomery County borough has been the humble stone building with the red door on Bullock Street: St. Gertrude's Catholic Church. Although the church has been shut for two years, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the borough have joined forces to ensure that the West Conshohocken institution will survive.
NEWS
June 20, 2016
Tiny West Conshohocken has undergone dramatic real estate growth in the last 20 years. Here is the aggregate value for all the borough's properties: $108.4 million 1994 $314.2 million 2004 $542.4 million 2014 SOURCE: Pennsylvania Tax Equalization Division
NEWS
June 7, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
When Stephen Mullin arrived in Colwyn Borough last summer, he and a team of state-appointed consultants came ready to rescue the struggling municipality notorious for its financial woes and political turbulence. His first order of business: assessing Colwyn's latest financial audit. The borough didn't have it. Its 2013 audit? Colwyn didn't have that, either. As for 2012? Nothing. For more than three years, Mullin found, the tiny Delaware County borough that borders Philadelphia kept virtually no financial records.
REAL_ESTATE
May 16, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, Staff Writer
Population: 4,872 (2013) Median household income: $61,681 Area: 1 square mile Settlements in the last three months: 8 (5 in Montgomery, 3 in Bucks). Homes for sale: 7 Average days on market: 78 in Bucks; 27 in Montgomery Median sale price: $232,000, Bucks; $239,000, Montgomery Housing stock: 1,977 units, from the 1860s to new construction School district: Souderton Area SOURCES: U.S. Census Bureau; Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach Realtors HomExpert Market Report
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