November 2, 2015 |
When the Dancette was demolished in the 1980s, it had been years since a disc jockey cued up the last record at the storied Oaklyn ballroom. But the East Beechwood Avenue hot spot lives on in the memories of South Jerseyans of a certain age. And they'll have a chance to remember when and Twist again during the borough's 110th birthday celebration Sunday. "After lunch at the Oaklyn Fire Company, we're going to move the tables aside and pay homage to the Dancette," Chuck Lehman, borough councilman and unofficial borough historian, says.
October 11, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Realtor Nicole Ritchie describes the borough of Ridley Park as "a cluster of residential, commercial and industrial" parcels. Add proximity to Interstate 95 and a stop on SEPTA's Wilmington/Newark Line, and the picture is complete. Well, not quite. If you've ever shared an office with someone who grew up there and graduated from Cardinal O'Hara, about nine miles away, you may know lots of things about Ridley Park that aren't listed in the guidebooks.
October 5, 2015 |
The police department of Pine Valley operates from a small white house with lime-green office walls, where Richard Rauer, the 5-foot-11 police captain with a handlebar mustache, answers the phone. He and his five officers share one squad car. Each wears a light-blue uniform and pants with a gold stripe, and carries a radio and a 9mm Glock pistol. But Rauer's department is unlike any other in the state. Even some law enforcement officials outside New Jersey say they've never heard of one like it: Its job is to protect a golf course - albeit the world's best, according to Golf Magazine - which occupies most of Pine Valley's one square mile and is the reason for the Camden County borough's existence.
September 23, 2015 |
When Julie Beddingfield was considering whether to open a bookstore in downtown Haddonfield, she crunched numbers, listened to experts, and studied pedestrian flow. She also pondered the wisdom of leaving behind a law career for brick-and-mortar bookselling in a smartphone, Snapchat world. "So I asked Remi Fortunato, the borough's retail recruiter, whether I was crazy," Beddingfield recalls. Says Fortunato, who works for a nonprofit downtown promotional agency called the Partnership for Haddonfield: "I was honest with her. I told her that a bookstore would be an excellent asset and was needed, but that she couldn't just open it. She'd have to work it. " That hasn't been a problem for Beddingfield, whose Inkwood Books - a cheerful literary oasis for the whole family - debuted in June on Kings Highway East.
August 24, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. If the person who drew Oaklyn's boundaries had held the pen a bit steadier, the Ritz Theatre wouldn't have been on the Haddon Township side of White Horse Pike. The location didn't make much difference to Jim McAleer and Gary Schaal when they were growing up in the Camden County borough in the 1960s. "We always went to the movies there, except when they started showing adult films," says McAleer, who moved to Oaklyn with his parents when he was 7 years old. In the last two decades, largely through the efforts of artistic director Bruce Curliss and many dedicated area residents, the Ritz has become a major regional live-theater venue.
August 12, 2015 |
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.
August 4, 2015 |
To 13-year-old Keyanna Phipps, on TV shows and in the news, police officers seem scary. "They're like shooting and attacking people for no reason," she said. But the officers in the square-mile borough that she calls home, Kennett Square, are different. "They don't seem like those kind of people," she said. Her opinion of the 14-member police department in Chester County has a lot to do with the efforts of her neighbors. The residents of the East Linden section of Kennett Square have made it their business to make sure the youngsters get to know the police and that the police do the same.
July 26, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. There is more than a hint of change in Norristown's real estate market. It can be very subtle, like a sprinkle of cinnamon on a cappuccino at Jus' Java on Main Street. It can be loud, like the arrival of the 7:27 a.m. Manayunk-Norristown train, or construction on the Lafayette Street corridor that will, by 2020, finally link the community with the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Norristown, the borough urges, is "Where You Belong," and developers and real estate agents say it is committed to making that happen after decades of neglect and false starts.
July 6, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Even on a warm day in mid-June, a visit to New Britain Borough can be a walk in the park. In this case, Covered Bridge Park. Whether you drive up Routes 202, 309, or 611 to this Bucks County community a few miles from Doylestown, or take the train to the New Britain station and walk across Butler Avenue up Keeley Avenue, the park is well-worth the visit. With just 1.3 square miles and 3,152 residents, the borough, which is engaged in attracting more businesses and creating a walkable community, does not have much real estate activity, says Frank Dolski of Coldwell Banker Hearthside Real Estate in Lahaska, who has been selling houses there for a decade.
June 4, 2015 |
A Democratic councilman in Paulsboro secured a victory over the borough's current mayor in Tuesday's primary election in the only Gloucester County municipality with contested races. Gary Stevenson, a former borough fire chief, defeated Mayor W. Jeffery Hamilton, according to unofficial county results. With no Republican running for mayor in November's general election, Stevenson has all but won the seat. "I'm ecstatic," Stevenson, 55, a funeral director, said Tuesday night from his home as he celebrated.