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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
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.
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
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.
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 9, 1994 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Borough officials have appealed to Commonwealth Court a decision that would allow a former meter maid to collect unemployment pay. The borough took action recently after the state Unemployment Compensation Review Board reversed a decision by a state-appointed referee that said Theresa Swearinger was not entitled to collect unemployment payments. "I think they're wrong," Borough Solicitor Henry J. Lunardi said about the review board's decision. "I was quite surprised to receive the decision in her favor.
REAL_ESTATE
May 5, 1996 | By Marlyn Irvin Margulis, FOR THE INQUIRER
When she was a teenager living in South Philadelphia, Joan Friel and her mother, Margaret, each had the same dream. "We dreamed I'd be living in a two-story white house with pillars, called the Durham," the daughter said. "I saw a dark-haired man and a woman and four children. " In 1969, she married a dark-haired man whose last name was Durham. They moved into her "dream" house, which the builder had named the Durham, in Woodbury Heights. The couple raised four children there.
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August 24, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
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.
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.
NEWS
August 4, 2015 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
REAL_ESTATE
July 26, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
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.
REAL_ESTATE
July 6, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
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.
NEWS
June 4, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
April 28, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
For years, Malvern Prep operated its rowing program out of two used truck trailers parked next to a landfill, all the while dreaming of some day having its own boathouse. "I remember thinking at the time that it would be a great spot to film an urban horror movie," recalled William P. "Tip" O'Neill Jr., emeritus trustee at the all-male school. As a step up, the team moved to a warehouse. Better, but no running water and 150 yards from the river - not a short walk when carrying boats.
NEWS
April 22, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
A proposed park alongside Pitman's Broadway Theatre is getting a boost from Hollywood. Don Wildman, the witty and literate host of the Travel Channel's Mysteries at the Museum series, is helping raise money to transform a forlorn portion of Theatre Avenue into an outdoor gathering spot called Theatre Plaza. "You grow up in a town like Pitman and you're bonded to it for life," said Wildman, 54, who visited the borough Saturday to make a video that will promote the project online and perhaps on cable TV. "Pitman is the foundation of everything I'm interested in. " Wildman moved to Pitman as a 4-year-old in 1965 and recalls seeing The Poseidon Adventure and other hits on the Broadway's big screen.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities.   It might have been sunny enough Wednesday to lure a few homeowners with rakes into their front yards, but for Grace Metzinger and Joyce Hines it was business as usual in the basement of the Rockledge Municipal Building at Huntingdon Pike and Robbins Avenue. Metzinger, the borough's manager for the last seven years, and Hines, its administrative assistant, spent the day, as they always do, sweating the details that make things run efficiently in this Montgomery County community tucked into 0.3 square miles between Fox Chase and Abington.
NEWS
March 9, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Like the borough itself, the emergency calls that summon the members of Newfield's sole fire company tend to be rather temperate. A small house fire, a trash container blaze, a car accident. Still, the brothers and sisters of Newfield Fire Company No. 1 have long taken pride in voluntarily serving the 1.7-square-mile borough just north of Vineland. It's a job the company has performed since 1908, 16 years before Newfield incorporated. "This town is well-protected by us knowing this town," said Ken Barbagli, the company's president and a lifelong Newfield resident.
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