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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
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
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.
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 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.
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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
REAL_ESTATE
May 16, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, Staff Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Here's something you can't do in most Pennsylvania communities: walk back and forth between two counties without leaving town. But you can on North Main Street in Telford, part of which lies in Bucks County and part of which is in Montgomery County. All of it is about 40 miles north of Philadelphia, not far from Route 309. It's been that way since Jan. 11, 1935, when the Boroughs of Telford and West Telford became one with a stroke of Gov. Gifford Pinchot's pen. Telford was incorporated in 1886, West Telford in 1887.
NEWS
May 9, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
A triangular tract of now mostly vacant land that was the engine of Merchantville's growth in the 19th century could be the key to the borough's future. "This is the last developable site in town," says Mayor Ted Brennan, a lawyer, a father of four, and an energetic proponent of a renewed effort to strengthen the Camden County suburb's somewhat faded heart. "We want to build something that will stand the test of time," adds the mayor, whose father, Patrick, served in the same role from 1995 until 2006.
NEWS
May 4, 2016 | By Michaelle Bond, Staff Writer
Barbara Cohen, all 5 feet of her, stood tall at the front of the charter bus, the teacher who would educate a fresh crop of teachers about the history of Phoenixville. Over there, that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad, she told them, and those were the homes of former mayors, and that once was the 130-acre tract that housed the steel behemoth that defined the borough. The 74-year-old Cohen was in her wheelhouse: The history buff had helped leverage the Chester County borough's historic district a generation ago and raised millions of dollars to spur a local renaissance and one of the region's economic success stories.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, STAFF WRITER
SEPTA and Tullytown have made peace about a month after the transit agency sued the borough in a dispute over construction at the Levittown train station. The two reached a settlement April 7 regarding construction at the Levittown train station in which SEPTA agreed to pay the borough $34,031 in professional fees and accepted full responsibility and liability for the new station. In return, the borough won't claim any authority over SEPTA's construction plans for the station. "The borough is pleased the lawsuit is settled and it will no longer have responsibility for this project," said Michael Sellers, the borough solicitor.
REAL_ESTATE
April 11, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, Staff Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. From what Realtors say, Perkasie is a place coveted by those enamored of small-town living. A whole lot of building designed to enhance that small-town experience is going on now in the Bucks County borough 30 miles north of Philadelphia. That includes more than 300 homes, a surprising number in a community of 8,515 people, especially considering there isn't as much residential building going on in the suburbs now as there was before or during the boom years of a decade ago. "Today's buyers want new, and residential construction is a good sign of an active real estate market," says Frank Dolski, an agent with Coldwell Banker Hearthside Real Estate in Lahaska.
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.
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