July 27, 2014 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. It's difficult to think of a particular Bucks County borough without remembering Big Marty's. Classic 1980s TV commercials exhorted, "Big Marty really does sell better carpet cheaper - Route 1 in Penndel, Pa. " And, indeed, Big Marty's is still at Business Route 1 and Bellevue Avenue 41 years after Martin Schienholtz, now deceased, moved it there from Levittown in 1973. "I remember it when it was the Acme," says Sue Anderson, who has lived all but nine years of her life on Cynthia Avenue in Penndel, moving to the then-3 1/2-year-old neighborhood with her parents from Oakford in Lower Southampton in 1959.
July 21, 2014 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. For those who have lived here, Jenkintown is a gift that keeps on giving. Ask Adam F. Goldberg, who has assembled memories of growing up on Newbold Road in the 1980s into half-hour sitcom packages for ABC-TV. "Jenkintown may have been small, but life there always seemed so big," says Goldberg, creator and executive producer of The Goldbergs . "I knew all of my neighbors, had block parties, and rode bikes until it was too dark to see. " Though downtown Philadelphia was just a hop away - three train lines serve the Jenkintown-Wyncote station - "I always felt that Jenkintown had it all," says Goldberg, who joins actor Bradley Cooper as an early 21st-century notable from this Montgomery County borough.
July 14, 2014 |
Irma Stevenson exudes Paulsboro. If it's not her red-and-white Red Raiders shirt, complemented by red polished nails and a ladybug watch, maybe it's the borough-happy knickknacks filling her East Jefferson Street home. Or a comprehensive list of boards and committees she has sat on - more than can fit on a notepad-size sheet of paper. Perhaps it's the infectious and signature open-mouth laugh that she's put on display for 25 years as cohost of Eye on Paulsboro , a Web and local cable TV series dedicated to the two-square-mile borough.
June 14, 2014 |
A delicate plan to save West Chester's Barclay Grounds from development suffered a setback Thursday when the Chester County commissioners pledged just a fraction of the grant money requested, leaving a $375,000 gap. The commissioners said they would consider giving more to preserve the land - a tree-shaded plot long used as a park - but only if the borough puts up its own cash for the project. "This is a highly unique situation, for us to even be involved in an open-space project in the borough," said Ryan Costello, commissioners chairman.
June 11, 2014 |
A handsome historical marker titled "Slavery in Haddon Heights" is missing, and a related marker has been removed from the Camden County park that runs through the heart of the borough. The disagreement over the two interpretive markers, involving a state judge, the county parks department, borough officials, and local historians and residents, is a testament to how readily the shameful wound of America's slave-owning past can be reopened. It also touches on matters of privacy, process, and politics.
May 30, 2014 |
A parcel of Haddonfield land where a developer wanted to erect a multiunit apartment building may instead be preserved as permanent green space. Borough officials are proposing to buy 65 N. Haddon Ave., better known as the historic Boxwood Hall property, from its owner and would-be developer Bill Burris. On Tuesday night, the commissioners introduced an ordinance that would allow the borough to borrow the $1.8 million called for by the proposed purchase agreement. There will be a public hearing on the proposal June 10. As part of that agreement, the owner would drop his lawsuit against the borough regarding the property, officials said.
May 27, 2014 |
In Glassboro's historic downtown, the story of one building chronicles the district's past - and, perhaps, its future. A colorful storefront at 11 E. High St. that now houses an artsy glass business previously held a short-lived studio and art gallery, a locally owned coffee shop, and, as far back as the mid-1900s, a neighborhood grocery store that was reportedly the first in the town to sell frozen food. Once thriving and serving the everyday needs of nearby residents, this downtown district is the subject of a revitalization campaign as borough officials try to build on the success of nearby Rowan University and create a vibrant arts community.
April 21, 2014 |
At Don's Barber Shop in Paulsboro, "we know the water in this town is contaminated," owner Donald Wilson says. "But we don't know enough. " After environmentalists began blowing the whistle last year and borough officials alerted residents in January about an industrial perfluorinated compound (PFC) in a municipal well, Wilson and customer Ian Holmes stopped drinking tap water. So did retired carpenter Benny Sebastiani, 82, and a couple of other regulars at the D&D Cake Shop & Sandwich Shop on Broad Street, where I relished an excellent $5 hoagie while getting an earful about the blue-collar borough and its struggles.
April 18, 2014 |
FORMER DARBY Borough Council president Nick DiGregorio was shot in the face by a stray bullet Monday afternoon while driving on a Chester street. Nick DiGregorio, 66, a Vietnam War veteran who was once a cop and a prison warden, was released from a hospital yesterday, but said the bullet remained lodged in his left cheek. "I don't think it's really hit me altogether yet, but another couple inches, the bullet would have hit my throat or my brain or my heart," DiGregorio said in a phone interview yesterday.
March 8, 2014 |
WENONAH After only a year in the job, Wenonah Police Chief Joseph Harrison has been fired, officials confirmed Thursday. It was not entirely clear what led to the termination, which they said was approved unanimously Feb. 27 by the borough council during a closed-door session. Officials announced in early January that Harrison would be placed on a leave of absence, "attending a variety of classes so as to become intimately familiar with New Jersey specific statutes and judicial procedure.