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.
April 28, 2015 |
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.
April 22, 2015 |
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.
April 6, 2015 |
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.
March 9, 2015 |
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.
February 24, 2015 |
The council members sat quietly and cast their votes, unanimously agreeing to seek state assistance to manage Colwyn Borough's finances. Moments later, they started screaming. Again. They shouted, pointed fingers, and paced the room. The council president - who had forgotten his gavel - banged an eyeglass case on the table in a futile effort to quiet the group. It was a typical Thursday evening at Colwyn Borough Hall. The Delaware County borough government is fraught with infighting, lawsuits, allegations of wrongdoing, and an investigation by county detectives into potential financial mismanagement.
February 23, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. South Jersey has many sleepy little communities, sometimes barely distinguishable from the vast expanses of farmland of which they are part. Gloucester County's Swedesboro is definitely not one of them. With surrounding Woolwich Township - the boundaries between the two often are hard to distinguish for real estate purposes - the venerable borough - "aged to perfection," said the wording on its water tower - was, in the late 1990s and early 2000s, one of the country's fastest-growing areas.
February 21, 2015 |
Founded in 1835, St. Patrick's Church in Norristown is where many of the Irish immigrants who built the region's railroads worshiped and rejoiced amid the skirl of bagpipes. Fast-forward almost two centuries, and many St. Patrick's worshipers are speaking Spanish, with mariachi trumpets in the air. Starting about a decade ago, 1,000 to 1,500 Mexican immigrant families from the borough's burgeoning Hispanic population joined the church, spurring diversity with bilingual Masses and bringing vitality to a parish that 25 years ago closed its school because it couldn't draw enough students.