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September 15, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
The first time bamboo grew in Vincent Lobascio's backyard, the retired Audubon borough commissioner didn't know what it was. Now he does. "The roots are like octopus tentacles," Lobascio, 89, says. "It could be a beautiful plant, but it really doesn't belong in an urban or suburban area like this. It needs to be controlled. " As residents of Audubon, Gloucester Township, Ocean City, and other communities with bamboo issues know, the high-rising, fast-growing plants can make good fences.
NEWS
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
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
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.
SPORTS
August 19, 2013 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is hardly a wild analogy to compare the Camden County borough of Pine Valley to an old Communist-bloc stronghold. Located less than 20 miles southeast of the city where this nation's freedom was born and only three miles from a town named Berlin, this foreboding fiefdom is enclosed by barbed- wire-topped fencing and guarded checkpoints. That level of protection seems incongruous for an 84-year-old borough that occupies barely a square mile just down from Clementon Park & Splash World and which, as of the 2010 U.S. Census, had just 12 residents and 21 structures.
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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BUSINESS
September 15, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Before we pull into Parkesburg on Amtrak's Keystone Service to Harrisburg, here's a trivia question: In what movie did this Chester County borough's train station play a small, but important, role? The answer: Witness (1985). It is there that Amish passengers Rachel Lapp and her son, Samuel, begin an ill-fated train trip to Philadelphia, where the boy witnesses a murder. Although the station is closed, 49,000 travelers a year park in its lot and wait on its sheltered platform for one of the 26 trains that travel daily back and forth from Harrisburg to New York City.
NEWS
September 15, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
The first time bamboo grew in Vincent Lobascio's backyard, the retired Audubon borough commissioner didn't know what it was. Now he does. "The roots are like octopus tentacles," Lobascio, 89, says. "It could be a beautiful plant, but it really doesn't belong in an urban or suburban area like this. It needs to be controlled. " As residents of Audubon, Gloucester Township, Ocean City, and other communities with bamboo issues know, the high-rising, fast-growing plants can make good fences.
BUSINESS
September 8, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Yeadon Borough By the Numbers Population:  11,496 (2012) Median income: $44,167 (2012) Area: 1.6 square miles Settlements in the last three months: 20 Homes for sale: 60 Days on market: 103 Median price: $106,000 Housing units: 4,958, from rowhouses to rambling stone singles School district: William Penn SOURCES: U.S. Census Bureau; City-Data.com; Lawrence Tobler, Allstar...
NEWS
September 1, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was the messiest of political situations, a real schmear campaign in which the Jenkintown mayor stood to make a lot of dough. Literally. If you went past the window of Fill A Bagel one morning this month, you might have seen Jenkintown Mayor Ed Foley wearing a white chef's hat and apron while making tie-dye-colored bagels to promote the forthcoming Jenkintown arts festival. After kneading, he walked to a machine with a small conveyor belt that forms the dough into circles.
BUSINESS
September 1, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Trends in local housing supply and demand aren't working in Pottstown's favor right now. In a word, the market is troubled. Andrew Himes, an agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach Realtors in Collegeville, said the borough "is one of the few places that hasn't made any kind of a comeback. " Though just about every market in the eight-county Philadelphia region has a shortage of supply, Pottstown's problem is it has 300 houses for sale and very little demand, Himes says.
BUSINESS
August 25, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. George Washington might not have slept in Quakertown, but the Liberty Bell did spend the night in this Upper Bucks County borough back in 1777. Unlike the patriots who were moving it out of the reach of the British occupiers of Philadelphia, the bell didn't stay at the nearby Red Lion Inn, but in the back of Evan Foulke's house at 1237 W. Broad St. Both the Foulke house and the inn remain - just two of the many places that make this borough both historic and, as Coldwell Banker Heritage agent Michele Samph emphasizes, "quaint.
NEWS
August 6, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
The National Food Market on Haddon Avenue in Collingswood was once a store that residents would go to for more than lottery tickets and cigarettes, but that time passed long ago. On Monday, the Borough Commission publicly read a plan to purchase the property. The purchase will be voted on Sept. 2; if approved, the property would be sold to the owners of McFarlan's Market in Merchantville. They would fix things up and start serving a downtown area that has virtually no grocery options.
NEWS
August 3, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Narberth is a town best known for its idyllic downtown, July Fourth fireworks, and friendly neighborhoods. Recently, though, problems have intruded upon the placidity. Borough Manager William J. Martin, 65, was charged last week with DUI after a Lower Merion Township police officer noticed the car Martin was driving moving erratically along City Avenue. The arrest came just weeks after the reinstatement of a veteran officer on the six-member Narberth police force who had been fired by borough officials for exposing himself at a local bar and who acknowledged a drinking problem.
NEWS
July 14, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 14, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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