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.
January 22, 2015 |
Malvern, which celebrated its 125th anniversary last year, wants to add an extra step to its building-permit process to preserve historical properties. The borough is considering a process to review all proposals to significantly alter or demolish historic properties or resources. Officials would work with property owners to try to preserve that which makes the structures historical. According to a proposed ordinance that would create a Historical Overlay District, the protection of about 250 primarily residential structures is a matter of "public necessity.
December 28, 2014 |
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;...
December 15, 2014 |
Under a spotlight amid the medieval splendor of Bryn Athyn Cathedral's pillars and vaulted ceilings, Brant Pitcairn last week practiced cradling what was supposed to be a box of frankincense. This is the Bryn Athyn electrician's fifth year playing a wise man in the tableaux services, the Christmas story reenactments to be performed in the cathedral Sunday. But Pitcairn, 49, has been attending the tableaux services for decades. "It's a really great way to get into the Christmas spirit," he said.
December 10, 2014 |
Peggy McDaniels walked into the center of the room where she taught Oaklyn second graders more than 50 years ago. "My desk was right here. The piano was here, and that wonderful old clock hung right up there. " McDaniels, 76, paused. "Oh, my goodness," she said, beaming. "This is so cool. " The Berlin Township resident was among a half-dozen retired teachers who gathered Monday at Oaklyn's former Mary A. Finney School as special guests of the borough's holiday luncheon for seniors.
December 9, 2014 |
Chick's is a watering hole as old as the New Deal and cozy like your buddy's semi-finished basement. Lighted beer signs hang on the darkened windows, and its buckets of mussels are a favorite in Bridgeport, a riverside borough tucked between Upper Merion and Norristown. But the regular crowd thinned this year when a few older patrons died. "They were all great guys," said bartender Alexandra Dombroski as she gazed at a bar ringed by empty seats. "You heard great stories. " Right across Fourth Street, the borough's main drag, sits Taphouse 23, a new gastropub that offers 12 local craft beers and an outdoor patio with an artificial waterfall and fire pits.
November 6, 2014 |
When Abraham Weitzenkorn opened his family clothing store in Pottstown, Abraham Lincoln was president, and stovepipe hats were the new black. Weitzenkorn, a German immigrant who had peddled his wares from a covered wagon, had saved enough to open a clothing shop, marketing his brand of overalls and work boots to farmers in the area. Over a century later, Weitzenkorn's family still owns a men's clothing store on a main street of the Montgomery County borough. Weitzenkorn's, now offering everything from black tie to beachwear, is celebrating its 150th anniversary, still standing after a shifting retail landscape and a decline of Pottstown's manufacturing base squashed other small businesses.