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August 13, 1989 | By Jonathan Berr and Larisa Kuntz, Special to The Inquirer
For the fourth time in seven years, the Lower Southampton Planning Commission has voted down a request to rezone a parcel of land near the White Chapel Gardens Memorial Park on Street Road. The commission voted 5-2 Thursday to turn down Frank and Donna Meli's request to change the zoning on the site at Street Road and Bustleton Pike from a cemetery to a commercial use. Several commission members expressed reservations about a three-story office building the couple has proposed for the land.
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October 17, 1992 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
The six partygoers celebrated inside the cemetery, but mourned as they were about to leave. That's because Troy Cooper, 21, and two of his armed gang were there to hold them up Jan. 15, Assistant District Attorney Rayford A. Means said. The gang specialized in graveside robberies. Cooper, of 25th Street near Dauphin, pleaded guilty Thursday to six counts of robbery and one charge of conspiracy. Common Pleas Judge James J. Fitzgerald deferred sentencing at the request of defense lawyer William Stewart, who wants two murder cases pending against Cooper to be decided first.
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April 3, 2000 | by Myung Oak Kim, Daily News Staff Writer
Sunday mornings at the Trinity Church Oxford in Lawndale are usually serene and peaceful. Parishioners stroll along a sidewalk, surrounded by towering sycamore and huge dogwood trees. They pass rows of neatly kept tombstones, bearing reminders of former parishioners from as far back as the 1700s. They walk into the red-carpeted church built in 1711 and accented with stained-glass windows. But yesterday, parishioners got a glimpse of the ugliness of petty crime. Sometime after 11 p.m. Friday, someone knocked over and broke nine tombstones in the cemetery, on Longshore Avenue near Rising Sun Avenue.
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April 9, 1999 | by Ron Avery, Daily News Staff Writer
It was a peaceful country cemetery that became a foul, fetid dumping ground and a hangout for drug pushers and addicts. But a handful of stubborn Quakers and neighbors refused to abandon historic Fair Hill Burial Grounds in North Philadelphia. Their commitment and cleanup work will be rewarded tomorrow at a ceremony placing the site on the National Register of Historic Places. Several mayoral candidates and District Attorney Lynn Abraham will speak at the 10 a.m. ceremony, when a historic marker will be placed at the cemetery on 9th Street between Cambria and Indiana.
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March 13, 1986 | By Ruth Tallmadge, Special to The Inquirer
The East Whiteland Board of Supervisors has approved subdivisions of the Philadelphia Memorial Park and the Haym Salomon Memorial Park, but no development plans have been submitted for the land. The owners, members of the Houck family who live in communities in northern Chester County, filed for subdivisions to meet financial requirements in connection with their purchase of the land last summer, according to their attorney, Stephen Aichele. Aichele said about half of each park was used as a cemetery and that additional land would be reserved for the cemeteries.
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July 18, 1998 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Teresa "Tess" J. Celia Sansone, 84, supervisor of New St. Mary's Cemetery in Bellmawr for 34 years, died July 7 at West Jersey Hospital-Voorhees. A Haddonfield resident for the last three years, she was born in Philadelphia and raised in Camden. Mrs. Sansone worked for the Archdiocese of Camden for 52 years. Her husband, the late Andrea Sansone, began working at the Bellmawr cemetery in 1940. Three years later, he was named superintendent, and the couple moved into the old Glover Farmhouse, which was the superintendent's quarters on the 100-acre cemetery.
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April 11, 1999 | By Karen E. Quinones Miller, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The venerable Fair Hill Burial Ground has been in North Philadelphia for nearly three centuries. But in the last 15 years, it had become so overgrown with weeds and shrubs that it seemed only junkies and prostitutes remembered it existed. Yesterday morning, the newly cleaned cemetery - the final resting place of some of Philadelphia's most famous Quakers and abolitionists - was added to the National Register of Historic Places, which should mean it will not be forgotten again. It is not a huge cemetery, only about 4 1/2 acres tucked away between Germantown Avenue and Indiana, Cambria and Ninth Streets.
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April 21, 2006 | By Susan Snyder INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia schools chief Paul Vallas said yesterday that he intended to build a new Frances E. Willard Elementary School on the site of a former cemetery in Kensington even though the district would have to excavate the remains of more than 150 people. The district will build the school at 1930 E. Elkhart St. if it can obtain the site, which the city owns, Vallas said. The city originally asked the district to pay $750,000 for the parcel. Jacqueline Barnett, Mayor Street's education secretary, said the city generally sought "fair-market value" for property.
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May 30, 1990 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Special to The Inquirer
It's a quiet tribute to American military veterans that is tucked away in the rolling, wooded landscape of Burlington County. But the 184-acre, state-operated Brigadier Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Arneytown is a perpetual monument to deceased veterans from throughout New Jersey. "We are very proud of the facility because it reflects a respect and admiration for the people who served our country," said John P. Rotondo, chief executive officer of the cemetery.
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December 13, 1998 | By Louise Harbach, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Just five gravestones survive in the Stratton Burial Ground, although there could be as many as 800 people buried in the graveyard that predates the founding of the municipality. Now, the Medford Historical Advisory Group is improving the appearance of the graveyard on Stokes Road. With funds left over from the township's 150th birthday celebration in 1997, the group is purchasing a wrought-iron fence to install along the front and two sides of the one-acre property. Last year, the group installed a historical marker, one of 30 that members bought to mark significant sites in the township.
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April 27, 2015 | By Chris Palmer and Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writers
On her late husband Michael's birthday in March, Bette Dalton visited his grave at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Cheltenham Township and found a chipped headstone and muddy tire tracks. She trekked to the cemetery office to complain, and was surprised to get a sales pitch: A worker asked Dalton, 76, to consider buying her own casket. After Denise Caramenico inquired about a plot at Conshohocken's Calvary Cemetery, she got e-mails for months from a man who said he was from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Catholic Cemeteries.
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April 20, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
The idea of buying cemeteries to generate revenue did not immediately appeal to Medford Township officials when the owner first made the unusual offer in 2012. Digging out of financial problems by raising property taxes was one thing. Digging graves and cremating remains was another. But they mulled the projected earnings of Park View Cemetery at Historic Medford Village and Park View Cemetery at Kirby's Mill, and decided the idea had merit. Several weeks ago, township officials approved a letter of intent to buy the cemeteries for nearly $11 million and said the investment could generate more than $82.7 million over 50 years.
NEWS
January 6, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
High on a hill in West Philadelphia sits the most significant spot many Philadelphians have never heard of: the Woodlands, a historically and architecturally important mansion and cemetery that is home to many of the city's most notable dead. It is 54 acres of green and calm on the west bank of the Schuylkill, an oasis directly across the street from a SEPTA trolley portal. "It's this amazing place that nobody knows about," said Jessica Baumert, executive director of the Woodlands.
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October 31, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE OLDEST house in Bellmawr, Camden County, sat in the back corner of a sprawling cemetery, mostly unnoticed, for centuries. The Hugg/Harrison/Glover house, as one local historian called the brick home, had additions tacked on over time, paint splattered over paint and covered in wallpaper. The date "1764" painted across the bricks of its west wall were hidden by trees and vegetation. Now the home's age is visible to thousands, day and night, unveiled atop a hill of dirt where South Jersey's busiest highways meet thanks to a Department of Transportation project that could turn it into rubble.
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October 21, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
The gently rolling land at Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery is usually a quiet, contemplative place. Flags flap in the breeze, visitors kneel at graves with flowers, and a line of cars heads to graveside services. But these days, the peace and serenity of the state-operated Burlington County cemetery is often broken by the sounds of heavy construction - part of a federally funded $18 million, three-year-long improvement project making way for more burials.
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October 10, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
THE CEMETERY tucked behind the Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church seems at first glance like any other. Neatly tended graves sit inside a fenced grassy area amid the rural, rolling hills of West Rockhill, upper Bucks County. Flowers bloom and a stone cherub greets contemplative mourners in a memorial garden at the cemetery's entrance. But beside one tombstone, Elmo and Mickey Mouse balloons bounce on the breeze, while Tonka bulldozers crowd a stuffed blue elephant on another.
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September 21, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia Orphans' Court judge has appointed a receivership to rehabilitate the neglected 200-acre Mount Moriah Cemetery, which straddles Cobbs Creek in Southwest Philadelphia and Yeadon, Delaware County, according to an order posted Friday. After a hearing Wednesday, Judge John W. Herron dissolved the 159-year-old Mount Moriah Cemetery Association, whose last officer died in 2004. The association's last employee abandoned the cemetery - where 5,000 veterans, including 23 recipients of the Medal of Honor, are buried - in 2011.
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September 18, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
BACK IN THE early '60s, Mike "Teardrops" Silenzio needed a lead singer for the doo-wop group he was putting together. Mike attended South Philadelphia High School and he was chums with Fabian Forte, Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell and other kids who would go on to stellar singing careers, and he knew what he was looking for. His group, the Masters, consisted of Mike himself as second tenor, baritone Rich Finizio, his cousin Frank "Tweetie" Condo...
BUSINESS
May 31, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
StoneMor Partners L.P. has made its initial payment of $53 million to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as part of a 60-year lease of 13 archdiocesan cemeteries, the Levittown company announced. The remaining annual lease payments are front-loaded, with $1 million in years six through 20, $1.2 million in years 21 to 25, and $1.5 million in years 26 to 35. No payments would be required in the final 25 years. The archdiocese previously has said it will use $30 million of the initial payment to offset an $80 million shortfall in its trust and loan fund, which holds deposits from parishes and makes loans to them.
BUSINESS
May 18, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gravestone dealer Yakov Natanzon went to Shalom Memorial Park, a Jewish cemetery in Northeast Philadelphia, in April to place a stone on the grave of Emil Khrizman. But Natanzon found the spot for Khrizman's marker occupied by flowers and a photograph of Ella Kukava, according to a lawsuit, filed Monday in Common Pleas Court, alleging that Shalom Memorial's managers have a policy of selling more burial plots than the cemetery can hold. Because of this "overselling" of plots, individual graves "touch, nearly touch, or actually overlap with each other," according to the lawsuit, filed by DeNittis Osefchen P.C. and Bochetto & Lentz P.C., and seeking class-action status.
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