August 20, 2016 |
Robert Dudley Bell Sr., 89, formerly of Drexel Hill, an educator who knew how to play and prompted others to do the same, died Saturday, Aug. 6, of cancer at Shannondell at Valley Forge, a retirement community. A child of the Great Depression, Mr. Bell, who grew up at 50th and Catharine Streets in West Philadelphia, developed a knack for turning household items into toys. The imagination and playfulness he showed early on reemerged later. As a teacher and recreation director in the William Penn School District in Delaware County, he introduced games and projects to schoolchildren from Aldan, Colwyn, Darby Borough, East Lansdowne, Lansdowne, and Yeadon.
June 7, 2016 |
When Stephen Mullin arrived in Colwyn Borough last summer, he and a team of state-appointed consultants came ready to rescue the struggling municipality notorious for its financial woes and political turbulence. His first order of business: assessing Colwyn's latest financial audit. The borough didn't have it. Its 2013 audit? Colwyn didn't have that, either. As for 2012? Nothing. For more than three years, Mullin found, the tiny Delaware County borough that borders Philadelphia kept virtually no financial records.
March 10, 2016
A two-alarm fire Tuesday night at an industrial park at 522 Ellis Ave. in Colwyn, Delaware County, damaged 15 to 20 vehicles, an official said. The fire spread to a building at the location, the official said. No other details were immediately available. Among the businesses at the site are Autopart International, a distributor of aftermarket automobile parts, and Dennis' Frameworks Corp., according to public records. - Harold Brubaker
December 23, 2015 |
A trio of former top officials from the Colwyn Borough fire company were charged Monday with theft and conspiracy after a 10-month investigation revealed that they stole more than $52,000 from their own organization. Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan announced felony charges against Gary Brice, 49, Station 92's former chief; Betty Cellini, 50, Brice's girlfriend and the company's former president; and Cellini's daughter, Lauren, 26, the company's former treasurer. On Monday afternoon, Brice was in custody after failing to post $50,000 bail.
August 26, 2015 |
The fire station that sits along Spruce Street in tiny Colwyn Borough isn't much. A handful of bunk beds, a small hall, and two fire trucks rest within the concrete walls that have yellowed over decades. At the entrance, for months, many of the red letters spelling the name of the company - Colwyn Boro Fire Co. Station 92 - were missing, leaving a jumbled scramble of letters and words. Only recently were they replaced. To onlookers, the unassuming fire company, created more than a century ago in the Delaware County borough of 2,500, idles in a state of disarray.
July 28, 2015 |
Mary Ann Mellon Melchiorre, 79, of Ardmore, a mother, lawyer, and brokerage firm officer, died Thursday, July 16, of complications from dementia at Saunders House in Wynnewood. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of Lawrence J. and Kathryn Pizzagno Mellon. Ms. Melchiorre grew up in Colwyn and graduated from West Catholic High School. She went to work for the former Bell Telephone Co. of Pennsylvania, where she met Joseph Melchiorre. The two married and moved to Ardmore to raise a family.
May 26, 2015 |
After years of financial disarray, government infighting, and lawsuits, Delaware County's tiny Colwyn Borough has been thrown a life preserver. Earlier this month, it entered the state's Act 47 program, a near last-resort option for towns declared "financially distressed," and after nearly three weeks Colwyn officials say they are making progress in their efforts to save the troubled 0.3-square-mile borough. Colwyn leaders next month will begin meeting with a state-appointed coordinator, who will work with borough officials to develop a comprehensive recovery plan.
April 17, 2015 |
Stephen Rozniakowski was so enraged when he found out that his former girlfriend, Valerie Morrow, had bought a new car with her husband that on Dec. 12, 2014, he phoned her 60 times and sent her 20 e-mails while she was at work. The harassment continued for two more days, as the former Colwyn Borough police officer threatened to release personal information and photos, and "embarrass her at work" if she didn't respond. Even as Morrow applied for a protection-from-abuse order on Dec. 15, he continued to call.
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.