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January 17, 1991 | By Forrest L. Black, Special to The Inquirer
Construction on a $10 million Delaware County communications center near Media is scheduled to start soon. The County Council set the stage for work to begin on the center in a few weeks by approving advertising for bids for renovation of the Watkins Building in the Fair Acres nursing-home complex. After the council's action Tuesday, county engineer Dennis J. Carey said the county hoped to complete the $1.2 million renovation by September. The county's communications center is currently located in the county courthouse basement in Media.
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December 6, 1990 | By Forrest L. Black, Special to The Inquirer
Delaware County officials are moving ahead with plans for a $10 million communications center in the Fair Acres complex near Media. County Council wants to renovate the Watkins Building at a cost of $1.2 million to house the communications center, including the proposed 911 emergency telephone system. At a meeting Tuesday, the council approved a professional services agreement with James C. Kelly Associates Inc. of Media for preparation of construction drawings on the Watkins renovation at a cost not to exceed $90,000.
NEWS
October 27, 1988 | By Mary Anne Janco, Special to The Inquirer
A proposal to build a county emergency communications center and 300-foot tower on the Fair Acres property in Middletown Township met some opposition Monday from members of the Township Council. Delaware County has proposed building the communications center and a records-storage facility on part of a 212-acre tract it owns off of Route 352, according to Michael Dignazio, assistant solicitor for the county. Because the land is zoned for residential use, the county would need conditional-use approval from the township to build the centers, Dignazio said.
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May 11, 2012 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
The communications center, on Egg Harbor Road, handles requests for firefighters and EMS services for 37 county towns and police services for 32 towns, Keashen said. Other employees remained in the center and dispatchers returned to the building in about an hour, he said. The electrical problem in the server room occurred shortly before 1 p.m. and did not cause a fire, Keashen said. Employees went through a drill in March that simulated a similar scenario, he said. Contact Darran Simon at 856-779-3829 or dsimon@phillynews.com.
NEWS
February 12, 1987 | By Ellen Pulver, Special to The Inquirer
Folcroft Borough Fire Chief Bernie David said his volunteer fire and ambulance companies would not pay the $760 annual fee for the Delaware County Emergency Communications Center's services this year. David announced his decision about the fee at the Folcroft Borough Council meeting Monday night. He said Delaware County is the only county in the state charging for servces of a communications center. "It's unfair. I'm on a budget," he said, adding that the fire and ambulance companies were "squeezing" to pay the fee. The county should pay the fee, he said.
NEWS
October 4, 1990 | By Forrest L. Black, Special to The Inquirer
Delaware County officials are re-evaluating plans for a new, multimillion- dollar county complex in Lima that would include a communications center for the 911 emergency telephone system. Mary Ann Arty, the council chairwoman, said officials were exploring the possibility of using buildings in the Fair Acres complex off Route 352 rather than constructing expensive buildings for a communications and records center. "We've put our collective brains together," Arty said at a news conference after the council's weekly meeting Tuesday.
NEWS
October 4, 1990 | By Forrest L. Black, Special to The Inquirer
Delaware County officials are re-evaluating plans for a new, multimillion- dollar county complex in Lima that would include a communications center for the 911 emergency telephone system. Mary Ann Arty, the council chairwoman, said officials were exploring the possibility of using buildings in the Fair Acres complex off Route 352 rather than constructing expensive buildings for a communications and records center. "We've put our collective brains together," Arty said at a news conference after the council's weekly meeting Tuesday.
NEWS
November 1, 1990 | By Forrest L. Black, Special to The Inquirer
Delaware County officials have unveiled plans for a $10 million communications center in the Fair Acres complex near Media. "Our intention is to make this really a spectacular facility," County Council Chairwoman Mary Ann Arty said. She said the county was moving ahead to renovate the Watkins Building at a cost of $1.2 million to house the communications center, including the proposed 911 emergency telephone system. The cost of state-of-the-art equipment for the facility is projected at $7 million to $9 million, officials said at a news conference that followed a council meeting Tuesday.
NEWS
March 14, 1991 | By Forrest L. Black, Special to The Inquirer
Delaware County officials say they are "moving ahead on schedule" on the proposed $10 million emergency communications center. The County Council on Tuesday approved a contract for a new roof for the Watkins Building in the Fair Acres complex near Media. The work will set the stage for the $1.2 million renovation of the Watkins structure to house the new center, which will become a central communications network for most of the county's municipalities. The price tag for equipment alone is projected at $7 million to $9 million, to be financed by a bond issue and funds from the proposed 911 emergency telephone system, county officials said.
NEWS
January 17, 1987 | By John Jennings, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Camden County police dispatcher has been fined five days' pay for hanging up the telephone three times on two Chesilhurst women who were calling to report a burglary. John Waechter, chief of the county's communications center, said yesterday that the dispatcher, whom he would not identify, "was wrong" in hanging up on the women because they were excited. Waechter said the dispatcher, who has more than a year of experience, would lose "more than $400" as a result of the fine.
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December 9, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Residents returned to their apartments about noon Saturday after being evacuated Friday night when a fire started in a bedroom on the 16th floor of a Philadelphia Housing Authority high-rise near Temple University. The blaze broke out just before 9 p.m. Friday on the 16th floor at the Fairhill Apartments, 2443 N. 11th Street. No one was injured. About 220 residents were evacuated from the 150-unit building and taken to a nearby school, where a temporary shelter was set up, said James Griffith, acting supervisor of the Philadelphia Fire Department's communications center.
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October 22, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
SGT. DANIEL MOORE, of Australia's New South Wales Police Force, didn't expect he'd get to fulfill a lifelong fantasy when he came to Philadelphia for this week's International Association of Chiefs of Police conference. But there he was yesterday, in a suit and tie at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, waiting in the longest line at IACP's expo hall. "It's always been a dream of mine to shoot a Taser at an alien," Moore said. And so, he did. Taser's Alien Crash Site is one of more than 750 exhibits at IACP's expo hall, where vendors of police equipment and services are showing off the state of the art in high-tech crime-fighting gadgetry through tomorrow.
NEWS
March 19, 2013 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 911 calls poured in. Giocondo "Joe" Navek, a disgruntled former Virtua medical resident, had fired several shots through the driver's-side window of Payman Houshmandpour's silver Audi as the victim pulled out of a parking spot at his Voorhees apartment complex in April. Houshmandpour, also a Virtua resident, died at the scene; Navek sped off in a Nissan. At the Camden County communications center in Lindenwold, a dispatcher gave the description of the suspect and the Nissan and the vehicle's direction to Voorhees police.
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January 15, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
THE BOULDIN HOME in Mount Airy was always open. Friends, relatives and even total strangers were welcomed and treated as honored guests. Barbara James Williams Bouldin was the hostess with the mostest. "She welcomed everybody into her home," said her daughter, Leslie Bouldin. "We didn't even have to be there when our friends showed up. Mom would sit down and talk with them. A couple of my girlfriends even lived with us for a time. " Generosity and love were the hallmarks of Barbara's approach to the world.
NEWS
December 27, 2012 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden County's ability to accept 911 text messages this summer will lead the state with a technology advance that will better protect residents, officials said. "This is not a replacement to the ability to call. It's another option," said Freeholder Scot McCray. "I think it's going to help every community in Camden County. " Supporters say the text service would be useful to those with speech or hearing problems, or could prove crucial in circumstances - such as a burglary - where individuals are hiding and afraid to speak while seeking help.
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December 26, 2012 | By Barbara Boyer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Camden County's ability to accept 911 text messages this summer will lead the state with a technology advance that will better protect residents, officials said. "This is not a replacement to the ability to call. It's another option," said Freeholder Scot McCray. "I think it's going to help every community in Camden County. " Supporters say the text service would be useful to those with speech or hearing problems, or could prove crucial in circumstances - such as a burglary - where individuals are hiding and afraid to speak while seeking help.
NEWS
July 28, 2012 | Breaking News Desk
A 38-year-old man was shot and wounded outside his Franklinville home late Thursday during a dispute over a woman, authorities said. Police later stopped a car carrying the suspect, but he evaded capture by running into nearby woods. The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office said attempted murder and related charges have been filed against Robert Bell, 38, of Williamstown. Bell also is sought by Philadelphia police as a fugitive from a half way house, officials said According to a statement from the prosecutor's office, Bell shot the 38-year-old man in the right thigh about 10 p.m. Thursday on Eagle Lane after the two were separated by bystanders and the victim was walking back to his house following an argument over a woman.
NEWS
May 11, 2012 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
The communications center, on Egg Harbor Road, handles requests for firefighters and EMS services for 37 county towns and police services for 32 towns, Keashen said. Other employees remained in the center and dispatchers returned to the building in about an hour, he said. The electrical problem in the server room occurred shortly before 1 p.m. and did not cause a fire, Keashen said. Employees went through a drill in March that simulated a similar scenario, he said. Contact Darran Simon at 856-779-3829 or dsimon@phillynews.com.
NEWS
May 21, 2003 | By Larry Lewis, Leslie A. Pappas and Chris Gray INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A fire that burned a couple to death in their bedroom and destroyed an entire block of 19th-century rowhouses apparently was accidental, possibly caused by a wiring problem. The couple's 18-year-old son helped two younger sisters to safety, but when he tried to reenter the burning structure for his parents, he was repulsed "by an explosion of fire," said Charles R. Sweeney, borough fire marshal. The son, whose identity has not been released, was awakened at 1 a.m. yesterday.
BUSINESS
May 24, 2001 | By Marcia Gelbart INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The leader of Philadelphia's 3,500-member electrician's union is suggesting a change in the management of the Pennsylvania Convention Center to improve operations. "I'm not happy with this convention center, because [the unions] take a needless hit on a consistent basis," said John Dougherty, head of Local 98 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. "Maybe we ought not shake out the bottom end, labor," he said this week. "Maybe we ought to shake out the top end. " Dougherty said he wasn't advocating removal of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority or its president, Robert Butera, who oversees the quasi-government, city-state authority.
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