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October 2, 1991
It was with a world-weary feeling that we read Joanne Davidow's lead letter on today's page proposing a curfew for Rittenhouse Square to keep street people from camping there. The city actually has such a law on its books, imposing a 1 a.m. curfew in all city parks. Indeed, two years ago the Goode administration promised City Council that it would enforce the curfew in downtown parks and squares, but there has been no consistent follow-through. Such passivity shouldn't be confused with compassion.
NEWS
October 25, 1989 | By Peter Van Allen, Special to The Inquirer
In most Burlington County communities, police expect an onslaught of merry pranksters on both Mischief Night and Halloween night, Monday and Tuesday. On those nights, at least 10 of the county's 35 towns will enforce existing curfews or impose temporary ones. Though not imposing a curfew, Mount Laurel has an extensive plan for stemming trouble, said crime prevention officer Ference Schubert. "We're making several recommendations: that parents screen what candy children bring home, that kids only eat candy that is commercially wrapped, and that trick-or-treaters aren't out beyond a responsible hour," said Schubert.
NEWS
January 20, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's a word teens dread - a notion viewed as an unsavory limitation on adolescence - and it's a concept under scrutiny in some towns. Say hello (or goodbye) to the curfew. Though policies that govern how late children and teens can be out unsupervised have for years been approved by local governments in the name of safety, a number of New Jersey towns have moved to modify or drop their ordinances. Paulsboro lifted its curfew just before Halloween. Other South Jersey towns that have repealed curfews in recent months are Logan, Greenwich, Harrison, North Wildwood, Avalon, and Buena Vista.
NEWS
October 13, 2011 | BY JAN RANSOM, ransomj@phillynews.com 215-854-5218
CHANGES WERE made to the latest city curfew bill yesterday, following concerns about steeper fines, tougher enforcement and children's civil rights. City Council gave committee-level approval to the bill, introduced by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown on behalf of the Nutter administration. The proposal would impose a $75 fine for a violation, up from $25. The maximum penalty would be $500. The changes would give parents 30 days instead of 10 to pay the $75 fine after receiving a notice that their child violated curfew.
SPORTS
January 17, 1992 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
Jim Lynam doesn't believe in curfews. "I'm not a curfew guy," the 76ers' coach said yesterday. "I never had curfews with my kids. "But as I say that, I had one as a kid, because that was the way my father saw fit to do it. It worked for him. " The premise of a curfew has come up because Sixers captain Charles Barkley was involved in an incident at 2:30 a.m. Dec. 22 in Milwaukee in which he has been charged with a count of misdemeanor battery...
NEWS
November 20, 1988 | By Mary H. Donohue, Special to The Inquirer
A rise in vandalism and other petty juvenile crimes is prompting Upper Uwchlan officials to consider adopting a series of tough new laws that, among other things, sets a curfew for teenagers and limits the operation of mini- bikes. The ordinances, which are to be voted on at a Board of Supervisors meeting Dec. 5, were proposed first by John DeMarco, the township's highest ranking policeman. Although the proposed laws have been written and are ready for debate and possible enactment by the supervisors, John Roughan, Upper Uwchlan's new township manager, said last week that he would discuss neither the measures themselves nor the rationale for them.
NEWS
October 5, 2006
RE RONNIE Polaneczky's column on the Dixon House curfew center: Whenever I've felt compelled to write in response to an article or a rant, I haven't done so because my reaction was not positive - and we have enough of that in today's society. But this is different. I was very impressed and inspired by this article. It sounds like it is working wonders, and I can't believe that Temple criminal-justice professor Ralph Taylor would hesitate on touting the success of the program without "hard numbers.
NEWS
June 7, 1993 | By Jan Hefler, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Call it the domino effect. Three months ago, Palmyra Borough Council, alarmed at late night rowdiness by teenagers hanging out in the downtown business district, authorized a curfew to quiet things down. The Riverton Borough Council is expected to adopt an identical ordinance at its meeting Thursday night, chiefly to prevent the youths from taking their rowdy outings to its own neighborhoods. Shortly after Palmyra enacted its curfew in March, Riverton Police Chief Thomas Gilbert warned council that Riverton might become a hangout for youths if it did not pass its own legislation.
NEWS
August 20, 2011
THE CORNER of Broad and South streets has long been a popular spot for Philadelphia's teen mobs, whose activity has led to a 9 p.m. weekend curfew for those under 18. But members of several community groups hope to turn the tables tonight at 8:30 in a demonstration against the curfew. Diop Olugbala, an independent mayoral candidate, says the curfew infringes on the rights of youth to assemble freely. It also fails to get to what he describes as the heart of the problem: economic conditions.
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NEWS
May 22, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Seven months after eliminating its juvenile curfew, fearful of the prospect that legal challenges could arise, Paulsboro officials have instituted a new policy. Borough Council unanimously gave final approval to the new curfew Tuesday night, and officials say the nighttime restrictions for those younger than 18 is to take effect Friday. The new curfew will prohibit minors from being out between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday; the curfew on Fridays and Saturdays runs from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., beginning an hour later than before.
NEWS
January 20, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's a word teens dread - a notion viewed as an unsavory limitation on adolescence - and it's a concept under scrutiny in some towns. Say hello (or goodbye) to the curfew. Though policies that govern how late children and teens can be out unsupervised have for years been approved by local governments in the name of safety, a number of New Jersey towns have moved to modify or drop their ordinances. Paulsboro lifted its curfew just before Halloween. Other South Jersey towns that have repealed curfews in recent months are Logan, Greenwich, Harrison, North Wildwood, Avalon, and Buena Vista.
NEWS
October 9, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
The recent repeal of a juvenile curfew in a North Jersey town has renewed questions about the constitutionality of such measures, prompting some local officials to review their laws. The widespread effects were clear Tuesday night, when Paulsboro's borough council approved rescinding its curfew, a measure in place since 1983. The decision to ax the law has brought at least a temporary end to nights when a siren's wail at 10 p.m. signaled those under 18 should be home. "It's going to be a problem," Police Chief Chris Wachter said Tuesday afternoon.
NEWS
November 9, 2013 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN - After multiple foiled attempts to bring a controversial business curfew to Camden, the ordinance is now law, following an appellate court ruling Thursday. When the clock strikes midnight Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 p.m. the rest of the week, most retail outlets, including clothing stores and restaurants, within 200 feet of residential zones, must close or face fines and other penalties. Camden joins two other cities, Newark and Jersey City, which also have introduced curfews in an effort to curb crime.
NEWS
July 7, 2013 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Need a sugar high while in Camden at 3 a.m.? Slurpees and other foods and drinks may be temporarily sold 24/7 in Camden, a state Appellate Court judge ruled this week. After a Camden County trial judge upheld the city's business curfew ordinance in April, 7-Eleven requested a motion to stay, or put the ordinance on hold, until the company appealed the case in court. Initially, 7-Eleven was unsuccessful. Camden County Superior Court Judge Faustino Fernandez-Vina, who decided the curfew case in April, denied the motion in May. On Monday, the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey granted a motion to 7-Eleven, mandating that Camden hold off on enforcing its business curfew.
NEWS
April 24, 2013 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Aside from booze, gas and drug stores, Camden will soon be closed for business by 11 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends. In a decision published Monday, Camden County Superior Court Judge Faustino Fernandez-Vina upheld the city's business curfew ordinance passed in 2011, which was legally challenged by a city activist and some take-out restaurant owners. The city has not determined when it will start enforcing the ordinance. But once it does, businesses within 200 feet of residential zones will have to adhere to the following hours of operation: Sunday-Thursday, from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, from 6 a.m. to midnight.
NEWS
September 19, 2012 | By Barbara Boyer and Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writers
Camden businesses subject to a controversial late-night curfew won a reprieve Monday when a judge issued an injunction that prohibits city officials from enforcing the ordinance until a full hearing. Plans to start citing business owners who stayed open past 11 p.m. Monday were immediately put on hold. The ordinance, passed a year ago by City Council, is intended to control crime in a city that is ranked among the most dangerous in the nation. City officials argue that businesses that stay open into the early morning attract drug activity and other crime.
NEWS
September 18, 2012 | By Barbara Boyer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Late-night Camden businesses subject to a controversial curfew won a reprieve this morning when a judge issued an injunction that prohibits police from enforcing the ordinance. The curfew, to have been implemented tonight, was passed by Camden City Council last year and was intended to control crime. It requires businesses within 200 feet of residential neighborhoods to close by 11 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends. Restaurants that serve alcohol and gas stations would be exempt.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2012 | Howard Gensler
As we learn constantly in this country, politicians have an incredible ability to fuss over nonsense and avoid the big issues.   And then there's what happened Saturday night in London. Authorities enforced a 10:30 p.m. curfew on Bruce Springsteen's Hyde Park concert just when the Boss called to the stage some old bass player named Paul McCartney. Who has a 10:30 curfew? A 10-year-old? But Springsteen had already exceeded the curfew by half an hour when he welcomed Sir Paul for a legendary duet of "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Twist and Shout.
NEWS
July 7, 2012 | By Mike Schneider, Associated Press
ORLANDO, Fla. - Former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was released from jail Friday for a second time while he awaits trial on second-degree murder charges in the fatally shooting of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman left the Seminole County Jail a day after Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester granted a $1 million bail with strict conditions. He ignored shouted questions from nearby reporters as he walked out and got into an SUV. The judge is requiring Zimmerman to stay in Seminole County.
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