October 26, 1986 |
The threat of two new taxes drew more than 100 angry Darby residents to a Borough Council committee meeting last week. Two proposed ordinances, if passed by the council, would impose a 1 percent earned-income tax on Darby residents and those employed in the borough, and a 1.5 percent business-privilege tax on all for-profit businesses in the borough. Councilman Robert Layden, chairman of the Finance and Ordinance Committee, told the crowd at the borough hall Wednesday night that the purpose of the meeting was finance and ordinance and that"we aren't going to be discussing anything about tax tonight.
June 23, 1988 |
A Darby Borough rowhouse in the 900 block of Maple Terrace that had started to collapse a year ago completely caved in Tuesday night. Officials have evacuated the homes on either side until they are declared safe. Phil Gallagher, the borough manager, said Wednesday that contractors were examining the rubble to give the borough a cost estimate for demolishing the structure at 925 Maple Terrace. Gallagher said the house had been vacant anywhere from 8 to 17 years. According to borough building inspector Tom Powers, a warrant has been issued for the arrest of the home's owner, David Yeaworth, to whom several citations have been issued concerning the property's condition.
December 22, 1994 |
Longwood Gardens will present the Upper Darby High School Encore Singers tomorrow as part of the gardens' annual holiday celebration. The ensemble will appear in two shows - at 7 and 8 p.m. - and will perform a program of traditional holiday favorites, including "Jingle Bells," "Greensleeves," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," and "The Hallelujah Chorus" of Handel's Messiah. The 30-member choir, which performs at special events throughout the school year, is directed by Barbara Benglian and accompanied by pianist Harry Dietzler.
October 26, 1989 |
A rape charge has been filed against Kevin Woodson, of the 100 block of North Fourth Street, Darby, who is accused of locking a 15-year-old girl in his car and forcing her to have sexual intercourse, police said. An affidavit filed by police gave this account: At 11:15 p.m. Saturday police went to investigate a report of a sexual assault in the 300 block of Marks Avenue. Officer Michael Leagans spoke to the victim's stepfather, who told them his stepdaughter had been raped.
June 14, 1995 |
Police say that arson caused a Saturday-night blaze that destroyed a business, and that they are looking for suspects who may have burglarized three buildings before setting the fire. Police Chief Robert H. Thompson said yesterday one or two suspects cut a six-foot barbed-wire fence to enter the complex at Calcon Hook and Hook Roads about 10 p.m. He said Power Motive Rebuilders, which occupied the building destroyed by the fire, was burglarized, along with Action Supply Co. and T&C Construction Co., which suffered minor fire damage.
August 1, 1987 |
The Byron Darby Experiment ended yesterday with a gentlemen's agreement that has given Darby his freedom to find a job elsewhere in the NFL. In October, Eagles coach Buddy Ryan moved Darby, who had started 1986 as the starting left defensive end, to tight end. The experiment yielded only two pass receptions for 16 yards. According to Ryan, Darby did not try hard enough in the off-season to learn his new position. According to Darby's agent, Lloyd Remick, maybe it wasn't such a hot idea in the first place.
March 4, 1998 |
In the borough's largest sex-peddling crackdown in recent memory, its only female police officer disguised herself as a prostitute, dawdled on its busiest thoroughfare, and netted 20 men in just two hours Friday night, police said. In a terse news release issued yesterday, borough Police Chief Robert F. Smythe said the crackdown was a response to complaints from residents. The sting operation was conducted at the intersection of Main and Front Streets - one block from the desolate border Darby shares with Philadelphia.
April 30, 1998 |
Dennis H. McErlean, Darby's chief code official, has been appointed acting borough manager, temporarily filling the post that will be vacated today when Philip W. Gallagher retires. The Borough Council approved the appointment by a 6-2 vote, with Council Vice President Stephen R. Davish absent. Voting for the appointment were Republicans Wilbur "Pluggy" Smith, Robert D. Mawhinney and Angel Maskart and Democrats Alfred Robinson Jr., Sandra R. Stewart and Jacqueline A. Townes.
October 1, 2000 |
Melvyn McCalla loves his hometown. He loves it so much, he says, that since he was a boy, he has wondered why so many of his friends and neighbors have packed up and moved out. So when McCalla opened his own business on Ridge Avenue 20 years ago, he did so to show whoever was watching that he could stay in Darby and be successful. "The only people who stayed were the numbers [runners] and the preachers," McCalla, 54, said recently, sitting in the funeral parlor he owns at 1019 Ridge Ave. "But I wanted to give something back to this community, so I'm still here.
August 9, 1998 |
A quarrel in the parking lot of a towing company over an alleged affair ended in deadly gunfire Friday afternoon, police said. When it was over, Robert Leonardo was dead. Walter Kauffeld, who police say was having an affair with Leonardo's wife, was charged with shooting Leonardo and the owner of the towing company. Yesterday, Kauffeld, 43, of the 2500 block of South 67th Street, Philadelphia, was being held at Delaware County Prison after his bail, originally set at 10 percent of $250,000, was revoked.