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October 26, 1986 | By Pheralyn Dove-Morse, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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June 23, 1988 | By Ellen Pulver, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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December 22, 1994 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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October 26, 1989 | By Lisa Moorhead, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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June 14, 1995 | By Suzette Hackney, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
SPORTS
August 1, 1987 | By Bill Ordine, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 4, 1998 | By Lisa Sandberg, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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April 30, 1998 | By Lisa Sandberg, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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October 1, 2000 | By Deborah Bolling, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
NEWS
August 9, 1998 | By Andrew Rice, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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March 31, 2015 | By Sarai Flores, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities on Sunday confirmed the identity of the Darby Borough police officer who was shot to death in his home. Chief Michael DiLenno of the Yeadon Fire Company confirmed in an interview with NBC10 the slain officer was Mark Allen Hudson, 26, a part-time police officer who also volunteered with Yeadon Fire Company No. 1. "It was kind of an around-the-clock thing for him," DiLenno said. "He would come up in the middle of the night, after he would get off day work being in a police car all day, for a fire call.
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January 29, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
The white house on Main Street is falling down. Its back porch is unstable, and its windows are broken. Inside, the walls are decaying and the floors are covered in debris. John Haigis sees past the blight of the 19th-century house. "It has character," said Haigis, president of Darby Borough's Historical Commission. Home to the oldest continually operating free library in the United States and a Quaker meeting house that dates to 1805, Darby is rich in history. But the small Delaware County borough is not rich in resources.
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January 20, 2015 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eight months ago, the Upper Darby High School Indoor Drumline was on top of the world. When the team came home from a stellar showing in the annual Winter Guard International World Championships in Ohio, police cruisers and fire trucks met the bus carrying 40-plus students and escorted them on the final three miles of their trip to a raucous welcome at the school. This winter, the short-term goal is a little more down to earth: Just to get to Dayton. While Upper Darby's champion "Marching Royals" drill up to 20 hours a week to nail down their colorful, percussion-driven performance, called "Celebration of Life," parents and boosters are stepping up the beat of fund-raising - scrambling to raise the $40,000 the drumline needs for a full season and to compete again in the top division at the worlds.
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December 30, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
UPPER DARBY police are searching for a Philadelphia man who was involved in what Superintendent Michael Chitwood described as a brutal robbery inside 69th Street Terminal on Christmas morning. The 48-year-old victim was returning from work and waiting for a bus about 1:40 a.m. Thursday when three men approached him and demanded his SEPTA TransPass, according to police. They punched and kicked him and threw him down the steps. "These guys were at the terminal for one reason only, to rob and steal something," Chitwood said.
SPORTS
November 29, 2014 | By Nick Carroll, Inquirer Staff Writer
Haverford High players carried a thick brown rope down the narrow concrete stairs that spilled onto Upper Darby's field. The Fords arrived without the noise and hype that typically surrounds a football team's entrance. They just walked the rope to their sidelines and placed it on the ground, right where the team would stand throughout the game. One last time this season, Haverford High showed its unity and beat Upper Darby, 28-12. "It's been a crazy season," said Nick Costello, who caught three touchdowns and was named Haverford High's most outstanding player of the game.
NEWS
October 27, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
After 15 years in Morocco, Steve and Judi Bowman wanted to return home to a diverse community in the United States. So they settled in Upper Darby. The couple renovated a building across from the township building and opened it last year as Five Points Coffee. But Five Points is more than a coffee shop. The Bowmans also started a nonprofit organization, with a vision of serving international students, immigrants, and refugees. Their shop has become a regular meeting place for English conversation groups for nonnative speakers, a local church's SAT tutoring, and the township's multicultural committee.
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October 19, 2014 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Isiah Bruce grabbed the handoff early in the second half of Upper Darby's 39-22 win Friday night, and the Penncrest bench started to shout. "Run, run, run," the players said, hoping to alert their defensive teammates. Their shouts quickly turned to groans. Bruce sprinted past the defense and ran up the middle for a 39-yard touchdown. It was the junior's second score of the game, and it seized the momentum. He finished with 10 carries for 196 yards and three TDs in the Central League game at Penncrest.
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October 11, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Upper Darby Township police are looking for a man in his 20s who they say was caught on video slashing the throat of a fellow bar patron during an altercation early Thursday. The victim, Wilson Zunija Aquirre, also in his 20s, was in "extremely critical condition" at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, said Michael Chitwood, superintendent of police. The alleged assailant was identified as Miguel Escalon, also in his 20s, whom Chitwood described as "armed and dangerous.
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October 1, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
ONE UPPER DARBY mother took her parenting cues from LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out," when she urged her daughter to fight another girl in the parking lot of a gas station on Friday afternoon, police said. "She flunked Parenting 101," said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. "Kids are kids but parents that push them to have a fight, that makes no sense whatsoever. " This month's contender for mother of the year, Nicole Holton, 36, was shameless when police broke up the fight and tried to get to the bottom of how it started, Chitwood said.
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September 20, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Masako Griffin tried to leave her abusive boyfriend at least five times but couldn't break the tie. And, police say, it cost the Upper Darby woman her life. "This is one of these unfortunate - we see it all too often - domestic violence cases that turns tragic for the victim," said Police Superintendent Michael J. Chitwood. De-Schae Lowry, 38, of Upper Darby, has been charged with murder and related counts in the killing of Griffin whose partially clothed body was found last month in her bedroom, police said Thursday.
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