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May 14, 2009 | By Joelle Farrell INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In Delaware County, where Republicans have had a lock on the county council for 30 years, the Republican Party's stamp of approval seems to go far with voters. Yet this year, one Republican candidate is wearing her "un-endorsement" proudly. Barbara Murray, 53, of Upper Darby, hopes to defeat the endorsed candidates - a council incumbent and a 29-year veteran of the state House - in Tuesday's primary for two council seats. Democrats also have a race, with three candidates in the primary.
NEWS
January 29, 1987 | By David Lieber, Inquirer Staff Writer
What makes the people of Middletown tick? Photographs of families and their homes. A year-end issue of Time magazine. An Acme supermarket sales receipt. Diaries. A National Football League schedule. Wedding invitations. Newspaper clippings. Calendars. Family trees. A Frisbee. These items are stacking up at the Middletown Free Library as families and businesses in the community prepare to cap off their 1986 tricentennial celebration by placing a burial vault - a township time capsule - six feet underground.
NEWS
October 22, 2010
An unidentified man was shot in the chest Friday night in Chester Township, Delaware County police reported. The shooting occurred shortly before 10 p.m. in the 1000 block of Powell Road near a 7-Eleven store, police said. A person answering the telephone at the 7-Eleven said the shooting did not involve anybody from the convenience store. A police dispatcher did not have immediate information on the condition of the shooting victim. No arrest was reported. The assailant reportedly fled in the direction of Toby Farms School.
NEWS
September 28, 1993 | By Robert Moran, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Joan L. Murray, a registered nurse who has served as Delaware County's top health officer for nearly 12 years, will resign her position effective at the end of this week, it was disclosed yesterday. A replacement has not been selected, said County Council Chairwoman Mary Ann Arty. Murray, 51, said she would be moving to Hilton Head, S.C., where she will live with her husband, William A. Murray. As director of Intercommunity Health, Murray oversees a staff of six, including a staff nurse who treats the on-the-job ailments of county employees.
NEWS
November 18, 2011 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
It happened again. There has been another big-cat sighting in Delaware County. On Monday, Folcroft Borough police received a call about a bobcat running through a neighborhood. "Upon arrival, the animal was gone," Folcroft Police Chief Robert Ruskowski said. Is it the power of suggestion that keeps the calls coming? Or could there be a bobcat? "It is very, very possible," said Gary Stolz, manager at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. "They are native here.
NEWS
June 18, 2012
A young boy was found drowned Sunday afternoon in the swimming pool at a Brookhaven apartment complex, the Delaware County Medical Examiner's Office said. An official said the death occurred about 3:25 p.m. at the Camelot Court complex on West Brookhaven Road. The boy was transported to Crozer-Chester Medical Center, where he was pronounded dead. The Medical Examiner's Office said he is believed to be approximately 7. Brookhaven Police were investigating. - Staff report
NEWS
September 30, 1989 | By Nathan Gorenstein, Inquirer Staff Writer
An offer of about $1 million a year and a promise to address pollution and truck traffic worries has ended the Berks County Commissioners' opposition to Delaware County's controversial Colebrookdale landfill. "It's making the best of a bad situation," said Glenn B. Reber, a Berks County commissioner. In a preliminary agreement signed Thursday and announced by Delaware County officials yesterday, the Berks commissioners agreed to drop their opposition to Delaware County's landfill expansion plans.
NEWS
March 3, 2013 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A public briefing on the progress of Delaware County's still-forming local economic development strategy will be held Wednesday by the County Council. Once complete, the strategy will be a 10-year plan to promote job growth, opportunity, and community vitality, according to county spokeswoman Trish Cofiell. The Redevelopment Authority of the Delaware County Commerce Center has been working with the Delta Development Group Inc., a Mechanicsburg, Pa.-based planning firm hired for about $107,000, to conduct the study to form the strategy.
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NEWS
June 10, 2016 | By Julie Shaw and Erin Serpico, STAFF WRITERS
With unexpected ferocity, a potent squall line ripped through the region around lunchtime Wednesday, knocking out power to more than 80,000 utility customers, toppling trees, and causing significant transportation delays. A wind gust of 72 mph was reported in Cumberland County, N.J., said National Weather Service meteorologist Patrick O'Hara, and gusts of 50 to 65 mph were common elsewhere on both sides of the Delaware River. The winds downed trees all over the region, with 27 of them in Haverford Township, Delaware County, alone, township emergency officials said.
BUSINESS
June 4, 2016 | By Jason Laughlin, Staff Writer
The family of an Amtrak employee killed when a train hit a backhoe he was operating in Delaware County filed suit against the national rail company Thursday, blaming negligence for his death. Joe Neal Carter Jr., 61, of Wilmington, died April 3, along with another Amtrak worker, Peter John Adamovich, 59, of Lincoln University, Pa., while both worked on tracks in Chester City. Carter, lawyers Thomas Kline and Robert Mongeluzzi said at a news conference, was a victim of "colossal miscommunication.
NEWS
May 27, 2016 | By Caitlin McCabe, Staff Writer
The U.S. Justice Department will announce Thursday that it will undertake what promises to be a comprehensive, independent, and vigorous evaluation of the Chester City Police Department. The announcement, which federal officials said would be made at a news conference, comes three months after Police Commissioner Darren Alston said the city had voluntarily reached out to the federal agency to review the department's use-of-force policies. The department has faced overwhelming criticism from residents in the past over incidents they said involved too much force by police.
NEWS
May 22, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Francis G. Pileggi, 87, of Chester, a lawyer active in Catholic organizations and the father of Delaware County Common Pleas Court Judge Dominic F. Pileggi, died Tuesday, May 17. Mr. Pileggi died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Known as "Frank," Mr. Pileggi was born and reared in Chester. He graduated from St. James Catholic High School in 1945, and earned degrees from Villanova University and Temple University Law School. He was the founder of the Woodlyn law firm of Pileggi & Pileggi, which handles cases involving personal injury, estate planning, real estate, and property damage, according to its website.
NEWS
May 22, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A week after a small black bear was seen swimming in the Wissahickon Creek in Fairmount Park, is it safe to go into the park? Wildlife Conservation Officer Jerry Czech, of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, says yes. "We didn't tell people to stay out of the woods when it was spotted," Czech said Friday. "It would be perfectly safe to go about your business," he said. "With the amount of people in that park ... it's probably not there. " Czech said he believes the bear spotted May 13 near the Valley Green Inn, by Forbidden Drive and Valley Green Road, was the same bear later seen in Tredyffrin Township, Chester County, on Sunday.
BUSINESS
May 21, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
The number of U.S. houses left vacant because of foreclosure was down at the start of the second quarter compared with the same period last year. But New Jersey's share of these "zombies" continues to be tops in the nation, real estate information provider RealtyTrac said Thursday. Zombie homes are defined as houses that mortgage borrowers vacated for which the foreclosure process was never completed. In the United States overall, just 19,187, or 4.7 percent, of residential properties in the foreclosure process were zombies as of May, according to the Irvine, Calif., company, which monitors foreclosures nationwide.
NEWS
May 20, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Since a black bear was spotted swimming in the Wissahickon Creek in Fairmount Park last Friday, many have been wondering: Where has the bear gone? Wildlife officials say there have been reported bear sightings this week spanning more than 30 miles from Philadelphia to Delaware County and Delaware, but they are not sure if any of those sightings are the same bear spotted near Valley Green Inn last week. Jerry Czech, a wildlife conservation officer with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, said by email Wednesday that there were no sightings of the Wissahickon bear over the weekend in the city.
NEWS
May 18, 2016 | By Stephanie Farr, Staff Writer
Nearly $5.5 million collected from fines for red-light violations at 28 Philadelphia intersections will fund 23 safety-improvement projects in 18 municipalities across the state, Gov. Wolf announced Monday. The biggest chunk of money - $2.8 million - will go to five projects in Philadelphia, including $1 million for safety improvements at 30 to 50 "crash locations," according to a news release. Michael Carroll, acting commissioner of the Philadelphia Streets Department, said the city would have three years in which to identify the sites and use the Automated Red Light Enforcement grant.
TRAVEL
May 16, 2016 | By Carolyn M. Hayward, For The Inquirer
In the 1960s, my father's brother, Joe Hayward, the youngest sibling in the family, died at age 47 in an antique-car accident. He was born in 1918, the year the family lost their mother. Joe, a Navy vet and an engineer on the Sun ships that traveled the world in the 1950s and later on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, was estranged from the family for many years. A telephone call in September 1965 from Uncle Joe's friend in Lewes notified us of his death, and we (my parents, my grandfather, two uncles, my Aunt Alice, and I)
NEWS
May 1, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, STAFF WRITER
With 85 percent of the Delaware River navigation channel deepened to 45 feet, Pennsylvania elected officials gathered on the banks of the Delaware River Friday to celebrate. Labor, business, and goverment leaders came to Packer Avenue Marine Terminal in South Philadelphia to mark a milestone -- the final $55 million in federal funding to deepen the river's 103-mile shipping channel that began in March 2013. "Completing this project will mean more ships, more cargo, more commerce, and more jobs," said Jerry Sweeney, chairman of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA)
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