September 30, 2015 |
When Dan Levin moved to Concord Township in 1998, he found solace in a home surrounded by open, untouched land. The western Delaware County municipality remained largely rural even as development boomed elsewhere across the county. Fewer than 10,000 people called the quiet, 14-square-mile township home. Traffic was light, green space plentiful. But in the new millennium, thousands have flocked to Concord, the population has nearly doubled, housing developments have sprouted, open land has dwindled.
September 6, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Marple and Newtown share a school district, but when it comes to housing, the two Delaware County municipalities have little in common. Marple, which saw large-scale development right after the end of World War II, is filled with houses from that era: primarily single-family homes of 1,500 to 1,800 square feet, with three bedrooms and 11/2 to two bathrooms. But there are also some rowhouses and twins in the mix. The price range for the 62 houses now for sale is $155,000 to $450,000, with the median list price $359,900.
September 5, 2015 |
A former bookkeeper at a Delaware County welding company has been charged with stealing almost $700,000 from his employer over 13 years, the District Attorney's office said Thursday. Jeffrey McElwee, 53, of Essington, was arrested last week and charged with theft, receiving stolen property, forgery, and related crimes. He was remanded to the Delaware County jail after failing to post bail. According to court records, the owner and accountant of Power Source Welding, in Collingdale, contacted police when they discovered McElwee, an employee since 2002, had been stealing funds using the owner's line of credit.
August 28, 2015
A person was struck and killed by an Amtrak train Wednesday afternoon in Delaware County, tying up rail traffic for more than three hours, officials said. The person, described as a trespasser whose body was so mauled that the gender could not be immediately determined, was hit by Train 97 about 5:15 p.m. near the Norwood Station, officials said. None of the 178 passenger on the train were injured. Amtrak and SEPTA rail service were delayed while authorities investigated the scene.
August 24, 2015 |
Spring's real estate market was the Philadelphia area's best since the housing bubble burst in mid-2007, with significant increases in prices and sales volume in almost every county. Between April 1 and June 30, the region's median price for a single-family home rose to $217,000, from $212,000 in the same period last year, according to an analysis of second-quarter sales for Berkshire Hathaway Home Services by Kevin Gillen, chief economist for Meyers Research and senior research fellow at Drexel University's Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation.
August 22, 2015 |
State Rep. Todd Stephens on Thursday joined an increasingly crowded field of candidates for attorney general in 2016. In the Republican primary, Stephens is to face off against a fellow Montgomery County legislator, State Sen. John Rafferty, who announced his candidacy in June. Stephens, of Horsham, is in his third term representing eastern Montgomery County. In an interview Thursday, Stephens said his decision to run was spurred by the allegations of leaking and lying that have plagued Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane in recent years.
August 19, 2015 |
The Delaware County agency responsible for treating sewage from systems that serve 500,000 area residents has agreed to pay nearly $1.4 million to settle a claim it let pollutants seep into Ridley Creek, Chester Creek, and the Delaware River. In a lawsuit filed last month, the Delaware County Regional Water Authority was accused of too often letting untreated wastewater flow into the tributaries, endangering residents of Delaware County and parts of Chester County, many of whom live in low-income communities.
August 17, 2015 |
At Kennett Brewing Co., the lights are low, the tables are long, and the community, seemingly, is organic. Owners Jossy and Mark Osborne - who live in Little Britain, Lancaster County, a dry township - said locals and friends pitched in to create everything from the company's signs to its bathroom sinks. The sociable spirit transferred to the pub, a cozy but warehouse-like space tucked off South Broad Street in Kennett Square. Customers "say it's [like] coming into somebody's house or living room," said Mark Osborne.
August 15, 2015 |
Rabbi Martin Rubenstein, 87, of Upper Darby, a well-known figure in the Jewish community, died Wednesday, Aug. 12, of congestive heart failure at Harlee Manor in Springfield. He was the rabbi at Temple Israel of Upper Darby from 1978 until it merged in 2002 with Congregation Beth El-Ner Tamid in Broomall. He served as the associate rabbi in Broomall for many years. On the final day of services at Temple Israel, in June 2002, Rabbi Rubenstein told The Inquirer he was wistful about leaving the old location after 50 years of preaching and serving, but looked forward at age 74 to a new challenge.
August 14, 2015 |
Prayers are flying fast and thick for Vitaly Korchevsky, the pastor of Slavic Evangelical Baptist Church in Brookhaven, Delaware County, indicted Tuesday in what is being called a $100 million cyber-hacking scheme to commit securities fraud. The 50-year-old preacher from Glen Mills leads a small but extremely loyal congregation, many of whom refuse to believe the charges. Church members and friends in the Slavic community have created a Facebook page, "Pray for Vitaly Korchevsky and Family," filled with words of support in Russian and English and Bible verses.