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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
July 23, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writer
Weeks of suspense have attended convenience-store giant Wawa's request to sell beer at a Delaware County location. On Tuesday, the Concord Township Board of Supervisors decided that the suspense would last at least two more weeks. Just hours before a verdict was due Tuesday, the township announced that no decision would be on tap before the supervisors convene Aug. 4. Their decision will determine whether Wawa, one of the region's most popular convenience chains, can elbow its way into a beer market long dominated by distributors selling larger quantities.
NEWS
July 20, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
When 49-year-old Paul Brasberger suddenly died in January of 2012, a Delaware County medical examiner told his family he had heart disease, which may have contributed to his death. But after meeting with Brasberger's relatives, medical examiner Fredric N. Hellman had second thoughts. In a report, he called the death suspicious, concluding it "may not have been a consequence of natural disease" but rather "from the effects of an undetectable-to-date lethal substance administered to him unawares.
NEWS
July 15, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Delaware River Port Authority will name Delaware County lawyer Raymond J. Santarelli as its new general counsel and ex-FBI agent David Gentile as its new inspector general. The DRPA board is scheduled to make the appointments Wednesday, as Gov. Wolf continues to reshape the DRPA's leadership. Santarelli has been an attorney with Elliott Greenleaf in the firm's Blue Bell office. He is active in Delaware County politics, having spent 12 years as legal counsel to the Democratic Party of the county.
NEWS
June 26, 2015 | By Ben Finley and Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writers
As the sky darkened ominously, Sean McMahon was playing video games on Tuesday afternoon. Then the power flickered, and what followed was a frightening real-life drama. "It became black as night," the 26-year-old said. He looked out the window of his mother's home in Concord Township, Delaware County, and saw the slow collapse of a 150-foot tree onto her detached garage. On Wednesday afternoon, McMahon and his brother Chris, 35 - along with perhaps hundreds of thousands of others on both sides of the Delaware River - were surveying the damage from the fast-moving but potent cluster of thunderstorms that cut power to about a half-million people, from Chester County through Philadelphia all the way to the Jersey Shore.
NEWS
June 25, 2015 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joe Watkins - then-Gov. Tom Corbett's pick to oversee the Chester Upland schools, which the state said lacked the ability to address their financial disarray - said Tuesday that he is resigning to take a job with a new social-media company. Watkins, who has been the district's chief recovery officer for 21/2 years, will leave Tuesday. He will become executive vice president for external affairs for ElectedFace, a website that aims to connect people to government officials in every political district in America.
NEWS
June 6, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Philadelphia City Council committee approved a bill Thursday to allow the city to pay $90 million for the 27-acre property known as International Plaza on Route 291 in Tinicum Township, Delaware County, as part of a long-range expansion of Philadelphia International Airport. The measure is expected to come up for a full City Council vote later this month. The city-owned Philadelphia airport appraised the property at $75 million in 2013. The current owners, affiliates of Angelo Gordon & Co. and Amerimar Enterprises Inc., appraised the site, which has two office buildings, at $101 million.
NEWS
June 5, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
Our outsize investments of time, energy, and money in athletes and arenas tempt us to regard sports as more than just games. Politicians are no exception, forever buying and selling the idea that stadiums aren't only a means of providing entertainment and reaping profits, but the linchpins of the economic revivals that have so far eluded any number of American cities. In fact, study after study has failed to attribute any significant economic impact to sports facilities. Chester is one of many towns relearning that lesson, in this case at the feet of PPL Park, a professional soccer stadium surrounded by the same economic wasteland that greeted its arrival five years ago this month.
NEWS
June 4, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writer
Delaware County officials and a state representative disagree about a key piece of state legislation that may play a crucial role in a lawsuit filed by the county. On Tuesday, county officials publicly announced a $41.4 million lawsuit against 19 telecommunication carriers, alleging that the providers violated state law by undercharging customers - particularly medium-size to large businesses - for the number of phone lines they operate. The under-billings are significant, the county alleges, because 911 fees - charged to customers as $1 per month on every line they operate - are not collected and remitted to fund the county's emergency services.
BUSINESS
May 28, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia wants to buy the 27-acre property known as International Plaza on Route 291 in Tinicum Township, Delaware County, as part of a long-range expansion of Philadelphia International Airport. An ordinance was introduced in City Council on Thursday, paving the way for the city-owned airport to purchase the complex, which has two office buildings that were once the corporate headquarters of Scott Paper Co. The former Scott Plaza site is owned by a joint venture of affiliates of New York-based private equity firm Angelo Gordon & Co. and Amerimar Enterprises Inc., a commercial real estate development and management company.
REAL_ESTATE
May 24, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities.   Weichert Realtors agent Barbara Mastronardo calls Concord Township "one hot little real estate market. " Based on what? The Garnet Valley School District, for starters - this Delaware County community is part of it. Bethel Township, for another. It, too, is part of the Garnet Valley district, but with more expensive and larger houses - the first-quarter median price was $434,500, according to Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach HomExpert Market Report, versus $350,000 for Concord Township.
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