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September 17, 2013 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia said Sunday that it will examine 46 parishes in Philadelphia, Bucks, Delaware and Montgomery Counties to assess their viability and resources. That continues the archdiocese's Parish Area Pastory Planning Initiative, which began in 2010. The process is designed to let groups of parishes known as "Pastoral Planning Areas" undertake a program of self study, officials said. In the last few years the process has led to the merger or closing of 30 parishes, said archdiocese spokesman Kenneth A. Gavin.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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May 21, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Edgar Friedrichs quietly left the Interboro School District 41 years ago, and his principal wrote him a recommendation that was cryptic at best. The fifth-grade teacher at Prospect Park Elementary had "fulfilled his teaching responsibilities" and had "a good rapport" with peers and parents, Robert Castle wrote. The letter concluded: "I would be happy to discuss any further observations with a prospective employer. " But none called. Friedrichs had been allowed to quietly resign from the Delaware County school amid allegations that he molested some of his students, including a boy who said the teacher raped him in a book closet.
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.
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BUSINESS
October 19, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities.   Some people use the terms Glen Mills and Thornbury Township - the one in Delaware County - interchangeably. Inaccurately, too: A good portion of the township is in the Thornton zip code, 19373. (Thornton is a historic section of Thornbury Township.) Plus, the Glen Mills zip code, 19342, covers five other townships including Thornbury Township, Chester County, as well as the Borough of Chester Heights.
BUSINESS
October 19, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Population: 7,782 (2014). Median income: $91,179 (2014). Area: 9.26 square miles. Settlements in the last three months: 5. Homes for sale: 13. Days on market: 121. Median sale price: $550,000. Housing stock: Primarily single-family on large lots; some built in the 18th or 19th century, most built in the last 30 years. School district: West Chester Area. SOURCES: Thornbury Township; Zillow.com; Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach Realtors HomExpert Market Report
NEWS
October 16, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal and Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writers
  In counties across the Philadelphia region, officials are casting a watchful eye on the Ebola outbreak that has already claimed one life in Texas. Representatives from Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware, and Chester Counties, as well as two South Jersey counties, said Tuesday that they were keeping in close contact with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and area hospitals. "A contagious virus is only a plane ride away," Delaware County Council Chairman Tom McGarrigle told reporters after the first meeting of a county task force on Ebola and infectious diseases.
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October 5, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
To improve safety for pedestrians between 30th Street Station and the nearby medical complex in West Philadelphia, planners will get $75,000 for a new study announced Friday by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. As part of $1.2 million in grants in Philadelphia and its neighboring Pennsylvania counties, the city's Commerce Department will use the money to focus on improving six intersections and transit options in University City. The grants of federal and state funds were part of the planning commission's Transportation and Community Development Initiative, which seeks to coordinate local transportation improvements with land-use planning.
BUSINESS
October 4, 2014 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Thursday announced the sale of three suburban properties for $56.2 million and said it will use the proceeds to help plug gaps in its balance sheet. In addition to the previously reported sale of a 200-plus-acre property in Delaware County to Jenkintown-based Goodman Properties for $47 million, the archdiocese said that it had an agreement to sell a 454-acre property in Northampton County for $5.5 million, and that it had sold 55 acres in Chester County for $3.7 million.
BUSINESS
September 5, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Who cut the cheese in Philadelphia's suburbs? Peco Energy Co. is still sniffing out the source of the distinctive rotten-egg odor that prompted more than a thousand customers to report natural-gas leaks on Saturday and early Sunday, mostly in Delaware and Montgomery Counties. No leaks were discovered in the utility's gas distribution system, said Peco spokeswoman Cathy Engel Menendez. There were no risks to safety or health, she said. The calls created a big headache for Peco, which typically gets about 8,000 gas-leak complaints a year, said Engel Menendez.
NEWS
August 18, 2014 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
Community improvement projects across the region have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funding after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development changed its low- and moderate-income maps in the middle of the grant process. The update, which happened in June, took some local officials by surprise and has them scrambling to find money for such projects as a pedestrian bridge at a Hatboro-Horsham school and improvements to the Ambler Community Center. Montgomery County had already selected the projects to fund when HUD updated the maps.
NEWS
August 15, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chester City Council unanimously approved controversial expansion plans Wednesday for a trash incinerator along the city's waterfront that would allow the operator to accept waste shipped by train from New York. Council members told a packed audience that they understood concerns about the trash-to-steam plant's presence in Chester but could not deny the facility's right to operate. Covanta plans to construct two buildings, which the company said will allow it to accept trash in updated and safer containers.
NEWS
August 2, 2014
ISSUE | SHOOTING Fantasy scenario for saving lives There is nothing in President Obama's gun-control proposals that would have prevented the Delaware County psychiatrist from applying for a gun permit and receiving it ("Armed doctor saved lives," July 29). On the other hand, if it is true, as commentator John R. Lott Jr. asserts, that there was nothing that would have prevented the hospital shooter from acquiring a gun, maybe that is because people like Lott keep foisting a guns-for-everyone mythology on us and blocking even the smallest reforms.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even as regional leaders approved a $10.5 billion plan to boost transportation funding for Southeastern Pennsylvania on Thursday, state Transportation Secretary Barry Schoch warned that road and transit projects could be endangered by congressional inaction on the federal Highway Trust Fund. The federal fund is nearing insolvency. In seven days, the Obama administration will have to start cutting its transportation reimbursements to states unless Congress acts. The current remedies with the most support in Congress are for temporary fixes that would mean another funding crisis come May. "I would hate to see all the hard work by Gov. Corbett and the legislature undercut by a lack of federal action," Schoch said Thursday, referring to a landmark state transportation-funding law signed by Corbett in November.
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