November 27, 2013 |
The number of children living in poverty in Delaware County increased by 30 percent between 2008 and 2012, according to a new report. Around 21,000 children 17 and under were living in poverty in the county in 2012, according to the report by Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY), a youth advocacy and research nonprofit in Philadelphia. That's a county child-poverty rate of 16.7 percent, PCCY reported. According to the agency's calculations, the Delaware County child-poverty rate is the highest among the four Pennsylvania suburban counties, PCCY officials said at a news conference in the food pantry at the Bernardine Center in Chester on Monday.
November 26, 2013 |
THORNBURY The allegations are vivid: African American inmates placed for hours at a time in a "dirty cell" strewn with rotten food, human feces, and urine. White guards "waterboarding" black prisoners with pepper spray until they vomit. K-9 officers letting "their dogs urinate on the belongings and bedding" of black inmates. The claims are spelled out in lawsuits filed by two guards at Delaware County's prison, the George Hill Correctional Facility in Thornbury. The private company that runs the prison denies the accusations, and a lawyer for the county prison board called them "sensational" and noted they had not been substantiated.
November 20, 2013 |
DELAWARE COUNTY With a lower median income and denser pockets of poverty than in neighboring communities, Delaware County is struggling to educate its students, according to a report from an education advocacy group. Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) on Monday released "The Bottom Line Is Children: Public Education in Delaware County," examining the state of education for nearly 70,000 students in 15 school districts. While the county's overall economic health is strong, the rising number of low-income residents poses new economic and educational challenges for the county, the report said.
November 15, 2013 |
A pedestrian ramp for the Ben Franklin Bridge, a former rail bridge over the Schuylkill in Manayunk, and a Burlington County trail are among 13 trails getting $4 million for design and construction, local officials said Wednesday. The trails are part of a 750-mile network being built for pedestrians and bicyclists in Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey. About 285 miles of trails in the network are built, and an additional 50 miles are in development, leaving about 415 miles to go. Trail advocates hope to complete the network within 20 years at a cost of $250 million.
November 14, 2013 |
DELAWARE COUNTY Two-thirds of calls to Delaware County's 911 center in September made from wireless phones had inaccurate location information, according to data released Tuesday by the Federal Communications Commission. And evidently, the problem is widespread. Close to 170 million wireless 911 calls are made annually in the United States, and last year about 73 million came through with inaccurate information, said Jaime Barnett, executive director of FindMe 911, a group of public-safety professionals.
November 11, 2013 |
Let the games begin! Two days after our exhilarating off-year election, Gov. Corbett launched the Philly leg of his reelection campaign at an American Legion post in Fox Chase, and offered a preview of what is to come. While the faithful chanted "Four more years," a vocal horde of protesters outside yelled "One-term Tom. " His wife, Susan, noted: "There's a party going on outside, and they've worked up a really nice beat to what they're saying. So I vote for you all to join me in a conga line when we leave.
November 11, 2013 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Nine years ago, Rosemary and Bill Fox were living in Center City, and their daughter Olivia was nearing preschool age. Rosemary Fox had grown up in Springfield, Delaware County, and Bill Fox in Northeast Philadelphia, so their search for a town to move to and a top school district was focused on Bucks County and Delco. They chose Swarthmore, even though the property taxes "are on the high side," Rosemary says.
November 9, 2013 |
GLEN MILLS — A number: Treatment admissions for opiates, mainly prescription painkillers, rose 693 percent in three years in Delaware County. A prediction: Tightening Pennsylvania laws to limit availability of the pills could result in an increase in heroin use, at least temporarily. A mother's story about what happened after 30 days of inpatient treatment for her daughter, the maximum her insurer would cover: "We had already run out of money for medicine, therapists, and doctors.
November 8, 2013 |
THE DELAWARE County GOP machine is still firing on all cylinders, but its municipal-level messaging might need a slight tune-up. Exhibit A: The Delco cancer scare of 2013. Faced with an expanding Democratic Party in the GOP-controlled county, Newtown Township Republican leader Michael F.X. Gillin decided to rally the troops before Tuesday's election with a "Dear Neighbor" letter claiming that tax-and-spend Philadelphia Democrats are "attempting to take over" the county government.
November 7, 2013 |
UPPER DARBY Township police say they are looking for a man, believed to be a heroin addict, who committed seven burglaries - including one Tuesday morning, as they were convening a news conference about the incidents. "We have to get this guy off the street," said Superintendent Michael Chitwood. "Right now, he is in a panic," said Police Capt. George J. Rhoades. Police said the burglaries began Oct. 19 at an Upper Darby CVS, when the man "insinuated" that he had a gun and asked for drugs.