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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
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.
NEWS
September 4, 1989 | By Nathan Gorenstein, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Donald Weidner, the hellgrammites tell the story. They're mostly gone now. "I used to be able to scoop them up by the bucketful," he said, ". . . but now there's less and less. " The aquatic bugs - a couple of inches long and used as bait by bass fishermen - are disappearing from the stretch of Manatawny Creek in front of Weidner's home, an impeccably restored Victorian downstream from a massive landfill in Earl Township, Berks County. The Colebrookdale Landfill belongs to Delaware County, the only county in the state that owns and operates a landfill in another county, said Susan Woods, spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Resources.
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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.
NEWS
May 22, 2015 | By Anthony R. Wood and Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writers
At stake were nominations for the mayor's office in the nation's fifth-largest city and three vacancies on the state Supreme Court - the first time in more than 300 years that so many high court seats were available. Voters, evidently, were unimpressed. In Philadelphia, 70 percent of registered Democrats chose not to cast ballots in the mayoral primary Tuesday. In the city's four neighboring counties, more than 85 percent of those eligible failed to vote, according to county records.
NEWS
May 21, 2015 | By Jessica Parks and Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writers
State Rep. Thaddeus Kirkland ousted Chester Mayor John Linder on Tuesday night in one of the region's most heated primary battles. With nearly all of the precincts reporting, Kirkland had outpolled his Democratic rival by better than 2-1, ensuring that the Delaware County city will have a new leader next year. Kirkland will face former Mayor Wendell Butler, a Republican, in November's election. Linder's relationship with the five-member City Council had grown contentious in recent months, leading the Democratic Party to instead back Kirkland, a 12-term state representative.
BUSINESS
May 19, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
More sales but lower prices characterized the suburban real estate market in 2015's first quarter, as the Philadelphia region continued to extricate itself from the housing downturn. An analysis by economist Kevin Gillen of data provided by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach Realtors showed that the typical suburban house sold fell in value by 1.8 percent in the first quarter compared with the fourth quarter. Yet Gillen, chief economist of Meyers Research and senior fellow at the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation at Drexel University, also noted that while the average home price declined by only 0.3 percent in the city quarter to quarter, in the suburbs the average price fell 2.3 percent.
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