September 29, 1991 |
On a winding street of handsome homes in lovely Kings Grant, the Broomes' place stands out. It's the neat ranch house with the landscaped lawn - and the 19-foot flagpole out front. This week, the couple added a "FOR SALE" sign. Because their flag caused a flap. Seems this leafy Marlton development has rules that govern flagpoles, fences - even flower beds - which must be approved by a special design committee. "They said we have to take our flag down because of aesthetics.
January 24, 2007 |
WITH THE BULK of movie stars issuing "I'm so honored" statements following their Oscar nominations or crawling back under the covers following their Oscar snubs, Tattle is forced to travel South today for a follow-up to the item on the ever-patriotic Donald Trump. He who works out his personal issues with an 80-foot flagpole. Well, the latest is that Palm Beach officials have asked a federal court to take over a $25 million suit that Trump filed against the town, claiming it involves a constitutional question.
October 21, 2001 |
The Acme Flag Pole Co. has seen wars before. The flagpole outside the Lingo family business is left over from one. During World War II, Acme was among the businesses prohibited from making nonessential metal products because the government needed raw materials for the war effort. But when President Franklin D. Roosevelt died, workers scrounged the factory for pieces of pipe and constructed a pole to display the flag at half-staff. The pole is still standing outside the factory, where employees and the Lingos are now scrambling to fill orders for new wartime flagpoles.
August 28, 1997 |
Wireless telephone calls are relayed across a network of elevated antennas strategically placed in a grid pattern. But getting those antennas approved by municipal officials is not easy. The antennas tend to be regarded as eyesores, and phone companies often have to hide or camouflage them. It sometimes takes several tries before an antenna is sufficiently obscured. The township Planning Commission recently rejected requests by two telecommunications companies to erect 100-foot "monopoles," one that would have been disguised as a light pole and another that would have been disguised as a flagpole.
April 5, 1991 |
It is a father's nightmare: He sends his daughter off to school, to a safe place, and then turns on the car radio, tunes in to the news - and suddenly, his daughter's school is no longer safe. There has been a terrible accident. A great, rusted flagpole has fallen in the schoolyard at lunchtime. There is great confusion at the scene. Children are injured; children are dead. Their names are not immediately known. Robert Cairo lived this nightmare on Dec. 7, 1983, when high winds snapped a 75-foot steel flagpole at St. Barnabas School, at 64th Street and Buist Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia, sending it hurtling down on his child.
July 3, 2003 |
It's that time of year. With special meaning here. Yesterday, two old Army veterans were planting crosses at the flagpole across from the Ferndale Inn. At 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, they will join Nockamixon Township residents and officials in dedicating that sliver of lawn near a magnolia tree as Colman Balogh Memorial Veterans Park. The ground, which honors veterans of all wars, is a gift to the township from Mary Shafer and Shelly Sickbert, who own and live in the house, directly across Route 611 from the flagpole, where Balogh lived until his death in 1999.
March 19, 1992 |
The huge American flag, on its 100-foot pole, has flown day and night for years as a landmark for the Freedom Foundation in Valley Forge. But by the dawn's early light yesterday, it was gone, stolen in the night. The 30-by-60-foot, 55-pound flag was one of the largest in the country, said Michael A. Moyer, assistant development officer of the nonprofit foundation. Two locks on the base of the pole were broken, he said. "This flag served as a local landmark to all the people in the area.
May 24, 1998 |
About four years ago, students at Edgewood Senior High School began raising money to install a flagpole and plaque on the front lawn that would complete the school's memorial to the seven astronauts who died in the 1986 Challenger space shuttle explosion. Students raised about $4,000 and Edgewood Senior principal Michele Ferner agreed to kick in another $4,000 from the student activity fund to complete the project. Work was supposed to be begin last week. But all that changed with the May 12 referendum, in which residents voted, 5,172-4,321, to dissolve Lower Camden County Regional School District, of which Edgewood Senior is a part.
June 2, 1994 |
The stone War Memorial opposite the Stewart Armory in Elmwood Park was dedicated in 1922 to honor the veterans who died in World War I. For many years thereafter, it was the site of the borough's Memorial Day observances. But time and neglect took their toll on the stone and the patch of ground upon which it rests. As a result, Memorial Day observances were shifted to the county courthouse, and the site became an eyesore. "It was simply a mess. There were graffiti all along the base of the stone memorial, the ground was overgrown with weeds, the flagpole was rusted, and most of the trees on the park grounds were dead," said Ted Trefsgar, director of veterans affairs for Montgomery County.
June 6, 1990 |
In the hill country where Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia meet, self-reliance is woven into life's fabric right along with mining and hunting and fishing. So it seemed only natural on Monday night, after the council of Markleysburg, Pa., voted to remove the town flagpole for painting, that the council members would walk out into the twilight and take down the pole. But the 28-foot flagpole slipped, as the assembled townspeople watched, horrified. It toppled into a 7,200-volt overhead power line, electrocuting Borough Council President Robert Friend, Borough Councilman Keith Cuppett and two of Friend's sons.