July 1, 1990 |
The intersection of Lumber Street and Seventh Avenue used to be a place for locals to hang, drink beer and do drugs. The partying meant a lot of noise and headaches for the neighbors. "There were literally hundreds of bottles that had to be cleaned up there," said Ted Reed, the Coatesville city manager. "It was very apparent there was a lot of public drinking going on. " But that has started to change. Since Habitat For Humanity of Chester County bought two lots there last year and starting building affordable housing, the loitering has dwindled, city and Habitat officials say. Last week was House Raising Week for Habitat, and volunteers from the neighborhood and elsewhere turned out to swing a hammer for the nonprofit organization, which builds housing for low-income families.
October 19, 1986 |
Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit Christian group that renovates and builds housing for poor families worldwide, wants to spread its charity to South Coatesville, with help from the Borough Council. Henry D. Fisher, president of the organization's Chester County chapter, has told the council that Habitat wants to buy a vacant lot on Parkway Avenue that is owned by the borough and build at least two homes on it. The group also is negotiating with an individual to buy five lots on Lafayette Avenue.
November 17, 1989 |
The word around Friends' Central school in Overbrook Hills after Susan Durnford and Howard Snipes became engaged was that their children would be born with permanent smiles on their faces. Smiling was characteristic of both teachers. As a biology teacher, Durnford could have disputed that, scientifically. But those who knew her said she probably would have laughed. Durnford and Snipes, both 26, met while teaching at Friends' Central three years ago. They married in September.
November 18, 1996 |
Tom Harrar of Lansdale and his son Brandon Harrar, 6, assemble interlocking toy pieces at Montgomery Mall. Children made picture frames and had their photos taken for a small fee. Proceeds from the weekend event benefited Habitat for Humanity.
March 11, 2013 |
Early on a chilly morning, my 25-year-old son and I could detect the odor of burning garbage as we walked down a dirt road in a poverty-stricken section of Santa Fe, Argentina, bordered by ditches full of stagnant water. Ahead of us lay a day of construction work with a group of volunteers and local families, most of whom we had met only a few days earlier. We could not have been happier. Such is the experience you can expect on a Habitat for Humanity Global Village trip. I was the team leader for our group of 14 during a week in which we worked hand-in-hand with three "partner" families to repair and expand their homes.
June 7, 2010
READING the article "Pelicans Just Off the Endangered List are Back on, Thanks to Gush" just made my heart drop. These poor birds are unable to clean themselves. But what are the options? Burn the swamp and destroy the pelicans' natural habitat or just to let nature run its course, which could take months or even years? It's not the pelicans' fault they're covered with oil. We should rescue them from the marshes at least until their habitat is cleaned up. If we just let nature figure it out, the pelicans will stay on the endangered list for longer than they should and who knows about all the other animals whose habitats are being ruined as well.
May 18, 1986 |
Wayne Buckley is an exterminator, but he doesn't do bugs. What Buckley does is trap and remove such wild animals as raccoons, opossums and skunks from homes in Philadelphia's western suburbs. New homes built in those areas have diminished the habitat of the animals, which are forced to seek refuge in attics, basements and chimneys.
June 15, 1989 |
Allyson Reynolds is not a carpenter or plumber, electrician or architect. She is a divorced mother of three who was born and raised in Norristown, a woman possessed of willing hands, a generous heart and a determination to help others. What she needs is a cheap, run-down rowhouse, a dilapidated twin, something unused and abandoned, with boarded-up windows and rotting floors. And a hammer. And then watch her - and well over 100 helpers - go to work. "I have my hands and my health," said Reynolds, a community activist who is eager to start renovating a house for a less fortunate family.