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February 13, 1986 | By Katharine Seelye, Inquirer Staff Writer
Paul Leonard, director of the finance department for Haverford Township, has resigned, effective March 7. Leonard, 30, said in an interview Tuesday that he joined the township three years ago to gain experience so that he could move into a managerial position. "My tenure with Haverford was designed to be relatively short-term," he said. "I had let the board (of commissioners) know of my intentions to move on. " Though he has no immediate job offer, Leonard said he was "interviewing aggressively" for municipal managerial positions both locally - he was raised in Whitemarsh - and out of state.
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July 18, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Breaking a tradition that dates to the 1950s, Haverford Township will discontinue using ambulance services provided by two volunteer fire companies and will contract with the University of Pennsylvania Health Systems for emergency medical services. The township says the move will save $440,000 annually. Llanerch Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company has provided service for 63 years, the Manoa Fire Company for 59. But with fewer volunteers available during critical hours, the costs of hiring emergency medical technicians to cover shifts, and concerns about response times, the Delaware County township elected to solicit bids for the critical service.
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September 22, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is the biggest municipal project ever in Haverford Township, and in a town with a history of contentious politics, it already has broken new ground - in acrimony. A $23.5 million plan approved last week calls for constructing a new municipal building and police station and renovating or rebuilding the library. Officials in the Delaware County township say it is long overdue. But the project, which is expected to increase real estate taxes by more than 5 percent, or about $55 per household, has also been a source of heated debate.
NEWS
October 29, 2011 | By Ashley Nguyen, PHILLY.COM
Jane Hall and Jeff Miller have a lot in common. Both are parents and residents of Haverford Township. Both serve on the board of the Haverford Civic Council, and both want to make their community better. But soon there will be a noticeable difference on their resum├ęs: only one will be township commissioner representing Ward 3. With incumbents in Wards One, Five, Seven, and Nine, Hall and Miller are vying for the only open commissioner post in this year's township races.
NEWS
July 25, 1995 | By Justin Pritchard, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Stephen Campetti, 76, a Haverford Township political leader known as a friend of law enforcement, a longtime volunteer firefighter and a decorated World War II veteran, died yesterday at Bryn Mawr Hospital of complications related to leukemia. Mr. Campetti served for more than 30 years as a Haverford Township commissioner, and almost a decade as chairman. Born in Philadelphia, he attended Drexel University before moving to Havertown in 1948 with his wife, Tina. As owner of the Fair Lawn Market until 1972, he saw the township grow from a small, semi-rural community beyond the city into a thriving suburban center with a diverse population.
NEWS
September 17, 2012 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The crumbling factory on busy Eagle Road in Haverford Township has been leveled. In its place, construction workers have begun laying the concrete foundations and steel reinforcing bars that will anchor a recreation center officials hope will revitalize the surrounding community. The YMCA of Philadelphia and Vicinity plans to open its Haverford branch on the former gum-factory site in the fall of 2013. The project is projected to cost $22.5 million. "It is a major thing in the township," said Commissioner Dan Siegel.
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April 29, 2012 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is the source of the 300-million-year-old stones that define Main Line houses, and the epicenter of concussive explosions that were said to rattle the china at the Llanerch Diner. In its time, it has ingested chunks of Philadelphia, massive quantities of Blue Route dirt, at least one car, and an airplane. In short, the old Llanerch Quarry, near one of the region's most densely developed corridors in Haverford Township, Delaware County, was no ordinary hole in the ground.
NEWS
July 16, 2004 | By Tina Moore INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Some residents were warily optimistic when Haverford Township hired a consultant - for the second time in 10 years - to find the most cost-efficient insurance broker. But, in the end, the politically connected consultant walked away with $9,500 for bringing in two insurance bids - both from the broker the township has used since 1983. "It's really a sin that the township paid that money," Township Auditor Ronald Pogue said yesterday. "It's my belief they wasted $9,500. " The township in June hired consultant Arnold Katz and his firm, Brokerage Concepts, to solicit bids from insurance brokers.
NEWS
November 22, 1992 | For The Inquirer / JAY GORODETZER
Haverford Township put three new cells into the police station Monday. The time was right because an addition is being built and a new roof is being installed, so the cells could be dropped in.
NEWS
March 30, 1987
A question presented itself Wednesday in regard to those Haverford Township pols who have been handing out federal surplus cheese from their homes and campaign headquarters. Do they make the poor and elderly come around to the back door?
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January 21, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The victim's face was an ashen blue when Sgt. James Kelly found him unconscious on the den floor of his Haverford Township home. "He was totally passed out," Kelly said. He rubbed the victim's sternum to try to revive him. Nothing. The 14-year police veteran suspected a heroin overdose and quickly administered doses of Naloxone, a nasal spray known commonly as Narcan, which can revive victims and perhaps save their lives. The victim survived. In the seven weeks since police in Delaware County have been equipped with Narcan, they have successfully treated 14 overdose victims, according to the District Attorney's Office.
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January 1, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer and Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writers
A 52-year-old Delaware County man who had posted rambling rants and violent threats against police was shot and killed by officers Tuesday as they tried to arrest him in Drexel Hill. When officers from three departments confronted Joseph A. Pacini of Clifton Heights and ordered him to get out of his car, he instead gunned his Nissan sedan into reverse and struck a police vehicle, according to Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. Five officers then opened fire. "The officers were in fear of their lives and did what they had to do," Chitwood said.
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December 31, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
"I'M JUST GOING to the gym to work out . . . hopefully there won't be any problems. " Joseph Pacini recorded that statement in a YouTube video railing against police in Delaware County. About 30 minutes after the video was posted online yesterday, Pacini, 52, of Clifton Heights, died in a hail of gunfire at a Drexel Hill intersection after he allegedly tried to mow down a cop with his Nissan sedan, officials said. The deadly shooting was preceded by a pursuit through Delaware County, after law-enforcement officials from Haverford Township and Clifton Heights tried to arrest Pacini on a warrant for terroristic threats and related offenses, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said last night.
NEWS
September 22, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is the biggest municipal project ever in Haverford Township, and in a town with a history of contentious politics, it already has broken new ground - in acrimony. A $23.5 million plan approved last week calls for constructing a new municipal building and police station and renovating or rebuilding the library. Officials in the Delaware County township say it is long overdue. But the project, which is expected to increase real estate taxes by more than 5 percent, or about $55 per household, has also been a source of heated debate.
NEWS
August 22, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Haverford Township soon will house its ambulances on the Haverford College campus and at the Bon Air Fire Company, officials have announced. The township recently contracted with University of Pennsylvania Health Systems for emergency medical services - ending 60-year-old arrangements with two local fire companies. Officials say the move will save the township about $440,000 annually. "Haverford Township is really upping the level of service in this area," James McCans, paramedic director for the township, said of the agreement.
NEWS
July 18, 2014 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Breaking a tradition that dates to the 1950s, Haverford Township will discontinue using ambulance services provided by two volunteer fire companies and will contract with the University of Pennsylvania Health Systems for emergency medical services. The township says the move will save $440,000 annually. Llanerch Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company has provided service for 63 years, the Manoa Fire Company for 59. But with fewer volunteers available during critical hours, the costs of hiring emergency medical technicians to cover shifts, and concerns about response times, the Delaware County township elected to solicit bids for the critical service.
REAL_ESTATE
July 13, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Periodically, I like to write a column including some of the things I couldn't fit into the articles I write, because of space constraints. For example, I've written more than 85 "Town by Town" features for the Sunday Business section since the series began Nov. 18, 2012, and each of them has had to fit a space of about 215 lines. Since these articles are a measure of the real estate market in real time, a lot of little details fall by the wayside. One example: Tyler G. Wagner and his brother, Clay, are the fourth generation of their family to sell real estate in Haverford Township.
NEWS
April 14, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Clad in Spandex, her hair pulled back in a ponytail, and still sweaty from her exercise class, Missy Turner collected her two most important possessions: her sons, ages 1 and 3. While Turner cooled down from her workout Wednesday, the trio lingered in the lobby of the mega-complex that has become one of the region's hottest fitness venues - the Haverford Area YMCA. "It's so new and state-of-the-art," said Turner, who lives in Drexel Hill and joined in January. Free child care, plus the classes, an indoor track, and three swimming pools are among the amenities that have helped make the Haverford Y into what one organization official describes as the fastest-growing YMCA in the country.
NEWS
November 8, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police say they have arrested a 29-year-old man suspected in a series of Delaware County robberies that they believe are drug-related. Charles Kenney, 29, of Upper Darby, was picked up at a Motel 6 by Tinicum Township police Wednesday and was being held in three of the robberies - two at Swiss Farms stores and one at a Hollywood Tans, all in Upper Darby Township, said Michael Chitwood, the Upper Darby police superintendent. Police said that they expected Kenney, whom they believe to be a drug addict, would be charged in robberies in other townships, and that he may have robbed other stores.
NEWS
July 4, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 49-year-old man was killed Tuesday afternoon when he was struck by a high-speed SEPTA train in Haverford Township, officials said. The unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene, said John Viola, deputy police chief. Viola said SEPTA police, who were handling the investigation, "had previous contacts" with the victim, who might have been homeless. SEPTA spokeswoman Kristin Geiger said the accident occurred just before 3:30 p.m. on the outbound side at the Penfield station along the Norristown High-Speed Line.
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