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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.
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October 22, 2015
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2015 Voters need to hear candidates' views When one political party's slate of candidates refuses to participate in public debates, it feels like a threat to democracy. Nearly 100 years ago, the League of Women Voters sought to provide accurate, unbiased, nonpartisan information for voters in local, state, and national elections. This year, the League of Women Voters of Haverford Township is unable to offer a forum for township candidates running for commissioner in five of our nine wards.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, FOR DoTHIS
After the immensity of last weekend's Made in America Festival, perhaps it's time to head to the suburbs' bucolic environs. This is not the reason that Haverford Civic Council, booking curator Al Fichera, and area native Barry Gutman is putting on this weekend's Sixth Annual Haverford Music Festival, but it's a start. "We wanted to showcase the talents of all genres cultivated in this area," says Fichera, a producer of jangle pop band Flight of Mavis and troubadour Kenn Kweder. Mavis' Frank Brown, who resides in Havertown along with Fichera and Gutman, has a new band, Travel Lanes.
BUSINESS
August 22, 2016 | By Diane Mastrull, Staff Writer
FJ Leto has changed course from his carnivorous teen years, now finding culinary excitement in a glass. He blends and then presses kale, cucumber, spinach, lemon, apple, and ginger into drinkable form in a tiny commercial kitchen near downtown Ardmore. The Haverford native and alum of Episcopal Academy and St. Joseph's University came to this dietary conversion while living at a Tibetan Buddhist meditation center in Berkeley, Calif., where the menu was vegetarian. More surprising, perhaps, is that Leto has staked a new business on it as the consumer market is saturated with juices and approaching a high-water mark for the cold-pressed type his Juice Dr. is producing.
NEWS
April 21, 2016 | By Robert Moran, STAFF WRITER
A 39-year-old police officer in Haverford Township died Sunday after a sudden illness, his department announced Tuesday. William Albertus, a seven-year veteran of the force, suffered a medical emergency April 10 while playing ice hockey in a police league, said Chief John Viola. Albertus, who was married with three young children, died of natural causes at Crozier-Chester Medical Center, where he had been hospitalized for a week, Viola said. "He was a great family man," Viola said.
NEWS
January 5, 2016
HILLTOWN - Hilltown Township has a plant problem. One thing it doesn't have yet: a solution. The township is working to draft an ordinance to regulate the growth of bamboo. But the quick-growing grass, township officials have discovered, is more complex than they once thought. When left uncontrolled, certain types of bamboo, most notably "running bamboo," can spread quickly, jumping property lines and invading yards, growing as tall as 30 to 50 feet. After residents complained last year, township officials began pursuing a possible ordinance, said Rick Schnaedter, township manager.
NEWS
January 3, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Staff Writer
Ten years ago, Haverford Township was known for its political infighting, tired business areas, and status-quo Civic Council. Then an election brought three new township commissioners; fresh blood energized the Civic Council - an umbrella group of local organizations - and grassroots volunteers got to work. The impact is visible: new streetlights, improved sidewalks, better parking. The township boasts a popular music festival, a new recreation center and YMCA, and a diverse restaurant scene that includes Mexican, Thai, modern Irish, Italian, gastropubs, trendy breakfast spots, and earthy coffee houses.
NEWS
January 2, 2016
A 38-year-old South Jersey man was struck and killed Wednesday night in Haverford Township by a Norristown high speed train, in what police are calling an apparent suicide. The victim, a resident of Mays Landing, was not identified pending notification of kin. Witnesses told Haverford Township police the man park his car in a lot near the Ardmore Junction station about 10:45 p.m., walked up the embankment and onto the tracks. As the outbound train approached, the man lay down on the tracks.
NEWS
January 1, 2016
A person was fatally struck by a SEPTA train Wednesday night in Delaware County, authorities said. The accident was reported at 10:40 p.m. in the area of the Ardmore Junction Station in Haverford Township. The person was struck by a Norristown High Speed Line train that was heading to the Norristown station. Service on the Norristown line was suspended Wednesday night. - Robert Moran
NEWS
December 17, 2015
A New Jersey man has been charged with the sexual assault of a 5-year-old Haverford Township child, Delaware County, child, police said Tuesday. Michael S. Goodwin, 40, of Swedesboro, identified as the boyfriend of the victim's mother and a part-time caregiver of the child, was charged with aggravated indecent assault of a child, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, endangering the welfare of a child, and related crimes. Goodwin, who formerly lived in the 7900 block of Dungan Road,in Philadelphia, was arraigned Tuesday and remanded to the Delaware County jail after failing to post $75,000 cash bail, police said.
NEWS
December 2, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was a scene from the funeral for her son's friend in July that spurred Peggy Murr into action. She couldn't shake the image of children she had known most of their lives crying uncontrollably as they carried the casket of 23-year-old Christopher Lubonski, who died of a drug overdose, up the aisle at a Haverford Township church. When a newspaper story about heroin deaths in Delaware County a month later sparked discussion on Facebook, Murr offered to host a brainstorming session.
NEWS
November 6, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Andy Lewis decided five weeks ago to ask voters to do something he had never attempted himself - to cast a write-in ballot. It worked, and then some. In the Fifth Ward commissioner's race in Haverford Township, Delaware County, Lewis outpolled Republican incumbent Jeff Heilmann by a 2-1 ratio, and Democrat Chuck Reardon by an even bigger margin. "It was a long five weeks," Lewis said Wednesday as he was picking up his political lawn signs. To win, he had to persuade supporters and - just as important - educate voters on the write-in process, he said.
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