November 6, 2015 |
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.
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.
August 20, 2015 |
A Chinese restaurant in Radnor Township, long praised as one of the best in the country, was temporarily shut down Tuesday by health officials because of a "significant" roach infestation, police said. Superintendent William Colarulo said officers responded to Yangming in Bryn Mawr on Friday to resolve a dispute with a customer who complained about roaches in her Thai noodles. Managers had offered to compensate her with a free meal and gift certificate, but she refused, according to Colarulo.
January 21, 2015 |
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.
January 1, 2015 |
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.
December 31, 2014 |
"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.
September 22, 2014 |
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.
August 22, 2014 |
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.
July 18, 2014 |
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.
July 13, 2014 |
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.