April 20, 2016
Homeland Security Investigations, an investigative arm of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has established a hotline for victims of wartime atrocities during the Liberian civil wars: 215-717-4987.
November 30, 1987 |
Drivers, beware of the Schuylkill Expressway Construction Monster - he'll be here again in two months. That was the word from Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials today in announcing the 1988 construction season on the superhighway, which will begin Feb. 1. The impacted area is the stretch of expressway between Roosevelt Boulevard and University Avenue. Six separate bottlenecks - areas of extreme congestion - are anticipated during rush hours, according to PennDOT spokeswoman Lois Morasco.
June 24, 2001 |
"Be a good listener" is the rule for volunteers with the Victim Services Center of Montgomery County. "Callers just need an ear, someone who just lets them talk," said Diane Budman of Jenkintown, a volunteer who staffs the hotline for the agency. During regular business hours, staffers handle calls that come in from victims of crimes such as sexual assault and robbery. Domestic-abuse calls are referred to other agencies. On nights and weekends, an answering service receives the calls and patches them through to the home phones or cell phones of volunteers.
July 8, 1990 |
On the one hand, the volunteers at Abington Memorial Hospital's Tel-E-Help hotline are sad that they aren't answering the phones there anymore. On the other hand, many of them have been attending seminars and training sessions and will be answering the calls to Abington's new hotline, Elderhelp, at 657-3344 instead. Elderhelp, which will begin this month, will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and will answer questions from a growing population of older adults and from their care-givers - who are frequently their adult children, themselves aging.
March 24, 1996 |
Calls to a new 24-hour hotline for the homeless in Bucks County are creating a portrait that confirms there's a rootless population much larger than local agencies can accommodate. In two weeks earlier this month, the hotline got 40 calls from people needing shelter either immediately or in the near future, said Kathy White, director of the American Red Cross Homeless Shelter in Levittown, where the hotline is based. There is space in four local shelters for about 135 homeless people on any given night.
March 5, 1986 |
A special domestic-violence hotline linking Fort Dix with the Providence House-Willingboro Shelter has been disconnected because of poor response during a six-month pilot project. The goal of the $23,883 project was to better serve women living at the Army post by increasing their awareness of the shelter and the options available to them if they were being abused at home. The post's interest in the hotline came not because officials feared increasing domestic violence among its families, said Maj. Bill Grove, but because of awareness that the problem exists in all sectors of society and that the demands of military life can worsen family tensions.
March 10, 1988 |
City police detectives said they received about 30 calls yesterday and Tuesday on a hotline for people with information about a man believed responsible for a series of assaults on women in Center City. Police spokesman Richard DeLise said investigators were pleased with the results and were checking each report. The hotline was set up Tuesday after police received at least 100 calls from anxious residents who said they saw a man fitting the suspect's description. Teams of plainclothes detectives yesterday concentrated on an area from the Schuylkill to the Delaware River and from Spring Garden to South Streets.
September 17, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - Months after being criticized as unresponsive or slow to answer callers, a state child-abuse hotline has added employees, improved training, and implemented technology changes, officials said Thursday. The Department of Human Services acknowledged that the ChildLine hotline had been overwhelmed by a 14 percent, year-over-year increase in call volume after new or more stringent child protection laws went into effect in early 2015. It said it lacked the resources and staff to handle the surge.
February 14, 2001 |
Project HomeSafe, which distributed free gun locks in the area last year, is asking recipients to call a national hotline for free replacements for the locks, which proved defective. J. Allen Nesbitt, director of Bucks County's Department of Corrections, said his office handed out nearly 2,000 of the free cable locks in August. The nationwide project was suspended in October when it was discovered that the locks, which had a spring-locking mechanism, could be opened without a key, he said.
November 6, 1988 |
A new telephone hotline - 458-KIDS - is designed to provide a friendly voice for latchkey children, who come home to an empty house after school. "This is an alternative for a child who's at home and is scared," said the Rev. Gordon Hendrickson, pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Lionville, who with the Western Main Line YMCA helped found the program. "It's for when they're home alone and the parent can't be reached," said Kathi Yerk, program director at the YMCA's Exton branch.