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March 14, 2000 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Frank Cordero, 76, of Levittown, a retired refining company employee, died on Wednesday at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. He was the chief steward at Atlantic Richfield Co. for many years until his retirement in 1985. Mr. Cordero was born on the island of Samar in the Philippines, where he was a member of the Rotary Tennis Club. He came to the United States as a young man and served in the Navy during World War II. He was a longtime resident of Philadelphia before moving to Levittown in 1973.
NEWS
October 15, 1989 | By Lisa Borders, Special to The Inquirer
A Levittown man was being held in the Bucks County Correctional Facility in Doylestown last week in connection with an assault of an off-duty Falls Township police officer. Jerald Matthews, 19, of the 100 block of Lower Orchard Drive, Levittown, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of reckless endangerment after the attack Oct. 6 outside Matthews' home. He was arraigned before District Justice Catherine Ritter and was sent to prison when he did not post 10 percent of $500,000 bail.
NEWS
September 21, 2008 | By Cynthia Henry, Inquirer Staff Writer
When developer William J. Levitt built his third Levittown, sociologists doubted a sense of community could grow out of the Burlington County labyrinth of cookie-cutter houses. But 50 years later, original resident Lee Isackson, 74, tutors immigrants in a public library started from boxes of books stacked in her garage. Her husband, Richard, also 74, has devoted 39 years to the town's Rotary Club. Cliff and Dottie Anderson, charter members of the town's St. Paul Methodist Church, are planning their 60th wedding anniversary celebration at home in the first section Levitt built.
NEWS
March 2, 1995 | By Richard V. Sabatini, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Louis A. Galzerano Funeral Home, which has served the Bristol area for more than 75 years from 430 Radcliffe St., will open a second location in Levittown by late spring. Louis A. Galzerano 3d, whose grandfather founded the business and provided in-home service to his first clients, said the 12,000-square-foot building, under construction at 3500 Bristol-Oxford Valley Rd., will serve an expanded and more diverse market. The building, done in an eclectic Georgian design, features matching front and rear porticos, an elaborate interior lobby, and two viewing rooms.
NEWS
April 4, 2012
One person was dead after a car accident Tuesday evening in Bucks County, authorities said. The accident occurred about 6:30 p.m. at Emilie Road and Indian Creek Place in Levittown, a dispatch supervisor said. The accident was initially described as a car hitting a tree. Authorities said that one person in the car was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the accident was under investigation. - Robert Moran
NEWS
January 8, 2000 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Philomena E. Christopher Dougherty, 80, a homemaker whose family members were the first non-Levitt employees to reside in Levittown, Bucks County, died Wednesday at her home in New Hope. "She and my father and the children were the first [non-Levitt employee] family to move into Levittown in June 1952," said her daughter Rita K. Calzerette. Levittown developer William Levitt "chose them as the all-American family and over the years she was presented with roses and was present at most ribbon-cutting ceremonies celebrating Levitt grand openings.
NEWS
July 22, 2000 | By Herb Drill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
John T. Rossi, 55, formerly of Levittown, Bucks County, a former can-manufacturing company employee, died Tuesday at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa., after a six-week illness. For 20 years, he was a machine mechanic for National Can Co. in Fairless Hills. At the time of his death, he had been employed for eight years as a custodian for the Mount Carmel Area School District. A native of Mount Carmel in Schuylkill County, Mr. Rossi was raised there and moved to Levittown 35 years ago. He returned to Mount Carmel in 1990.
NEWS
June 9, 2011 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It took only a minute. A Bucks County mother went into the house leaving her 4-year-old child outside. When she returned, the mother found the child on the bottom of the family's above ground pool, police said. The incident occurred on Thursday morning around 11:30 a.m. in the unit block of Crestwood Road in Levittown, police said. The mother, a registered nurse at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, jumped in to the four-foot-deep pool, pulled her child onto the deck, and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
NEWS
February 18, 2012 | By Emilie Lounsberry, Inquirer Staff Writer
Growing up in lower Bucks County in the 1960's, Dale Frazier had a blast playing in the woods and vast fields near his home on the outskirts of Levittown, one of America's first single-home developments. Frazier moved away as an adult, but in his childhood memories, the community was forever young, clean, and thriving. So after living in other parts of the county and the country, he moved back, settling seven years ago in the Farmwood section with his wife and daughter. Levittown was not as he remembered.
NEWS
January 25, 1986 | By Lacy McCrary, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the early days, Tom Earley and his Levittown neighbors talked about why they couldn't build fences and why they couldn't hang their wash out to dry on Sundays. The reasons, Earley would tell them, were that William Levitt, who built Levittown in the early 1950s, didn't like fences and that he discouraged his homebuyers from doing their washing on Sundays because he believed it cheapened churchgoing days. In the 34 years since Levittown was begun, the community has matured, and the courtly and genial Tom Earley has turned a white-haired 62. But he is still talking to his neighbors about local concerns and issues, some of which are a bit more complicated.
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REAL_ESTATE
June 1, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. To make sure you know where we are, this is the Middletown with several Levittown neighborhoods in its southern half. The portion of the township that has Langhorne as its mailing address is home to Oxford Valley Mall and Big Bird, Grover, Elmo, Bert and Ernie, et al, at Sesame Place. Middletown Township, Bucks County, as opposed to the Middletown Township in Delaware County. This Middletown "is an interesting township for real estate," says Martin Millner, an agent with Coldwell Banker Hearthside in neighboring Yardley.
BUSINESS
January 5, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Falls Township, Bucks County, may not be that well-known throughout the far-flung Philadelphia region. But its Fairless Hills and Levittown sections certainly are. The township came first, back in the early days of European settlement, and it was here that William Penn built Pennsbury Manor, which he occupied from 1683 to 1701. The village of Fallsington is here, too, with its "wonderful, old historic houses," as Martin Millner, of Coldwell Banker Hearthside in Yardley, describes them.
NEWS
November 21, 2014 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two years ago, Levittown auto-parts seller James Howard Simmers was caught up in a major investigation of methamphetamine trafficking. He and 26 other people were arrested in "Operation Blowout," in which the state attorney general charged that traffickers used code words about auto parts to describe big drug shipments. Now, all charges have been dropped against Simmers, 51, who operates J&J Auto Salvage in Bucks County. And Simmers, who had no criminal record, contends in a federal civil rights suit filed Tuesday that state agents wrongly assumed he was involved with drugs simply because he was overheard discussing auto parts with another man in the case.
NEWS
November 30, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
LEVITTOWN A pregnant woman and her 4-year-old daughter died from stab wounds and not the fire set Monday at their Levittown apartment complex, Bucks County's prosecutor said Wednesday. Ebony Talley, 22, who was seven months pregnant, suffered multiple stab wounds in her Avalon Court apartment and was dying when the blaze erupted, District Attorney David Heckler said. Talley's daughter, R'mani Rankins, suffered a single, fatal stab wound. The Bristol Township fire marshal had not made an official determination, but, Heckler said, "I think it's safe to say it's arson, intentionally set. " Heckler also confirmed police had arrested a "person of interest" in the case.
NEWS
November 28, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
LEVITTOWN The Avalon Court apartments in Levittown remained an active crime scene Tuesday as police continued to investigate the slayings of a pregnant woman and her 4-year-old daughter, who were stabbed and left for dead in a burning unit. Despite reports that they had identified a possible "person of interest" in the case, police and Bucks County prosecutors offered no new information. Family members of the victims said they had received no updates from police concerning the deaths of Ebony Talley, 22, who was seven months pregnant, and her daughter, R'mani Rankins.
NEWS
November 27, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
A 21-YEAR-OLD man is being questioned in connection with the deaths of a pregnant 22-year-old woman and her 4-year-old daughter Monday at a Levittown apartment building. Authorities said Marcel Johnson was taken into custody in the parking lot of the Avalon Court apartments on Oxford Valley Road shortly after Ebony Talley and her little girl, R'mani Rankins, were discovered in a fire. Talley was pronounced dead at the scene, while Rankins died at a local hospital. Police said both victims were stabbed, but the cause of death has not been revealed.
NEWS
November 27, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
LEVITTOWN A pregnant woman and her 4-year-old daughter died Monday of injuries suffered in an apparently coordinated assault and subsequent arson at a Levittown apartment complex, according to authorities and the victims' family members. "They were both stabbed," Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said Monday night, adding that he did not know if that was the cause of their deaths. "That would suggest the fire was set to conceal a crime," Heckler said. Heckler and relatives said Ebony Talley, 22, who was seven months pregnant, was fatally stabbed and her body left for dead in an Avalon Court apartment that was engulfed in fire.
NEWS
October 4, 2013
WHEN, IN 2002, Sir Cameron Mackintosh decided it was time to license "Les Miserables" for high-school presentation, he needed a school whose drama program could handle the formidable task of staging the first production. The British uber-producer didn't turn to some palatial temple of public education in an affluent part of the country. He went instead to Harry Truman High School in Levittown, the proto-suburban Bucks County community that for years had been suffering from the collapse of the nearby steel industry.
NEWS
September 28, 2013 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has agreed to lease its 13 cemeteries to a Levittown company for a total payment of $89 million over 35 years, officials announced Thursday. The 60-year deal with StoneMor Partners L.P. includes an initial payment of $53 million, plus $36 million spread over years six through 35 of the lease. Officials from the archdiocese and StoneMor, whose chief executive attended elementary school in the former Corpus Christi parish in Philadelphia, assured Catholics that the cemeteries would retain their character and that current practices and policies would continue.
NEWS
August 5, 2013 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
The driver of a tractor-trailer involved in a fatal accident that killed a Levittown woman and two of her children and injured two others has been charged with three counts of death by automobile, the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office said Saturday. Richard Williams, 45, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was driving the rig about 6:30 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Brunswick Pike and Darrah Lane in Lawrence Township when he made an illegal U-turn, authorities said. The tractor-trailer collided with a southbound Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Shaqwan Tisdale, 25. Jamella Tisdale, 25, was killed along with Javeon Durante, 9, and 3-month-old Jaden Tisdale, prosecutors said.
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