May 27, 1997 |
Law enforcement agencies have declared war on an allegedly murderous West Philadelphia drug gang. The gang reportedly is headed by James Drayton, 24, who, with Walter Williams, 28, also of West Philadelphia, has been charged with four murders. Drayton is awaiting trial on a murder charge in connection with a fifth killing. At least seven other alleged gang members have been arrested on lesser charges, including racketeering and conspiracy counts. The sources said the gang took control of Mantua in 1995, and used threats and intimidation to silence witnesses and drug competitors.
June 14, 1987 |
The Mantua Board of Education has approved a new science textbook series for kindergarten through sixth-grade classes that employs a different teaching approach than the series used at the school for the last five years. The new series, to be used beginning in September, is published by Charles Merrill and emphasizes teaching through experiments. The series was recommended by the district's textbook review committee at the board's May work session, board member Ken Taylor said.
March 1, 1989 |
Mantua Township could have an ordinance restricting the discharge of firearms by the end of the month, a response to a resident's complaint that his neighbors frequently shoot automatic weapons outside their back door. "Everybody's scared to go out into their yard," said Tom Scott at the committee's meeting Thursday. "My house has been hit. " Scott, who lives on three acres off Mantua Boulevard, said his house is 500 to 600 feet away from his neighbor's home, where, he said, groups of "guys in their 20s are shooting automatic rifles" across a meadow that slopes in back of the property.
April 14, 1991 |
Vincent Bruno remembers peering out the front window of his split-level house in Mantua Township and seeing a mud hill. The hill across from the Columbus Drive home in Centre City where Bruno and his wife, Rita, began raising their three children 30 years ago eventually became the site of Centre City School, built in 1959. The U-shaped school was erected in response to the families, many from Philadelphia, that flocked to the new development of frame houses built in the township in the late 1950s.
February 28, 1997 |
As the township's population continues to grow, so does the number of children attending local public schools. In fact, officials warn, enrollment could swell by as many as 500 pupils by the turn of the century, further burdening already crowded schools. The Board of Education has a solution: expansions of two district school buildings. The cost to taxpayers: $13 million. On May 13, voters in the Gloucester County community will decide whether the district should float a $13 million bond for construction at J. Mason Tomlin and Sewell elementary schools.
January 24, 1997 |
Authorities yesterday busted a Mantua cocaine ring that allegedly had sold about $4 million of the illegal drug in the neighborhood. "These nuts were strangling the community," said C.B. Kimmins, founder of Mantua Against Drugs, adding that the neighborhood "applauded" officials "for helping us to get rid of these thugs and urban terrorists. " The eight-member cocaine ring distributed more than 40 kilograms of the drug between July 1995 and July 8, 1996, a 16-count federal indictment charged.
June 21, 1989 |
In the last three months, Mantua Township has approved three ordinances that officials have said were needed to control the problems of population growth. They are a law controlling use of all-terrain vehicles, one to regulate shooting and a third designed to save the trees on lots under development. Now the township is dealing with fences. Specifically, Mantua committeemen at their meeting June 13 presented an amendment to the zoning code that would lift the 4-foot limit allowed for property fences.
December 18, 1988 |
With elementary-school enrollment in Mantua Township expected to balloon by 66 percent within the next five years, the most likely solution will be to double the size of the Centre City School within the next three years, according to school Superintendent David S. Porreca. A second phase of construction, after additions to the school are completed, would involve the expansion of one of the township's remaining two elementary schools - the Sewell School or the J. Mason Tomlin School, Porreca said.
March 24, 1991 |
Mantua Township residents will see their tax rate increase by 8 cents if the Township Committee approves a proposed $5.13 million budget on Tuesday. A public hearing on the budget will be at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at the municipal building on Main Street. The committee is expected to vote on the proposed budget after the hearing. The committee last month introduced a budget that is $312,073 higher than the 1990 budget of $4.82 million. The proposed budget calls for the tax rate to increase to 93 cents from 85 cents per $100 of assessed property value.
October 14, 1987 |
Explaining trash-collection delays and defending Mantua Township's decision to collect trash on its own, Mayor William J. Berry asked residents last night to be patient until the service could be improved. Many among about 50 residents at the meeting complained about continued delays in trash collection. They grilled Berry and Township Committee members on how soon backed-up trash and recyclable goods would be collected, and on how they planned to improve the service. Berry said the three trucks now collecting trash were not sufficient.