April 28, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - The man with the neatly combed hair and the carefully pressed blue suit blended in well at Wednesday morning's meeting of the all-white, mostly over-45, and mostly male Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission. That is, until he abruptly interrupted the discussion to call the commission's chairman, Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley, a "prostitute. " The interloper was perennial Harrisburg activist Gene Stilp, who came to accuse the commission, assembled last month by Gov. Corbett, of being a tool of the oil and gas industry.
September 28, 1993 |
Less than 20 minutes after it began, the Chester Upland school board meeting came to an abrupt end last night with one sweeping bang of President Robert Sellers' gavel. "Motion to pass the agenda?" Sellers yelled to the board members over the jeers of a standing-room-only crowd in the public meeting room. The members' response was drowned out by the jeers of the crowd, but Sellers managed to raise his voice just loud enough to say, "Meeting adjourned. " In the angry moments that followed, residents accused Sellers of violating their right to speak, while he countercharged that the meeting had turned political.
March 1, 1992 |
Look out C-Span, Newtown Cablevision Inc. may be hot on your trail. If the Newtown Township Board of Supervisors approves it, residents in the township could spend their evenings monitoring the goings-on of their supervisors. At Wednesday's board meeting, all five supervisors voted to investigate an offer to televise the board's twice-monthly meetings. According to the Newtown Township Cable Television Advisory Committee, Newtown Cablevision is willing to donate nearly $50,000 in equipment and $7,250 in installation costs so that the township can equip its meeting room with video cameras.
March 16, 1989 |
The Bryn Mawr Trust Co. asked the Lower Merion Zoning Hearing Board last Thursday for approval to erect two additions to the existing Bryn Mawr bank building and to move the drive-through facility. One proposed addition would be a 2,270-square-foot building on the northeast corner of Lancaster Avenue and Morton Road, where Sparta's Gulf Station once was. It would have a meeting room twice the size of the current bank meeting room, an employee lounge, bathrooms and teller counters.
October 13, 1999 |
Bigger than life? Wilt Chamberlain certainly was that. Big enough to make the NBA change its rules on goaltending and the width of the lane. Big enough to overshadow Muhammad Ali on a television stage. Big enough to make commercials when a point had to be made. But bigger than 7 feet, 1 1/16 inches tall? Nah. The supreme test of his height took place in 1980, when Chamberlain returned to Philadelphia to be honored along with the 76ers' 1966-67 team as the greatest in NBA history, part of the league's 35th anniversary celebration.
April 24, 1986 |
A police officer was called to the Marple municipal building this week when a brief pushing match broke out among audience members at the monthly planning commission meeting. The incident Tuesday evening marked the second time this year that an altercation has occurred at a Marple Township meeting. "I don't appreciate people getting personal and calling me names," said township resident Richard Ricciuti in explaining his involvement in the fracas with several other people at the back of the meeting room.
June 22, 1990 |
More than 300 residents of the Barclay Farms section of Cherry Hill last night showed up to object to a developer's plan for an 82-bed retirement home in their neighborhood. At a township Zoning Board meeting, residents urged the board to turn down developer Richard L. Rudow's request for a special zoning variance, saying the proposal would add traffic to an already burdened Kresson Road. Rudow wants to put a home for the elderly on a 2.5-acre residential lot across from the Johnson School on Kresson Road.
May 20, 1986 |
On your mark. Get set. Go . . . to one of three locations to cheer on Super Seniors as they compete in the Senior Games sponsored by the Philadelphia Corporation on Aging, the Mayor's Commisssion for Service to the Aging, and Temple University's recreation department. The three major events are track - 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the 15th Street Track, between Norris Street and Montgomery Avenue on the Temple campus; swimming - 12-3 p.m. at the West Branch YMCA, 5120 Chestnut St. and bowling - 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Adams Lanes, Adams Avenue & Foulkrod Street.
March 6, 2014 |
Concerned about reports that a faith-based organization wants to create a 300-bed facility in the township to serve Burlington County's homeless population, about 120 residents turned out for Tuesday's Lumberton Township Committee meeting in hope of sharing their views and learning more. But after Mayor Lew Jackson advised the crowd that the township had received no formal application for the project, and Solicitor Michael Mouber cautioned committee members about voicing opinions on a project they might have to vote on, only a few residents stepped to the microphones.
May 28, 1999 |
Quakers, the first European residents of this old riverfront community, worshiped weekly for 313 years in their red-brick meetinghouse on High Street until it closed in 1991. The meeting, the region's oldest, was organized in 1678, four years before William Penn sailed from England for his first visit to the New World. An older building, a hexagonal brick structure, existed for 100 years until it was torn down and a larger meetinghouse was built on High Street in 1783. But by 1991, there were fewer than 10 members, and in Quaker terminology, Burlington Friends Meeting was "laid down.