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.
September 25, 1996 |
It took a phalanx of federal marshals to ensure order, but school crossing guards held a union meeting last night without the jeering, screaming or hostility that erupted the last time they tried this. The marshals were one difference. Another was the presence of U.S. District Judge Norma L. Shapiro, who shed her robes, left her courtroom, and ventured to District Council 33 headquarters at 30th and Walnut Streets to make sure this meeting - unlike the one held three weeks ago - stayed calm.
January 24, 1993 |
A visitor to this municipality of 19,000 would be hard-pressed to identify the center of town. There is no Main Street, no town square, no particular location around which local life revolves. But that situation could change if plans for a new community center bear fruit. The results of a feasibility study on the project are expected next month. "We want to get a plan in front of the folks so they can have something to respond to," said Philip Ruggieri, the Washington Township architect in charge of the study.
November 15, 1992 |
The wooden stairway in the West Conshohocken Borough Hall leads to a dark basement where the first sign of the Police Department is a small wooden bench with handcuffs. Inside Chief Joseph Clayborne's office, the uniforms are kept and records stored. In the back of the headquarters is an old vault, another piece of hard evidence that this building was not designed to suit the needs of a police department. Signs of crowding are visible throughout the former bank that has been the borough hall since 1936.
March 5, 1992 |
What do you get when you put more than 350 anxious Bensalem residents, council members and a controversial new township zoning map all together in a cramped meeting room? For awhile, it was "bedlam," as one resident put it. Scores of citizens rumbled around the map, pushing and shoving each other in an effort to catch a glimpse. But then, something atypical of Bensalem government gatherings happened Monday night: Most of the residents became calm when they were reassured by council vice president David Costello.
October 15, 1989 |
Buckingham Township this week will dedicate its new municipal building, a structure built of wood, stucco and stone, just like many Bucks County barns. "We wanted to reflect the rural look of Bucks County," said George Collie, chairman of the Board of Supervisors. "We also wanted durability and room for expansion in the next eight to 12 years. And we didn't want to kill the taxpayer with the cost of the new building," he said. Dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremonies are scheduled Saturday at the new $1.8 million building on Hughesian Drive.
April 12, 1987 |
Haverford Township's newest member of the Planning Commission stormed out of a work session this week and said that he was resigning his post. Before a Planning Commission session Wednesday night, the new member, Don Richter, had been quarreling with Charles Held. Held, the township code- enforcement officer, is the liaison between the Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners. Richter, who joined the commission in January, said in a telephone interview Thursday that he was angered because Held had ignored a question he asked him about why the commission was meeting in a back room instead of the usual public room.
October 3, 1988 |
If you subscribe to the feelings of Bill Swahl Sr., justice was served at Wednesday night's Eastern High School Hockey League (EHSHL) meeting at the Skatium in Havertown. A principal matter at the league's monthly meeting was to determine what would become of Monsignor Bonner's coach, Ted Dolan. Dolan, 27, came under league scrutiny for using suspended players during an end-of-season hockey tournament last March. A league rule states, "If a coach knowingly and willingly allows suspended players to participate in a game, he faces a mimimum suspension of 30 days to a maximum suspension of 360 days.
May 8, 1988 |
The plans were simple and so well-intentioned that Boys Club officials couldn't imagine why anyone would oppose them. So instead of consulting residents, Boys Club president Al Marcone said, he simply drew up the blueprints to build a clubhouse in the middle of Gillespie Park in Upper Darby. The sketches called for a 13- by 26-foot concrete block building complete with a snack area. "Evidently, they didn't do their homework," said Upper Darby Councilman Nick Micozzie.
April 6, 1995 |
They're back. Two years ago, officials of the William Jeanes Library on Joshua Road launched a campaign to raise $265,000 to repair the roof and install a new heating and air-conditioning system. Now library officials have started a new drive, this time to raise $350,000 for a 2,500-square-foot children's wing to be built on the back of the 24- year-old building. The need for space is compelling, said Diana V. Smartt, the library's director. There aren't enough tables, she said - just five for adults and five more for children.