May 8, 2009
For rowing aficionados planning to partake in the 75th annual Dad Vail Regatta, president Jim Hanna wants you to know that the race is still on - with just a few minor alterations. Yesterday, practices were canceled due to a mixture of inclement weather and river conditions, leaving questions about today's proceedings. Officials decided to push the start time from 7 to 8 a.m. to accommodate the hundreds of teams and onlookers expected along Kelly Drive today. In addition, teams will race in a head-to-head format as opposed to the traditional side-by-side style that, according to Hanna, allows for a "safer way to row given the current conditions.
January 20, 1994 |
One question kept nagging 12-year-old Scott Dorfman as he began preparing for his bar mitzvah. Looking up at the bimah, where he would one day be called to read from the Torah, he wondered, "How am I going to get up there?" Scott has cerebral palsy and must use a motorized wheelchair. Doors and steps, while providing building access to most, represent barriers to him. Luckily for Scott, the congregation at Shir Ami was not insensitive to his problem. During a special Shabbat service Friday, members celebrated their commitment to making the synagogue more accessible to handicapped people.
January 29, 2013
ALFREDA WILLIAMS has been on the front lines for a long time, shepherding through some tough battles. Williams is a senior foreclosure counselor for HomeFree-USA, one of many agencies approved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to help people save their homes if possible. She has seen the ugly side of the expensive and predatory mortgages that helped create the housing crash we've been trying to recover from for several years. "The hardest thing for me is working with the older clients who have owned their homes for years," Williams said.
May 12, 2013 |
Considering the hoops that too many borrowers have to go through to obtain mortgage modifications, the news from the Treasury Department wasn't encouraging. In an April 24 report to Congress, the Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, reported that homeowners whose mortgages had been modified under the federal Home Affordable Mortgage Program were defaulting "at an alarming rate. " Data from the Treasury Department, which oversees HAMP, showed that the longer a homeowner remained in the program, the more likely he or she was to re-default out of the program.
September 16, 1989 |
The roar of racing cars may finally be coming to Fairmount Park. After many false starts in the past 20 years, the Fairmount Park Commission has given preliminary approval to a Vintage Grand Prix, to be held around Memorial Hall either late next spring or in August. The commission has given preliminary approval to several racing proposals in the past two decades, but each was eventually rejected because of safety modifications necessary to accommodate speeds in excess of 150 mph. The modifications were seen as too costly and detrimental to the park environment, according to commission spokesman Richard Nicolai.
April 9, 1992 |
A local Girl Scout troop watched Yardley government in action Tuesday night, and appropriately enough, a new child-care center won unanimous approval from Borough Council members. Scheduled to be opened by early summer, the facility will occupy about half of the American Legion Post 317 building, at 215 S. Main St. The building is owned by the Oak Grove Home Association, and licensed day-care providers Katrina and Michael Brunner of Lower Makefield Township will operate the center.
August 12, 1990 |
Practicality and aesthetics in property subdivision prompted members of the Wrightstown Planning Commission to make final modifications to the township's subdivision and land development ordinance. The major change involved restricting flag lots, properties that have limited road access and usually feature an extended right of way that runs past neighboring road-front property. "They're impractical, they're expensive, and they're not good for planning," said Planning Commission member William Perry.
June 28, 1990 |
After more than a year of debate on whether to install two-way radios on school buses, the Rose Tree Media School Board is scheduled to vote on the issue tonight. Recommendations made at Tuesday's meeting raised a question, however, about what type of system should be installed. Consultant Thomas Crowley told board members that a system that allowed buses to be identified individually should be installed in the district's 66 buses. Crowley said "IDer" systems allow individual drivers to maintain an open line to the main switchboard, a capability that simpler two-way systems do not have.
December 20, 2008 |
With fresh evidence that voluntary mortgage modifications aren't working, a national lawyers' group is urging the government to let the courts fix bad loans. "Court supervision of loan modification is needed, and unlike so many of the responses to the foreclosure crisis so far, there will be no cost to the taxpayer," Henry Sommer of Philadelphia, president of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, said Thursday. A study last month of mortgage-servicer reports to investors by Alan White, Valparaiso University School of Law professor, showed that of 3.5 million subprime and slightly less-risky Alt-A mortgages examined, 10 percent were in foreclosure, and another 10 percent were delinquent.
September 20, 1990 |
Read their lips. Higher taxes may be a distinct possibility for the residents of Easttown Township. According to the township Board of Supervisors, a gap of approximately $250,000 is expected in the budget for late 1990. Unless sufficient cuts can be made in township expenditures between now and when the budget is completed in mid-October, residents in Easttown can expect a tax increase, it was announced at a meeting Monday night. Supervisor Anson Taylor said, "First you look at the taxes now on the books and estimate what they will provide next year.