CollectionsNewtown Township
IN THE NEWS

Newtown Township

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
May 29, 1997 | By Jen Gomez and John Corr, FOR THE INQUIRER
It was an appointment that township officials here were thrilled about. But for Newtown Township in Delaware County, it brought good-byes and sadness. The Board of Supervisors Tuesday night named Larry M. Comunale the new township manager of Lower Gwynedd. Comunale, who had been township manager in Newtown Township for 11 years, announced the same day that he would leave that post on Aug. 1. The Lower Gwynedd position was vacated Feb. 14 when Ed Clifford, township manager for four years, became assistant city manager of Norwich, Conn.
NEWS
September 18, 1996 | By Jennifer Van Doren, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A long-standing legal battle among former Newtown Township officials was settled out of court last week, but attorneys for the parties are barred from discussing details of the settlement. In 1992, former township code enforcement officer Matthew Lahaza filed suit against then-township Supervisor Mary Smithson for civil-rights violations, defamation of character and malicious prosecution. Two others also were named: Gerald Azeff, of Code Inspections Inc., and Norman McGinnis, an investigator with the state Attorney General's Office.
NEWS
February 3, 1991 | By Jill Morrison, Special to The Inquirer
Big Macs may yet be available in Newtown Township. Township supervisors agreed Monday to postpone a decision about approving an application for a proposed McDonald's, rather than turning down the application that night, as had seemed likely. Supervisor Donald Williams persuaded the other board members to wait to take a vote about the application until a traffic study was made of the proposed site, in Phase II of the Village at Newtown shopping center at the northwest corner of Swamp Road and South Eagle Road.
NEWS
May 12, 2000 | By Chani Katzen, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Township Manager David E. Dunn resigned yesterday, just three days after the assistant manager, Ellen Romanelli, quit. In a letter submitted to the Board of Supervisors, Dunn wrote that he was resigning effective June 1 for personal reasons. He will be on vacation as of Monday and will not return to work. Dunn, who also served as township secretary and zoning officer, did not return calls to his office yesterday. "His resignation was accepted by the board, and the board wished him a lot of luck," Township Solicitor Bruce A. Irvine said yesterday.
NEWS
October 29, 1997 | By Andrew Rice, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
German software giant SAP AG has not even broken ground for its $100 million North and South American headquarters here, but the company already has already given Newtown Township a housewarming present of sorts. At a news conference Monday night in the township building, Kevin McKay, the CEP of SAP America, announced that the company was giving two grants worth a total of $300,000 to improve township services and computer systems. He portrayed the gift as a gesture of appreciation to the township for speedily approving the company's plans to build two office buildings, each of about 450,000 square feet, on a Newtown Street Road site formerly owned by Arco Chemical.
NEWS
January 26, 1999 | By Rachel Scheier and Meredith Fischer, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A lawsuit filed late last week against Newtown Township challenges the supervisors' authority to impose an 18-month ban that prevents landowners from developing their properties. Blue Bell attorney Marc Kaplin filed the suit in Delaware County Court on behalf of James A. Nolen 3d, who owns two parcels consisting of 95 acres off White Horse Road. It is the first lawsuit filed against the township over the development moratorium, which supervisors adopted on Nov. 23. "We believe this moratorium effectively takes [Nolen's]
NEWS
February 27, 1993 | By Christopher Durso, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The state Department of Public Welfare has provisionally reinstated the operating licenses of the Melmark Home for retarded children, but the Newtown Township facility will be required to shake up its leadership and make other changes. Under an agreement made final Tuesday, representatives of the welfare department and the home said, Melmark accepted the changes in order to regain the licenses, which were revoked in December because of the facility's alleged delays in reporting two incidents of sexual abuse.
NEWS
August 28, 1998 | By Richard V. Sabatini, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Inquirer correspondent Todd Bishop contributed to this article
Police Detective Christopher Bush, 35, has been fired from his job for conduct unbecoming an officer after his arrest on charges he assaulted his ex-girlfriend. Cornell Hopkins, Newtown Township manager, said yesterday that he had terminated Bush, the township's first detective and juvenile officer, as a result of the charges filed in the alleged Aug. 5 assault of Kristie Piccardi at her Society Place townhouse. Piccardi filed a complaint with police 10 days later. Bush, a township officer for 10 years, was to be recognized Sept.
NEWS
June 11, 1998 | By Andrew Rice, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Newtown Township's efforts to transform a neglected 20-acre parcel that it bought from Drexel University three years ago into a public park could be inching toward fruition with the help of a private developer. But financial consultant and former Philadelphia mayoral candidate Samuel P. Katz's plan to build and manage two ice rinks on the site already has drawn sharp criticism from some who want the land to remain open space. Katz has offered to develop the rest of the land as a public park for the township at no charge in return for a $1 yearly lease on the site where the rinks would be. In an interview yesterday, Katz said his firm, EnterSport Capital Advisors, would spend as much as $7.5 million on the project if it is approved.
NEWS
May 2, 1993 | By Kay Lazar, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Township supervisors may finally have a clear picture of the municipality's tangled finances after they review an updated report tomorrow from auditors. At issue is how much the township is owed in six years of back developers' fees. A preliminary report released in February showed that more than $400,000 in fees were uncollected. Township Manager Cornell Hopkins said he thought that by May 10, the township will have collected $122,698 of the total. Because the supervisors lacked definitive numbers last week, they decided to table recommendations Wednesday night from a task force that has been studying ways to overhaul the township's troubled financial reporting and planning methods.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Next »
ARTICLES BY DATE
REAL_ESTATE
September 6, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Marple and Newtown share a school district, but when it comes to housing, the two Delaware County municipalities have little in common. Marple, which saw large-scale development right after the end of World War II, is filled with houses from that era: primarily single-family homes of 1,500 to 1,800 square feet, with three bedrooms and 11/2 to two bathrooms. But there are also some rowhouses and twins in the mix. The price range for the 62 houses now for sale is $155,000 to $450,000, with the median list price $359,900.
NEWS
April 9, 2015 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police in Newtown Square are looking for a few volunteers - to get drunk and eat free pizza. Seriously. The Delaware County department posted the request on its Facebook page: "Volunteers Needed! Serious Responses Only!" "This is for real," said Officer Joe Vandegrift, volunteer coordinator for Newtown Township. There is a hitch, of course. The department is holding a field-sobriety training exercise for 24 officers from across Pennsylvania. The 20 volunteers it hopes to recruit have to go through three field-sobriety tests - horizontal gaze, walk and turn, and one-leg stand - given by officers looking to be certified, Vandegrift said.
NEWS
March 10, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
DELAWARE COUNTY 13-year-old Cayman Naib was remembered last night by his schoolmaster as "a remarkable person" who brought a smile to others and strove to make sure they felt comfortable. Steve Piltch, head of school at the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, recalled when Cayman "made it a point to invite him to his birthday party to make him feel welcome. " That was Cayman. "He was always reaching out to people," Piltch said in a phone interview last night. Cayman was found dead yesterday about 2 p.m. after a frantic four-day search, partially snow-covered in the shallow waters of Darby Creek, said a spokeswoman for Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan.
NEWS
February 23, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eileen Nelson can remember when rebuilding the Gradyville Road Bridge was expected to take a year. Back then, in March 2013, it seemed like more than enough time to replace a two-lane, 14-foot stretch of road in the heart of Delaware County. But that was before Nelson, an engineer, and other officials in Newtown Township learned that a neighboring town needed a sewer main in the same area. And it was before the state Department of Transportation asked for a new permit. And it was long before a tiny but endangered bog turtle was spotted near the future construction site.
NEWS
September 21, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Sidney T. Yates, 84, a lawyer from Upper Makefield Township who worked with schools, local governments, and lending institutions, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, of congestive heart failure in Kintnersville. In 1956, Mr. Yates joined the law firm of William R. Stuckert in Newtown Borough and shortly afterward became managing partner of the renamed Stuckert & Yates. The firm has been in business for many years, with Mr. Yates at the helm for half a century. At various times, he was solicitor for the Newtown Borough Council, Upper Makefield School District, Newtown Township, Middletown Township, Centennial School District, Newtown Sewer Authority, Lower Southampton Sewer Authority, Bucks County Intermediate District, and Middle Bucks Area Vocational Technical School Authority.
NEWS
March 24, 2012
A Bucks County farmer with a felony conviction was sentenced Thursday to a minimum of nearly a year in the county prison for shooting his dog after it attacked the neighbors' pets. Gary Kirk of Newtown Township was sentenced to 111/2 to 23 months in the Bucks County prison. Kirk pleaded guilty in July to animal cruelty and a weapons offense that stemmed from his felony drug conviction 20 years ago. He avoided a possible five-year state prison sentence for unlawfully possessing a firearm.
NEWS
May 10, 2011 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Newtown Township, Delaware County, supervisor and three administrative employees were charged Monday with theft for using a township FedEx account for personal business. George P. Wood, 68, chairman of the Board of Supervisors, was charged with theft of services and theft by unlawful taking, said District Attorney G. Michael Green. Also charged with the same offenses were George J. Clement Jr., 66, assistant to the township manager; Gwen Toyzer, 48, administrative assistant to the manager; and Marie Louise Richards, 58, the township tax collector.
REAL_ESTATE
October 24, 2010
Pennsylvania   1615-17 Spruce St. unit 400 , $605,000. 326 S. 43d St. , $595,000. 2201-2209 Arch St. unit 103 , $490,000. 111 S. 15th St. unit P101 , $454,000. 253 Paoli Ave. , $433,500. 2336 Fairmount Ave. unit B , $410,000. 1438 S. Broad St. , $404,250. 13020 Lindsay St. , $385,000. 1836 Catharine St. , $360,000. 1619 Spruce St. unit 5 , $359,900.   656 Linton Hill Rd., Newtown Township , $849,500.
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | Next »
|
|
|
|
|