November 24, 2014 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. If it weren't for a Chester real estate agent named John Cochran and the clergyman/author Henry Ward Beecher, Delaware County might not have a Norwood. It was Cochran who bought two large farms in part of Ridley Township in 1873 and hired a Boston landscape architect to lay out streets and two parks and a couple of farmers to do all the heavy lifting. An auction, typical of 19th-century real estate practice, drew buyers by train from Philadelphia, who spent an average of $125 for one of the 50 lots sold.
May 10, 2013 |
Robert James Miller remembers the terrible day he was riding on top of a military vehicle when a firefight erupted around him. A piece of shrapnel from an explosion dug deep into his left shoulder. "It hit me like a white-hot hammer," he recalled. At a field hospital, the doctor told him: "You got yourself a Purple Heart here. " That was Nov. 17, 1969. He did get a Purple Heart . . . 44 years later. Miller, who lives in a comfortable two-story house on a leafy street in Norwood, was awarded the medal this week in a ceremony at the Springfield office of U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan (R., Pa.)
December 19, 2011 |
BAYLOR associate coach Brian Norwood has been contacted by Penn State about its coaching vacancy, ESPN reported yesterday, citing a source. ESPN said Hawaii also is interested in Norwood. He played there in the 1980s and later coached seven seasons at Penn State, where his son, Jordan, was a wideout. Norwood has been a college coach for 21 years. In addition to Penn State and Baylor, he has coached at Arizona, Richmond, Navy and Texas Tech. According to USA Today , Penn State already has interviewed interim coach Tom Bradley and Tom Clements, the Green Bay Packers' quarterbacks coach who is from Western Pennsylvania and played at Notre Dame.
July 23, 2011 |
John C. Greer, 88, of Prospect Park, a former funeral director and borough official, died of congestive heart failure Saturday, July 16, at Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford. A spokeswoman for the Griffith Funeral Chapel in Norwood said Mr. Greer began working there in 1946, was its general manager for several years, and retired in 1991. Born in Philadelphia, he graduated from Prospect Park High School and served from 1942 to 1945 as an Army combat phone operator in the Arno River and Po Valley campaigns in Italy.
July 19, 2011
A Delaware County construction worker admitted Monday that he beat a woman unconscious and tried to molest her in a bar bathroom, an attack she said occurred after she wouldn't dance with him. Mbarek Lafrem, 32, of Norwood, said nothing beyond brief answers to a judge's questions as he pleaded guilty to assault and attempted sexual abuse. - AP
January 27, 2011 |
Last year, officials in the tiny Delaware County borough of Norwood raised real estate taxes 34.7 percent, an increase they said was required to prevent the borough from going bankrupt by the summer. Now, Norwood has a different problem, the kind that many a recession-ravaged municipality would love to have: a six-figure surplus. The $327,000 surplus has led some residents to wonder if the council raised taxes too much. George Fieo, treasurer in this borough of about 5,700 people, said he made the best fiscal guess he could, given last year's circumstances.
November 27, 2010 |
A Chester police officer remained hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after he was struck by a car on Thanksgiving night while directing traffic around a traffic accident. Joseph Toanone suffered head, neck, and back injuries, and was admitted to Crozer-Chester Medical Center, according to Capt. Robert Archacki. Toanone was conscious and alert, he said Friday. Just after Toanone was struck, a police-dispatch call was issued for a "officer down. " Two officers from Norwood and Lower Chichester were heading toward the scene and were involved in "nonserious" traffic accidents, Archacki said.
September 16, 2010 |
The Rev. Wesley K. Meixell, 82, of Wynnefield, a Methodist minister who served churches in Philadelphia and Delaware County, died of heart failure Sunday, Sept. 12, at Lankenau Hospital. Mr. Meixell was pastor of Norwood United Methodist Church from 1984 until retiring in 1990. In 1988, he celebrated the 100th anniversary of his church and of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Norwood at a joint service. When an Inquirer reporter asked him to describe his church's mission, he said his congregants "seek to share Christ with new people and to cultivate and sustain a loving, caring, Christian fellowship.
June 3, 2010 |
Michael J. Cabry Jr., 74, of Boothwyn, president of Brandywine Financial Planners, died Sunday, May 30, of heart failure at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland. Mr. Cabry graduated from Southeast Catholic High School, now SS. Neumann Goretti High School. He was a chemical assistant at the DuPont Co. before cofounding Brandywine Financial in 1965. He continued to operate the Concordville firm with two partners: son Michael III and Leonard Scinto. In 1963, Mr. Cabry was appointed justice of the peace for Norwood by Gov. William Scranton.
May 16, 2010 |
Editor's note: In the weeks after two teenage girls from Delaware County committed suicide in February by stepping in front of an Amtrak train, The Inquirer interviewed dozens of friends, relatives, police, public officials, and school personnel in an effort to reconstruct how this tragedy took place and to help understand the causes and recognize the warning signs of teenage suicide. Vanessa Dorwart was out the door in a flash. The Interboro High School sophomore seldom went anywhere without first considering, "How do I look?"