January 14, 2005 |
A Protestant minister was put on probation and ordered to steer clear of children yesterday after admitting he exposed himself to young boys in the bathroom of a public swimming pool in Bucks County. W. Mark Bartlett, 47, former pastor of Levittown Wesleyan Church in Falls Township, pleaded guilty in Bucks County Court to indecent exposure and open lewdness. Judge C. Theodore Fritsch Jr. sentenced Bartlett to three years of probation and fined him $1,000. Fritsch also ordered him to complete a county sex-offenders program, to have no unsupervised contact with anyone under 16, and to stay away from parks, playgrounds and other places where children gather.
October 13, 2010 |
After punching a National Park Service ranger in the mouth last October in Independence National Historic Park, Faron Bruce May continued resisting arrest while the ranger tried to handcuff him. Two other rangers were called to the scene and twice fired their Tasers at May, but he continued to wrestle with them. May was finally subdued and handcuffed. May, 31, formerly of Cheltenham, who has been in federal custody since his arrest on Oct. 8, 2009, pleaded guilty in federal district court yesterday to two counts of forcibly assaulting two park rangers.
June 10, 2005
I READ YOUR Yo! cover story of May 27 by Donna Williams Vance on colonial-era stories, "The Lure of the Lore," and I was horrified, shocked and dismayed to read the comments of Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism and Marketing Corp., in the article. To quote Ms. Levitz, "Wouldn't it be wonderful if all those lost stories . . . [came] to light from people who were trained, devoted and enthusiastic about telling them?" Well, Ms. Levitz, I can only assume that you haven't visited Independence National Historical Park in more than a half-century.
August 24, 1989 |
In a landscape filling fast with houses, office buildings and stores, Tyler State Park remains a patch of thriving green. "We're like the oasis in the desert, except our desert is nothing but developments," said John Costello, a Tyler ranger since 1981, about the 1,700-acre park in Newtown Township. The park provides a refuge and a respite from suburban sprawl for an estimated 800,000 visitors a year. But some of those visitors bring into the park the familiar problems of the world outside: alcohol abuse, drugs, and burglaries.
September 10, 1987 |
Applications for the the new Philadelphia Ranger Corps - which will do in the 8,700-acre Fairmount Park system what park rangers do in national parks - are already rolling in from recent high school graduates, Alexander L. Hoskins, the park's executive director, said after a Fairmount Park Commission meeting yesterday. Nearly 300 people across the nation have applied for the position of executive director of the corps, which is about to be created by the commission through a $1 million program being funded by the William Penn Foundation.
February 19, 2001 |
It started with a fracas at a softball game. Three years and several lawsuits later, the Gloucester County park rangers have gotten what they wanted: They have earned police powers, and perhaps a little more respect. Until nearly two weeks ago, when they graduated from the county's police academy, the rangers saw their mission as a paradox. They were assigned to protect county parks, but they had no official police training. When they saw trouble happening, the most they could do was take notes and call police.
February 3, 2012 |
AN ANTI-ABORTION protester arrested for refusing to move to another spot on Independence Mall in 2007 can't collect damages from two park rangers who detained him, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday. The three-judge panel upheld a 2011 lower court ruling to dismiss a lawsuit that Michael Marcavage had brought against Independence National Historic Park rangers Alan Saperstein and Ian Crane. The lawsuit stemmed from an October 2007 protest on the sidewalk near the entrance to the Liberty Bell Center, at 6th and Chestnut.
November 10, 1987 |
They won't carry guns and they won't ride horses, but their wide-brimmed Smokey the Bear hats will identify them as park rangers: the urban - not the forest - variety. About 40 such rangers - members of the Philadelphia Ranger Corps - are expected to start working for the Fairmount Park Commission in the spring, directing visitors to park attractions and traveling to city classrooms to offer students information about the park. The rangers' training, which includes a two-year course at Temple University, and their duties were described during a news conference yesterday.
January 14, 1988 |
The fledgling Philadelphia Ranger Corps, formed to train young people to serve as Fairmount Park rangers, received almost $10 million from the William Penn Foundation yesterday. The grant will fund the non-profit program through at least its first three years. "It's seed money," said corps executive Peter Engbretson yesterday, "to set up a model program. " The corps, formed in November, will have no law enforcement powers. Instead, rangers will serve as interpreters and conservators of the park, offering tours and directions and educating visitors in historical and natural facts about the sprawling 8,700-acre system.
May 24, 1996 |
Thinking of packing the family off for a day of picnicking and lazy frolicking at a nearby national park to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend summer kick-off? Don't forget to bring your own toilet. And picnic table. And compass. That's because national parks, hit hard by the harsh winter, are fighting a tight budget squeeze from Congress, making it tough for them to pay for upkeep and new rangers. Local park managers complain that employee and maintenance costs have risen, but their budgets have stayed the same.