August 5, 2014
FORGET THE World Cup. Forget the Phillies. (Really.) Forget the Sixers. (Please.) Philadelphia owns a world record. The Philadelphia Parking Authority ticketed a motorist for "meter expired" even before he got out of his car. Here's what happened, according to ticketee Brian Yan: It was about 11 a.m. July 10, and he had dropped his girlfriend off on Arch Street near 22nd. He turned onto 22nd and pulled his white 2010 Ford Taurus into a parking space to get a cup of coffee.
March 24, 1987 |
The head of the Philadelphia Parking Authority said yesterday that a senior aide did nothing improper in November when he called the District Attorney's Office and asked that additional charges be filed against a man in an alleged assault on a parking-enforcement officer. William L. Rafsky, the authority's chairman and executive director, strongly defended Vincent J. Fenerty Jr. at a meeting of the agency's board, adding later in an interview, "It seems to me that what he did was absolutely in line with his duties.
November 16, 1989 |
The ticket writers of the Philadelphia Parking Authority have been feeling put upon by motorists who do not appreciate their work. They have been shouted at and shoved, cursed and assaulted. Yesterday, about 70 of the 151 enforcement officers assembled at Parking Authority headquarters at Broad and Callowhill Streets to get a pep talk from the boss, Wilson Goode. They cheered when the mayor said he would back a law that would make it a serious crime to assault them, and they listened quietly when he told they had a duty to treat motorists in a courteous and professional manner.
May 17, 1990 |
The Phoenixville Police Department has gotten permission from Borough Council boost its force to 23 officers. The council decided last year to create two new entry-level patrol positions for the understaffed department and had directed the borough's Civil Service Commission to draw up a list of eligible candidates. At their Tuesday night meeting, the members voted, 11-0, with councilwoman Mary Ellen Sierzega absent, to add a third new patrol position by replacing a part-time parking enforcement officer with another full-time police officer.
November 13, 1993 |
Ten-month-old Fareed Hearn remained in critical condition at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia yesterday, struggling to survive the stab wounds inflicted by his mother. The infant was stabbed five to seven times in the chest and abdomen Thursday when his mother, Ramona Gibbs, picked up a kitchen knife in her East Falls apartment and plunged it into her two children. Fareed's 10-year-old sister, Sakinah Hearn, was reported to be in fair condition at Children's. She was cut in the hands and suffered superficial wounds to her neck and back.
June 9, 2006
FEW THINGS irritate us more than drivers who double park right next to an open parking space. Like, just how lazy can you be? So we give five enthusiastic honks of the horn to the Philadelphia Parking Authority's proposal to raise fines for double parking, expired meters and other violations. The increases, $25 for an expired meter, $50 for double parking, $100 for parking on access roads such as those near Philly International, will generate extra revenue and encourage drivers, especially those in Center City, to park in a garage, rather than hog the on-street meters all day. In some areas, it was cheaper to eat a ticket than park in a garage.
June 9, 1991 |
Darby Borough Council has voted, 5-3, to put part-time Police Officer Con Cassidy - a Republican candidate for Yeadon Borough Council - back on the duty schedule. Democratic Mayor Charles Sanders had removed Cassidy from the schedule, charging that Cassidy's political activity was in violation of the borough code. At the council's meeting Wednesdaynight, Darby Borough Solicitor Peter Nolan said the part-time officer was not regulated by civil service provisions. Nolan said he saw no prohibition against a part-time officer exercising his right to engage in political activity where he lived.
February 14, 2006 |
Snow day. For children, it means no school, snowmen and sledding. For working parents, it can mean panic and dread. When Rose Smith, a parking enforcement officer who lives in South Philadelphia, found out that school was canceled yesterday morning, her thoughts immediately went to her 12-year-old niece, who lives with her. "I thought, what was I going to do with her? I couldn't leave her at home," Smith recalled. Smith's niece, Myranda Smith, a seventh grader at Vare Middle School, stayed at a neighbor's house while her aunt worked.
September 4, 1997 |
A former borough constable who was removed from office in 1995 after his conviction for indecent assault while on duty is vying to get his old job back. Anthony Spano, 61, is on the November ballot as a nonpartisan candidate for constable, having gathered the required 125 signatures on a nomination petition, said officials at the Delaware County Bureau of Election. Spano could not be reached for comment yesterday. He was removed from office in July 1995 by Judge Anthony R. Semeraro, who sentenced him to six to 12 months of house arrest and community service.
October 19, 1999 |
For years, people in South Philly complained that their streets were dirty. And they asked, Why can't we have street sweepers, like other parts of the city? Recently, the sweepers have been making their way to some South Philadelphia neighborhoods. And some people are sorry they ever asked. Here's a South Philly street scene on a recent Tuesday. PLACE: Intersection of 8th and Alter streets, and Passyunk Avenue, just off the Italian Market. TIME: 12:05 p.m. PLAYERS: Gennaro Molinari, owner of Authorized Motor Service, one of his employees; Jim Beem and Mark Christopher, of nearby Christopher's Auto Parts.