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February 23, 2001 | By Oshrat Carmiel, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
St. Martin of Tours Roman Catholic Church scored a victory with the New Hope Zoning Hearing Board in December, when the board orally agreed to let the church operate a pay parking lot that neighbors long had opposed. But attorneys for the church have found the zoning board's recent written decision radically different from the December pronouncement and have appealed it in Bucks County Court. The board mediated a debate between the church, which wants to raise money by offering parking-strapped tourists its lot, and residents, who argue those tourists are public nuisances.
NEWS
December 14, 1989 | By Vanessa Williams, Inquirer Staff Writer
An executive order prohibiting the consumption of alcohol at tailgate parties in the JFK Stadium parking lot has been delayed while the city's Law Department works out details of the proposed restriction. Mayor Goode was to have signed the document yesterday, as part of several steps aimed at controlling crowd behavior during Eagles games at Veterans Stadium. On Tuesday, city officials, the Eagles and Ogden Allied Services Corp., which runs the concessions at the Vet, agreed to ban the sale of beer at the team's final regular-season game on Dec. 24. The ban also would cover any playoff games at the Vet, but fans who watch the games from superboxes, skyboxes and the stadium restaurant would still be able to purchase alcoholic beverages.
NEWS
June 8, 1989 | By Erin Kennedy, Special to The Inquirer
It may be all right for the birds, but the sight of a 6-foot, 4-inch, 175- pound man bathing nude in the Pennview Savings Association parking lot was too much for bank employees - especially when it became a daily occurrence. They called the police. Montgomery Township police caught him in the act Friday morning. He was rinsing off with a garden hose at the side of the bank. Police arrested Daniel Dean, 32, of no fixed address, at 7:15 a.m. at Pennview Savings, 706 N. Wales Rd. He was charged with open lewdness, disorderly conduct and possessing a prohibitive offensive weapon.
NEWS
January 18, 1987 | By Nancy Scott, Special to The Inquirer
The Media Borough Council has approved a bid for the reconstruction of a parking lot at Galey and State Streets, but not without attracting some controversy. G. Antonini Construction Co. of Broomall was the low bidder - at $28,417 - for the new lot, which will have meters, 24 spaces and new curbing and landscaping. The present lot, which does not have meters, holds about 13 cars. Before the motion was approved by a 7-0 vote Thursday, Mayor Frank Daly asked that a council member explain whose idea it was to condemn and reconstruct the lot, and why it was necessary.
NEWS
December 24, 1998 | By Robert F. O'Neill, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A group of residents opposed to SEPTA's proposal to build an 88-space commuter parking lot on a portion of the 18-acre Duer tract has mounted a campaign to thwart the plan. William Peck, a former township commissioner whose Lindenshade Lane home abuts the tract, said the group has begun a petition drive and hopes to collect 600 signatures in the next few weeks to persuade the Township Board of Commissioners to deny the proposal. Peck said most of his and other residents' objections focus on the partial loss of land that the township acquired in 1996 for the express purpose of preserving open space.
NEWS
August 29, 1994 | By Glen Justice, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Zoning Hearing Board will further study an application to demolish a house and make way for a parking lot on North State Road - a decision that pleased more than 35 residents who went to Thursday night's meeting to protest the request. Simon Oulouhojian, owner of Speedway Auto Radiator on West Chester Pike, has asked the board to grant a variance so that he can knock down a house he owns at 15 N. State Rd. to add parking. The house abuts the shop. Three variances are needed, though the primary one would grant permission to put a commercial parking lot on a lot zoned for residential use. Oulouhojian, 64, testified that the house was badly run down and that the only financially feasible action was to raze it. He said he had bought the house without looking at the inside, hoping to turn it into a duplex.
NEWS
July 9, 1997 | By Natalie Kostelni, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Montgomery County District Attorney's Office yesterday filed third-degree murder charges against the man who fatally shot a 19-year-old Willow Grove man July 1 in the parking lot of an Easton Road apartment complex. The shooting was initially investigated as a possible case of self-defense. That claim was rejected, however, after two witnesses told county investigators and Upper Moreland police that James Ford, the victim, was no longer carrying a weapon - specifically, a baseball bat - when George W. Grundy shot him at the Willow Hill Apartments in Willow Grove.
NEWS
September 3, 2008 | By Larry King INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the end, Bucks County lawyer Richard Patton did go to prison. But not for long enough to satisfy the survivors of Patton's girlfriend, Heather Demou, who died in a fall from his truck during a parking-lot squabble last year. Patton, 53, a former state prosecutor, yesterday was sentenced in Bucks County Court to serve three to 23 months in the county prison. "We were instructed to sit tall as choirboys and let the justice system do its work," Demou's brother, Mike Butler, said after the sentencing.
NEWS
September 15, 2011 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, deanm@phillynews.com 215-854-5949
THEY DIDN'T do it! That, essentially, is what defense lawyers for the three men accused of beating a man to death in the parking lot of Citizens Bank Park told a jury yesterday afternoon as the trial began. Somebody, however, did beat and stomp the life out of David Sale, 22, of Lansdale, who went to a Phillies game with a bachelor party the afternoon of July 25, 2009, and died of multiple blunt-force injuries that night. Assistant District Attorney Richard Sax told the jury that the guilty parties are the three on trial: Francis Kirchner, 30, charged with first-degree murder for landing the "coup de grace" death kick to the head; James Groves, 48, and Charles Bowers, 37, who are both charged with third-degree murder.
NEWS
September 2, 1988 | By George Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
The New Jersey Casino Control Commission has been asked to referee a multimillion-dollar real estate battle between Donald Trump and Penthouse magazine publisher Robert Guccione. The fate of the Pratt Hotel Corp.'s proposed Sands Hollywood project could hang in the balance. In a petition filed yesterday, Penthouse asked the commission to order Trump to rescind a $16 million offer he has made for a 3.8-acre parking-lot site in the heart of Atlantic City. Penthouse argued that the bid, entered in a complicated bankruptcy case pending in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Camden, was nothing more than a "veiled attempt" to thwart the Sands Hollywood project.
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NEWS
August 8, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
As she loaded groceries into the back of her car last Friday morning, Melissa Rudolph said she would not particularly miss the parking lot - or negotiating the aisles - at the Whole Foods store in Wynnewood. "This parking lot is tiny, and the store is cramped," said Rudolph, 28, of Conshohocken. After two decades at that location in Lower Merion Township, the grocery chain is preparing to move into a store nearly three times as large - and just around the corner on Lancaster Avenue.
NEWS
July 31, 2015 | BY JENNIFER WRIGHT, Daily News Staff Writer wrightj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
A MAN ACCUSED in a hit-and-run accident last month that resulted in a bicyclist's death was held for trial yesterday. Raymond Wands, 38, allegedly struck Julio Torres while behind the wheel of a Ford F-150 truck on Erie Avenue heading toward D Street on June 22. Torres, 55, of Hunting Park, died of head injuries two days later. Wands faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, homicide by vehicle, and accident involving death or personal injury. A DUI and related homicide charge were dropped due to lack of evidence.
NEWS
July 13, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
For most shopping centers, a busy parking lot means busy stores. At Cheltenham Square Mall, on the other hand, the well-trod blacktop masks a big problem within. "There's, like, nothing in there," Kayla Smith-Campbell said Tuesday, glancing across the parking lot where a DSW shoe store closed last month, leaving only a sun-bleached outline of its old marquee. Inside the 1950s-era mall, more than half of the five dozen stores are shuttered. Those that remain sometimes go entire days without seeing a sale, several clerks said.
NEWS
July 7, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA & JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writers vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
ANITA COTTON snapped a selfie just before 3 p.m. Saturday, wearing an American-flag shawl and a smile. "Happy 4 of July," she tweeted with the photo. Normally, such a snapshot would be nothing more than a silly memory posted online by a 17-year-old heading to college in the fall. Instead, it's become a memorial image of the young mother, retweeted nearly 200 times by her friends and family. Twelve hours after the shutter on her smartphone closed, police say, Cotton was stabbed to death in a neighborhood spat that reached catastrophic proportions.
NEWS
June 10, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Go-go bars and hot-sheet motels seemed to disappear overnight as Admiral Wilson Boulevard's $30 million transformation moved full speed ahead in 2000. But 15 years after then-Gov. Christie Whitman sought to improve the boulevard's aesthetics in advance of the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, the pretty park that replaced the ugly south-side strip is still not open to the public. The 30-acre stretch along the Cooper River hugs the eastbound Admiral Wilson from just west of Baird Boulevard in Camden to the Pub restaurant in Pennsauken.
NEWS
April 23, 2015 | By Sandy Bauers, For The Inquirer
When Esta Schwartz moved into her sixth-floor condominium at the Philadelphian, the view was not its best selling point. The condos in the front of the building look out onto the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Art Museum, but her balcony, at the back, offered views of a black roof studded with large air-conditioning units. Not anymore. Last week, workers began spreading dirt atop the roof, then planting it with sedum and other greenery that will be pink in June, ocher come November.
NEWS
April 17, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
It is an empty parcel at the edge of a block of rowhouses, a corner aglow from the nearby cheesesteak meccas that make South Philadelphia hum all night: Pat's and Geno's. But the lot at Ninth and Wharton Streets - like other real estate in resurgent South Philly - is the front line in a war over disappearing parking, a battle that finds longtime residents fighting the lucrative forces of progress. A developer's proposal to fill the space with a batch of apartments and stores is being met with fierce resistance in Passyunk Square, where redevelopment has made parking harder than ever for those who live in the century-old rowhouses that spoke off newly resurgent Passyunk Avenue.
NEWS
April 9, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
THE FEDERAL TRIAL of six ex-narcotics cops accused of robbing suspected drug dealers resumed yesterday with combative cross-examination of a man who said he was lifted over a third-floor balcony, followed by an ex-drug courier who said cops stole 3 kilos of cocaine from him. Orlando Ramirez testified that on the evening of Sept. 6, 2009, he and another man, Rodney Lord, went to an Upper Darby parking lot on their way to meet with drug buyers. Ramirez said he worked as a courier on behalf of his uncle, who at the time lived in Mexico.
SPORTS
March 31, 2015 | BY AARON CARTER, Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
BRANDON COLE knows only one way to play basketball. No matter what, he goes hard. It doesn't even matter if the 6-4 forward from West Catholic Prep is playing in an all-star game. With Cole's City compatriots trailing by 10 with only seconds remaining at yesterday's 28th Annual All-Star Labor Classic, the Suburbs attempted a cherry-on-top alley-oop. That was when Cole flew in and broke up Amir Hinton's dunk attempt with a foul from behind. The play didn't appear dirty or dangerous, but it was certainly unexpected.
FOOD
March 20, 2015 | By Maureen Fitzgerald, Inquirer Food Editor
As I drove into the parking lot of Roberto Clemente Middle School in North Philadelphia to start my cooking classes there, my competition was staring me in the face: a giant Burger King sign. The restaurant is not even a minute's walk from the school. Trying to convince kids to cook healthy meals in a fast-food world is hard enough. But with Whoppers wooing them across the parking lot? There ought to be a law! If I needed confirmation that these students, like so many other American middle schoolers, were eating this junk, I got that pretty quickly: My five eighth-grade girls answered a questionnaire about what they eat for dinner and how often they eat fast food.
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