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November 16, 1989 | By Michele McCreary, Special to The Inquirer
After a lengthy debate, the New Hope Borough Council voted Monday to provide free parking at metered spaces in the borough during the last week before Christmas. The move was aimed at boosting Christmas shopping during the period from Dec. 17 to Dec. 24. The proposal was made by the New Hope Chamber of Commerce. "We can better compete with other communities by bagging our parking meters," said Pat Lacorte, the chamber president. Lacorte added that the borough already was 6 percent ahead of its budget of $220,000 in parking meter revenue for the year.
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March 10, 1998 | By Geoff Mulvihill, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Township Council last night decided what to do with Mount Holly's dormant parking meters: get rid of them. Over the last two years, parking has been one of the most discussed topics at council meetings. Coin-fed meters were installed at parking spaces in some municipal lots in May 1997. Last October, officials came to realize that metered parking was not producing the kind of revenue that had been projected, principally because motorists were avoiding them. The following month, the meter fees were waived, and have been ever since.
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April 4, 1991 | By Marguerite P. Jones, Special to The Inquirer
Commonwealth Federal Savings Bank in Penndel is losing business, all because of some pesky parking meters. That's what Ray Staley, the bank's regional vice president, told the Penndel Borough Council on Monday night. Parking meters installed last year behind the bank on Eastbrook Road have caused customers to open accounts at banks in shopping centers, where parking is free, instead of at Commonwealth, Staley said. "The bottom line is it's having a significant impact" on business, Staley said.
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December 22, 2010 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Conshohocken police sergeant has been suspended without pay after admitting he stole hundreds of dollars in coins collected from borough parking meters, prosecutors said. Antony Santoro, a 22-year veteran of the force, confessed to skimming quarters by the handful from parking collection funds on at least 14 occasions, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said. Before his arrest Tuesday, investigators found $386 in coins that Santoro allegedly took while on patrol with the borough's parking enforcement officers and hid in his personal vehicle during one day's patrol.
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February 4, 1993 | By Christine Bahls, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Remember the opening scene in the movie Cool Hand Luke? Paul Newman's character is shown having a grand time beheading parking meters one Southern summer's evening. Well, somebody in the borough has taken things just a bit further. Since July, nine parking meters either have been sawed off or ripped out of the ground. In some instances, the cement base has been removed as well. The first incident was reported July 14, when two double-headed meters - and the posts - were stolen from West Oakland Avenue.
NEWS
June 27, 2007 | By Katie Stuhldreher, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Parking in Head House Square just got more efficient - and for some, more confusing. The Philadelphia Parking Authority two weeks ago installed six new $13,000 solar-powered multi-space parking meters that accept bills, credit cards and coins. It's a first for Philadelphia, with the new devices replacing 44 single-space meters at South and 2nd Streets. Drivers can walk to any machine in the square, swipe a credit card or insert cash, and receive printed time-stamped receipts that are displayed on their windshields.
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August 28, 1988 | By William H. Sokolic and David Johnston, Special to The Inquirer
They stand in a row beside the cars parked all day along Mount Vernon Avenue near the Sands Hotel & Casino, their heads pried off by a twist of a screwdriver, their guts removed to some alley, their cold metal cavities stuffed with trash and old beer bottles. They are the parking meters of Atlantic City. At full strength, they would number 1,000 and could generate about $1 million a year. Instead, only about 650 meters are working in the city, and last year's purse of $260,000 was well below the $304,721 that the meters brought in five years ago. But parking meters are of much greater value to a city than just the revenue they produce.
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March 24, 1986 | By David Lieber, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hatboro's parking meters, broken and forgotten, are on the verge of a big comeback. Ever since Mayor Joseph Celano ran five years ago on a campaign promise that he would do away with Hatboro's much-despised meter maid, parking meters along York Road, the borough's main street, have collected more dust than dimes. Celano's successful campaign slogan - "We should honor our customers; not fine them" - sent the borough's meter collections into a tailspin. With more than two-thirds of the borough's 200 meters broken, police officers lowered ticket-writing on their list of priorities.
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July 28, 1987 | By TYREE JOHNSON, Daily News Staff Writer
The city's drivers soon might be parking their cars next to Camel ads, or they might be reading plugs for Alka-Seltzer after getting parking tickets for expired meters. The Philadelphia Parking Authority yesterday announced it will be testing the idea of affixing little billboards on or atop parking meters and selling the space - if advertisers are interested in the experiment. If a 60-day trial proves successful, the agency could realize a $250,000- a-year profit, said William Rafsky, the agency's chairman.
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March 20, 1991 | by Nancy Hass, Daily News Staff Writer
No, you haven't been imagining it: the parking meters are shortchanging you. Not all the time, mind you. It happens when you rush out to put another quarter in the slot of a dollar-an-hour meter, hoping to buy yourself another 15 minutes. What happens? Often, you get gypped out of the time remaining on the meter. Your additional two bits only advances the arrow a few minutes, to the next 15-minute mark. Earlier this week, the Parking Authority was telling callers that any meter that did such a thing was broken.
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April 30, 2014 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
PARKING-METER rates in neighborhood commercial corridors have been set at 50 cents for more than 20 years, but a bill approved by a City Council committee yesterday could double it to a buck if Council passes it. Philadelphia Parking Authority executive director Vincent Fenerty Jr. said that rate increases would benefit businesses by forcing a higher turnover rate at parking spots. Virtually all the additional money from the rate increases would go to the city's beleaguered school district.
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October 29, 2012 | By Kristen A. Graham, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Parking will be free in Philadelphia through Wednesday morning, the city's parking authority announced Sunday. In response to the coming storm, Philadelphia Parking Authority Executive Director Vince Fenerty said there will be no enforcement of meter and kiosk parking violations. PPA kiosks have been disabled and wrapped in plastic for their protection. PPA will still enforce and issue tickets for safety-related parking violations though, Fenerty said in a news release. "We are pleased to join with Mayor Michael Nutter during the current severe weather emergency to do our part to help ensure the safety of all city residents," Fenerty said in the release.
NEWS
March 18, 2012
Drawback in library plans I read with interest the plans that the Free Library has to make the main branch more usable for Philadelphians ("The next, uncertain chapter," March 11). However, I think it is overlooking one major drawback: parking. When I was recently in Nashville, I noted the central library there had a great idea, and maybe it could be instituted here. It offers an indoor parking lot with free parking for the first two hours with library validation. Any time over the two hours is charged at standard parking rates.
NEWS
December 20, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
TRENTON - The former head of the Hoboken Parking Utility has pleaded guilty to official misconduct for his role in a scheme to steal $600,000 in parking-meter revenue. John P. Corea entered his plea in Ocean County. Corea was accused of steering no-bid contracts to a Toms River contractor to collect coins from the parking meters, then looking the other way when he discovered the contractor was stealing. The contractor, Brian A. Petaccio of Toms River, pleaded guilty in 2009 to stealing a total of more than $1.1 million.
NEWS
December 19, 2011
By Joan Wickersham Last week, I finally used the last of my mother's eye-makeup remover. I found it in her medicine cabinet as I cleared it out - when? In 2005, when she moved from her condo to assisted living? A year later, when she had to move into a nursing home? Or after her death in 2008? Whatever its age, this fancy little bottle hung around long past its expiration date. There never was much call for it - my mother wasn't a big makeup-wearer, and neither am I - and it was carefully rationed.
TRAVEL
October 2, 2011 | By Si Liberman, For The Inquirer
ASBURY PARK, N.J. - Summer may be over, but this Jersey Shore resort is enjoying what promises to be its hottest fall season in decades with an impressive array of events. Off-season hotel and bed and breakfast rates, which are 20 to 30 percent lower, are now in effect. The landmark, 300-room oceanfront Berkeley Carteret Hotel, headquarters for a three-day, 30-band music festival engulfing the city Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, was sold out. "We've had an amazing summer, our best yet despite a $30 room rate increase during this recession year," said Berkeley manager Michael Fanning.
NEWS
September 27, 2011 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
With the price of everything from food to gas and clothing on the rise, Lower Merion Township is giving beleaguered consumers a break when it comes to parking. The township's new digital parking meters offer drivers 10 minutes of free parking with the push of a button. Just enough time so they can run an errand or get change - to stuff back into the meter. "That's always been the typical excuse for receiving a ticket - they didn't have change," said Tom Pintande, Lower Merion's parking services manager.
NEWS
August 12, 2011
A former Conshohocken police sergeant who admitted he pilfered change from parking meters to pay his bills was sentenced Friday to two years' probation. A CBSlocal.com report said Anthony J. Santoro, 47, a 22-year veteran of the Conshohocken police force, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court to a misdemeanor charge of theft by unlawful taking. Santoro was immediately sentenced by Judge Steven T. O'Neill to probation, and also to make $1,500 in restitution to the borough. The incidents occurred in late 2009 when Santoro fell behind on his bills and was looking for a quick way to raise cash, the reports said.
NEWS
December 22, 2010 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Conshohocken police sergeant has been suspended without pay after admitting he stole hundreds of dollars in coins collected from borough parking meters, prosecutors said. Antony Santoro, a 22-year veteran of the force, confessed to skimming quarters by the handful from parking collection funds on at least 14 occasions, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said. Before his arrest Tuesday, investigators found $386 in coins that Santoro allegedly took while on patrol with the borough's parking enforcement officers and hid in his personal vehicle during one day's patrol.
NEWS
September 10, 2010
CAPE MAY - Voters have rejected proposals to add parking meters and spaces in Cape May. In a 495-255 vote Wednesday, residents turned down a plan that would have raised about $75,000 annually by adding 80 meters on the east side of the resort. A second proposal, to gain metered spaces by replacing parallel parking on the beachfront with back-in, angled parking, was defeated, 546-200. The results did not include provisional ballots, but the clerk said there were not enough of those to change the outcome.
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