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April 5, 1990 | By Robert F. O'Neill, Special to The Inquirer
Prospect Park Councilman John LeMaitre, facing charges of attempted murder in a shotgun shooting, was rearrested yesterday when he arrived two hours late for a preliminary hearing in the case. District Justice Barbara LaRosa of Rose Tree, visibly angered by LeMaitre's tardiness, ordered him held on $10,000 bail and remanded him to Delaware County Prison when he failed to post bail. LeMaitre, 41, of the 800 block of Fourth Avenue, Prospect Park, had been free on his own recognizance after an earlier arraignment.
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April 14, 1988 | By Marilou Regan, Special to The Inquirer
A 74-year-old Prospect Park woman was raped, beaten and robbed by a man who broke into her apartment Saturday night. Police said the victim suffered a concussion and was admitted to Taylor Hospital, where she was reported in stable condition Wednesday. Police gave the following account: The assailant entered by removing the screen and sliding open the rear window in the woman's first-floor apartment about 10 p.m. The woman was watching television in the living room and did not hear the assailant enter.
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September 14, 1995 | By Wes Conard, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Borough Council President Peter D. Subers and borough critic Davoud Baravordeh sparred again at the council meeting Tuesday night, with Subers refusing to let Baravordeh talk during the public comment portion. Subers said Baravordeh, who got a few words out before he was cut off, had nothing to say that dealt with current business. Baravordeh, a frequent critic of borough government, argued with Subers for five minutes for the right to be heard. After the meeting, Subers said the Sunshine Act requirement that public bodies allow public comment is limited to "matters of concern, official action or deliberation which are or may be before the board or council.
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July 24, 1995 | By Jeremy Treatman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Michele Crouse says she joined the Prospect Park 18-and-under swim team in 1983 only because some of her friends were on it. "I was just a happy-go-lucky 6-year-old who could barely swim a lap," Crouse said. Now, she is part of history. Saturday, Crouse was a three-time winner as Prospect Park defeated Clifton, 249-199, to win its Delaware County record-setting 65th consecutive meet. The former mark of 64 was set by Knowlton (1975-1987). "When I first joined the team, I had no idea we would end up winning all five of our meets for 13 years," said Crouse, an Interboro graduate who will enter her sophomore year at Old Dominion in the fall.
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April 22, 1990 | By Robert F. O'Neill, Special to The Inquirer
The only thing that pleased Ronald Mills more than being appointed police chief of Prospect Park was knowing he received the endorsement of his predecessor, William D. Young, a week before the former chief died. Young had headed the borough police force for 19 years before he died at home Jan. 30 after a lengthy illness. He was 52. Mills, 44, was a patrolman and then sergeant during Young's time as top cop. He considered Young his mentor in law enforcement. And they were friends.
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October 31, 1997 | By Bridget Eklund, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A veteran state building safety inspector who was charged with extorting $120 from a Prospect Park property owner has pleaded guilty to lesser offenses relating to restricted activities of public officials. After his plea, Joseph J. Mormando, 73, of the 700 block of Taylor Drive, Folcroft, was sentenced last month by Delaware County Court Judge Patricia H. Jenkins to four years' probation, a $1,000 fine, and $120 restitution to the victim. In June, Mormando retired from the Department of Labor and Industry, where he had worked as a building inspector for 25 years, said department spokesman John Currie.
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January 31, 2012
Frances L. Rees Bruner, 103, a former Prospect Park citizen of the year, died Thursday, Jan. 26, at Prospect Park Nursing Home. For 38 years, Mrs. Bruner was a comptometer operator at the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Eddystone. After Baldwin closed in 1972, she was a Tupperware consultant for 20 years. She was a top saleswoman in Delaware County in her 70s, said a granddaughter, Debbie Bruner. Mrs. Bruner was president of Prospect Park Women's Auxiliary in the 1980s and later was president of the Prospect Park Federation Club.
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March 7, 2012 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Grace A. Steele Balestriere, 89, of Prospect Park, a retired school secretary, died Friday, Feb. 17, of cancer at the home of a daughter, Constance Bombaci, in Killingworth, Conn. Her husband, Henry A. Balestriere, died in November. The couple were sweethearts at West Philadelphia High School. They married in 1945, when he returned from service in the Army, and moved to Prospect Park in 1948. When their daughters were growing up, Mrs. Balestriere was a Girl Scout leader for a troop in Prospect Park.
NEWS
January 3, 1988 | By Robert F. O'Neill, Special to The Inquirer
John E. Costello, a travel agency executive and former mayor of Prospect Park, was named last week to fill a three-month-old vacancy on the Interboro school board. Costello's appointment came at a special 5-minute meeting of the board Wednesday, just 15 minutes after he finished interviewing for the seat. He served as an Interboro school director from 1976 through 1981. Costello, 40, a Democrat, replaces Charles Brewer as the board's Region 7 member, representing Prospect Park's first, third and fourth precincts.
NEWS
July 20, 1986 | By Fawn Vrazo, Inquirer Staff Writer
Saying they were concerned about ferret owners everywhere, members of a new organization called the Friends of Ferrets said yesterday that they would do battle with Prospect Park, Delaware County, officials who have decided they would rather not have the slinky little beasts in their town. The organization's dozen or so members congregated under a pine tree in Ridley Creek State Park yesterday, accompanied by 11 pet ferrets named Nibbly, Precious, Remington, Dooley O'Guiness, Sable, Delilah, Bandit, Tasha, King, Rex and Trixie.
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November 6, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Longtime Haverford High football coach Joe Gallagher will not be on the sideline when his squad visits Coatesville in a PIAA District 1 Class AAAA first-round playoff game Friday night. Gallagher, of Aston, was charged over the weekend with driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, reckless driving, and failure to stop and render aid, according to police. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 15. According to court documents, Gallagher, 58, was driving a maroon Ford on Saturday when he allegedly struck a car in the 300 block of Lincoln Avenue in Prospect Park and fled the scene.
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July 29, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 5-year-old boy was shot dead late Saturday night and his mother seriously injured in what Ridley Township police said was a shooting rampage by the child's father, who then shot himself in the head. The boy, Cion Styles, died of a gunshot wound to the head. His father, Tyrell Styles, 26, of the 600 block of Reinhard Street in Philadelphia, died Sunday afternoon at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, the Delaware County District Attorney's Office said. The child's mother, Sheyma Washington, underwent surgery at Crozer-Chester Hospital and was in stable condition Sunday evening.
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April 9, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
FOR ABOUT a week in consecutive summers, Michael Parks found himself at a Flyers' prospect development camp in Voorhees, N.J. There, at the Skate Zone, he went through drills alongside other NHL hopefuls like Sean Couturier, Matt Read and Brayden Schenn, guys who these days don the orange and black at the Wells Fargo Center. Parks got a brief tour but never the opportunity to skate at the Flyers' arena. Until this week, that is, when he takes the ice for the University of North Dakota on college hockey's premier stage.
NEWS
December 13, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gerald J. Spitz, 72, of Garnet Valley, a former state representative from Delaware County and later an administrative law judge, died Thursday, Dec. 5, of complications from sarcoidosis at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Born in Ridley Park, Judge Spitz lived in Prospect Park and Concord Township before moving to Garnet Valley in 2011. He graduated from Ridley Park High School in 1959 and received a bachelor's degree in political science in 1963 from Pennsylvania Military College, now Widener University.
NEWS
April 24, 2013
Harold Jack Daniels, 85, a Chester native who made it to the big leagues and played 106 games as an outfielder, died Tuesday, April 16, of kidney failure in Shreveport, La. Nicknamed "Sour Mash Jack" by his teammates, Mr. Daniels died at the Oaks of Louisiana, a nursing facility. He moved to Shreveport three years before to be close to family. Born in Chester and raised in Prospect Park, Mr. Daniels also was a former resident of Evansville, Ind. Before moving to Evansville, Mr. Daniels played professional baseball for 13 years.
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November 16, 2012
Herbert H. Mahle, 89, a former tavern owner in Upper Darby and a decorated Army veteran of World War II, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, of heart failure at his home in Prospect Park. Mr. Mahle and his brother, Richard, owned and operated Mahle's Bar in Upper Darby for 30 years, selling it in 1980. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Mahle served in the Army in World War II. He was awarded a Purple Heart, a World War II Victory Medal, a Bronze Arrowhead, and a European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with five Bronze Stars.
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March 7, 2012 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Grace A. Steele Balestriere, 89, of Prospect Park, a retired school secretary, died Friday, Feb. 17, of cancer at the home of a daughter, Constance Bombaci, in Killingworth, Conn. Her husband, Henry A. Balestriere, died in November. The couple were sweethearts at West Philadelphia High School. They married in 1945, when he returned from service in the Army, and moved to Prospect Park in 1948. When their daughters were growing up, Mrs. Balestriere was a Girl Scout leader for a troop in Prospect Park.
NEWS
January 31, 2012
Frances L. Rees Bruner, 103, a former Prospect Park citizen of the year, died Thursday, Jan. 26, at Prospect Park Nursing Home. For 38 years, Mrs. Bruner was a comptometer operator at the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Eddystone. After Baldwin closed in 1972, she was a Tupperware consultant for 20 years. She was a top saleswoman in Delaware County in her 70s, said a granddaughter, Debbie Bruner. Mrs. Bruner was president of Prospect Park Women's Auxiliary in the 1980s and later was president of the Prospect Park Federation Club.
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March 19, 2010 | By Mari A. Schaefer and Joelle Farrell INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Authorities in Delaware County are investigating the death of an Interboro High School student found hanged Wednesday night in an old mill in Chester City. Dominic Marchesani, 18, of Prospect Park, was found by his parents and pronounced dead at the scene by medics, police said. The Interboro community had already been rocked by the deaths of two girls who took their own lives on Feb. 25 in a suicide pact at the Norwood train station, a few blocks from the school. Randy Bothwell, a Chester police detective, said investigators found no tie between Marchesani and the girls other than attending the same school.
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