July 15, 1993 |
"It's like a dream come true to rise through the ranks," the township's new police chief remarked after township Commissioner Stephen Campetti pinned on the badge of office. After 24 years of wearing the uniform and various stripes of a Haverford police officer, Lt. Gary Hoover, 47, was appointed chief of the 63-member department Monday night by a unanimous vote of the Board of Commissioners. "But it doesn't come alone," Hoover told the board and a roomful of smiling friends and well-wishers.
May 21, 2013
By Michele S. Byers It's been six months since Superstorm Sandy pounded New Jersey, and summer is almost upon us. Towns up and down the coast are preparing for Memorial Day weekend and the arrival of beach lovers, fishermen, surfers, and boaters whose tourism dollars keep the Shore economy ticking. Many Shore towns are still busy with post-Sandy repairs, like cleaning debris from the sand, helping businesses and homeowners recover, and rebuilding boardwalks. And they're counting on receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in state and federal funds to replenish eroded beaches and build dunes.
June 10, 2004
As Comcast Corp. seeks a hefty tax break to build its new Center City headquarters, Philadelphia officials should secure the cable giant's help with a long-delayed project - launching a public-access cable television station. Community groups pushing to open the powerful medium to amateur broadcasters, filmmakers, and civic groups made that compelling case yesterday before City Council. While Comcast and the other city cable-franchise holder, Urban Cableworks, together pay $500,000 yearly in cable franchise fees toward public-access TV, the city can and does spend it on other expenses.
March 8, 1991 |
After objections from neighbors of the Laurels in Chester County, the Brandywine Conservancy has postponed a plan to give thousands of its members access to the 800-acre nature preserve in East Fallowfield and West Marlborough Townships. The Laurels preserve, in the horse country of Chester County, has remained closed to virtually all but those who live around it since the Conservancy acquired the property in 1985. Conservancy officials had proposed broadening access beginning March 1. However, Conservancy spokeswoman Lucinda Laird said yesterday, the nonprofit agency's trustees had decided Monday to postpone action on the proposal.
December 11, 2008
As City Council members delve further into Verizon's welcome proposal to expand its pay-TV service to Philadelphia, they can improve the deal for viewers as well as the city's civic life by insisting that Verizon provide more support for citizen-run channels. With a hearing on the 15-year cable franchise negotiated by Mayor Nutter set to resume today, it's likely Council will continue to press Verizon for assurances the company will deliver on its pledge to provide citywide service.
February 3, 2009
As the new kid on the block in the cable-TV business in Philadelphia, Verizon Communications Inc. should match the support given by Comcast Corp. to the city's citizen-run television broadcasts. City Council members shouldn't sign off on a 15-year franchise deal that lets Verizon delay and, thus, heavily discount, its contribution toward public-access television. A vote on the cable franchise could come Thursday. Council has a chance to improve the terms of a proposed agreement with Verizon so that the civic interests of the city's residents are better served.
April 1, 2002 |
IF WE THE PEOPLE do not have access to the channels of communication, what good is freedom of speech? Our present ruling Fathers seem to be ignoring this basic fact. A 19-year-old city ordinance has required the establishment of a public access cable TV system-an electronic speaker's soap box and much more. The refusal of the city administrations since 1983 to implement this law has led to the recent filing of a First Amendment federal court lawsuit against the City by the Philadelphia Community Access Coalition and over a dozen other organizations Two thousand other cities across America have public cable TV channels, including all the largest cities-except Philadelphia.
September 10, 1996 |
After weeks of legal maneuvering, the three Democrats on the Township Committee ended public access on cable television's Channel 18, outvoting the two Republicans, who wanted to keep it. Republican committee member Brian Bartlett called the action a "possible attempt to eliminate the public's First Amendment rights. " The Democrats have been trying to eliminate public access on the local cable TV channel since July, expressing concern that someone might want to air offensive programming.
May 31, 1994 |
When cable television finally came to Philadelphia in the mid-1980s, part of the plan called for public-access channels that would enable everyday people to put programs on the little screen. A decade later, it still hasn't happened. Everybody agrees on the terms of the deal: The three cable companies serving Philadelphia are supposed to set up and outfit a public-access studio, and the city is supposed to finance its operation. This deal was formally spelled out in the 1985 franchise agreements between the city and the cable companies; the federal 1984 Cable Act said that the cable companies did not have to pay operating costs.
March 16, 1997 |
After months on the back burner, plans to create a public-access cable channel to serve Berlin Township, Clementon, Lindenwold and Pine Hill are cooking again. The school boards and governing bodies of all four towns and the Lower Camden County Regional District that binds them together have approved spending $1,363 each for equipment to get the cable channel up and running. The channel, which will be based at Pine Hill's John Glenn Elementary School and broadcast on Garden State Cable Co.'s Channel 18, will be a community bulletin board for public service announcements - such as school closings due to inclement weather or school board meeting times.