May 22, 2003 |
The Delaware River Port Authority's board decided yesterday to overhaul the agency's bylaws to open itself to greater public scrutiny and to check the power of its chief executive. The action, proposed by Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo, came as the bistate agency found itself embroiled in controversy over contracts for billboards at one of its four toll bridges. The original agreements had been negotiated by the authority's former chief executive, Paul Drayton, and taken to the board only after the deal was done.
March 22, 2002 |
A collection of local groups and agencies seeking TV time on public-access cable yesterday sued the city in federal court, charging that Philadelphia has failed to comply with its own ordinance calling for public access to cable. The lawsuit, filed by the Philadelphia Community Access Coalition, asks the court to order city officials to comply with public-access provisions of the cable-television ordinance enacted in 1983 and reiterated in the city's 1998 cable-franchise agreements.
September 16, 1996 |
Lower Camden County Regional administrators intend to mothball plans to create a public-access television channel at tonight's school board meeting. "The door is not slammed shut," said district spokeswoman Jeanne Smith. "Of course, we will reconsider it in the future, but right now, our answer is no. " The public-access channel, dubbed PEG for public education government, would have served four of the district's sending towns: Berlin Township, Clementon, Lindenwold and Pine Hill.
February 13, 2002 |
A line is being drawn in the sand over just how public the beaches are in the exclusive Loveladies and North Beach sections of this municipality. At stake is a share of $150 million in federal dollars destined to help keep Long Beach Island's beaches sandy. On one side are state and federal officials who threaten to withhold the beach-replenishment funding unless Long Beach Township builds footpaths and parking spots to offer better public access. And on the other are mostly the owners of the 200 or so properties lining the two areas, which cover a total of three miles.
July 10, 2002 |
Just two days after New Jersey's groundbreaking public-records law took effect, Gov. McGreevey signed an executive order that limits access to his office and the 15 state agencies he oversees. Open-government advocates had declared that the law made government records in New Jersey among the most accessible in the nation. Yesterday, those watchdogs protested that McGreevey's order had destroyed the spirit of the law. The order stated that additional exceptions to the Open Public Records Law were needed to protect the state from terrorist attacks and private citizens from trespasses on their privacy.
October 23, 1996 |
Pine Hill, Berlin Township, Clementon and Lindenwold are so eager to set up a public-access cable channel that they are moving ahead - with or without the regional school district that ties them together. Garden State Cable Co. has agreed to revise its contracts with the four towns so the channel could be broadcast from the John Glenn Elementary School in Pine Hill instead of down the road at Overbrook Senior High School, which is part of the Lower Camden County Regional School District.
October 22, 2006 |
A little Novocain didn't stop Perry Hamilton from boasting about Lower Merion and Narberth's new TV channel. Dressed impeccably in a blue blazer and forest green-striped tie, Hamilton, board chairman of the Lower Merion and Narberth Public Access Television (PATV) initiative, was recovering recently from oral surgery. He quipped about the numbness in his mouth, but didn't hesitate a moment to explain what township and borough residents stand to gain with the public-access channel, which went live on Sept.
June 18, 1999 |
City Council yesterday passed a bill designed to encourage gun manufacturers to market personalized "smart" guns that can only be used by authorized shooters. On a day when Council members tried to do as much work as possible before they recess for the summer at the end of next week, one Council committee also recommended a vote on legislation to change school board members' terms and later heard testimony from community groups who want the city to set up public-access cable-television facilities.
May 7, 2016
Given its outsize notoriety, it's worth noting that the cloth-draped chain-link fence corralling Franklin Square for the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival is not exactly the Great Wall. But it has caused great controversy for some good reasons. For all the suddenness with which the fence separated one of William Penn's five original squares from his "greene country towne," it's the result of a gradual accumulation of private prerogatives in public parks. Historic Philadelphia Inc., the nonprofit to which the then-shabby square was turned over a decade ago, has transformed it into a delightful urban oasis partly by virtue of money-making concessions such as a burger stand, an old-fashioned carousel, and a miniature golf course bearing adorable dollhouse versions of Philadelphia monuments.
April 23, 2013 |
Bensalem Mayor Joseph DiGirolamo calls his township's five-mile waterfront a "mishmash" of uses. There are light industry and chemical storage; parks and older apartment houses; riverside cottages and the 18th-century Andalusia estate. But on 45 open acres on State Road just over the Philadelphia line, tucked between a truck yard and small warehouses, the mayor sees the future taking shape. A builder will start building and selling the first of 600 homes, including townhouses, condominiums, and 16 customized, million-dollar houses.