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March 22, 2002 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
September 16, 1996 | By Patricia Smith, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
NEWS
February 13, 2002 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
NEWS
July 10, 2002 | By Kaitlin Gurney INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
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.
NEWS
October 23, 1996 | By Patricia Smith, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
NEWS
October 22, 2006 | By Helen I. Hwang FOR THE INQUIRER
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.
NEWS
June 18, 1999 | By Clea Benson, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
April 23, 2013 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 17, 2011
Proposed changes to beach and waterway access in New Jersey threaten to wash away years of progress toward making the state's 127 miles of shores and riverfronts open to everyone. The state Department of Environmental Protection contends that the revisions to the Coastal Zone Management rules are in line with Gov. Christie's call for "common sense" regulations rather than one-size-fits-all mandates. That might be true, if beachfront landowners - and the elected officials eager to please them - could be depended upon to act with common sense, or common courtesy.
NEWS
December 21, 2012 | By David Porter, Associated Press
NEWARK, N.J. - Rules recently implemented by New Jersey's environmental authority unjustly limit the public's access to beaches and waterways while protecting the interests of industry and wealthy landowners, two environmental groups claim in a lawsuit filed against the state. The notice of appeal was filed Tuesday in Superior Court in Trenton by the NY/NJ baykeeper and the Hackensack riverkeeper. It claims the state Department of Environmental Protection exceeded its authority when it adopted the rules last month.
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