April 1, 1990 |
On Wednesday morning, roofer Dennis Carey put the finishing touches on the new roof at the Junod Playground in Parkwood. It should have been a happy moment for the folks at the recreation center on Dunks Ferry Road, who had waited five years for just this event. No longer will workers have to worry about getting hit in the head by a falling ceiling tile. No longer will the 200-odd neighborhood youngsters who frequent the center have to dodge buckets as they shape ceramics.
March 12, 1989 |
Despite a law requiring the Defense Department to buy commercial goods off the shelf when possible, the Pentagon continues to require its suppliers to meet reams of mind-numbing requirements for the most mundane items. Take, for example, the T-shirt. The Pentagon now issues 30 pages of tiny print to its suppliers on how white the T-shirts must be, how many stitches per inch their seams must have, and even what kind of bags to use for packing them. Excessive specifications have angered members of Congress, who recently heard the Pentagon's top clothes buyer concede that only seven of the 8,000 items he purchases are bought commercially, without pages of Pentagon particulars mandating every detail.
January 10, 1990 |
This is a story about cash on a wet tin roof. It's about cash scratched up by a mall developer to fix a leaky roof at a city recreation center in the Far Northeast, cash that can't be spent because of red tape. "It's frustrating. It's just extremely frustrating," said Kathy Dieckmann, volunteer president of the Junod Recreation Center Advisory Council on Dunks Ferry Road in the Parkwood section. The roof at the center has been leaking for about five years, and the city has no plans to fix it because of budget constraints.
May 9, 1990 |
Running a community Kite Day isn't as simple as going down to the five-and- dime store, buying all the flying machines and string in stock and handing out the fragile contraptions free to the kids who show up. First, permission from the Federal Aviation Administration is needed. "You have to tell them how big the kites are, how high they're going to fly and how close you are to an airport," said Fred Durso, 46, who was the government relations coordinator for the Knights of Columbus Kite Day in Gloucester Township this weekend.
January 2, 1990 |
For a month, the young Egyptian had been trying to pay the speeding ticket and get her driver's license back. First, she was told to go to the Nile Delta city of Banha, where the license was issued. In Banha, she was told that because she lived in Cairo now, the matter would have to be resolved there. In Cairo, the police said they could not return her license until she paid the fine. In Banha, of course. She decided to forget about the old license and apply for a new one. At the local driver-testing center, a friendly policeman waived the road test, signed the necessary papers and directed her to the cashier's window.
January 22, 1989 |
There is a happy ending to the story of the Swarthmore couple who had been fighting red tape in an effort to get their adopted Nicaraguan daughter into this country. James and Judy Shepard-Kegl got the necessary visa for their daughter Luisa on Jan. 10. The trio flew into Philadelphia International Airport from Nicaragua on Monday night. In late December, Judy Shepard-Kegl went to Nicaragua to complete the adoption. According to the couple, the Nicaraguan officials were extremely cooperative, but U.S. embassy officials were not. "I spent the first couple of days in Nicaragua finishing the adoption procedure," said Judy Shepard-Kegl.
December 6, 1986
I spent four hours of a recent workday on the phone trying to find a drug treatment center for a cocaine-addicted friend. Although he was in a crisis and threatening suicide, no one would help because he did not have insurance or a medical assistance card. I called the Department of Public Welfare, Gaudenzia House, Giuffre Hospital, the Diagnostic Rehabilitation Center, the Cocaine Hotline, St. Mary's Hospital, the Office of Mental Health and Retardation, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP)
May 21, 1993 |
Bernard Spain said he expected a little cooperation from City Hall when he expanded his business. After all, he is chief executive of Spain's Inc., which owns 33 stores and employs 370 people in the city, and pays, well, a lot of taxes. But when Spain's tried to open a new Hallmark Cards store in Northeast Philadelphia this month, he said the company was treated like a criminal. The Department of Licenses and Inspections angrily threatened to prevent the opening because Spain's forgot to apply for electrical and sprinkler permits, although a building permit had been issued.
May 28, 1989 |
While in Europe we want to visit some cities in East Germany that are rich in the history of Bach and Luther. Can this be arranged after arrival in West Germany? Whom do we contact? You need to make at least some arrangements in advance if you want to visit such cities as Leipzig, where Johann Sebastian Bach was a choirmaster and where the Bach museum is located, or Wartburg, where Martin Luther is said to have thrown an inkwell at the devil. It is possible to obtain tourist visas at East German border points and elsewhere in Europe, but you are likely to need proof of prepaid hotel reservations as well as other application information.
March 23, 1988 |
Almost two years ago, when Augustine Carmona was just 14, he sneaked alone across the Mexican border to escape a bitter fate. Behind him were a broken home and severe poverty in the village of Yurira, and the certainty that his education would never go beyond the sixth grade. Carmona, athletic and intelligent, came to Kennett Square, where a brother works in the mushroom camps. He was taken in by a local woman, worked his way onto the Unionville Middle School's honor roll and became the Chester County school's soccer star.