October 6, 2004 |
A coalition of residents charged yesterday that the CSX Transportation rail company has walked away from negotiations and is threatening to close off all street-level access in Center City to Schuylkill River Park. CSX owns the tracks that separate the riverside park from the surrounding neighborhood. "For 30 years the city has been promising [a park] and has finally delivered," said Russell Meddin, a coordinator for the Free Schuylkill River Park coalition. "Unfortunately CSX is blocking access.
September 3, 1999 |
Plans to demolish a historic wall that dates back 192 years ran into, well, a brick wall yesterday when neighbors and preservationists blocked a demolition crew early in the morning. At an emergency meeting of the Burlington City's Historic Preservation Commission last night, the demolition was further halted until the managers of the Burlington Meeting House Conference Center can demonstrate to the commission that they at least explored alternatives to destruction. The wall, about 900 feet long and four feet high, surrounds a historic Quaker cemetery on Wood Street near Broad Street.
June 19, 1986 |
The Ambler Borough Council has reached a compromise in the long-running controversy concerning a resident's high hedges, defusing a feud between council member Frank Morasco and borough solicitor Jack Gaffney. The council moved Monday to revoke an ordinance that makes having hedges that are higher than 4 feet and located at an intersection a safety violation. They also agreed to draft an ordinance that would parallel a state standard. That state standard gives only a certified state traffic safety inspector the right to declare a violation for a safety hazard.
March 24, 1986 |
Larry Buchsbaum, the Wyncote developer whose request to build two townhouses in Jenkintown has been rejected by the Borough Council twice, has returned to the borough planning commission to seek support for his plans. Buchsbaum wants to subdivide a lot he owns on the corner of Maple and West Avenues and build the townhouses there. Planning commission chairman Gary Hutnick told Buchsbaum that "we have no authority to put items on the council agenda. " Later that night, in executive session, the commission formulated a recommendation to forward to the council.
February 16, 2008 |
A pair of high-profile Nationwide Series teams owned by drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Michael Waltrip likely will be penalized after NASCAR inspectors found technical violations before qualifying yesterday. Inspectors impounded Earnhardt's No. 5 car Thursday night after spotting an illegal modification to his rear spoiler. The team got its car back yesterday morning, minus the spoiler and rear deck lid. Officials also confiscated the carburetor from the No. 99 Nationwide car driven by David Reutimann, who drives for Michael Waltrip Racing.
September 18, 2003 |
Safety regulators yesterday announced voluntary product recalls of Dannon water bottles and of Simon & Schuster board books that may pose a safety hazard for young children. About 3.2 million bottles of water with push-pull caps were recalled because the drinking spout can come off unexpectedly, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement. Ten complaints have been filed about the spouts, but no injuries have been reported, the commission said. The water was sold singly and in multipacks in 8-ounce, 8.5-ounce and .33-liter sizes under the brand names Dannon Fluoride to Go, Pure American, Enon Springs, Alhambra Junior Sport Drinking Water, and Sparkletts Junior Sport Drinking Water.
July 14, 1991 |
Darby Township officials say they will enter a vacant rowhouse in the 800 block of Oakwood Avenue to ensure that it does not become a safety hazard. Commissioner James Sandone said at a Board of Commissioners meeting Wednesday that neighbors had complained about an odor coming from the house. They also have complained about vandalism of the property. Sandone said the home had been vacant since October, when the occupant entered a mental-health facility. Attempts to find the occupant's relatives have been unsuccessful, he said.
December 2, 1994 |
Plans to construct a maintenance facility for the school district have been interrupted again, but this time by a township offer that could prove profitable to both parties. According to the offer, the district could lease three buildings on a six- acre tract of open space that the township acquired last month. Purchased through Montgomery County's Open Space Grant, that tract will be added onto Walker Field, near Brandywine Village. The money raised by that lease agreement would be used to help the township eventually demolish those buildings and develop that land.
September 6, 1990 |
Haverford students who looked forward to starting class in the brand-new wing of Chatham Park Elementary School in Havertown this week were disappointed. But probably not nearly as much as district administrators and teachers. The eight-classroom addition was supposed to be completed by yesterday when school opened, but early problems with a crane and steel fittings and a recent delay in the arrival of custom windows have set the project back more than a month. "The target date from the general contractor is Oct. 25, but the district anticipates it taking longer," said Joe Anderson, district spokesman.
July 11, 1990 |
Unable to come up with a decision on street-side basketball courts, the Deptford Council, at least for now, will decide court controversies on a case- by-case basis. Council members debated for more than half an hour Thursday over what to do with the goal posts that hang over streets, drawing pickup ballplayers and angering residents who complain about noise. But without their regular attorney present to explain their legal options, they decided not to decide anything. In recent months, at least half a dozen neighbors of the makeshift courts have complained to various township planning, police and government officials about noise and abusive language generated during the games.