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June 18, 1987 | By David M. Giles, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ambler residents soon will be able to buy signs that will warn solicitors against knocking on their doors. The signs will be available because of revisions of the local soliciting code that the Borough Council approved during its monthly meeting Monday night. The revisions resulted from a 1986 ruling in which the U.S. Supreme Court held that boroughs and townships could sell signs that prohibit or restrict people from soliciting on private property. The changes were approved by a vote of 7-0. Council President Anthony Decembrino and council members Joseph Signore, Bonnie Kroll, Brenda Edgar, Gerald Aubrey, Stephen Sage and Steven Resnick voted for the revisions.
NEWS
October 20, 1993 | By Jane M. Reynolds, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Whether they come around asking for money or Halloween candy, door-to-door solicitors were all over the agenda for last night's Township Council meeting. First, the council introduced an ordinance changing the rules for door-to- door solicitation. People now will be able to solicit from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. instead of 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The amended ordinance also removes a stipulation that people be fingerprinted before they can begin soliciting. Deputy Mayor Thelma Davis said that all municipalities belonging to the Joint Insurance Fund, such as Logan, had been asked to change their laws to protect them from lawsuits.
NEWS
November 21, 2003 | By Tina Moore INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A state representative concerned about fees charged by school district solicitors asked yesterday for a statewide legislative review. Rep. Paul Clymer (R., Bucks) sent a memo to the chairman of the House Education Committee, Rep. Jess M. Stairs (R., Westmoreland), asking him to hold public hearings on solicitors' services and fees. Clymer's request was made as investigators with Auditor General Robert P. Casey Jr. continue to scrutinize legal bills from several Delaware County districts.
NEWS
November 5, 1992 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
The company was called Rainbow Associates. It hired telephone solicitors, some who were high school students, to call area homes and businesses to sell tickets that would help take needy kids to amusement parks, and senior citizens to dinner parties. The solicitations were made in the names of police fraternal groups, and more than $1 million was donated by the public over a four-year period. A federal grand jury here yesterday called Rainbow a scam. James D. Massella, 54, of Brigantine, N.J., and Lawrence K. White, 46, of Havertown, two men who ran Rainbow Associates from an Upper Darby office, were charged with 41 counts of mail fraud.
NEWS
March 31, 1991 | By Marilou Regan, Special to The Inquirer
When the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office offered local law- enforcement officials a chance to unite and fight the drug war about a year ago, none of the Delaware County police departments was interested in implementing the proposal. State funds were available for officers from different municipalities to form a drug task force, but the plan had one stipulation that was unpopular with most police departments. "They wanted us to give up our informants," said Tinicum Township Police Chief Robert Lythgoe.
NEWS
August 9, 1996 | By Chris Seper, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A council member's change of heart has helped revamp the hierarchy of the borough government. Michael Pirolli, a swing vote on the seven-member Borough Council, joined with traditional minority members Patricia Carroll, Philip DiNatale and David Cutchineal Tuesday to fire Solicitor Kevin Bradway and remove member Bryan Servis from the council president post. Bradway, of Cordisco & Bradway, has been replaced by Jack Sirott of Sirott, Reimel, Roseberry & Lanctot in Bristol. Carroll replaced Servis as council president.
NEWS
April 22, 1986 | By MICHEL MARRIOTT and STEVEN A. MARQUEZ, Daily News Staff Writers
David C. Novitsky, the young attorney gunned down in a Center City law office last week in a dispute related to last year's MOVE fire, blamed city officials yesterday for creating a conflict with his client that almost cost him his life. "I'm a 26-year-old kid with six shots in my back and I'm saying the fault in this whole thing lies with the city solicitor," said Novitsky shortly before an afternoon press conference at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he is listed in satisfactory condition.
NEWS
May 9, 2003 | By Barbara Boyer and Tina Moore INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A local state representative concerned about "financial and authoritative improprieties" of school solicitors asked yesterday for a statewide legislative review. Rep. Katharine M. Watson (R., Bucks) sent a letter to Secretary of Education Vicki L. Phillips asking her office, in conjunction with the House Education Committee, to hold public hearings to probe the role and responsibilities of school solicitors. The request is made as the actions of two solicitors in Delaware County have come into question in a series of stories published by The Inquirer.
NEWS
August 6, 1992 | By Anne L. Boles, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
These days, the Coatesville Area School District seems to deal with more attorneys than some bar associations. School board members announced at their last meeting that they had hired two new law firms, one to sue the architects who designed the controversial Reeceville Elementary School and the other to act as the district's solicitors. The West Chester firm of Gawthrop, Greenwood & Halsted will replace Keen, Keen & Good of Coatesville and Downingtown as the school district's solicitors.
BUSINESS
August 13, 2008 | By Alan J. Heavens INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
For Philadelphia Rep. W. Curtis Thomas, the problem of mortgage originators running around Pennsylvania uncontrolled hit a little too close to home. His father, W. Curtis Sr., 87, needed a new heater for the Musgrave Street house he has owned for 47 years. A friend had a friend who worked for a mortgage broker and put them in touch. As a result, the elder Thomas ended up with a $40,000 mortgage that has been passed among four servicers - the current one in Florida. "If you try to get them on the phone, you can't," Thomas said at a news conference yesterday at the Philadelphia Sheriff's Office.
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NEWS
August 22, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Chester County Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit the Coatesville Area School District brought against its former solicitor and his former law firm that accused them of overbilling and unsound legal advice. The school district has 20 days from the date of the judge's decision, Monday, to file an amended lawsuit, which the district's solicitor said it would do. Judge Jeffrey Sommer said the school district must show specific instances of overbilling and said some allegations of the suit, filed in April, were too broad.
NEWS
July 30, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Washington Township officials are no strangers to the courtroom. In the last several years, they have dealt with lawsuits surrounding a controversial redevelopment project, a police officer's invalidated arrest of an assemblyman, and election problems. But recent legal disputes over the municipal solicitor's job have seemingly been paired with miscommunication and confusion in the Gloucester County town, where the Democratic mayor and some council members of the same party continue to clash.
NEWS
July 24, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
The persistent legal issues surrounding the Washington Township solicitor's position deepened Wednesday night when several Township Council members revealed they had filed a lawsuit alleging the mayor's recent hire for the job was unlawful. Those council members hotly criticized Democratic Mayor Barbara Wallace's appointment of Joseph Alacqua as acting solicitor earlier this month. "Without our consent, it was improper," Council Vice President Angela Donato, also a Democrat, told Wallace.
NEWS
April 18, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Months after being fired, Washington Township's ousted solicitor is contending in federal court that four members of the town council and two former councilmen, motivated by politics and power, conspired to wrongfully remove him. The "racketeering" went so far, John Armano alleges in a lawsuit filed this week, that the group exerted its power by threatening to lower the salaries of some employees in the Gloucester County town - a move of political retaliation....
NEWS
January 22, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
John Armano was hired to defend Washington Township in its legal matters. But when the role was reversed - and Armano became a defendant of sorts - he did not appear. In a peculiar, courtroom-like setting in the municipal building Wednesday night, the Township Council voted to remove the solicitor from his post halfway through his contract, due to an alleged conflict of interest and a "fundamental breakdown" in the client-attorney relationship. All the while, a seat for the lawyer sat empty.
NEWS
January 16, 2015 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The former solicitor of the Coatesville Area School District will be sued over alleged overbilling of the district, joining the former superintendent and former athletic director as a target of litigation. The Coatesville school board voted Tuesday to sue James Ellison; his former law firm, Rhoads & Sinon; and the law firm he formed, Susquehanna Legal Group, to recover money that board members say is owed the district. A Chester County grand jury report released last month accused Ellison and his law firms of overbilling the district.
NEWS
October 15, 2014 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Coatesville Area School District's board appointed its new solicitor Monday night as a replacement for the former solicitor under investigation by the Chester County district attorney. The school district announced the appointment last week, but the 8-1 public vote at the special meeting made it official. The county District Attorney's Office is investigating former Solicitor James Ellison in the possible overbilling of the school district. District Attorney Thomas Hogan said in August that his office was nearing the end of its investigation into district finances.
NEWS
December 28, 2013 | By Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer
COATESVILLE The Coatesville Area school board has decided to keep its solicitor, although the Chester County District Attorney's Office is investigating him and he will be leaving his law firm Tuesday. At a meeting Thursday, the board voted, 7-1, for the "provisional appointment" of Harrisburg lawyer James Ellison to continue as district solicitor after he breaks with Rhoads & Sinon. The firm's legal services contract with the district ends Tuesday, the board said. Board President Neil Campbell did not say how long the appointment would last.
NEWS
September 19, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
William L. Lundgren III, 65, of Haddonfield, solicitor for both the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Adjustment there until earlier this year, died of cancer Thursday, Sept. 12, at Lankenau Hospital. Born in Camden, Mr. Lundgren, known as Pete, graduated from Haddonfield Memorial High School in 1965, earned a bachelor's degree in economics at Gettysburg College in 1968, and graduated from the Rutgers School of Law in Camden in 1973, his wife, Pauline, said. He began his career with the Haddonfield firm of Farrell, Eynon & Munyon before cofounding in 1977 the firm of Green, Lundgren & Ryan, now in Cherry Hill.
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