June 18, 1987 |
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.
October 20, 1993 |
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.
November 21, 2003 |
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.
November 5, 1992 |
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.
March 31, 1991 |
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.
August 9, 1996 |
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.
April 22, 1986 |
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.
May 9, 2003 |
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.
August 6, 1992 |
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.
August 13, 2008 |
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.