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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
July 24, 2016 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former city solicitor Ken Trujillo has joined the law firm of Chamberlain Hrdlicka, which represents clients in tax disputes, tax planning and specialty litigation. Trujillo, who also served earlier in his career as an assistant U.S. Attorney, focuses his practice on contract disputes, securities and anti-trust, internal investigations and other matters. At Chamberlain Hrdlicka, Trujillo will be responsible for helping to expand the firm's Philadelphia area office, which is located in Conshohocken.
NEWS
February 6, 2016 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
Sozi Tulante, Mayor Kenney's pick for city solicitor, was unanimously approved Thursday by a committee of City Council, but not without being badgered a bit by Council President Darrell L. Clarke. The questioning was expected. Clarke wants Council to have its own lawyers, and has said that having a solicitor who represents both Council and the mayor could result in conflicts of interests. At one point, Clarke told Tulante that he once drafted a bill to make the city solicitor an elected position.
NEWS
January 22, 2016 | By Melanie Burney, Staff Writer
A federal judge has upheld the ouster last year of Washington Township's solicitor, ruling that officials in the Gloucester County municipality acted properly. U.S. District Judge Noel Hillman rejected claims by lawyer John Armano Jr., who alleged that he was improperly dismissed and that Council members conspired to terminate him. Armano had been solicitor for the largest municipality in the county since 2013 under a four-year contract. His appointment would have expired in 2016.
NEWS
December 28, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Staff Writer
Sozi P. Tulante is unsure which memories of Zaire are his own and which are stories he has been told. But he remembers vividly when the soldiers came for his father. The banging. Huddling in the corner. The men sweeping up family photos so they could see whom his father, a former government official wanted by the new regime, was working with. "I'm a prosecutor now. I know the value of having photographs," Tulante said. "You can say, 'Who is this person? Why is he meeting with you?
NEWS
December 16, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, STAFF WRITER
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney on Monday appointed Sozi P. Tulante, a Harvard Law grad and current assistant U.S. attorney, who came to Philadelphia has a young refugee, as city solicitor. "He wants the solicitor's office to be a change agent, to be an advocate for things and to move the city forward," Kenney said at a news conference at City Hall. "Not just, as I used to call it, 'the department of no.' [It is] going to be the department of possibilities. " Kenney was joined by eight current and soon-to-be members of City Council.
NEWS
December 15, 2015 | Staff report
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney will formally announce the appointment of Sozi Pedro Tulante as Philadelphia's next city solicitor. An assistant U.S. Attorney since 2010, Tulante has been making the rounds at City Hall introducing himself as Kenney's intended pick for the position. Kenney will make his formal announcement at a City Hall news conference Monday. Tulante was born and spent most of his childhood in Zaire, now known as the Democratic Republic of Congo, before his family came to the United States as political refugees in 1983.
NEWS
December 12, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sozi P. Tulante, a Harvard Law grad and current assistant U.S. attorney, has been making the rounds of City Council offices, introducing himself as Mayor-elect Jim Kenney's pick for city solicitor. Kenney would not confirm that Tulante was his choice for the position, but acknowledged he had asked "the candidate" to do an introductory tour so Council could vet him. It is an unusual move that sources said came in response to opposition from Council President Darrell L. Clarke, who has said he wants Council to have independent legal representation.
NEWS
August 29, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
A court hearing Thursday for Washington Township officials suing other Washington Township officials turned into a settlement conference, during which elected officials agreed that the town's solicitor would vacate his position - for now, at least. Attorneys for both sides spent hours in Woodbury meeting with their clients and before Superior Court Judge Anne McDonnell, trying to reach a resolution over the disputed position in the large Gloucester County town. The complaint alleged that Mayor Barbara Wallace's appointment of Solicitor Joseph Alacqua several weeks ago without council consent was unlawful.
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.
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