April 20, 2013
EASTON, Pa. - A man who prosecutors say helped bilk Bethlehem Township out of more than $800,000 will serve 16 months to five years in prison. A Northampton County judge sentenced Robert Kearns, 49, on Friday to the same term a former business partner got last week for stealing more than $832,000 from the township in a streetlight deal gone wrong, the Easton Express-Times reported. - AP
April 4, 2012 |
SOON Philadelphians will be able to report problem potholes, trashy blocks and busted streetlights on their smartphones with the city's new free 3-1-1 mobile application. Managing Director Rich Negrin said Tuesday that the city's nonemergency call center, which handles a million calls a year, could roll out a mobile app as early as this summer. The announcement followed a question posed by City Councilman Bill Green during Tuesday's budget hearing. "We're absolutely going to have one," Negrin said.
December 4, 2011 |
Camden's struggle to keep its streets well-lit illuminates a long-standing disconnect between City Hall and the community. When a neighborhood, nonprofit, or resident city government doesn't control comes up with an idea - even a good one - the city's response is usually a defensive crouch. The default responses from that art deco tower of granite at Sixth and Market are, "We can't do that, we don't have the money," or, "We're already working on that. We just have to find a way to pay for it. " Thus, the city appears to be responsive, can place blame elsewhere (Trenton, Washington, etc.)
November 27, 2011 |
Instead of the Grinch, it could be scrap-metal bandits who steal Christmas this year from some Camden residents. The big snowflakes that have decorated the Broadway and Ferry Avenue area in the Waterfront South section of Camden in recent years can't be hung because of damaged light posts. "We have our troubles," said Ferry Avenue resident Cassie MacDonald, "but we enjoy beauty as much as everyone else. " Hundreds of streetlights are out throughout Camden, a nine-square-mile city often ranked among the most dangerous in the country.
October 26, 2011 |
EVERY KID knows that he's not supposed to walk down a dark street. But that old rule is tough to follow if the dark street is your own block. Unfortunately, the residents of two Philly streets recently had to deal with this dilemma for nearly two months after their streetlights went out - and their calls for help went unheeded. As the days grow shorter, streetlights become more important. While there's no definitive evidence that lights deter crime, they promote the perception of safety, which can be just as important, says Deborah Schaaf, senior planner at the City Planning Commission.
September 21, 2011 |
Broad Street isn't Broadway, but it's poised to get something that its better-known northern neighbor has in luminescent abundance: Lights - a 2.5-mile stretch of them, set down the center of the street as a giant linear artwork. Executives at Avenue of the Arts Inc. have a plan - and the money - to start planting sleek, stainless-steel streetlights on North Broad. On Wednesday night, city officials, arts leaders, and project managers will gather for the formal unveiling and lighting of a prototype near the Temple University Law School.
March 7, 2010 |
In defiance of the old saying about going home again, Mayor Nutter spent a couple of hours on Roxborough's main business corridor in his old City Council district yesterday. Just two days after his proposed 2-cents-per-ounce soft-drink tax and $300-a-year trash fee got angry reactions, the business owners and shoppers along Ridge Avenue greeted their former councilman with smiles, handshakes, and good wishes. Perhaps it was the sunshine on the springlike afternoon, but the mood was so light that the current Fourth District councilman, Curtis Jones Jr., joked that he didn't want Nutter to enjoy his visit so much that he would consider seeking his old job again.
October 12, 2009 |
The glow of streetlights in Cherry Hill will soon shift from soft amber to bright white, a change in the nighttime aesthetic that engineers say will be accompanied by a significant decline in township electricity use. "About 80 percent of the towns in our coverage area use the old mercury-vapor lights," said Benjamin White, a project manager with PSE&G, New Jersey's largest utility provider with 2.1 million electric customers. Cherry Hill, where nearly all the streetlights were mercury vapor, already has begun installing 4,280 energy-efficient induction-fluorescent models.
March 10, 2005 |
Four Bucks County municipalities yesterday were among the first in the state to receive money from a new initiative aimed at enhancing community life. Grants totaling $2.3 million were awarded to Doylestown Borough and Township, Quakertown and Yardley. The communities were among 141 to receive nearly $130 million from the state Department of Transportation, mostly for street, sidewalk and lighting improvements. "These programs will help fund a town-building effort that is imperative to the Rendell administration," said Charles Metzger, PennDot spokesman.
April 18, 2004 |
If you want to know the number of streetlights in Camden, ask Josh Rivera. Rivera, 16, a sophomore at Woodrow Wilson High School, along with five other members of a Camden streetlight survey team, counted them all. "Actually, we counted them twice, once to find out where they were, and the second time to see if they were working," Rivera said. The five are learning computer skills through Hopeworks 'N Camden, a program run by the Rev. Jeff Putthoff, a Jesuit priest assigned to Holy Name Roman Catholic Church in Camden.