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February 17, 1989 | MICHAEL MERCANTI/ DAILY NEWS
Mayor Goode fields a question from one of roughly 50 people who attended a town meeting at the Mount Moriah Pentecostal Holiness Church in Germantown. The session was one in a series of meetings Goode is staging to explain the proposed city budget. The mayor also presented his five-year financial plan for the city, and listened to area residents express their concerns.
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October 17, 2010 | By Faye Flam, Inquirer Staff Writer
Halloween is still two weeks away, but there was no shortage of horror stories Saturday at a town meeting on the Philadelphia Parking Authority. Some motorists told of malfunctioning parking kiosks; others said that their cars had been towed because of clerical errors, and that they had been charged hundreds of dollars to get them back. Two women said the parking authority had confiscated and sold their cars over violations they never committed. The meeting, organized by a citizens group, the People's Choice Movement Coalition, attracted a diverse crowd of about 35 to the Berean Institute at 19th Street and Girard Avenue.
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January 12, 1989 | By Lisa Ellis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor W. Wilson Goode will bring his five-year financial plan and all his powers of persuasion to a town meeting, where he will meet the public, at the Eighth Police District headquarters on Jan. 31. Eleanor Dezzi, executive director of the Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods, said the meeting would be the third in a series of similar gatherings to be scheduled around the city during the next three months. "The mayor would like to go into each neighborhood, meet the leaders, discuss with them the details of his five-year financial plan and answer questions," Dezzi said.
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September 6, 1990 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bucks County's NAACP president says that Bristol Township police and residents of the Venice Ashby housing project should hold a town meeting to ease hostilities over drugs and other problems that led to a melee in July. Allonia C. Boles, president of the NAACP chapter, said in an interview that a preliminary investigation into the melee found deep-seated tension between the predominantly black population of Venice Ashby and the mostly white police force that patrols the area. Boles said the tensions had been amplified by the area's crack-cocaine problem.
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February 15, 1987 | By David Lieber, Inquirer Staff Writer
Whenever there is a threat of residential development in the tightly knit communities of Upper Darby's second ward, Councilman Nicholas A. Micozzie pulls out what he considers a winning formula. President Reagan has "Star Wars. " Middle Eastern militants take hostages. But Micozzie, a member of council since 1971, calls a town meeting. "Whenever there is a zoning controversy, I bring the residents of that area out in a town meeting," Micozzie said. "In the last 15 years," he said, "there has been at least one controversial zoning plan a year.
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December 23, 1991 | BY JAMES FISHKIN, From the New York Times
Imagine a new beginning to the election of presidents. Just before the primary season a group of voters from across the nation could meet with the candidates for several days, face to face. These citizens would reflect the nation's diversity in terms of race, age, ethnicity, urbanization, economic class and region. They would be given briefing materials on major campaign issues and the candidate's positions. After several days of small-group dialogue they would be polled on their views of the candidates and what positions they have taken on issues.
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May 23, 1990 | By Tina Kelley, Special to The Inquirer
The halls of John F. Kennedy Junior High School were covered with posters urging residents to come to Willingboro's town meeting. Despite the cheerful advertisements, the turnout Saturday was disappointing - fewer than 100 residents attended, and only one of the winners of the poster contest showed up to receive his savings bond. But at the end, speakers were optimistic about the likelihood of a revitalization of town spirit. The gathering was modeled on traditional New England town meetings, where residents can talk about problems in the community and plan for its future.
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March 8, 1987 | By Susan Levine, Inquirer Staff Writer
Come the first Tuesday in March, just as the winter-weary begin to think about snowmelt and the farmers about planting or sugaring, this small community in the southeast corner of this rural state gathers to conduct its business. It's town meeting time. Classes dismiss for the day, and residents assemble in the cafeteria of the Guilford Central School. The room can seat about 175 people, but 200 or more of Guilford's 1,000 registered voters usually attend. With a copy of the town's annual report in hand, they consider such budgetary items as whether to "vote the sum of $4,127 (of which $640 is to paint the building)
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July 26, 2005 | By Dwight Ott INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Camden City Council has scheduled a town meeting at 6 p.m. today to discuss adoption of the Cramer Hill redevelopment plan. The meeting, expected to draw hundreds, will be held in St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, 28th Street and River Road. Council is to take a final vote Thursday on the plan, which would displace nearly 1,200 households and create 6,000 new homes. A state Superior Court judge ordered another vote after the project became snagged in legal entanglements earlier in the year.
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April 26, 2014 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
BRICK, N.J. In yet another community ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, Gov. Christie on Thursday held his 120th town-hall meeting since taking office a little over four years ago, for an audience of nearly 500 people gathered in the gym of an elementary school. And the crowd was mostly friendly - composed mainly of adults over 40 and schoolchildren - who listened for more than 90 minutes to the governor discuss why he holds the forums, how much he loves New Jersey, and a story or two about his late mother.
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April 11, 2014 | By Jerry Iannelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
FAIRFIELD, N.J. - The same few questions appear to be following Gov. Christie from town to town. At the governor's 118th town-hall meeting Wednesday, at Winston Churchill Elementary School in Fairfield, Essex County, those in attendance yet again confronted the governor about his stance on medical marijuana, as well as his decision to veto a bill that would have outlawed pig-gestation crates, a factory farming tool that the Humane Society describes as...
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March 15, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
After touting a slowdown in the growth of property taxes during his administration, Gov. Christie was confronted with heckling - some of it affiliated with a liberal group - during a town-hall meeting Thursday in Mount Laurel. Police ejected at least five people from the event at the Burlington County YMCA after they stood and shouted at the Republican governor. To the first heckler - who continued after getting booed by the crowd - Christie paused from answering a question about education funding to say, "Either sit down and keep quiet, or get out. One or the other.
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February 22, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
PORT MONMOUTH, N.J. - If people were expecting the bridge scandal or other controversies consuming Gov. Christie's second term to be the focus of his first town hall since June, that was not what faced Christie inside a VFW hall Thursday in a town roughed up by Sandy. Instead, Christie was inundated by questions from people consumed by their own difficult and personal problems - most of them Sandy victims, deep in the weeds of a protracted rebuilding process, many with lost or damaged homes.
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June 2, 2013 | By Charles Babington, Associated Press
HONEA PATH, S.C. - Four years after the summer of rage that fueled the tea party movement, the political circuit is much quieter - even in Republican bastions like this. It's not clear whether conservatives who rallied against President Obama's health-care overhaul during raucous town hall meetings are tired, wary, complacent, or simply saving their strength for a big push in next year's elections. Whatever the reason, the more muted tone was palpable as conservative lawmakers in South Carolina fanned out across their state to meet with constituents last week during the first congressional break since the disclosure that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny.
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January 18, 2013 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. - They began on stages, in front of small crowds, and starred a new governor selling his tax policies to constituents. Nearly three years later, Gov. Christie's town hall meetings are theaters-in-the-round with soundtracks, videos, and huge audiences. They are communications juggernauts that have helped propel Christie from rookie leader of a medium-sized state to potential Republican presidential candidate. On Wednesday at his 100th town hall meeting, held in a church gymnasium in this Ocean County town, Christie served up many of the same jokes and the theatrics that audiences in all 21 counties have experienced since February 2010.
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October 13, 2012 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
State Sen. Diane Allen (R., Burlington) was backstage Thursday afternoon with Gov. Christie as he made his way into the gymnasium of the Mount Laurel YMCA for the 96th town hall of his term. "She saw the dazed look in my eyes. She goes, 'Governor, it's Thursday, and you're in New Jersey,' " Christie recounted in his opening remarks on stage. The Republican governor had just returned to the business of gritty New Jersey politics after a two-day swing through Ohio for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and six weeks of on-again, off-again campaigning for U.S. Senate and gubernatorial candidates in eight other states.
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September 21, 2012 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gov. Corbett was repeatedly interrupted by protesters during a town-hall meeting Wednesday night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art organized by a talk-radio host. WPHT's Dom Giordano ended the event a half-hour earlier than its planned 90 minutes when it became clear that Corbett could not answer questions without being shouted at inside Van Pelt Auditorium. Police removed more than 10 people from the meeting. At one point, protesters interrupted the program for seven minutes.
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February 3, 2012 | By Beth DeFalco, Associated Press
DENVILLE, N.J. - The crowd was familiar and friendly, and Gov. Christie seemed to soak up the energy. Speaking in a charter school's packed gymnasium, the governor bragged that he had Democrats fighting with him not over spending money, but over cutting spending. "To have Democrats arguing with me about which taxes to cut, I feel like I have died and gone to heaven," the governor said at his town hall at Morris County School of Technology in his home county. He noted that despite cutting education money, test scores in the state remained high overall.
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December 6, 2011 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Medford Mayor Chris Myers, plagued by allegations of a sex scandal involving a male escort, cited "work commitments" when he resigned Monday. He did not elaborate about those commitments in the letter he submitted to the town clerk and manager. Shortly after the scandal broke in late October, Myers stopped returning calls for comment and began missing town meetings. Myers, a Republican and a family man, was vice president of international business development at Lockheed Martin's Moorestown campus before being placed on administrative leave last month.
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