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November 15, 1988 | By Gloria Campisi, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writers Jack McGuire and Kit Konolige contributed to this report
Since early September, Ralph "Hakim" Birdsong - Philadelphia's most- wanted fugitive - had been living the life of a quiet working man in a trailer park outside Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Those who lived and worked at the Twin Lakes Travel Park never suspected that the friendly man they saw every day was wanted for a rampage in Philadelphia last summer that left two people dead and six others hurt. "He'd come in in early evening - 5 or 6 o'clock - and buy one beer in the grocery store and say that was his allotment for the night," a trailer park employee said last night.
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December 28, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
FORT WAYNE, IND. - To assist her dying father, Tarah Souders made a choice: She moved her three young girls to a run-down trailer park in rural Indiana to help take care of him as his lungs rotted from emphysema. She knew it could be dangerous. The park of about two dozen homes was teeming with convicted sex offenders, with one living at nearly every address. She worried about neighbors with sex-offense records who had been helping her father get by, according to trailer-park residents, but her father, himself a sex-offender, assured her it would be OK. Weeks later, police say, a horrific tragedy unfolded.
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February 7, 1990 | By Louise Harbach, Special to The Inquirer
Residents of Oakview Mobile Estates in Shamong had to attend 10 meetings of the township's rent control board before they heard the good news: Rent would only go up $7.54 a month instead of the $142 increase proposed by Eileen T. Quigley Inc., owner of the park. "It certainly was worth it," Donald Cassoff, president of the Oakview Mobile Home Association, said of the 10 meetings held since June to determine the amount tenants at the park should pay. The association represents about 90 percent of the park's tenants.
NEWS
February 28, 1986 | By HOWARD SCHNEIDER, Daily News Staff Writer
More than 100 upset residents and six public officials told the city Zoning Board of Adjustment yesterday that a proposed mobile-home park should not be allowed to take over land slated for light industry. Calling the 40-acre site at Ashton and Willits roads "prime economic land," City Councilman Edward Schwartz said the project "would be a disgrace in terms of city planning. " Willits Woods Associates wants to put 217 mobile homes on the property and sell them as condominiums for about $43,000 each.
NEWS
July 28, 1991 | By Louise Harbach, Special to The Inquirer
Even though a mobile-home park operator was denied a license to operate earlier this month, the operating phrase seems to be "business as usual. " On July 2, the Shamong Township Committee denied renewal of an operating license to Eileen T. Quigley Inc. of West Hartford, Conn. The company has operated Oakview Mobile Estates since 1985, when it purchased the property from Clement Miller, a former member of the Township Committee. Though the license has been denied, the company will continue to operate the park, said Lorrie Greenberg, attorney for Eileen T. Quigley.
NEWS
June 30, 1988 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, Special to The Inquirer
The Upper Providence Planning Commission has postponed a request by the A.M.C. Corp. to recommend approval of a preliminary plan to rezone the Summit Road trailer park for single-family housing. The commission deferred the request during its Tuesday meeting because of problems members found with the preliminary development plan, Chairman Donald Flounders said. "This commission will not approve this plan, even as a preliminary plan, with an attached four pages of changes," Flounders said.
NEWS
July 23, 1987 | By Lisa Greene, Special to The Inquirer
A group of trailer park residents served notice this week on the East Whiteland Planning Commission that it would actively oppose plans to develop the property into an office condominium complex. Residents of the Rainbow Court trailer park who attended the Planning Commission session Tuesday evening were not permitted to make a formal presentation because the development proposal was not on the agenda. Rainbow Court is on Lincoln Highway. "We weren't on your agenda, but we better be on your minds.
NEWS
August 30, 1989 | By Karl Stark, Jeff Fleishman and Charles Pukanecz, Special to The Inquirer
A Falls Township man and his daughter were critically wounded last night by shotgun blasts fired at a lower Bucks County mobile home park by the daughter's estranged husband, who then apparently shot himself, police said. John Bubnis, about 46, and Michelle Diethorne, 19, were in intensive care early this morning at Saint Mary Hospital in Langhorne, where they were taken after being wounded about 9:20 p.m. outside Bubnis' trailer home in the 3000 block of Chandler Drive in the Pennwood Crossing mobile home park.
NEWS
July 26, 1992 | By Frank Brown, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
For four months last year, a Warrington couple with a 1-year-old daughter looked for a home to buy in Bucks County. In July, Jose Burgos and Patti Fahy found a good deal in Upper Black Eddy: a three-bedroom trailer with cathedral ceilings for $46,500. "It was on a big half-acre lot, nice and secluded," Fahy said last week. "It was the first home we were trying to buy," Burgos said. "I wanted to raise my little daughter in a nice country place. " A Doylestown real estate broker worked on the financing, and the couple prepared to move in. But then the deal fell through.
NEWS
October 9, 1986 | By Louise Harbach, Special to The Inquirer
A company managing a Shamong Township mobile-home park announced last night that it would close the 100-unit park and seek eviction notices for more than 150 residents there rather than comply with a proposed ordinance that would regulate rent increases. William Gelinas, a spokesman for American Heritage Agency of West Hartford, Conn., a real estate firm that operates the Oakview Mobile Estates on Atsion Road, made the announcement during a company meeting with 15 residents at the Shamong Township Municipal Building.
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November 20, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Few composers hid such a brilliant light under a bushel as Leo Ornstein. When his entrancing Piano Quintet is heard Wednesday at the Kimmel Center's Perelman Theater, few will be aware that the concert marks the return of his music to Philadelphia, where it was heard for decades, but perhaps only in his studio. Though Ornstein arrived in the 1930s as one of the most famous pianists of his day, he departed so quietly in the late 1950s - by choice - that nobody quite knows when he left.
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October 28, 2013 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
MOUNT LAUREL For nearly three decades, low- and moderate-income residents in Mount Laurel's Tricia Meadows mobile-home park got a break on their monthly leases. The mostly elderly residents believed the subsidy - made possible under New Jersey's landmark Mount Laurel affordable-housing case - would continue for the rest of their lives. That could change beginning Jan. 1, when their rents are slated to rise to market rates, roughly doubling for most. But a lawsuit seeking class-action status filed last week in Superior Court in Burlington County on behalf of 46 low- and moderate-income residents seeks to block the landlord from raising the monthly lease, calling the action unconscionable.
NEWS
January 28, 2013 | By James Osborne, Inquirer Staff Writer
WILDWOOD - If they could just scrape together a few hundred more dollars, they could get to Florida, Renee Sotelo repeated to herself. They already had the moving truck loaded with what little they had salvaged from their rental house in Seaside Heights after Hurricane Sandy hit. But the truck was a gas guzzler, so she'd need more cash to get to the trailer park in Jacksonville her cousin had found. "It's a really nice trailer park. They have two pools, and I think the kids are going to like it," she said.
NEWS
September 30, 2012 | By Chris Mondics, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 46-year-old maintenance worker was charged with homicide by vehicle and driving under the influence after the truck he was driving struck a man sitting in front of a mobile home in Trainer, Delaware County. Police Chief Fran Priscopo said the accident occurred about 7 p.m. Friday. He identified the victim as William Star, a resident of the Parkview Mobile Home Park in the 4300 block of West Ninth Street in Trainer who was in his 70s. "It was a tragic incident," Priscopo said.
NEWS
September 30, 2012 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 46-year-old maintenance worker was charged with homicide by vehicle and driving under the influence after the truck he was driving struck a man sitting in front of a mobile home in Trainer, Delaware County. Police Chief Fran Priscopo said the accident occurred about 7 p.m. Friday. He identified the victim as William Star, a resident of the Parkview Mobile Home Park in the 4300 block of West Ninth Street in Trainer who was in his 70s. "It was a tragic incident," Priscopo said. "The victim was a phenomenal person, a war veteran.
NEWS
August 17, 2012 | By Kevin McGill, Associated Press
LAPLACE, La. - Two sheriff's deputies in Louisiana were shot to death and two others were injured in an early morning shoot-out west of New Orleans, authorities said Thursday. The sheriff in St. John the Baptist Parish said five people are in custody. A tearful Sheriff Michael Tregre said the incident started when a gunman opened fire for unknown reasons on a deputy working an off-duty traffic detail along a highway that connects U.S. Highway 61 with the busy industrial corridor along the Mississippi River.
BUSINESS
April 18, 2012 | By Andrew Maykuth, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Aqua America Inc. bought a 12.5-acre waterfront site in Lycoming County in February, the Bryn Mawr company acquired more than a $550,000 property to build a water project to serve Marcellus Shale natural gas interests. It also acquired a public relations migraine. The previous owner of the land had neglected to inform the occupants — the residents of the Riverdale Mobile Home Park — about the impending sale. On Feb. 23, the owner gave the 32 tenants a month's notice to move off the land along the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, near the Borough of Jersey Shore.
NEWS
December 28, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
FORT WAYNE, IND. - To assist her dying father, Tarah Souders made a choice: She moved her three young girls to a run-down trailer park in rural Indiana to help take care of him as his lungs rotted from emphysema. She knew it could be dangerous. The park of about two dozen homes was teeming with convicted sex offenders, with one living at nearly every address. She worried about neighbors with sex-offense records who had been helping her father get by, according to trailer-park residents, but her father, himself a sex-offender, assured her it would be OK. Weeks later, police say, a horrific tragedy unfolded.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 4, 2011 | By Howard Shapiro, Inquirer Staff Writer
A joint production of "The Great American Trailer Park Musical" by 11th Hour Theatre Company and Montgomery Theater, staged at Montgomery Theater in Souderton in February, reopened Friday at the Arden in Center City. This is an excerpt from a review published in February. If you have spandex, prepare to wear it now. You'll look fab as The Great American Trailer Park Musical - a little show with a wallop like a bin full of hissing trailer propane tanks - sprawls gleefully across the stage.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2011 | By COLIN COVERT, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Blockbuster comedy director Tom Shadyac ("Ace Ventura, Pet Detective," "Liar, Liar" "The Nutty Professor") was on top of the world in 2007. And down in the dumps. His extravagant lifestyle wasn't making him happy, and he pondered scaling back to find a new balance in his life. That decision was fast-tracked after a mountain bike crack-up. Sidelined from the rat race during months of painful isolation, he realized the trappings of wealth were genuine traps. Healed, he grabbed his camera and set up interviews with scientists, spiritual leaders and progressive social critics.
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