November 15, 1988 |
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.
December 28, 2011 |
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.
February 7, 1990 |
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.
February 28, 1986 |
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.
July 28, 1991 |
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.
June 30, 1988 |
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.
July 23, 1987 |
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.
August 30, 1989 |
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.
July 26, 1992 |
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.
October 9, 1986 |
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.