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October 25, 1988 | By Nancy Hass, Daily News Staff Writer
At Willow Grove Park, "upscale" is a dirty word. While other malls, especially those in North Jersey and Southern California, vie to outdo each other with exclusivity and glitz, the folks at Willow Grove know firsthand that being high falutin' doesn't fly in Philadelphia. Sure, the sleek six-year-old center has some of the area's most impressive promenades and a tenant list liberally sprinkled with upper-crust national chains like Brooks Brothers and Ann Taylor. But management will tell you straight out that Willow Grove is as comfy and accessible as its newest anchor store, Strawbridge & Clothier.
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July 11, 2005 | By Marc Schogol INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Willow Grove air base had two chances to make an impression last week. It was paid an official visit by a key decision-maker on U.S. base closings on Tuesday, and state politicians argued its case in Washington on Thursday. So have the odds improved that the Naval Air Base and Joint Reserve Station will escape closure? "Yes, but . . . " seems to be the answer from those who attended lobbying opportunities before members of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission. Yes, said Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.)
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August 30, 1990 | By Peter J. Shelly and John Ellis, Special to The Inquirer Inquirer correspondent Erin Kennedy contributed to this article
At least one naval reservist had Iraqnophobia on his mind last weekend. To wit: Iraqnophobia (n.) the fear of giving up a comfortable home life for a stint in the not-so-friendly Middle East. Other men and women, apparently, were champing at the bit. It's a sentiment best described as: Patriotitis (n.) a surge in pro-American sentiment that grips the nation during an international crisis that pits us against them. In Saudi Arabia, the United States is engaging in the largest buildup of troops since Vietnam.
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November 14, 1991 | By Jeff McGaw, Special to The Inquirer
Charles Curtis Gilliam turns 26 today. He will mark the occasion by entering the State Correctional Facility at Graterford, where he will spend the next 2 1/2 to 5 years of his life, his punishment for pleading guilty to committing a string of burglaries in Willow Grove during July and August of 1990. Gilliam, who lived with his mother on the 1600 block of Franklin Avenue in Willow Grove, will also serve 10 years on probation when his sentence is finished. Before the sentence was handed down Friday, Gilliam told Montgomery County Court Judge S. Gerald Corso that he fell into the wrong crowd when he took his first snort of cocaine in March 1989.
NEWS
September 1, 2005 | Edward G. Rendell
Edward G. Rendell is the governor of Pennsylvania During the last several months, a stressful and incredibly difficult process to decide the fate of our military installations in Pennsylvania has played out in local newspapers, unfortunately not always with the most accurate or latest information. To be clear and erase any confusion The Inquirer or its readers may have about Willow Grove air base: Willow Grove is not closing and will not close in the future. Willow Grove will remain as an air base operated by the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.
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May 22, 1986 | By S.E. Siebert, Special to The Inquirer
The Willow Grove Naval Air Station will celebrate 75 years of naval aviation this weekend with a two-day display of American aircraft. The public is invited to view Navy and Marine aircraft, including the F-14 Tomcat, the C-9 transport, the P-3 Orion, and vintage World War II, Korean War and enemy aicraft. The base will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday. For the first time in more than 50 years, a Pitcairn Autogiro will fly into the air base and remain on display for the celebration.
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September 3, 1992 | By S.E. Siebert, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
They've gotten the word at the Willow Grove Naval Air Station: Family values are the order of the day. Its decks awash with criticism over the Tailhook sex scandal and other recent incidents of sexual harassment and insensitivity, the Navy is seeking to trade what acting Navy Secretary J. Daniel Howard calls its "hard- drinking, skirt-chasing, anything goes" image for one that is squeaky- clean and family-oriented. So it has instituted mandatory classes - you could call them Sexual Harassment 101 - for military and civilian personnel worldwide.
NEWS
February 6, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Wilmington-based Buccini/Pollin Group plans to build a 246-unit apartment building at 2405 Maryland Ave. in Willow Grove, attorney Neil Stein, who helped with a change to the property's zoning, said in a release on Thursday. The project, which also includes recreational amenities and public improvements, will be built at the current site of a 100,000 square-foot industrial building, Stein said. The project is Buccini/Pollin's second residential development outside of Wilmington, after an 88-unit condo project in Ocean City, Md. jadelman@phillynews.com 215-854-2615 @jacobadelman
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January 22, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
A year ago, the board overseeing redevelopment of the former Willow Grove Naval Air Station set a goal: To break ground on the first of about 1,500 new homes in early 2015. That's not happening yet, and it probably won't until next year. "It's extremely frustrating. Extremely frustrating," said William Whiteside, chairman of the Horsham Land Redevelopment Agency and a Horsham Township councilman. "Every time we turn around, there's some new delay from the Navy. " The project, which has moved in fits and starts since 2006, is largely stalled until the Navy completes its environmental impact study, which was initially targeted for spring 2014.
NEWS
July 31, 1992 | By Suzanne Gordon, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Army's 82d Airborne Division has decided to make its 50th anniversary jump onto the grounds of the Willow Grove Naval Air Station this month, giving up its high hopes of parachuting into Valley Forge National Historical Park. Joseph DeBartolo of Princeton, coordinator of the 82d Airborne's annual convention planned for Aug. 19-23 in Valley Forge, said that the 500 paratroopers will make their Operation Golden Anniversary jump at Willow Grove about 10 a.m. Aug. 20. Only the conventioneers - 2,000 veterans and their families from throughout the country - will be permitted onto the grounds as spectators for the event, he said.
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July 16, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
Horsham Township will get $10 million in state funding to clean up drinking water contaminated with chemicals from the now shuttered naval base in Willow Grove. With that money, local officials will develop steps beyond those taken by the Navy and Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that their drinking water is safe. Rep. Todd Stephens (R., Montgomery) said he fought for the money for his township because he was "increasingly frustrated" with the response from federal agencies.
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June 20, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal and Justine McDaniel, STAFF WRITERS
As lawmakers demanded answers this spring about water contamination in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, Paul Lutz began chemotherapy. Lutz does not live in the area with the tainted drinking water, which came from chemicals used on naval air bases. But he worked at the Willow Grove Naval Air Station as a flight engineer. Now 44 and retired from the military, he has multiple myeloma. As water contamination near the base attracts scrutiny, Lutz and others who worked there wonder: What about us?
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June 6, 2016 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, Staff Writer
Hello there Back home in the city after a day of teaching honors English at Abington Senior High School, Julie walked to Devil's Alley to meet friends and watch the Flyers. Arriving first, she sat at the bar. "This handsome, confident man in a suit sidled up to me. " That was Charlie, president of the M.B. Funding Inc. commercial finance firm, also there to watch the Flyers and also earlier than his pals. There was Julie, attractive and sitting by herself. "I was not expecting anything more than a five-minute pleasant conversation, but five minutes led to an hour.
BUSINESS
May 25, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
Abington-Jefferson Health officials are planning a ceremonial groundbreaking Monday afternoon for a $75 million outpatient cancer center at 3941 Commerce Ave in Willow Grove. The 86,000 square-foot facility will be named the Asplundh Cancer Pavilion in honor of a $5 million gift from members of the Asplundh family, which is known for its Asplundh Tree Expert Co. The new center, which is scheduled to open in early 2018, will operate in partnership with the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, in Center City.
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April 24, 2016 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, Staff Writer
Officiants: Msgr. Joseph Murray, pastor emeritus of St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church in Lansdale; Msgr. Joseph Tracy, St. Stanislaus; the Rev. Denis Wilde, OSA; the Rev. Philip Forlano; and the Rev. John Chung Nguyen. Venues: St. Stanislaus Catholic Church; William Penn Inn, Gwynedd. Catering: William Penn Inn. Florist: Zora Derderian, Mary Donato. Band: City Rhythm Orchestra, Willow Grove. Music planner: Sister Thomasina Marie, RSM. Vocalist: Marie Molinari-Hagner, High Note Vocals, Lansdale.
NEWS
April 24, 2016 | By Ronnie Polaneczky
I SHOULD STOP being surprised where this job takes me. But I still can't believe it took me to a skinny little cemetery tucked behind an Aldi market where, shovel in hand, I was determined to bring some dignity to the grave of Susan Hyatt. Mrs. Hyatt was 86 when she died on April 1. She was laid to rest on April 3 at Har Zion Cemetery on MacDade Boulevard in Collingdale. Mrs. Hyatt's parents are buried at Har Zion, a Jewish burial ground in a part of Delaware County so crammed with cemeteries, more people reside under the ground than above it. Mrs. Hyatt's husband's remains are also at Har Zion, as are those of his parents and sister.
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April 13, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
Standing outside a Montgomery County military base where chemicals from firefighting foam has contaminated public drinking water, two local congressmen made a bipartisan appeal Monday for stricter drinking-water regulations. "Residents are understandably concerned these chemicals are to blame for their health concerns," said Rep. Brendan Boyle (D., Pa.). Boyle traveled Monday to Naval Air Station Willow Grove with Republican Rep. Patrick Meehan to apply public pressure to the Environmental Protection Agency to finalize new standards for safe levels of chemicals in drinking water.
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April 12, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
As a child growing up outside Warsaw, David Wisnia was a prodigy. He sang in opera houses and spent time with prominent cantors who tutored him in chanting prayers for synagogue. Years later, as a teenager imprisoned at the Auschwitz concentration camp, that talent became his lifeline. "What kept my grandfather going, and what saved his life, was his voice," said Wisnia's grandson, Avi, speaking on Sunday at the National Museum of American Jewish History to an audience that included his grandfather.
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March 31, 2016
ISSUE | BIPOLAR DAY There is help, hope World Bipolar Day is marked annually on March 30. Bipolar disorder is a medical condition of the brain in which a person's moods swing back and forth like the winds of March. Diagnosed individuals - who encompass all ages, from children on up - can do quite well. Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke, 69, who died Tuesday, suffered from the disorder. What's needed is an excellent psychiatrist, a psychotherapist, and a support group, in which people like us learn from one another.
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March 5, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
Is toxic water in the vicinity of the former Naval Air Station Willow Grove and the Naval Air Warfare Center in Warminster making people sick? That's the concern three area congressmen raised Thursday in a letter to the Navy demanding answers about the government's knowledge of the water issues. "Residents who consumed the contaminated water have understandable concern that these chemicals, which studies show can cause serious illness, are the cause of their own health conditions," wrote U.S. Reps.
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