Author: Barbara Ormsby

Police, officials urge citizen complaints about neighbor woman

Residents who voiced concerns at the Rutledge Borough Council’s August meeting about harassment and threats by a woman who lives in a group home in the unit block of Sylvan Ave. were told by Mayor Kevin Cunningham to call police each time an incident occurs. “You are not going to be a ‘pain’,” Cunningham told the residents. A woman who lives across the street from the group home said she is worried because one of the home’s residents harasses her young daughter. Other residents complained about threats to their safety and the racial slurs they often hear from the...

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New construction forces cancellation of iconic Fall Festival

The loss of many parking spaces at the Ridley Township Administration, Police and Library Building on MacDade Blvd. at Morton Ave. isn’t the only casualty because of a massive construction project at the site. The popular Fall Festival, that began 35 years ago on the municipal  building grounds, has been cancelled, and all one has to do is take a look at the storm water management project underway in conjunction with expansion of the library to know why. “This project is going to go into January or February, including the new library,” said Board of Commissioners President Bob Willert....

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Heroes All Around Us: Ridley leaders salute teen life-saver

Jack Conant, 17, of Ridley Township, and Thomas Schoettle, of Glenolden, also 17, have been close friends since both attended kindergarten at the former Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School in Ridley Township. That friendship is even tighter now because of an event that happened in June at a backyard swimming pool. Conant saw that Schoettle was in trouble after he dove into the pool. He got his friend out of the water, began giving him CPR and stabilized him until paramedics arrived. He rode in the ambulance with Schoettle to the hospital. Samantha Schoettle said her son...

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Morton names new fire marshal

Morton Borough Council appointed a veteran member of the Morton-Rutledge Fire Co. to be the borough fire marshal. Mayor Maureen Piselli administered the oath of office to Dean Kemp at Council’s July meeting. Kemp, 34, joined the volunteer organization 20 years ago. He was named fire chief four years ago. A life-long Morton resident, Kemp graduated from Springfield High School and from Delaware County Community College. He works for United Parcel Service. In his report to Council on fire company activities, Kemp said Kiddie Manufacturing Co. donated 25 carbon monoxide detectors to the fire company for distribution to families...

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Rutledge reins in sizes, locations of ‘accessory structures’

Rutledge Borough Council considered the recommendations of its Planning Commission and amended its ordinance for accessory uses and structures in the community. Action was taken at Council’s June meeting. The new ordinance limits the location of accessory structures such as garages, decks, sheds, pool houses, gazebos, patios or similar structures to side or rear yards of a property. Only one utility/storage shed is permitted on a lot, and the floor area of a shed cannot exceed 120 square feet and be no higher than 12 feet to the peak of the roof. Accessory structures with a second floor must...

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