Author: Barbara Ormsby

Ridley Park holds line on taxes in new budget

Ridley Park Council approved a 2018 no-property-tax increase preliminary budget at its November meeting, but did not set fees for sewer or trash services. The preliminary budget shows estimated expenditures of $6,384,000, but holds the tax rate at 8.14 mills. Council also approved a $300,000 tax anticipation loan. The interest rate is still being negotiated. Council President Bob Berger noted that the tax anticipation loan is $200,000 less than such loans over the past few years. Such short term loans are routine in municipalities and are needed to meet expenses until tax revenue begins to come in. The preliminary...

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Ridley kin invited to visit cockpit at airport

A recent visit by six-year old Shane Westhead, of St. Louis, MO, with grandparents Charles and Maryann Salerno, of Ridley Township, was, as usual, a lot of fun. But leaving Ridley for home was even more fun. Why? Because not many kids get to sit in the pilot’s seat in the cockpit of the airliner before it takes off, and get a quick lesson from pilot “John” on what it takes to keep the plane in the air. Maryann Salerno said her grandson and his mother, Christine Stiles, were in Ridley Township helping PopPop Charles celebrate his 70th birthday....

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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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