Tuesday, May 14, 2013
According to poll results, more voters support same-sex marriage in 2013.
A majority of state voters said they are in favor of allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry, according to one pole. The Frankin and Marshall College poll of Pennsylvania voters for May 2013 showed that 54 percent of voters polled were in favor of allowing legal same-sex marriages. The 54 percent in favor is up from 48 percent in the previous year. The poll, which was conducted between April 30 and May 5, gathered responses from 526 registered voters, including 265 Democrats, 196 Republicans and 65 Independents. The full poll is available for review here. The following information representes the questions asked in the survey and the results given by voters. 1) Would you favor or oppose a constitutional amendment that would allow…
Former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak, a Democrat, announced Tuesday that he's exploring another run for the Senate; Sestak narrowly lost to Pat Toomey in 2010.
A rematch between former U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak and U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is in the works as Sestak announced Tuesday that he's exploring a run for the Senate in 2016. Democrat Sestak, a former Navy vice admiral, lost narrowly to Republican Toomey in 2010. Sestak, of Delaware County, has formed an exploratory committee—the equivalent of launching a campaign in terms of Federal Elections Commission paperwork, according to a Washington Post report. Can Sestak beat Toomey? Who would you vote for if the Senate election was held today? Tell us in the comments section below. Tuesday's announcement ends speculation that Sestak, 61, is raising money to challenge Gov. Tom Corbett. Sestak raised $460,000 in the first quarter of this year. A Sestak-…
Sunday, May 12, 2013
The county is participating in Bike to Work week starting Monday.
The Delaware County Government will be celebrating Bike to Work Week, which starts Monday, May 13. The county is holding a celebration of the week on Friday, May 17 in Media. Those looking to participate in the ride can meet at the county courthouse at 8:30 a.m. Refreshments and prizes will be available. In a release from the county's planning department, the celebration is part of an effort to "help make others aware of alternative means of commuting ... to avoid gas and parking expenses ... to minimize pollution ... to exercise and have fun." Read more from the county on its website. Read more about Bike to Work Day from Bike Leauge.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Representatives of the Philadelphia Chapter of Blue Star Mothers, which includes Delaware County, were honored by Delaware County Council recently.
Monday, May 6, 2013
A proposed law would lower the value needed for a felony charge in retail theft.
A new bill passed in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives could crack down on retail theft, or make it easier for someone to become a felon. Under House Bill 1000 any incident of retail theft in which the value of the items stolen exceeds $1,000 can result in a third-degree felony charge. Before this bill the cutoff line for a felony charge of retail theft was $2,000. As the law exists now, there are a number of ways one can be charged for retail theft as explained below: The bill passed 195-0 in the House and now moves on to the Senate. Do you support this bill? Let us know what you think in the comments area below.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
A stalemate on the 3rd Street Project in Media Borough continues.
As the parties involved in the continued lawsuits and appeals await court decisions regarding the latest in the 3rd Street Project, the board president of Broomalls Lake Country Club says its a matter of 4 feet that is now holding the project up. In September 2012, the majority of council voted to approve a one-lane, one-way roadway over the dam and within two weeks of the vote Broomall's Lake Country Club filed a contempt of court petition saying council violated a three-way agreement between BLCC, the borough and Delaware County. In February 2013, instead of the court ruling on the petition, the judge threw out the original May 2011 three-way stipulation agreement, which required the borough to design, build and pay for the project. Then…
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
A new bill in the Pennsylvania House aims to crack down on sex crimes.
A new bill approved in the state House of Representatives aims to crack down on human trafficking and sex work. House Bill 663, which was unanimously passed 195-0 in the House, expands what the state considers "commercial sex acts" and raises the crime of buying or selling people for sex work from a third-degree to a possible first-degree felony. Under the new bill, the definition of commercial sex includes being forced to perform "any sexual activity … in which anything of value is given to or received by another person" and includes "prostitution, participation in the production of pornography, performance in strip clubs and sexual activity … regardless of the age of the victim." As the law is currently written, there are no provisions …
Monday, April 22, 2013
Residents are invited to view a presentation and provide comments on the draft master plan for the Mineral Hill area.
The second of three public meetings for the Mineral Hill Area Master Plan will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, in the Delaware County Council meeting room, located in the Delaware County Government Center in Media. Delaware County Council and the County Planning Department invite residents to attend the meeting to see a presentation on the draft plan for recreational facilities and amenities proposed for the study area. Residents will be given an opportunity to provide comments or ask questions about the draft plan. In 2010, Delaware County Council purchased a 46.2-acre tract that is part of the study area, famous among rock buffs for its wealth of stone specimens and crystals, according to a county press release. Delaware County …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
The 3rd Street Project continues to be in 'litigation limbo,' Media Borough president says.
Media Borough Council President Brian Hall gave a brief update as to the status or holding pattern the 3rd Street Project is currently in. In September 2012, after eight months, the majority of council voted to approve a one-lane, one-way roadway over the dam and within two weeks of the vote Broomall's Lake Country Club filed a contempt of court petition saying council violated a three-way agreement between BLCC, the borough and Delaware County, Hall said at council's Thursday meeting. "(BLCC) was asking the court to force the borough to build a two-lane, two-way road on top of Broomall's dam," Hall said. In February 2013, instead of the court ruling on the petition, the judge threw out the original May 2011 three-way stipulation agreement…
Friday, April 19, 2013
Media Borough Council was expected to vote on a zoning change regarding the former Media Inn vacant lot.
Media Borough Council President Brian Hall clarified why a zoning amendment was not voted upon at council's meeting Thursday. Council was expected to vote on a zoning change, which was recommended by the Media Planning Commission in March, regarding the former Media Inn vacant lot. A small portion of the lot is currently zoned R3-Residential and would need to be changed to Business/Commercial in order for any business project to move forward there. An application for a proposed Wawa at that location is also before the Planning Commission however the zoning change request is separate from the Wawa application. Hall said Thursday that council was to hold a public hearing and then a vote regarding the zoning amendment however the applicant, …