Friday, March 15, 2013
The Abington Board of Commissioners honored one of its own Thursday night.
Though it was about two months late, Abington Commissioner Wayne Luker didn’t seem to mind. The Abington Board of Commissioners on Thursday honored commissioner and vice president Wayne Luker for his role in organizing the township’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. event at the high school — which just had its 28tth year. Abington Director of Planning and Code Enforcement Larry Matteo said the intention was to honor Luker at January’s MLK ceremony, but not everyone could attend it because President Barack Obama was being sworn in the same day. “He puts everything together ... It’s been a real honor working with this young man,” Matteo said. “[His work] benefits us tremendously. He works very long and hard, and it’s been a real pleasure.” […
Friday, January 11, 2013
The Abington Board of Commissioners elects new leadership.
With the resignation of Abington Board of Commissioners President Carol DiJoseph late last month [see story here], the board needed to take care of some housekeeping. At its meeting last night, the board elected a new president and vice president. There were two nominations for president; commissioner Dennis Zappone nominated Myers and commissioner John Spiegelman nominated commissioner Steven Kline. “I feel commissioner Kline has, under many circumstances, including the Wawa hearing and the non-discrimination ordinance, taken a very tough leadership role in the face of adversity and opposition,” Spiegelman said. Kline, reading a statement, said that he would “bring the board to a new direction” and would help create a “sustainable …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Charles and Viola Carter receive the Robert W. Montgomery Award during the Abington Board of Commissioners meeting.
The Abington Board of Commissioners on Thursday awarded the seventh annual Robert W. Montgomery Environmental Leadership Award to Charles and Viola Carter of Willow Grove. Commissioner Wayne Luker said the Carters — who are relatively new to the township, having lived here only 14 years — are committed and dedicated volunteers who have helped foster responsible development, beautification projects and park cleanups. Luker: “In that short span of time, they have committed and dedicated all of their time and energy to improving not only Ward 5, but all of the communities in Abington Township.” See the video. Charles Carter is a retired structural engineer and is a member of the Abington Planning Commission; Viola Carter is a retired …
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Willow Hill's student council made Old Welsh Road safer for birds last month.
Abington Commissioner Wayne Luker presented Willow Hill Elementary School Principal Damon Jordan and members of the school’s student council with a commendation during the Thursday board of commissioners meeting. Luker thanked the student council for its help in putting up goose-crossing signs on Old Welsh Road last month. See the Patch story and photos here. Luker and Abington Board of Commissioners President Carol DiJoseph both said jokingly that it looked like Jordan had brought the whole school to the meeting.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
The Willow Grove Community Development Corporation opens the doors to its latest affordable rental housing.
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- Gerry Dungan
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Last May, the parcels at 1607 and 1609 Prospect Ave. in Willow Grove were nothing more than patches of crab grass, gravel and debris. On Jan. 11, at 3 p.m., the ribbon was cut at the grand opening of a beautiful two-story duplex, complete with a new driveway and a backyard that any family would enjoy. The ribbon cutting marked the 58th housing property of the Willow Grove Community Development Corporation (WGCDC). The WGCDC, a nonprofit organization, provides rental housing units as affordable housing for low-income families under market value, and also provides other free financial services. With its 58th housing property, the WGCDC now has 37 rental properties, in which 165 individuals can call home. “By the grace of God, I got what I…
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Updated with comments from Democrats.
Abington Commissioner Wayne Luker defeated challenger Donna Brewer by about 100 votes Tuesday night—312 to 213. All results are unofficial until the election is certified by the Montgomery County Board of Elections. Once certified, the official election results will include all write-in votes, provisional ballots, and military and overseas absentee ballots. A Republican, entering the North Penn VFW, said at about 8 p.m., “I’m really here to see if anything happened to Wayne [Luker]. It’d be a shame to see him go.” "I'm happy tonight because my buddy won tonight—Wayne Luker ... he's a Democrat," Abington Commissioner Peggy Myers was overheard saying. "I was extremely pleased to hear that Wayne Luker won his primary. I respect him as a …
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Today's Willow Grove Community Development Corporation groundbreaking ceremony marks the nonprofit's 58th rental unit in the area.
A groundbreaking ceremony took place in Abington Township earlier this morning, May 5, marking the soon-to-be constructed 58th rental unit of the Willow Grove Community Development Corporation (WGCDC). The WGCDC, a nonprofit organization based in Willow Grove, provides these rental units as affordable housing for low-income families, and also provides other free financial services. The rental unit will join over 33 WGCDC properties throughout the immediate surrounding area, including Horsham, Ambler, Upper Dublin, Upper Moreland and Abington. According to Jack Tarman, executive director of the WGCDC, the nonprofit constructed its first rental units 20 years ago, just two blocks away from the groundbreaking ceremony. He said that half of …