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Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - NEWS - – COLIN AINSWORTH

100 Years Ago – 1919: Bur­glar­ies con­tinue in all parts of the city. The wave is as­sum­ing larger pro­por­tions daily and a strong ef­fect is be­ing made by the po­lice to check the thefts. A few evenings ago a bur­glar en­deav­ored to rob the home of S. Price Steven­son, 303 W. Sev­enth St. For­tu­nately the sus­pect was scared away. When Mr. Steven­son was no­ti­fied he found that his front door had been opened by a skele­ton key.

75 Years Ago – 1944: Re-syn­chro­niz­ing traf­fic lights along Ninth Street on Thurs­day, Ch­ester po­lice took an­other for­ward step in elim­i­nat­ing traf­fic haz­ards on the city’s main ar­ter­ies where most ac­ci­dents oc­cur. The job was fin­ished late Thurs­day and mo­tor traf­fic will now be able to flow con­tin­u­ously without stop from Sproul Street to Mor­ton Av­enue if a driv­ing speed of 25 miles an hour is main­tained.

50 Years Ago – 1969: A four-alarm fire Sun­day night caused an es­ti­mated $15,000 dam­age to a Prospect Park lum­ber yard and threat­ened 20 homes. Fire Chief James B. Gar­gan said fire­men from four fire com­pa­nies were at Charles H. Hoff­man Lum­ber Co., 12th and Lin­coln streets, for three hours. Gar­gan said the bor­ough high­way depart­ment had to keep salt­ing the streets be­cause the wa­ter used to douse the flames was freez­ing. In Novem­ber, a fire caused an es­ti­mated $35,000 dam­age at the lum­ber yard. Hoff­man said he had just com­pleted re­build­ing the yard build­ing de­stroyed in that blaze.

25 Years Ago – 1994: A Philadel­phia man await­ing trial on drug of­fenses in Philadel­phia was stopped by Park­side po­lice for driv­ing an un­reg­is­tered car early Tues­day and charged with drug and weapons of­fi­cials, Chief Michael Flynn said. Of­fi­cer Robert Bir­ney stopped the driver and found that he had no iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and was driv­ing un­der a sus­pended li­cense. A sub­se­quent search re­vealed a loaded .22 firearm with an al­tered se­rial num­ber found in the hood of the 24-year-old’s sweat­shirt, and 25 grams of un­cut co­caine hid­den in the man’s un­der­wear, ac­cord­ing to the chief.

10 Years Ago – 2009: The rocky eco­nomic cli­mate has pushed back the time­line for con­struc­tion on the for­mer Ch­ester Tow­ers site and sent the de­vel­op­ers work­ing on the project scram­bling to ob­tain fi­nanc­ing. CHA had ini­tially ex­pected work to be­gin last fall on the site, where they plan to build two new four-story apart­ment build­ings, com­mer­cial space and an arts and cul­ture cen­ter. Al­though the project had ini­tially been slated to fin­ish in Septem­ber 2009, Fis­cher said, “More re­al­is­ti­cally, we’re talk­ing about 2010.”

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