by MICHAEL J. MISHAK
Sixteen Chestnut Hill properties — including 10 with Germantown Avenue fronts — were listed for Sheriff's Sale on January 6. The properties, which are owned by Bowman Properties, Ltd., were stayed — taken off the sale — before the bidding.
Richard W. Snowden, Bowman Properties general managing partner, was named as a defendant in two lawsuits brought by Third Federal Savings Bank in September 2003.
Court records reveal that the bank sought payment on a $5,481,227 debt.
Bowman is one of the largest landowners in Chestnut Hill. Snowden sat on the BID steering committee.
Snowden was also involved in one of city's biggest tax-delinquent settlements in 2002, the circumstances of which are now under federal scrutiny and have been reported by both the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News. Keystone Information and Financial Services, a Mt. Airy-based debt collection agency, received a no-bid contract from the city law department in November 2001 to track down tax delinquents, one of which was Bowman Properties. Keystone, which is owned by prominent Muslim cleric and Street campaign contributor Shamsud-din Ali, collected $657,000 in back taxes from Bowman...
by MICHAEL J. MISHAK
Although neither State Sen. Allyson Schwartz nor Democratic hopeful Joe Torsella received the Upper Dublin Democratic Committee's endorsement at a weekend meeting, both 13th Congressional district candidates' campaigns are sparring over political manners.
Anthony Green, Torsella's campaign manager, distributed a letter addressed to Schwartz on Monday, blasting her campaign manager, Ken Morley, for "surreptitiously taping" Torsella's speech during a non-public committee forum last Saturday.
"This sort of dirty trick politics has been thoroughly rejected by the public," the letter read. Green details an incident in which Torsella notices Morley is taping his comments with a semi-concealed recorder and asks, "Am I being tape recorded?" Green says Morley subsequently openly admitted to...
by Robert Fles
The process of turning an abandoned railroad trestle into an attractive entranceway to Mt. Airy took a major step forward last week when area residents pored over material submitted by applicants wishing to design the gateway.
The material was on display at InFusion, a coffee- and tea-house in Mt. Airy. The six artists involved had submitted professional information about themselves, samples of work done previously and design proposals for the PECO-owned trestle, located just south of the intersection of Germantown Avenue and Cresheim Valley Drive. Over three dozen interested members of the public stopped by to read through the binders of information concerning the designers, to peruse the plans, drawings and photograph...