An Upper Dublin woman who admitted causing cuts, brusies, welts and burns on her adoptive daughter's body is doing jail time. A Montgomery County judge Friday gave 53-year-old Theresa McNulty at least eight months in county prison. The abuse happened over a period of several months when the little girl from Russia was between one-and-a-half and three years old. McNulty stood stone faced as the judge called the case horrific and sad.
Continuity is the watchword for Lansdale officials. Borough council held a reorganization meeting Tuesday night and reelected Council President Matt West as well as Council Vice President Paul Clemente. The vote for West was unanimous. Incumbent council members Rich DiGregorio and Jack Hansen as well as newcomers Denton Burnell and Steve Malagari were sworn-in. They all won election last November. Mayor Andy Szekely administered the oath of office. With the swearing-in of Burnell, DiGregorio, Hansen and Malagari, democrats now hold a six-to-three margin on council.
The Towamencin Supervisors have held a public hearing on a zoning ordinance text amendment that would allow a garage bay in the R-5 townhouse district count toward the three space off street parking requirement. The proposed change affects the Thorndale carriage house developoment W-B Homes is building across from the Towamencin Shopping Center on Allentown Road. Officials with W-B Homes say the amendment would make the project more environmentally friendly by allowing it to be built with half an acre less of blacktop. The township supervisors are likely to take action on the proposed amendment at their meeting on January 25th. The developer hopes to break ground on the project in about six weeks.
Fire struck Grace Lutheran Church in Hatfield Borough early Saturday morning. No one was hurt dousing the two-alarm blaze at West Main and Broad Streets. That intersection was closed for several hours because of the fire. Damage estimates are currently unavailable. The church has been part of the Hatfield community for more than 100 years.