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/ Owner - July 2, 2012
  • Massive landslide impacts residents in Western Pennsylvania February 1, 2024
    The impact of a landslide in Western Pennsylvania continues to grow. Residents in Moon Township, outside of Pittsburgh, are being asked to leave their homes after backyards started sliding away on Friday. Read the article…………………………….
  • Home for the holidays carries different meaning for Rustic Ridge residents this year (PA) December 20, 2023
    About two weeks before Christmas, little about this corner of Rustic Ridge, a sprawling subdivision of winding roads and cul-de-sacs, suggested it was the holidays. An absence of decorations was noticeable — because nobody was home    Read the article…………………………
  • Historic bill to repudiate racially restricted deed covenants passes (PA) December 15, 2023
    The Pennsylvania Senate made history Wednesday by unanimously passing state Rep. Justin Fleming’s legislation (H.B. 1289) that would help rectify the legacy of biased housing practices by making it easier for property owners to repudiate discriminatory deed covenants.    Read the article…………………………………..
  • Woman dies in Spring Garden high-rise fire; newly reinstated ladder company first on scene (PA) December 12, 2023
    A woman has died in a fire that erupted at a high-rise condo building in Philadelphia’s Spring Garden section Monday night. Several other residents have also been displaced.   Read the article………………………………..
  • Half of home heating fires occur in December, January and February — How to stay warm and safe November 29, 2023
    With the arrival of the cold temperatures, Wilmerding Fire Marshal Alvin Hussey is warning homeowners to be careful while trying to stay warm.    Read the article…………………………..
  • Rustic Ridge hydrant system not enough to fight fully engulfed house fire, Plum fire chief says (PA) November 12, 2023
    The fire hydrant system in the Rustic Ridge neighborhood of Plum, where a house explosion killed six people in August, is not adequate for fighting a single fully engulfed house fire, according to a borough fire chief who was on the scene that day.   Read the article……………………………….
  • Man charged for allegedly threatening Treasure Lake POA office employee (PA) November 2, 2023
    A DuBois man has been charged for allegedly threatening an employee of the Treasure Lake Property Owners Association office Tuesday, Oct. 31.  Sandy Township Police have charged Richard Glenn Vanhorn, 68, with terroristic threats — a felony of the third degree, harassment and disorderly conduct, according to a criminal complaint filed at Magisterial District Judge David Meholick’s office Wednesday.   Read the article…………………………………
  • There’s a Dangerous Dog in My Building. What Can I Do About It? October 8, 2023
    Laws about dangerous dogs are designed to protect you, but before you involve the authorities, your condo has a duty to protect its unit owners.   Read the Q&A……………………………..
  • A battle is brewing over a bill that would require sprinklers be added to older condos (PA) October 5, 2023
    Fire safety experts agree that sprinklered buildings are safer, but opponents to a new mandate say that requiring them in old buildings will be too expensive and disruptive to the lives of occupants.   Read the article……………………….
  • Woman Facing 1,300 Felony Charges for Embezzlement Scheme in Upper Gwynedd, Police Say (PA) September 21, 2023
    A Berks County woman is facing more than a 1,300 felony charges after she allegedly embezzled more than $375,000 from the Gwynedd Office Condominium Association (GOCA) on Sumneytown Pike in Upper Gwynedd Township.  Judith Butt, 73, of Birdsboro, has been charged with felony counts of dealing in proceeds of unlawful activities, receiving stolen property, thefts by unlawful taking, theft by deception, access device fraud, theft by failing to make required disbursement of funds, and 1,302 counts of forgery,   Read the ...
  • High Carbon Monoxide Levels Prompt Evacuation Of 55-Plus Condos (PA) September 14, 2023
    A carbon monoxide detector went off in one unit and PECO came out. A PECO crew member found several units with higher-than-normal carbon monoxide levels, which prompted firefighters to respond, Farry said.    Read the article………………………..
  • Pa. Gov. Shapiro secures methane detectors for Rustic Ridge community September 7, 2023
    Gov. Josh Shapiro and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Rich Negrin announced Aug. 25 they secured combustible gas detectors for the Rustic Ridge neighborhood in Plum Borough following an explosion that took the lives of six residents and damaged multiple homes.   Read the article………………………..
  • Plum homeowners get help at multi-agency resource center after devastating explosion (PA) August 26, 2023
    Local, county and state officials helped Plum residents on Thursday replace important documents and get resources they need after an explosion killed six people and rendered 10 homes uninhabitable.   Read the article………………………..
  • A week after fatal house explosion, Plum community seeks the will to push forward (PA) August 20, 2023
    The idyllic innocence of Rustic Ridge shattered a week ago.  Tragedy struck this close-knit community in Plum, a neighborhood of more than 200 homes, about 10:23 a.m. last Saturday. An explosion leveled a home on Rustic Ridge Drive and resulted in an inferno that destroyed two neighboring homes. The shock wave of the blast damaged a dozen others — some beyond repair.  The toll is immense.   Read the article………………………..
  • The fight to repair New Hope bridge goes to court over water and access concerns (PA) August 4, 2023
    Complicating the issues is that the suit avers that the DCNR stated the repairs need to be made by the condominium association pursuant to an agreement from June 1987 and amended in August that year.   Read the article………………………..
  • Pennsylvania bill would allow condo, HOA residents to hang clotheslines July 25, 2023
    A Pennsylvania lawmaker says her bill would allow residents of condos and homeowners associations (HOAs) to hang their clothing outside to dry.  State Senator Amanda Cappelletti (D-Delaware/Montgomery) says some HOAs and housing units ban outdoor clotheslines and drying racks that may hinder the community’s appearance.    Read the article………………………..
  • Bill to repudiate racially restricted deed covenants passes PA House June 28, 2023
    A bill sponsored by Rep. Justin Fleming, D-Dauphin, that would make it easier for property owners to repudiate discriminatory deed covenants passed the House today.  A covenant stipulates what existing or future owners can and cannot do to the property. Racially discriminatory real estate covenants were struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1948 under the Shelley v. Kraemer decision, ruling that these covenants are unenforceable under the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution. In addition, the federal ...
  • Water main break in Oakland impacts two condo buildings, floods garage (PA) May 15, 2023
    Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority said crews were able to shut off a 20-inch main line near the Park Plaza Condominiums, ending the active leak. Later, crews determined it was a private water line that burst. The building’s owner will have to handle additional repairs to the building.   Read the article………………………..
  • Towamencin: Residents say sewer rate hikes could hit condo residents harder (PA) May 10, 2023
    During the April meetings hosted by PA American, Fields told the board, that company provided a model for residents to calculate the charges that company will apply to residents who live in condo complexes that are currently unmetered and pay the flat fee. Under the model PA American provided, Fields told the board, her annual charge would jump to over $2,080, an over $170 per month increase to her monthly condo fee.   Read the article………………………..
  • York Co. Family Of 7 Displaced By Fire Gets Surge Of Support Thanks To Their HOA (PA) May 9, 2023
    Homeowner’s associations get a bad reputation. HOAs are known for rules about house color, where to place your basketball hoop, and when you should bring up your trash cans, but one York County HOA is quickly building a good rep. by helping a family in their neighborhood after a devasting house fire.   Read the article………………………..
  • Villas of Newtown basin fix to cost township at least $112K (PA) May 6, 2023
    Public improvements (the township’s responsibility) regarding drainage were not completed nearly 10 years after the community was first constructed, and in April 2022, bids to complete the work came in at $277,000, which the township escrow fund did not have the resources to cover. The bids were subsequently rejected.   Read the article………………………..
  • Man who lost everything in water main break in Wilkinsburg asking for accountability from officials (PA) April 22, 2023
    A water main break on Tuesday sent water rushing into a Wilkinsburg condominium complex, forcing one man to break through his patio door to escape.  That man is Ray Pope, whose apartment took on four to five feet of water, destroying everything he owns.  Read the article………………………..
  • Water main break floods ground-level condos, causing damage at Wilkinsburg complex (PA) April 19, 2023
    A massive water main break Tuesday morning flooded several ground-level condos at a complex in Wilkinsburg.  Ray Pope was living in one of those units.  “I just had to bust this , boom, boom, boom,” he said, recounting the crucial moments after water began rushing into his condo.   Read the article………………………..
  • Cedar Ridge townhome residents complain developer left no topsoil for landscaping (PA) April 18, 2023
    On behalf of the Cedar Ridge Homeowner’s Association, attorney Scott Lipson and engineer Bill Erdman of Keystone Engineering presented a report outlining residents’ dissatisfaction with their top soil as left by the developer, THP Homes. They argued that THP did not supply the required eight inches of top soil on the property, with residents finding rocks, sand and other things while doing lawn work.    Read the article………………………..
  • Philly condo, apartment residents protest a bill to add sprinklers to old buildings (PA) March 17, 2023
    Philadelphia Councilmember Mark Squilla found himself besieged Thursday by high-rise condo and apartment dwellers angered by a bill he introduced almost a year ago.  The legislation would mandate installation of sprinkler systems in older buildings over six stories.    Read the article………………………..
  • State College Sinkhole Update (PA) February 23, 2023
    To recap residents of the Patton Township townhomes the sinkhole affected told us at an early January homeowners association meeting that they themselves had to conduct and pay for structural assessment studies of their properties.   Read the article………………………..
  • Multiple fires erupt at condominium tower in Cherry Hill (PA) February 11, 2023
    Several fire crews battled a blaze as flames erupted from the balconies of a condominium tower in Cherry Hill Saturday morning.  Officials say multiple exterior balconies caught fire at the Mark 70 Condominiums due to “improperly discarded smoking materials.”   Read the article………………………..
  • 2 injured in Warminster, Bucks County fire (PA) February 2, 2023
    An Action News viewer recorded the arrival of fire trucks as smoke billowed from the condo complex.  The fire damaged several units at the Saxony Manor Condominiums and two people had to be hospitalized.    Read the article………………………..
  • Crews responding to Freemansburg condo complex fire (PA) February 1, 2023
    Crews were dispatched Tuesday morning to a fire that broke out in a Freemansburg Borough condominium and townhome complex.  Read the article………………………..
  • Everything you wanted to know about private streets in Pittsburgh (PA) January 19, 2023
    In communities around Pittsburgh, there are streets designated as “private.” Sometimes they’re winding roads on college campuses, or they could be narrow spans seemingly tucked away in city neighborhoods.   Read the article………………………..
  • Treasure Lake POA awarded grant for ATV trailhead master plan (PA) January 18, 2023
    The Treasure Lake Property Owners Association has been awarded $73,500 for the formation of a master plan for an ATV trailhead at Cayman Landing Campground, a project planned in partnership with the Elk County Riders ATV and recreation group.   Read the article………………………..
  • Sinkhole ‘meeting was a bit of a train wreck’: Displaced residents voice concerns (PA) January 7, 2023
    In Centre County, residents of a Patton Township homeowners association met on Friday with HOA leaders about a massive sinkhole that displaced 18 households.   Read the article………………………..
  • State College Sinkhole (PA) December 30, 2022
    Dozens of residents have been displaced, and their townhomes abandoned, since Christmas weekend after a sinkhole opened up in their neighborhood.   Read the article………………………..
  • Condo Fire Battled In Haverford Thursday Evening (PA) December 17, 2022
    A condominium in Haverford caught fire Thursday afternoon, according to the Merion Fire Company of Ardmore.  Fire broke out at a condo along the 100 block of Llanalew Road in Haverford at about 4:14 p.m. Thursday.  Crews found heavy fire at the properties and raised a second alarm, the fire company said.   Read the article………………………..
  • Firefighters Battle Blaze That Severely Damaged Phoenixville Condos (PA) December 4, 2022
    Firefighters battled a two-alarm blaze Friday afternoon that severely damaged Westridge complex off Mowere and Township Line roads, officials said Saturday.   Read the article………………………..
  • Lower Merion agrees to do away with an archaic condo rule (PA) November 14, 2022
    Recently an attorney for Grays Lane House Unit Owners Association reached out to Lower Merion requesting the township approve a change to the condominium’s governing documents.  The change was for the township to remove itself from having to approve any changes to its documents.    Read the article………………………..
  • His emotional support animal is an alligator. They sleep in the same bed (PA) August 30, 2022
    Joseph Henney’s emotional support animal WallyGator goes with him almost everywhere, from the grocery store to walks in the park. They hug each other and sleep in the same bed. WallyGator is an alligator.   Read the article………………………..
  • Supervisor: Richland Township can’t accept streets not up to code (PA) August 3, 2022
    Several residents of the Skyview Estates Homeowners Association attended the Richland Township Supervisors’ meeting on Monday to request that the township absorb the development’s private roads — Bella Lane and Julz Drive.  Cindi Cort, president of the homeowners association, said residents would like its streets to be public.  However, the area of Skyview Estates is owned by a land developer who, according to township officials, built the streets out of compliance with PennDOT specifications.  Read the article………………………..
  • Whispering Knoll residents, LMA still working toward solution (PA) July 20, 2022
    Around a dozen Whispering Knoll residents and the developer of the property attended Tuesday’s Latrobe Water Authority meeting with more questions on resolving on-going water issues.  The developer of the property, Jim Thomas, told the authority comments last month claiming he made the decision to not do the right thing by failing to install a generator for the water pump were false.    Read the article………………………..
  • Somerset Lake residents to New Garden: ‘Share the cost of fixing our sinkhole (PA) July 18, 2022
    For the last year, the sinkhole between Lake Shore Lane and North Shore Lane Buttonwood Road in the Somerset Lake development in Landenberg has been Topic A for the residents who drive along the road.   Read the article………………………….
  • Lancaster Twp. to enter into cooperative property maintenance agreement with development (PA) June 24, 2022
    The township will enter into cooperative property maintenance agreements with the Gable Park Woods homeowners’ association and Lancaster city   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Whispering Knoll issues continue (PA) June 22, 2022
    At least 20 residents of The Village at Whispering Knoll attended Tuesday night’s meeting of the Latrobe Municipal Authority.  Residents at the 55-and-over patio home community located in Derry Township have complained in past months of not only low water pressure, but also power outages affecting the pump station at the development.    Read the entire article……………………………….
  • ‘It would be wildflowers’: Couple questions HOA’s rules governing lawncare, solar energy (PA) June 19, 2022
    Crouched in a grassy area outside her backyard fence, Hilari Hinnant proudly pointed out each individual plant in her two small gardens: black-eyed Susans, wild violets, yarrow, lamb’s ear, sedum and garlic.  Read the entire article……………………………….
  • How seniors of this Warminster condo complex are preparing for life with no elevators (PA) June 17, 2022
    Centennial Station resident Estelle Samburg is stocking up, as much as she can manage, on canned food, dry groceries and other household goods, as if preparing for an incoming mega-storm or some other nature-induced calamity.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Police Say NY Man Threatened to Bulldoze HOA President’s Home (PA) June 15, 2022
    WYOU says that when the man’s gate card at the Reflection Lakes Owners Association was deactivated over unpaid dues, he allegedly threatened the president of the association. And by threatened, we’re talking about bulldozing the person’s home to the ground, according to Pennsylvania State Police.  Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Bucks County 55+ Condo Residents ‘Having To Live Like Shut-Ins’ As Only Elevator Shut Down For Repairs (PA) June 14, 2022
    Residents in a Bucks County 55+ condo community say some have been left stranded. It happened after management announced their one elevator would be shut down for weeks due to some major upgrades.  Read the entire article……………………………….
  • ‘Matter of life and death:’ How will senior navigate four-story Warminster condo complex with no elevator? (PA) June 9, 2022
    Two years ago, Pat Boyle sold her home and downsized into a condo at Centennial Station, a 55-plus community in Warminster, in part because it promised to be easier for her to get around.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • ‘It went up really fast:’ Fire leaves residents of 8 Lower Makefield condos displaced (PA) June 3, 2022
    Brian O’Connor had just taken his dog, Rusty, outside and returned to his first-floor unit at the Cornerstone Condominiums in Lower Makefield when he noticed a unit across the driveway going up in flames early Saturday morning.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Treasure Lake hosts dedication ceremony for Veterans Memorial (PA) May 31, 2022
    Overlooking the lake, it features granite monuments dedicated to the six branches of the U.S. military, as well as granite benches, a decorative retaining wall, landscaping and a brick walkway with stepping stones named for individuals who have served the country.   Read the entire article……………………………….
  • Private York County community fighting to find solution to pay for lake repairs (PA) May 21, 2022
    Residents and leaders of the private Fairview Township community have the same goal: saving the lake. However, their opinions differ on how to do it.  Read the entire article……………………………….
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