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Adult Bookstore Appeal Still Undecided In Berks Briefly

The Morning Call | September 26, 1986

The fate of a Berks County adult bookstore is still undecided after the Richmond Township Zoning Hearing Board failed to reach a decision Wednesday night. More than 120 residents filled the township's municipal building to oppose Action Center, an adult book and video business on Route 222 west of Kutztown. An Aug. 20 meeting of the board also ended with no decision. In August, Francis Hadry, president of Action Center, was forced to close the store after an injunction was issued by Berks County Court.


Adult Bookstore Flouting Law, City Says, But Owner Is Missing

by TED MELLIN, The Morning Call | June 2, 1988

Allentown police and the city solicitor said yesterday one of the two adult bookstores is flouting the law and getting away with it. As a result, city solicitor Thomas C. Anewalt is preparing amendments to the city's ordinance regulating sexual activities in adult book stores. He said they will be submitted to City Council June 15. He and Lt. Andrew Wiesner of the police vice unit said the Adult Scene bookstore at 1051 Hamilton St. is the one violating the ordinance. The problem, they said, is that the owner of the business cannot be tracked down.


Court Order Allows Adult Bookstore To Stay Open In City

The Morning Call | October 24, 1986

The Commonwealth Court handed down a decision yesterday that allows the Playtime Boutique adult bookstore to stay in business. It upheld the Lehigh County Court's reversal of an Allentown Zoning Hearing Board ruling, which would have invalidated the bookstore's permit to operate at its Lehigh Street location. After six hearings, the zoning board said the sole issue was whether the bookstore violated city ordinance by being within 500 feet of the nearest residential zone. The board said it was within the 500 feet and, therefore, at an illegal site.


Court Ruling Clears The Way For Adult Bookstore Opening

by DICK COWEN, The Morning Call | December 5, 1986

Court action yesterday paved the way for an adult bookstore to open early next year in Berks County's Richmond Township. The store, whose opening has been delayed by the township for about a year, will be at Route 222 and Kempsville Road at the western end of the Kutztown Bypass. Following a ruling in Allentownby U.S. District Judge Edward Cahn, township officials said they would grant a zoning permit that would allow the store to open. Action Center Ltd. Inc., the store's owner, said it would drop any claims for money damages against township officials for delays in granting the permit.


City Pulls Out Of Bid To Fight Adult Bookstore

by BILL GERNERD, The Morning Call | August 7, 1985

Allentown yesterday withdrew an unusual motion filed last week asking Judge David Mellenberg to reverse the decision of Judge James Knoll Gardner in the Lehigh Street adult bookstore case. The move came after Mellenberg indicated he would rule against the city if the motion remained before him. The city's motion asked the court to rule in the city's favor in its three-year battle to close the Playtime Boutique at 2604-24 Lehigh St. But city solicitor Joseph Rosenfeld said the motion, if it is still timely, will be held and filed with Gardner when the judge returns Aug. 19 from three weeks on Naval Reserve duty.


Adult Bookstores In Bucks, Montco Raided In Probe

by TIM REEVES, The Morning Call | March 30, 1990

Adult bookstores in Quakertown and Lansdale were raided yesterday by state police and Internal Revenue Service agents, part of a statewide search of 30 stores in 16 Pennsylvania counties. Business records and obscene materials were confiscated at the stores, officials said. No arrests were made and no stores were closed. State Police Commissioner Ronald M. Sharpe said charges will be filed later against the owners of the 30 stores. The investigations focus on tax law and obscenity law violations, Sharpe said.


City Council Approves Law Regulating Sex In Adult Bookstores

by TED MELLIN, The Morning Call | November 6, 1986

Allentown City Council unanimously approved a bill last night to regulate sexual activities in the city's two adult bookstores. No one spoke against the legislation at the meeting. "The ordinance will help the city maintain some decency in adult arcades," Councilman Frank J. Palencar said. He recalled that his public safety committee recommended "wholeheartedly" that council enact the bill. During the committee session Oct. 13, attorney Howard Stark hinted that one or both of the bookstores may retain him to fight the legislation on claims that it invades the privacy of individuals.


Health Board Debates Ordinance On Sex In Adult Bookstores

by BILL GERNERD, The Morning Call | February 7, 1986

A proposed ordinance aimed at giving Allentown police special powers to halt sexual activity in adult bookstores sparked heated debate at yesterday's Allentown Health Board meeting. At issue was whether this type of ordinance merits Health Bureau involvement because of a community health problem, or whether the bureau is getting involved in a morals issue. After almost an hour of debate, the board reached no consensus on the ordinance and did not oppose or endorse the measure. Word of the bill, proposed by the Police Department, surfaced late last month.


Berks Residents, Lawyer Debate Adult Bookstore Zoning Hearings Finished In Richmond Township

The Morning Call | November 12, 1986

The literary and religious implications of pornography were debated at a hearing this week on an adult bookstore proposed on Route 222 west of Kutztown. "Different books appeal to different people," said Allentown attorney Howard Stark, counsel for the bookstore. "Everyone should be allowed to read and study what they want." Stark spoke at a hearing Monday night before the Richmond Township Zoning Hearing Board, completing more than two months of testimony. He represents Francis Hadry, president of Action Center, who was denied a permit in August to open the bookstore.


No Decision Made On Adult Bookstore West Of Kutztown

The Morning Call | November 3, 1986

The future of a Berks County adult bookstore remains unknown, after the Richmond Township Zoning Hearing Board failed to reach a decision Wednesday night following a series of meetings during the last two months. More than 120 residents at the meeting opposed the opening of Action Center, an adult book and video business west of Kutztown on Route 222. Most of the same people also attended the Sept. 25 and Aug. 20 hearings. In August, Francis Hadry, president of Action Center, was forced to close the store after an injunction was issued by Berks County Court.