May 24, 2015 |
Bullet holes mar a shooting range in the basement. One dank room, according to a sign, is a vault for combat weapons. A silhouette of a lone soldier is painted on the stairwell wall. But when a group of West Chester residents enters the National Guard Armory, they see the arching, vaulted ceiling; the hall fit for a stage; the balcony that looks like it was made to be a light booth. They see a theater. "The first time I walked in, I went, 'This is a theater-in-waiting,' " said Tim Blair, dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at West Chester University.
July 4, 2013 |
ATLANTIC CITY - It is summertime at the Shore, and children are swimming, surfing, boating, playing ball, and pursuing other warm-weather activities. But away from the beaches and the glitzy casino resorts, in the working-class and low-income neighborhoods where shootings are frequent and exposure to gangs and drugs is common, safe diversions may be tough to come by. So a $2.9 million indoor youth sports complex unveiled Tuesday inside an underutilized hall at the New Jersey National Guard Armory on Absecon Avenue could become a welcome oasis for neighborhood youths this summer, as well as children from throughout the region.
June 28, 2013 |
Recent roof failures have accelerated the planned demolition of the Broad Street Armory, a process attracting heightened scrutiny in the wake of the Market Street building collapse that killed six people. The Armory site's developer and attorney say they are taking extra precautions in tearing down the four-story, dilapidated brick building, built in 1886. It could come down as early as next week, and neighbors have raised concerns about containing a demolition in the heart of South Broad Street.
April 7, 2013
The nonprofit Uptown! Entertainment Alliance is set to buy the Pennsylvania National Guard armory in West Chester and convert it into a theater for film and live performances, officials said Friday. The nonprofit would buy the 10,900-square-foot armory at 226 N. High St. for $760,000 from the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, officials said. State Sen. Andrew Dinniman (D., Chester) said he introduced a bill Friday to authorize the transfer. The group would receive a low-interest loan and launch a fund-raising campaign to pay for renovations needed to transform the 1916 building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, into an arts center.
April 6, 2013 |
A local nonprofit group is set to buy the Pennsylvania National Guard armory in West Chester and convert it into a theater for film and live performances, officials announced Friday. Pending legislative approval, Uptown! Entertainment Alliance would purchase the 10,900-square-foot armory for $760,000 from the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, officials said. The nonprofit, which is dedicated to establishing a permanent theater in West Chester, would receive a low-interest loan to buy the property at 226 N. High St. The group would launch a fundraising campaign to pay for the renovations needed to transform the nearly century-old building into an arts center.
March 1, 2013 |
THERE WAS A TIME, not all that long ago, when the Third Regiment Armory seemed destined to spend an eternity as an empty, decaying shell that occupied a huge chunk of land on South Broad Street. That dim view was upended this month, when nearby residents learned that the armory - which passing motorists might simply know as the place with that kinda-weird Sinatra mural - had been sold to local developer Michael Carosella, who plans to replace the 127-year-old property with a six-story apartment building.
February 17, 2013 |
Sara Sargent of Pennsbury finished in fifth place Saturday night in the Millrose Mile at the Millrose Games at the Armory in New York City. Sargent finished in 4:55.50. In the boys' competition, Strath Haven's Jack Huemmler and Pennsbury's Connor Harriman were unable to keep up with the pack as they were the last two finishers in the Millrose Mile. Huemmler finished in 11th with a time of 4:26.13 and Harriman followed in 12th with a time of 4:27.24. Ben Malone of Pascack Valley, N.J., came in first in 4:12.62.
January 27, 2013 |
Strath Haven's Jack Huemmler set a school record in the mile on Saturday afternoon with a second-place finish at the New Balance Games at the Armory in New York City. The senior finished in 4 minutes, 16.22 seconds. Edward Cheserek of St. Benedict's Prep (N.J.) cruised to victory in 4:10.94. The finish qualifies Huemmler for the Millrose Games, scheduled for Feb. 16 at the Armory. Sara Sargent of Pennsbury completed the girls' mile in 4:58.75 for second place and also qualified for Millrose.
September 18, 2011 |
Officials of the Pennsylvania National Guard were helping to make funeral arrangements for a decorated former soldier who was found dead Saturday, Sept. 10, at his home in Northeast Philadelphia. Sgt. Odilio Muñoz, 34, who served as a combat medic in Iraq in 2004 and 2005 and was awarded the Bronze Star with a valor citation, was discovered by his mother on his sofa after not answering calls for several days. His family and the Guard said the cause of death had not been determined.
March 4, 2011 |
About 3,700 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard were alerted Thursday that they may be called up for a year of duty in Kuwait, starting early next year. They are members of the 55th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, which is headquartered in Scranton and which has units at Guard armories around the state. The troops can expect to protect truck convoys and provide security for other American forces in Kuwait, which remains a hub of U.S. military activity even though troop levels in neighboring Iraq have been heavily reduced.