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May 18, 1987 | By BEN YAGODA, Daily News Movie Critic
Like the woman who complains that a restaurant's food is horrible and its portions are too small, I have seemingly contradictory complaints about "The Gate": Its special effects are woeful, and they take too long in coming. The movie, a member of the "Amityville Horror"/"Poltergeist" neo- haunted house genre, is about a kid who finds the gate to hell in his backyard. Instead of calling a good locksmith, he, his friend and his sister (unwittingly) annoy the demons on the other side.
NEWS
September 22, 2011
The Philadelphia police bomb squad secured a suspected hand grenade found Thursday night in the city's Frankford section, police said. A person at 8:26 p.m. reported finding what appeared to be a hand grenade in the backyard of a house in the 4300 block of Stiles Street, police said. No one was reported hurt.    -Robert Moran
NEWS
February 12, 2013 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kay Schuh has a dead vulture hanging in her backyard and is grateful for it. Until the bird was strung up last month by a federal wildlife biologist, Schuh's Mount Holly neighborhood had been taken over by what some see as vandals of the sky. For about nine winters, the pine trees in her backyard have hosted an increasing number of roosting vultures. "The smell is horrible," Schuh said. "You can see [droppings] all over our bushes and our shed in the back. " Schuh, mother of three, said her family routinely has had to clean dog Jake's feet before letting him in after a trip to the yard.
NEWS
April 23, 2012
NFL DRAFT PREVIEW EAGLES AIM TO RAMP UP PRESSURE ON QBsSPORTS
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2015 | By Terri Akman, For The Inquirer
Molly Buckley loves movies, so for the last four years, the Devon girl has hosted a backyard movie-night birthday party with popcorn machine, homemade cardboard "cars" to sit in, and yummy treats. After Molly turns 9 Sunday, she and her St. Katharine of Siena School friends and family will again enjoy a film - this year, Cinderella (the live-action version) - under the stars. It's been a no-brainer for mom Erin: She has a roomy backyard and can throw a big bash at a reasonable price.
NEWS
March 29, 1993
With so many people fleeing to the suburbs, we should not be discouraging those who prefer living in the city. Many Philadelphians want to live and work in Chinatown, but it's becoming tougher for them to do so. Chinatown is squashed from all sides - by the new convention center, Gallery I and II, the new Greyhound bus terminal, the police "Roundhouse," the Vine Expressway. Demand is increasing for space that's decreasing. Even before the recent fire that gridlocked the community, traffic and parking were terrible.
NEWS
April 8, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police have charged a North Philadelphia man with murder in the death of a 39-year-old woman found buried in a yard in Frankford last month. Jeffrey Bowen, 30, of the 300 block of East Erie Avenue, was charged with murder, robbery, abuse of a corpse and related offenses. He was arrested March 24 after police were flagged down on the 4700 block of Frankford Avenue and led to a backyard where they saw a human foot protruding from the soil. Bowen was taken into custody nearby after a brief struggle with officers.
NEWS
July 12, 2011 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
A "tombstone view" is rarely a real estate selling point. But some Haddonfield homeowners are fighting to preserve their vista of a pretty little burial ground on Kings Highway. "People are quite enamored of it," says Diane Gautier, whose backyard on the north side of Lee Avenue overlooks the Haddonfield Methodist Cemetery. "It's beautiful," says her neighbor Joan Ziegler. From within the cemetery, however, some mourners - and also, if you will, prospective residents - find the rear view of Lee Avenue less than scenic.
NEWS
October 14, 2007 | By Bonnie L. Cook INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With winter winds still weeks away, should backyard birders feed their feathered friends? Go ahead, said Antonia Nocero, education director for Mill Grove Audubon Center in Lower Providence Township. "You are not harming them," Nocero said. Avian enthusiasts trooped to the Pawlings Road center on Oct. 6, learning how to attract, feed and shelter backyard birds, during the annual harvest festival. Of those, 250 people lined up in unseasonal heat to learn how to make birdhouses out of gourds, Nocero said.
NEWS
June 28, 2002 | By Thomas Belton
My next-door neighbor came over the other night and regaled me with stories about his vacation - photographing grizzly bears in the Rockies. A few days later, a coworker thrust in my face a photograph of himself and a toothsome white shark he'd caught off the Great Barrier Reef. Indignant and duly humbled, I smiled appreciatively but secretly wondered why I'm not off on some exotic getaway. Glancing about, the answer is simple. The shingles on my house need tightening.
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NEWS
June 20, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Aubrey Whelan, and Chris Mondics, STAFF WRITERS
She was too young to be his wife. Too old to be holding his hand. But the Amish teenager - "gifted" to the scruffy, heavily bearded, and long-haired man when she was 14 and he was 47 - became his common-law wife, bearing him one daughter at the age of 15 and another girl just six months ago. They caught their neighbors' attention, raising concerns and eyebrows as they walked outside. Now 18, the young woman, her daughters - and nine other young girls who may be her little sisters - lived for several years with Lee Kaplan in his modest, three-bedroom white bungalow on Old Street Road in the Bucks County working-class community of Feasterville.
REAL_ESTATE
April 18, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
Since November, I have been taking lessons Saturday mornings to improve my swimming skills. I went from nonswimmer to sort-of swimmer at age 63, but the last few months of instruction and two days a week of practice have made me more comfortable in the water than I am out of it. You may think learning so late in life is strange, but my teacher, Kevin Banks, does not. Banks has been teaching even-older folks to swim, and the reason, he...
NEWS
December 31, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Staff Writer
More than a decade ago, Kirby Bros. stopped blending corn, oats, and bran and topping the concoction with molasses to satisfy the cravings of horses that had long been part of the South Jersey landscape. The 100-pound bag of horse feed, priced at $13.60, was the biggest seller, said Chuck Kirby, who inherited the 140-year-old family business and mill in Medford and operated it with his wife, Jan, and their son, Chaz. As farms started to disappear, Chuck Kirby said, it made more sense to import livestock feed from Pennsylvania for their customers and to introduce a new line of food for pets, birds, and wildlife as suburbanites moved into the area.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 7, 2015 | By Terri Akman, For The Inquirer
Molly Buckley loves movies, so for the last four years, the Devon girl has hosted a backyard movie-night birthday party with popcorn machine, homemade cardboard "cars" to sit in, and yummy treats. After Molly turns 9 Sunday, she and her St. Katharine of Siena School friends and family will again enjoy a film - this year, Cinderella (the live-action version) - under the stars. It's been a no-brainer for mom Erin: She has a roomy backyard and can throw a big bash at a reasonable price.
NEWS
August 16, 2015 | By Dan McQuade, For The Inquirer
Chris Ruder walked onto the set, and he looked a little nervous. But he didn't miss a beat and quickly broke into his pitch. "Spikeball is poised to be the next great American sport," he said. He was on the set of Shark Tank , the reality-TV series where aspiring entrepreneurs make pitches to a team of "shark" investors (with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban the most notable). The episode featuring Ruder, CEO of Spikeball, ran this year as the Season 6 finale. "Like all great sports, Spikeball is very easy to learn, but really, really difficult to master," he said in his pitch.
FOOD
June 19, 2015
Improving the Hot Dog As meat preferences shift toward the free-range, the grass-fed, the hormone-free and local, the backyard BBQ must evolve, too. Enter the "Frankford'er" remix of the old hot dog, an all-natural beef and pork frank courtesy of the whole-animal butchers over at Fishtown's Kensington Quarters on (you guessed it) Frankford Avenue. No nitrates means these poached (unsmoked) links are gray, slightly firmer than industrial dogs, and with a shorter - three-day - shelf life.
NEWS
June 18, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Quiet was hard to come by on the second floor of 4740 Frankford Ave., where five apartments had been carved out of a former redbrick rowhouse. There was a bar next door, busy Frankford Avenue outside, and the Market-Frankford El directly across from the front windows on the second and third floors. And then there were the tenants. They could be loud. That's why Jamie Utter didn't call police the evening of March 20, when, moments after hearing a woman's screams for help and a thud, she answered the door and saw her blood-spattered next-door neighbor, Jeffrey Bowen.
NEWS
April 8, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police have charged a North Philadelphia man with murder in the death of a 39-year-old woman found buried in a yard in Frankford last month. Jeffrey Bowen, 30, of the 300 block of East Erie Avenue, was charged with murder, robbery, abuse of a corpse and related offenses. He was arrested March 24 after police were flagged down on the 4700 block of Frankford Avenue and led to a backyard where they saw a human foot protruding from the soil. Bowen was taken into custody nearby after a brief struggle with officers.
NEWS
October 10, 2014 | BY PATTY-PAT KOZLOWSKI
BACK IN 2008, as Philadelphians celebrated being No. 1 in baseball with a World Series win, Kryptonite, the bike-lock company that makes those U-bar locks that seem unbreakable and theft-proof, ranked us as the No. 1 city for getting your bike stolen. Six years later, the Phils have more losses than W's, and you can add two more bikes to Philly's stolen list. My first bike theft, and hopefully my last bike theft, happened 30 years and four traffic lights apart. For Christmas in 1983 I asked for a new bike, a dog and the miniature WWF Wrestling Ring with Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant figurines.
SPORTS
October 9, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
When the Higgins boys were younger, they often played soccer in the backyard. The games varied, but a staple competition was two-on-one keepaway. Because Ronan was the youngest of the three, he always seemed to get trapped in the middle. Now a freshman at Shipley, Ronan Higgins no longer is stuck in between his older brothers, Tommy and Conor, and having to chase them. Instead, the forward is a catalyst for the Gators (8-1-3) off the bench, and for the first time in his career, he is playing with Conor, a senior, in organized competition.
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