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August 27, 2009 | By BETH D'ADDONO, For the Daily News
THERE'S ONLY ONE place in Philly where you can travel to Ethiopia, Vietnam, Laos and India, drink fair-trade coffee and local beer and catch a jam session, all in the scope of seven blocks. That place is Baltimore Avenue in Cedar Park, a neighborhood on the west side of University City in West Philly. Anchored by leafy, nine-acre Clark Park at 43rd Street, home to a year-round farmer's market, chess games, outdoor movies and plenty of community goings on, Baltimore Avenue was once just farmland outside the city.
NEWS
April 13, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
He was abandoned under a blanket in the woods. A Bible lay on his chest. And he had been in that position for five days. The 21-year-old man, who is quadriplegic and has cerebral palsy, was found Friday night in Cobbs Creek Park, when a man walking through the woods stumbled across him and called 911. The disabled man's mother had dumped him there, police said, sometime before 10 a.m. Monday, when she boarded a bus to visit her boyfriend in...
NEWS
December 19, 2011
A Philadelphia police officer crashed his cruiser into another car after swerving to avoid an oncoming vehicle early Sunday morning in West Philadelphia. The officer, who was not identified, was traveling west on Baltimore Avenue at 4 a.m. when the accident occurred at 49th Street. He was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and listed in stable condition. The driver of the other car was also listed in stable condition at HUP. - Chris Mondics  
FOOD
April 4, 2013
Cedar Park Cafe was a pillar to those around 49th Street and Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia, with hearty, budget-priced breakfasts and lunches and cheery service. But a Christmas Eve fire forced it out of Cedar Park. Last month, it resurfaced with the same food and the same name in lovely, more spacious quarters near the Overbrook train station. Pay particular attention to the fluffy, veggie egg-white omelets ($6.95). - Michael Klein Cedar Park Cafe, 2035 N. 63d St., 267-292-2715.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
To some, they are former diamonds in the rough, locales that a decade or so of change has polished into something now truly unique. And many have made the cut as city neighborhoods that the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. will be showcasing in a new, two-year campaign. The 14 areas, to be unveiled Friday as part of the campaign's launch, are: Fairmount, Spring Garden, Graduate Hospital, Callowhill, Bella Vista, East Passyunk, Fishtown, Northern Liberties, Queen Village, Pennsport, Cedar Park, Spruce Hill, University City, and Powelton Village.
NEWS
March 30, 2012
Man arrested in fatal stabbing * 19th Street near Bainbridge A 43-year-old West Philadelphia man was arrested in the fatal stabbing of Shawn Andrews, 41, whose bloodied body was found stuffed inside his bedroom closet on Saturday. Police said that an argument prompted John M. Smallwood to repeatedly stab Andrews, however police were unsure of what the men were arguing over. There were no signs of forced entry at Andrews' apartment. Detectives arrested Smallwood, of Irving Street near 60th, on Wednesday and charged him with murder, possession of an instrument of crime and tampering with evidence.
NEWS
August 27, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
THE MOMENT Angela Sykes drove past Cedar Park Cafe on Baltimore Avenue and realized it had reopened, she immediately called her husband. "They reopened," Sykes said with childlike excitement, sitting at a table across from husband Darryl. "Here we are today. " The Sykeses, who live in Mayfair but attend Victory Christian Center in Cedar Park, were part of a large brunch crowd yesterday at the newly renovated cafe - eight months after the building was shuttered because of extensive damage from a fire at a lounge next door to the cafe and the lounge's subsequent demolition.
NEWS
December 6, 2013 | BY JOSEPH SANTOLIQUITO, For the Daily News
THE FAMILY of Christian Massey, the 21-year-old shot dead in Overbrook on Saturday during a bungled robbery attempt involving a $300 pair of headphones, will be able to give the young man a proper burial, thanks to a groundswell of support they received after a story in the Daily News yesterday. Services for Massey - which the family would have struggled to afford without the support - will take place Monday at Hickman Temple A.M.E. Church, on Baltimore Avenue near 50th Street, beginning with a viewing from 9 to 11 a.m., followed by a funeral ceremony, the Massey family said.
BUSINESS
April 5, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
To some, they are former diamonds in the rough, locales that a decade or so of change has polished into something now truly unique. And many have made the cut as the city neighborhoods the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. will be showcasing in a new two-year campaign. The full list of 14 will be unveiled Friday. "Philly is a city of neighborhoods. What does that really mean?" GPTMC president and chief executive Meryl Levitz said of the impetus behind the campaign.
NEWS
October 2, 2011
Two people were killed in gun violence early Saturday that included a botched robbery in the Olney section of Philadelphia that left one man dead and two wounded. Police responding to a call of a person with a gun in the 5000 block of North Fifth Street around 4 a.m. found three men in the street with gunshot wounds. Police said the men were entering a building when two armed men approached and demanded money and jewelry. At least one of the gunmen opened fire, hitting each victim before fleeing.
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April 13, 2015 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
He was abandoned under a blanket in the woods. A Bible lay on his chest. And he had been in that position for five days. The 21-year-old man, who is quadriplegic and has cerebral palsy, was found Friday night in Cobbs Creek Park, when a man walking through the woods stumbled across him and called 911. The disabled man's mother had dumped him there, police said, sometime before 10 a.m. Monday, when she boarded a bus to visit her boyfriend in...
NEWS
December 6, 2013 | BY JOSEPH SANTOLIQUITO, For the Daily News
THE FAMILY of Christian Massey, the 21-year-old shot dead in Overbrook on Saturday during a bungled robbery attempt involving a $300 pair of headphones, will be able to give the young man a proper burial, thanks to a groundswell of support they received after a story in the Daily News yesterday. Services for Massey - which the family would have struggled to afford without the support - will take place Monday at Hickman Temple A.M.E. Church, on Baltimore Avenue near 50th Street, beginning with a viewing from 9 to 11 a.m., followed by a funeral ceremony, the Massey family said.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 12, 2013 | By Samantha Melamed, For The Inquirer
Growing up in Baltimore, Giovanni Marcantoni knew that weekends with his Italian American family meant playing bocce, the outdoor bowling game that was part of their cultural heritage. But when he went off to college, he mostly left the game behind. After all, he said, "Most people, when they think about bocce, they think about old Italian men. " Lately, though, that's changed, thanks to a lawn-game renaissance that has thousands of Philadelphians hooked. Games once reserved for spirits-sipping retirees - like bocce and its French cousin, pétanque - are attracting twenty- and thirtysomethings who miss the organized sports of their youth but aren't interested in breaking a sweat.
BUSINESS
October 4, 2013 | By Alison Burdo, Inquirer Staff Writer
Real estate developers keep moving into University City as the neighborhood continues to evolve as a desirable place to live and work, according to a report issued Wednesday by an area civic group. More than 6.6 million square feet of commercial or residential real estate is under construction or planned for the area, according to "The State of University City 2013/2014," produced by the University City District. Though opinions vary on neighborhood boundaries, the district defined its borders as the Schuylkill, 50th Street, Spring Garden Street, and Woodland Avenue.
NEWS
September 13, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
IT LOOKED AS though Steve Robinson might have pulled out his table and photo displays for nothing last night as the rain poured and people scattered on Baltimore Avenue. Fortunately for Robinson and other business owners, the brief showers did not dampen spirits as hundreds of patrons weathered the storms for University City's third Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll. "The night was really successful. A lot of people came out," said Robinson, who opened You Photography Studios on Baltimore Avenue near 46th Street nearly two years ago. For $1, he offered a photo shoot, a frame and one 8x10 photo, a deal he said many people can't believe.
NEWS
August 27, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
THE MOMENT Angela Sykes drove past Cedar Park Cafe on Baltimore Avenue and realized it had reopened, she immediately called her husband. "They reopened," Sykes said with childlike excitement, sitting at a table across from husband Darryl. "Here we are today. " The Sykeses, who live in Mayfair but attend Victory Christian Center in Cedar Park, were part of a large brunch crowd yesterday at the newly renovated cafe - eight months after the building was shuttered because of extensive damage from a fire at a lounge next door to the cafe and the lounge's subsequent demolition.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
To some, they are former diamonds in the rough, locales that a decade or so of change has polished into something now truly unique. And many have made the cut as city neighborhoods that the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. will be showcasing in a new, two-year campaign. The 14 areas, to be unveiled Friday as part of the campaign's launch, are: Fairmount, Spring Garden, Graduate Hospital, Callowhill, Bella Vista, East Passyunk, Fishtown, Northern Liberties, Queen Village, Pennsport, Cedar Park, Spruce Hill, University City, and Powelton Village.
BUSINESS
April 5, 2013 | By Suzette Parmley, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
To some, they are former diamonds in the rough, locales that a decade or so of change has polished into something now truly unique. And many have made the cut as the city neighborhoods the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. will be showcasing in a new two-year campaign. The full list of 14 will be unveiled Friday. "Philly is a city of neighborhoods. What does that really mean?" GPTMC president and chief executive Meryl Levitz said of the impetus behind the campaign.
FOOD
April 4, 2013
Cedar Park Cafe was a pillar to those around 49th Street and Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia, with hearty, budget-priced breakfasts and lunches and cheery service. But a Christmas Eve fire forced it out of Cedar Park. Last month, it resurfaced with the same food and the same name in lovely, more spacious quarters near the Overbrook train station. Pay particular attention to the fluffy, veggie egg-white omelets ($6.95). - Michael Klein Cedar Park Cafe, 2035 N. 63d St., 267-292-2715.
NEWS
April 27, 2012
2 die in fiery car crash; driver charged with DUI * Ditman Street near Disston A 31-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman died Thursday morning after a crash in Tacony, police said. A 2012 Camaro and a 2004 Kia collided when the driver of the Camaro failed to stop at a stop sign about 8:20 a.m., police said. The man and woman were thrown from the Kia, which burst into flames. They were pronounced dead at 8:35 a.m., police said. The driver of the Camaro was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, police said.
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