December 3, 2013 |
Birthdays are a big deal at Ray's Happy Birthday Bar in South Philadelphia. Every day, the sign outside advertises the birthday of somebody, whether it's one of the '60s singers who once hung out at the bar or a Passyunk Avenue neighbor who stops in for a weekly drink. Visitors who come on their birthdays receive a free shot of cake-flavored vodka with a candle in it, and have their picture taken wearing the bar's special birthday hat. On Sunday, the watering hole that has been the site of so many birthday celebrations toasted its own big day. Ray's turns 75 this year, and the owners know how to put on a birthday party.
September 24, 1990 |
All the birthday party guests wore black. But the Saturday night affair turned even stranger when shooting broke out, leaving one person dead and four wounded. Police said today they had made no arrests. Gau Nguyen said she and about 60 friends were celebrating her 17th birthday party at a friend's house on 6th Street near Tasker in South Philadelphia when gunfire erupted about 11:35 p.m. "Everybody dancing, then they start firing," she said. "I can't see because all the lights out. " According to police, two boys began fighting over a girl.
August 12, 2005 |
Making Time DJ/host Dave Pianka celebrates his 26th birthday tonight and he's such a nice guy, no one would ever think of making fun of him for creating the phrase "cocainesexjam" or inviting people to get rad or awesome with multiple exclamation points. In typical Making Time style, there are three floors of rock and electro DJs, including the birthday boy, Mike Z., the Rock Tits gang, Adam Sparkles, JDH, and a performance by Giant Drag, an L.A. duo that recalls The Breeders and My Bloody Valentine (10 tonight at Transit, 6th and Spring Garden streets, 215-925-8878, $10, www.igetrvng.
September 15, 1988 |
Authorities have arrested two men in the Sept. 3 killing of a 15-year-old youth at a birthday party in Florence, the Burlington County prosecutor announced yesterday. Eddie Eugene Rolle, 18, of the 300 block of Union Street in Trenton, was charged with murder and possession of a weapon, Prosecutor Stephen G. Raymond said. Rolle is accused of fatally shooting Shawn Lockley, a Burlington Township youth who was attending the birthday party at a home on Railroad Avenue. The other suspect, Keith Bing, 21, of Colonial Avenue in Trenton, was charged with aggravated assault and two weapons charges.
April 26, 1991 |
Procrastinate no longer. Next weekend the museum will celebrate the first anniversary of the opening of the 90,000 square-foot addition with a variety of special activities. The highlight of the two-day celebration is a show by Richard Faverty, soap bubble-blower extraordinaire. Faverty, a.k.a. "Professor Bubbles," will perform at noon, 2 and 4 p.m. daily. Other entertainment will include a concert by more than 150 young Suzuki- method violinists. There will be free Tastykakes and the opportunity to visit the institute's many other attractions.
May 3, 2007 |
The alums of the Delco League read like a Who's Who in area baseball. Phillies lefthander Jamie Moyer pitched in the Delco League. So did Geoff Petrie, the NBA's Rookie of the Year in 1970-71. Hall of Famer Frank "Home Run" Baker, of the old Philadelphia A's, played in the league in 1915. The list is 100 years long. Those players and the teams they played for will be honored tonight at the Drexelbrook, in Drexel Hill, in celebration of the 100th year of the league.
March 12, 1992 |
As if budget woes and bad-check scandals weren't enough to fight about, congressional Republicans and Democrats now are arguing over - of all things - a birthday party. On May 13, the Democratic Party will be 200 years old, and Democrats in Congress are in the mood for a celebration. The much-younger Republicans - their party is only 138 - don't think the milestone is worth a party. "Why not have one for the Communists or the Nazis?" said Tony Blankley, press secretary for House Republican Whip Rep. Newt Gingrich (R., Ga.)
August 26, 1998 |
John Powless celebrated his 63d birthday yesterday by defeating King of Prussia's Andy Yates at the Philadelphia Cricket Club and advancing to this morning's third round of the 55-and-over draw in the Senior Grass Court Tennis Championships. Powless, of Madison, Wis., who has appeared in 22 of these events, is the only player in the history of the tournament to have won at least one singles title in all three age brackets: 45, 50 and 55. Powless is attempting to take his third title, and seventh overall, in the 55-and-over draw.
October 12, 1986 |
To the sound of music, the smell of hot dogs and the fun of a craft fair, Ridley Township began its yearlong 300th birthday party last Saturday with a community party attended by about 200 people. The Fall Festival was the first of a dozen events planned to keep the celebration going through 1987, according to Joseph Cronin, president of the township board of commissioners. "This is the sixth year we've had the festival," Cronin said, "and we thought it would be a good way to kick off the tricentennial celebration.
April 11, 1991 |
The intersection of Township Line and Burmont Roads in Drexel Hill may seem like an inappropriate spot for a birthday party, but to the more than 200 students from St. Dorothy's School, it was just right. It is the corner from which Otto Kuhne has been helping students cross on their way to and from school for the last 17 years. So it was the perfect place to sing "Happy Birthday" to the 83-year-old crossing guard and wish him many more years of good health and a perfect on-the-job safety record.