June 24, 2015 |
The neighbors around East Hilton Street heard the blast from a shotgun Monday afternoon and knew what to do. Up and down the narrow Kensington blocks, they opened their doors for the children on the streets, who were already running for cover. On East Madison Street, Stephanie Johnson hustled her grandchildren - and anyone else nearby - inside. A block away, Tina Jacobs checked to make sure her granddaughter was behind her, inside the house. "The kids on the block - they know how to move when they hear bullets," she said.
June 10, 2015 |
Radio 104.5 FM threw a summer block party three weeks before the official start of the season on Sunday at Festival Pier. It had all the makings of a good street fair. It was free (station fans had to register for tickets). There were cold brews, grilled food, party games like beer pong, and teens lying around in shorts. And there were cool kid-indie bands as the long afternoon's sound track. The Oxford, England, alt-rock unit A Silent Film was the headliner - a good, not entirely contagious act. Entering to the sound of swarming bees, military drum riffs, and the splintered synths of "Tomorrow," A Silent Film was reminiscent of Psychedelic Furs toward the end of the '80s - a spooky but overly slick brand of sinister new wave.
October 2, 2014 |
WHEN 200 re-enactors fight the 1777 Battle of Germantown on Saturday, Alex DiCesare, 20, will be firing his musket on the front lines while pondering the mystique of enemy British troops. "The British usually get all the hot women as camp followers," DiCesare confided to the Daily News . "Their girls are eating salt pork and split-pea soup, yet they look like supermodels. I've never seen girls wear chemises like that. "I can't wrap my head around it," DiCesare said drily.
September 16, 2014 |
There were several things to be gleaned from Saturday's Radio 104.5 Block Party on Festival Pier. While most have to do with the evolution of its headliner (Grouplove), the might of an up-and-comer (Vance Joy), and the unified synth sound of its other acts (Brick + Mortar, Wolf Gang, Sir Sly), you couldn't ignore the rain. The tween-plus crowd didn't mind getting soaked, especially since the storm broke by late afternoon. As for the newly refurbished, beach-y Festival Pier, the sand-on-asphalt showcase - when rained upon - created a gooey muck that kids loved and adults in suit pants and pricey loafers didn't.
August 26, 2014 |
Homicide detectives were searching Sunday for a motive in the killings of two women found shot to death in a house in Holmesburg Saturday. The women, identified by neighbors and relatives as Dollie Evans, 67, and Ruby Thomas, 59, were shot in the head inside Evans' home on the 4700 block of Vista Street. Thomas, who had been living with Evans for about two months, according to neighbors, was found with a gunshot wound to the head on a living room couch, police said. Evans, they said, was found on the floor of a second-floor bedroom, shot in the back of the head.
August 9, 2014 |
As summer progresses, Philadelphia neighborhoods, from Southeast to Northeast, will be rocking their block in a city abuzz with cordoned-off streets, smoky barbecue grills, tinny speakers blaring loud music, and opened fire hydrants. "That's what makes a classic Philly block party," says Wes Pentz, known these days as Diplo, the internationally renowned DJ/producer who made his bones living in this city's Loft District and started his world-famous touring Mad Decent Block Party modestly enough on North 12th Street in 2008.
June 18, 2014 |
Two alleged gunmen remained hospitalized Monday after a weekend confrontation with police during a North Philadelphia block party, police said. According to police, two officers heard gunshots near the 3200 block of Randolph Street about 3:15 p.m. Sunday. One officer ran south through an alley to investigate. There, he saw two men firing guns, police said. The officer ordered the men to drop their firearms. When they refused, the officer fired at them, striking both, police said.
June 2, 2014 |
LAST SUMMER downashore, all we did was talk about Sandy. This year, beachgoers are back to talking about sand itself. And surf. And sun. And all those local seaside occasions worth planning your weeklong vacation around: Ocean City's Night in Venice, Cape May's block party Seafood Festival, A.C.'s Airshow. So. Have at it. Bring the kids. Join the crowds. Get a little sand in your shoes. Strawberry Festival, West Cape May, June 7. The Shore town is best at feting the fruits (and veggies)
May 6, 2014 |
For Helen Clowney, working with and serving the neighbors on her neatly kept, tree-lined block in North Philadelphia has been a labor of love - one that has endured a half-century. Looking out on the cherry blossoms that brighten the 2200 block of North Woodstock Street, Clowney speaks with pride of the street where she has lived her entire life and served as a block captain for 50 years. She is retiring this spring. "It's a family block. It's like family. We're very close," Clowney said Thursday.
April 25, 2014 |
Considering they had just lost a pivotal game by three goals and are now one more stinker from an untenable position in their playoff against New York, the Flyers were remarkably pleased with themselves after an abbreviated practice Wednesday. "We played a strong game," coach Craig Berube said. "Saying that, we didn't do enough. We didn't score goals. " Unfortunately for the Flyers, that is still how they decide the outcomes of these games, and merely possessing the puck, which they did much better in Game 3, is only part of the equation.