December 23, 2013 |
REPUTED MOB associate Ron Galati, whose auto-body shop has received more than $1 million from the City of Philadelphia for working on police cars and other city vehicles, is known for cozying up to cops by throwing block parties or repairing their personal vehicles at a discount. Over the summer, Galati's glad-handing extended to District Attorney Seth Williams, according to a source who attended a block party near Galati's home on Garnet Street in South Philly. "He was palling around with Galati," the party attendee said of Williams.
November 20, 2013 |
ALL YEAR long, Flyers defenseman Nick Grossmann has been among the league leaders in blocked shots, which is laudable given that a concussion caused him to miss the final 18 games last season. Most of the world would see this as somewhat insane. But to his teammates, particularly the goaltenders, Grossmann's eagerness to put himself in harm's way elicits admiration. "There was one instance this year," goalie Steve Mason recalled, "he made three blocks in a row and I told him afterward, 'I might as well get off the ice, because you don't need me out here.' " Grossmann said the Flyers' missing the 2013 playoffs was a personal blessing because the loooong summer allowed him to rest and recover.
September 2, 2013 |
BEACH HAVEN WEST, N.J. - By now in any normal summer, Catherine Mancuso and Ann Gianbattista would be working on their third or fourth block party over on Jeffrey Drive. Their kitschy plastic palm trees with the neon party lights would be doing their duty on the deck overlooking the lagoon. The parties, in fact, would have bounced from house to house on their street all summer and echoed across the waterway to the rowdy Irish family on Joshua Drive known to finish their own noisy parties with 4 a.m. dives into the water and expeditions to the Jeffrey Drive docks.
August 26, 2013 |
CALLING FOR "equitable development," a Point Breeze group is planning a march today in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Aug. 28, 1963, March on Washington. But the march through Point Breeze will also be a demonstration about local issues that organizers say hearken back to the values celebrated in the March on Washington. It will also target Mayor Nutter and Gov. Corbett's policies, along with local high-profile developer Ori Feibush, the owner of OCF Realty and a longtime controversial figure in the gentrifying neighborhood.
July 27, 2013 |
A contract employee for a city recreation center in West Oak Lane has been suspended without pay on allegations that he sexually assaulted a 37-year-old woman at the work site, officials said. The alleged assault occurred early Sunday at the Simons Community Recreation Center at Woolston Avenue and Walnut Lane, police said. The accused man, 36, has not been charged, and his identity has not been released. The Police Department's Special Victims Unit is investigating. The man and woman knew each other, and were at a block party about 1 a.m. Sunday, according to police.
July 11, 2013 |
A South Philadelphia man was sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison Tuesday for a 2010 block-party shootout that left one person dead and three others wounded. In sentencing Saroeun Chhab, Common Pleas Court Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi called him a "danger to the community, a serious menace. " Speaking before he was sentenced, Chhab said he was a drug and alcohol addict and insisted he had no memory of the April 3, 2010, incident in which 24-year-old Ranny Thon was killed and three of Thon's relatives wounded.
June 18, 2013 |
TUCKED AWAY under a canopy of trees in the heart of Germantown is Maplewood Mall, a quaint, narrow street long past its glory days but - in the eyes of some community leaders - full of potential. This weekend, in what organizers hope will open the rest of the community's eyes about opportunities along the stretch, Maplewood Mall will come alive with a "Reimagine Maplewood Mall" block party on Saturday. The brainchild of a handful of community leaders, the party will feature live music, food from local restaurants, the work of area artists and activities for kids.
October 11, 2012
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat: Craig LaBan: For our annual block party, we got on the food truck bandwagon and gathered around a visit from Don Memo's (usually parked in West Philly), which served all the chicken and pork tacos we could eat for $10 a person. I've had better tacos, but I've had worse, too . . . and it was a fun, different way to get the neighbors out and munching. It's the second week of Restaurant Week, a frequent topic here, and a subject on which I'm usually not overenthusiastic.
September 21, 2012 |
ARIZONA PLAYS and wins a lot of close games, going back to the second half of last season. Special teams play a pretty big role. A blocked punt in New England last week led to the go-ahead touchdown in the Cards' 20-18 victory. The week before, Arizona blocked a field goal in its 20-16 win over visiting Seattle. In fact, Arizona leads the NFL with 15 blocks - 13 field goals, two punts - since 2008. "I think their success at blocking is the main thing they have going for 'em," Eagles special-teams coordinator Bobby April said Thursday.
September 8, 2012
The Daniel B. Allanoff Foundation will hold a "Be the Match" block party Sunday to benefit the National Marrow Donor Program. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Scarlet Oak and Copper Beech Drives in Lafayette Hill. People will be able to sign up for the national bone marrow registry, and donations will be accepted. Allanoff, who contracted leukemia in 2011 as a result of chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma 12 years earlier, found a match through the National Bone Marrow Registry and underwent a marrow transplant in January, he said in a release.