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.
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.