October 2, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - Lawmakers are awaiting release of an audit that they hope will explain how the state Department of Public Welfare approved payments for chandeliers, a home bowling alley, and other seemingly extravagant items with funds meant to provide health care and employment support for Pennsylvanians with intellectual disabilities. Those expenditures - as well as state payments on home mortgages, luxury cars, and flea-dipping for a therapeutic cat - came to light during a Senate Health and Welfare Committee hearing last week.
August 13, 2011 |
Marking his first public appearance during a weekend curfew he imposed to curb youth attacks on the street, Mayor Nutter is making his way this evening to a Kensington recreation center to bowl with youngsters. A Facebook and Twitter campaign by the Philadelphia Youth Commission spread word of its hastily-arranged bowling tournament at Erie Lanes and had drawn up to 300 children and teenagers in its first hour, Jordan Harris, executive director of the commission, said around 8 p.m., before Nutter's scheduled arrival.
May 23, 2011
As weddings go, the Northern Liberties affair was somewhat atypical, what with the presence of saws and sanders, and the stockpiles of salvaged lumber. But this union, consecrated on a handmade stage built of railroad ties and bowling alley sections, was nevertheless emotional - no doubt most so for Brendan Isaac Jones. On that day last month, Jones watched his baby be joined with another - or, rather, with others. Greensaw Design & Build L.L.C., Jones' small construction business on North Fourth Street, became a worker-owned cooperative.
January 2, 2011 |
Nancy Agati and Benjamin White were virgin hip bowlers. After yoga class Wednesday, Agati, an artist, and White, who builds movie sets, went out for the evening. They had dinner at the Standard Tap on North Second Street, then walked next door to North Bowl. The bowling alley - or "bowling lounge," as these boutique versions are called - has been open since 2006, but the pair had only recently learned about it from a friend who is a regular. In the parking lot, the married couple passed a shiny BMW and, on the steps, a not-so-shiny guy hunched against the wind, trying to light a cigarette in his cupped hands.
August 19, 2010 |
Birthdays tend to be joyful occasions, but for Malika Scott, July 12 will forever be a painful reminder of the day her brother was shot to death. "We were best friends. That was my favorite brother," said Malika, who turned 19 that day. "He had planned to have a party for my birthday. " Markiese Scott, 23, was killed when someone fired multiple shots into his vehicle after he left a bowling alley at 72nd Street and Elmwood Avenue in Southwest Philly. Scott was hit in the head at 11:20 p.m., and a 20-year-old woman with him suffered a graze wound to the back.
July 2, 2010
Cop aids wounded biker An off-duty homicide lieutenant rushed a bleeding victim to the hospital yesterday, after a shooting in the city's Ogontz section, police said. Lt. Norm Davenport helped an unidentified 33-year-old man who had been shot multiple times at Old York Road and Godfrey Avenue about 6:30 p.m, according to Lt. Frank Vanore, a police spokesman. The victim, who had been riding his motorcycle when he was shot, was listed in critical condition at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Vanore said.
May 29, 2010
BRIDGETON, N.J. - A Philadelphia teenager has pleaded guilty to helping set a fire that destroyed a Vineland bowling alley. The Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office said Friday that the 17-year-old boy, whose name has not been released because of his age, pleaded guilty Tuesday in juvenile court to conspiracy to commit arson. Prosecutors will recommend a sentence of two years in custody. Sentencing is scheduled for June 30. Prosecutors say the teen and a 21-year-old Philadelphia man were hired by the manager of a rival bowling alley to start the fire that destroyed Loyle Lanes on Jan. 11. The others charged are awaiting trial.
May 20, 2010 |
Joseph J. Smylie, 92, of Yardley, a retired restaurateur, real estate developer, and racehorse owner, died Thursday, May 13, at Pickering Manor in Newtown. Mr. Smylie grew up in Fairmount and graduated from Northeast High School. His father was a Ukrainian immigrant, and the original family name was Smiejski. During World War II, he served in the Marine Corps in the Pacific. He fought on Iwo Jima and was on Mount Suribachi in February 1945 when the Marines raised the U.S. flag there, said a son, Thomas.