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July 20, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite its perch on sacred ground - the place where Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence - the Graff House is usually closed and not often visited. Paint peels from the shutters, and the door is sprayed gray with the exhaust of buses and cars. Now its fortunes may be about to change. The development surging across a reviving Market East corridor promises to send thousands of potential visitors past the house at Seventh and Market Streets. And an Independence Park group is planning fund-raising to help pay for millions of dollars needed to repair the Colonial-style brick house.
NEWS
October 4, 1996 | by Marianne Costantinou and Joe O'Dowd, Daily News Staff Writers
A memorial of teddy bears, flowers and candles was arranged on the steps and doorjamb of the abandoned house where her body was found. Yesterday, as police continued to look for the person who killed 17-year-old Anjeanette Maldonado, friends and strangers, moved by the tragic news of the art student's death, took parting gifts to the house on Hope Street in Kensington. Anje's body was found in the house early Wednesday by a crackhead who had climbed inside to light his pipe out of the wind, police said.
NEWS
September 19, 2012 | BY JAN RANSOM, Daily News Staff Writer
  MAJOURIE Rivera stopped sitting on the stoop outside her three-story brick house in Frankford years ago and warned her neighbors - a group of recovering addicts - not to speak with her family. Not even their dog. "It's not people's dreams to own a house and have this move in," said Rivera, 47, referring to the drug-and-alcohol recovery house next door. With more than 300 recovery houses in the city, most in Juniata Park, Port Richmond and Frankford, the issue is a sore spot for residents who live near them and who complain that their neighborhoods have been overrun by the homes, which mostly operate without oversight.
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November 21, 2012 | BY JAN RANSOM, Daily News Staff Writer ransomj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
LEON PINKNEY says Dwayne Stewart has made his life "purely hell. " Pinkney, 70, spent his entire savings to fix up three of 11 properties he owned in North Philadelphia. He planned on giving at least one house to his son and renting out another. But when he went to City Hall to change the title of one of the houses, "I found out it wasn't even in my name," Pinkney said. The new owner of the two-story brick house on Newkirk Street near Allegheny Avenue was 41-year-old Stewart, a convicted sex offender who has been arrested four times for alleged offenses related to forgery and theft by impersonation and other scams, including as recently as September.
NEWS
September 12, 1988 | By Dan Meyers, Robert J. Terry and David Lee Preston, Inquirer Staff Writers
The bodies of a mother and two of her adult children were found yesterday in their Northeast Philadelphia house, and homicide detectives were investigating whether the mother had stabbed the others to death with a bayonet and hunting knife before committing suicide. Autopsies were scheduled today on Delores Grudowski, 58, and her son Thomas, 23, and daughter Cynthia, 26, who lived together in a house in the 3500 block of Rhawn Street in the Holmesburg section. Thomas and Cynthia Grudowski had been stabbed repeatedly, and their mother had been stabbed once in the abdomen, according to Lt. James Henwood.
NEWS
March 29, 2012 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer
A FAIRHILL FAMILY was thrust into a real-life nightmare after a group of masked men burst into their rowhouse and murdered a 36-year-old man in cold blood while his mother, siblings and 6-year-old niece sat helpless, bound and gagged by the thugs. Cops were called to the house, on 9th Street just north of Somerset, shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday and found the man - whom police identified Thursday as Roshan Sullivan - in a rear bedroom bleeding from a gunshot wound to the back of his head.
NEWS
January 6, 1992 | by Jim Nicholson, Daily News Staff Writer
A 6-year-old boy died last night after being critically burned Saturday in a Feltonville house fire that killed his brother and two sisters. Huy Nguyen, who was burned over 80 percent of his body and suffered smoke inhalation, died at 7:45 p.m. at St. Christopher's Hospital, according to hospital spokeswoman Carol Norris. The fire had earlier claimed the lives of Vananh Nguyen, 8, Kimoanh Nguyen, 5 and Hieu David Nguyen, 3. The blaze in the two-story brick house on Rosehill Street near Courtland was reported at 5:52 p.m. and brought under control in about 10 minutes.
NEWS
January 5, 1992 | By Lea Sitton, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three children - left alone in a house with no working smoke detector - died yesterday when a brief but intense fire flared inside their North Philadelphia rowhouse. The victims - two girls and a boy - were removed from a second-floor bedroom, along with a second brother, who was critically injured. The blaze in the two-story, brick house in the narrow 4600 block of Rosehill Street in the city's Feltonville section was reported at 5:52 p.m., and put under control just 10 minutes later, Deputy Fire Chief Matthew McCrory said.
NEWS
September 22, 1999 | By Shannon O'Boye and John Way Jennings, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A man, angered that his wife had thrown him out of the house, crept back in through a kitchen window early yesterday and went on a rampage, cutting a gas line and triggering an explosion that leveled the two-story twin home, police said. The man's wife and four children escaped before the blast, which occurred in the 2600 block of Baird Boulevard, and his brother-in-law suffered a broken leg when he was thrown 40 feet by the explosion. The suspect, Alfonzo Pitts, 29, was found badly burned, his clothes still smoldering, at a friend's house about a mile away.
NEWS
October 6, 1998 | By Jennifer Farrell, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The 84-year-old woman found stabbed to death last week in her Akron Avenue home knew her assailant, authorities said yesterday. Murder suspect Christopher Mull, 20, of Oaklyn, was a part-time employee of the Westmont contracting firm, The Works, that put a roof on Jane Harry's home less than a month ago, according to First Assistant Camden County Prosecutor James P. Lynch. Lynch said Mull went to Harry's home between midnight and 7 a.m. Sept. 28 and asked to use the phone.
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July 20, 2015 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite its perch on sacred ground - the place where Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence - the Graff House is usually closed and not often visited. Paint peels from the shutters, and the door is sprayed gray with the exhaust of buses and cars. Now its fortunes may be about to change. The development surging across a reviving Market East corridor promises to send thousands of potential visitors past the house at Seventh and Market Streets. And an Independence Park group is planning fund-raising to help pay for millions of dollars needed to repair the Colonial-style brick house.
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November 21, 2012 | BY JAN RANSOM, Daily News Staff Writer ransomj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
LEON PINKNEY says Dwayne Stewart has made his life "purely hell. " Pinkney, 70, spent his entire savings to fix up three of 11 properties he owned in North Philadelphia. He planned on giving at least one house to his son and renting out another. But when he went to City Hall to change the title of one of the houses, "I found out it wasn't even in my name," Pinkney said. The new owner of the two-story brick house on Newkirk Street near Allegheny Avenue was 41-year-old Stewart, a convicted sex offender who has been arrested four times for alleged offenses related to forgery and theft by impersonation and other scams, including as recently as September.
NEWS
September 19, 2012 | BY JAN RANSOM, Daily News Staff Writer
  MAJOURIE Rivera stopped sitting on the stoop outside her three-story brick house in Frankford years ago and warned her neighbors - a group of recovering addicts - not to speak with her family. Not even their dog. "It's not people's dreams to own a house and have this move in," said Rivera, 47, referring to the drug-and-alcohol recovery house next door. With more than 300 recovery houses in the city, most in Juniata Park, Port Richmond and Frankford, the issue is a sore spot for residents who live near them and who complain that their neighborhoods have been overrun by the homes, which mostly operate without oversight.
NEWS
July 9, 2012 | BY JAN RANSOM and Daily News Staff Writer
Frankford residents have had enough. When they discovered several weeks ago that a massive three-story house would be used as a recovery home for at least 30 recovering male addicts, a block from Frankford High School, they quickly mobilized to fight it. "Everybody needs help. It's not that I'm against that," said Jennifer Bennett, 34, who has lived for three years on the block where the house sits. "[But] there is so many [recovery] homes here already. " More than 50 residents voiced similar sentiments at a recent community meeting at Aria Health's Frankford campus, adding that Deacon Lamont E. Purnell, the new owner of the huge brick house on Penn Street near Harrison, had failed to reach out to the community and had begun construction without proper permits.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2012 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
The handsome 1805 brick house in Burlington City sits proudly on a street that could easily be found in Philadelphia's Society Hill. Its side and back gardens, barely visible from the sidewalk, unfold in a series of visual surprises. It's a serious house, one with innate grandeur. Yet its owners, Nancy Measey-Kurts and John Kurts, have allowed themselves some playfulness and whimsy, especially in the gardens, creating a place that makes visitors smile. There will no doubt be many smiles on May 19, when Burlington hosts its annual Home & Garden Tour.
NEWS
April 17, 2012 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Chancellor Street in West Philadelphia, where neighbors describe one another as "like family," one member loomed particularly large: Seneca "Chuck" McClendon, a retired postal worker who kept potted plants and flowers by his front door and swept the block clean every morning. McClendon, 75, was aware of the hazards near the 5200 block of Chancellor, residents said. He blocked off access to the alleyway next to the house so crackheads and burglars couldn't sneak into the backyard, put his grandson on a bus for day care each day, and always kept an eye out for his neighbors.
NEWS
March 30, 2012 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer
A FAMILY in the Fairhill section of North Philadelphia was thrust into a real-life nightmare after a group of masked men burst into their rowhouse and murdered a 36-year-old man while his mother, siblings and 6-year-old niece sat helpless, bound and gagged by the thugs. Cops were called to the house, on 9th Street just north of Somerset, shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday and found the man - whom police identified Thursday as Roshan Sullivan - in a rear bedroom bleeding from a gunshot wound to the back of his head.
NEWS
March 29, 2012 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer
A FAIRHILL FAMILY was thrust into a real-life nightmare after a group of masked men burst into their rowhouse and murdered a 36-year-old man in cold blood while his mother, siblings and 6-year-old niece sat helpless, bound and gagged by the thugs. Cops were called to the house, on 9th Street just north of Somerset, shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday and found the man - whom police identified Thursday as Roshan Sullivan - in a rear bedroom bleeding from a gunshot wound to the back of his head.
NEWS
October 1, 2010 | By Robert Moran, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Investigators have no idea why a Pennsauken man shot three of his sons, killing two of them, and then set his house on fire before police shot him dead. Officials hope the surviving son will recover from his wounds and offer some insight into what triggered Thursday night's killing shooting spree by Alfred Moton, 54. Slain were his sons Alfred, Jr. 18, a freshman at Rowan University and 2010 graduate of Camden Catholic High School; and Stephen, 14, a student at a Catholic elementary school.
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