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December 17, 1987 | By SCOTT HEIMER, Daily News Staff Writer
Throughout its 120-year history, the Fairmount Park Commission has never sold a piece of land. Now, the commission could break that tradition. Commission officials say Carroll Park, a 44-acre parcel on the eastern edge of Haverford Township off City Avenue, is on the selling block. And they say Haverford Township is the likely buyer. According to Alexander Hoskins, park commission executive director, the sale would cut maintenance costs and give the city revenue to buy other park land.
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May 22, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police have released the identities of three men killed by gunfire Tuesday in separate incidents in Philadelphia. Andre Robbins, 33, of Elmwood, was shot on the 5700 block of Hadfield Street in Kingsessing at 2:33 p.m. He was driven to Mercy Philadelphia Hospital by private vehicle, police said, and pronounced dead at 2:42. Police said Robbins had been in an argument; no arrests had been made. Johnny Johnson, 36, was shot in the left side of his back around 5:30 p.m. on the 1500 block of Redfield Street in Carroll Park.
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June 10, 2016 | By Janaki Chadha, Staff Writer
Lucy Anna Merrick, 104, of Germantown, a former nurse, Bible school teacher, and elder rights advocate, died Wednesday, May 25, of heart disease at Visiting Nurse Association Hospice in East Falls. On May 16, she was admitted to Hahnemann University Hospital, and four days later she was transferred to the hospice. Mrs. Merrick was born in West Philadelphia in 1912 - a year when suffragettes paraded in New York, and Arizona became the 48th state in the union. The youngest child of Thomas and Margaret Draine, she grew up with four siblings and graduated from Overbrook High School.
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December 16, 1987 | By Jodi Enda, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fairmount Park officials are considering selling a 44-acre site off City Avenue to Haverford Township, and the commission's executive director says it would be the first such sale ever. The parcel, known as Carroll Park, lies on the eastern edge of the township, and Haverford officials are so interested that they have tentatively approved a 2-mill tax increase for 1988 to raise $130,000 to buy the site. "It's beautiful preserve, beautiful land," Haverford Township Commissioner Ben Kapustin said.
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December 16, 1987 | By SCOTT HEIMER, Daily News Staff Writer
Carroll Park, a 44-acre piece of land on the eastern edge of Haverford Township off City Avenue, is on the selling block, with the Delaware County township the likely buyer, according to Park officials. If the deal goes through, it would be the first land ever to be sold by the Fairmount Park Commission. According to Fairmount Park Commission executive director Alexander Hoskins, sale of Carroll Park would cut maintenance costs for the city and give it revenue to buy other park land.
NEWS
August 2, 2001
PENNSYLVANIA HORTICULTURE Society's Philadelphia Green project has just received the equivalent of a lifetime achievement award from the Urban Parks Institute, which lauded the group for its evolution from an organization focused on tree-planting to one that has helped transform neighborhoods and parks. In fact, the Daily News' series of editorials on the city's parks, "Acres of Neglect," singled out Philadelphia Green for much the same reason the Urban Parks Institute did - by creating model partnerships among communities, governments and nonprofits, Philadelphia Green has shown that our parks and neighborhoods can be reclaimed and transformed.
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January 8, 2013 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
U.S. REP. Bob Brady, an Overbrook native who attended St. Callistus Elementary School in the 1950s, was saddened but not surprised to learn Sunday that his lifelong parish is merging into Our Lady of Lourdes Parish on Jan. 27. "It's sad, but it was inevitable," Brady said. "The handwriting has been on the wall ever since they closed St. Callistus school years ago. " The Archdiocese of Philadelphia also announced that Our Mother of Sorrows Parish (Mill Creek/Dunlop/West Park) will merge into Saint Ignatius of Loyola Parish (Belmont/Mantua/East Park)
NEWS
November 19, 2012
DEBORAH CAMPBELL Age: 57 Where she's from: Carroll Park, in West Philly, a short walk from The Mann Center. How long in Philly: Her entire life. "I was born in South Philadelphia, raised in North Philadelphia, and reside in West Philadelphia. " After graduating from Overbrook High, she worked for an insurance company. She went back to school, but shortly after decided to get back into the insurance business, where she has been since. What she likes about Philly: History and charm.
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June 24, 1994 | by Valerie M. Russ, Daily News Staff Writer
Sister Falaka Fattah earned her rep in the '70s as a force against gang war. Now, she is starting a campaign aimed at stopping the violence among '90s teens. Fattah, founder of the House of Umoja, says she will "adopt" every African-American male between the ages of 10 and 12 who lives in her Carroll Park neighborhood in West Philadelphia. The House of Umoja will provide surrogate parenting and additional care and attention for the boys for a six-year period, when the oldest among them turns 18. "We want to build a caring network around these boys," Fattah said yesterday.
NEWS
October 12, 1999 | By Suman Pradhan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Volunteer neighborhood groups that help to keep the city's parks clean and inviting could soon receive significant assistance from a new resource center established by Philadelphia Green, the public-private collaboration that helps maintain the city's green areas. The Park Resource Center will provide development grants to several groups each year as well as offer assistance in such areas as gardening, landscape architecture, and building and maintaining playgrounds, said Marcy BonDurant.
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June 10, 2016 | By Janaki Chadha, Staff Writer
Lucy Anna Merrick, 104, of Germantown, a former nurse, Bible school teacher, and elder rights advocate, died Wednesday, May 25, of heart disease at Visiting Nurse Association Hospice in East Falls. On May 16, she was admitted to Hahnemann University Hospital, and four days later she was transferred to the hospice. Mrs. Merrick was born in West Philadelphia in 1912 - a year when suffragettes paraded in New York, and Arizona became the 48th state in the union. The youngest child of Thomas and Margaret Draine, she grew up with four siblings and graduated from Overbrook High School.
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September 16, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHEN THE CARROLL Park Community Council went out of business in 2012, it broke Joyce Brown's heart. For Joyce and many other members of the tight-knit West Philadelphia neighborhood, the council was the community. The services it provided to the neighborhood could not be duplicated or replaced. "Carroll Park was her passion, the focus of her devotion to serving others," said her daughter, Valerie Kim Johnson. "It was very upsetting to her to lose that. " Joyce Holland Brown, who worked for the Philadelphia Housing Authority and the Tenant Action Group to help people find and keep decent housing, a loyal church woman who was devoted to her family, died Aug. 28 of complications of brain cancer.
NEWS
May 22, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police have released the identities of three men killed by gunfire Tuesday in separate incidents in Philadelphia. Andre Robbins, 33, of Elmwood, was shot on the 5700 block of Hadfield Street in Kingsessing at 2:33 p.m. He was driven to Mercy Philadelphia Hospital by private vehicle, police said, and pronounced dead at 2:42. Police said Robbins had been in an argument; no arrests had been made. Johnny Johnson, 36, was shot in the left side of his back around 5:30 p.m. on the 1500 block of Redfield Street in Carroll Park.
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June 13, 2014 | BY PATRICIA MADEJ & CINDY STANSBURY, Daily News Staff Writers madejp@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
PAULETTE WALLACE sat in her home in West Philly's Carroll Park section, watching "Wheel of Fortune. " Her couch was draped with her son's Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity blanket. Framed photos of friends and relatives lined the shelves and walls. Her phone was ringing off the hook. "Stop crying," Wallace, 65, told a friend on the other end. "It's going to be OK. " The endless phone calls yesterday were about her son, Donald Wallace, 39, who was charged Tuesday with terroristic threats and creating false public alarm near the Lincoln Tunnel after he allegedly called 9-1-1 to alert police that a sniper was on his way to New York.
NEWS
December 11, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST PHILA. Three suspects were in custody late Monday in the slaying of a 21-year-old man in West Philadelphia during a botched attempt to steal his new Beats by Dre headphones. Police identified the alleged gunman as Arkel Garcia, 19. The older brother of Christian Massey, a soft-spoken "gentle giant" from Carroll Park who was fatally shot on the evening of Nov. 30, said detectives from the Homicide Task Force told his family that two other males - brothers - were also in custody.
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October 6, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
FOR 107 years old, Calvary Baptist Church isn't showing any signs of slowing down. The West Philadelphia congregation is led by a dynamic music ministry that keeps worshippers on their feet, and a powerful preacher, Pastor Garth G. Gittens, who's the host of a daily podcast on Praise 103.9FM. Calvary, which celebrates its 107th anniversary this weekend, is about to start a multimillion-dollar renovation project that will expand the church's seating capacity, add commercial space for small businesses and include a community center.
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January 8, 2013 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
U.S. REP. Bob Brady, an Overbrook native who attended St. Callistus Elementary School in the 1950s, was saddened but not surprised to learn Sunday that his lifelong parish is merging into Our Lady of Lourdes Parish on Jan. 27. "It's sad, but it was inevitable," Brady said. "The handwriting has been on the wall ever since they closed St. Callistus school years ago. " The Archdiocese of Philadelphia also announced that Our Mother of Sorrows Parish (Mill Creek/Dunlop/West Park) will merge into Saint Ignatius of Loyola Parish (Belmont/Mantua/East Park)
NEWS
November 19, 2012
DEBORAH CAMPBELL Age: 57 Where she's from: Carroll Park, in West Philly, a short walk from The Mann Center. How long in Philly: Her entire life. "I was born in South Philadelphia, raised in North Philadelphia, and reside in West Philadelphia. " After graduating from Overbrook High, she worked for an insurance company. She went back to school, but shortly after decided to get back into the insurance business, where she has been since. What she likes about Philly: History and charm.
NEWS
June 25, 2012 | By Darran Simon, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Four people were killed, including a bartender at a popular South Philadelphia tavern, and four others were injured in multiple shootings and one stabbing late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, police said. The assaults took place in five neighborhoods, with six of the victims shot or stabbed in just 10 minutes.. The identities of most of the dead and injured have not been released. Police provided the following detailed timeline of violence: At 11:44 p.m. Saturday, police responded to a report of a shooting in the 600 block of North 38th Street in Mantua.
LIVING
May 12, 2006 | By Virginia A. Smith INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There's something positively redemptive about Edens Lost & Found, the new PBS series about the transformation of dismal urban spaces into gardens and parks, villages and murals that are green and welcoming. "Dreamers and schemers and just plain folks" who bring about these changes are the stars of this four-episode documentary, which debuts at 10 p.m. Thursday on WHYY TV12 with a one-hour segment on Chicago. Philadelphia's turn comes May 25, same time and station; segments on Los Angeles and Seattle will air this fall.
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