January 14, 1993 |
What do you do when one of your neighbors tinkers with cars until the wee hours of the morning, spills oil on your driveway, then spray-paints in his garage until the fumes seep into your child's bedroom? Calling police is not the answer, according to a group of Folcroft residents who lodged complaints at Monday night's Borough Council meeting. The neighbor has a scanner, they said, which alerts him before the police arrive. Area residents identified the alleged offender as George Custodio, who was not at the meeting and could not be reached for comment.
July 31, 2006 |
Whenever the television in Melvin's foster home is tuned to auto racing, the 12-year-old will be in front of the set, because he loves watching the cars speed around the track. He also enjoys riding his bike. Medically fragile and developmentally delayed, Melvin needs guidance and supervision to complete most activities. In school he attends special education classes and receives individual attention for most of the day. Therapy is helping him improve his speech, mobility and balance.
August 20, 2015 |
Rachel De Barros launched her first car-related business while a student at Ohio University. She printed pink fliers with her name and phone number, promoting herself as a door-to-door mechanic. An oil change? Brake job? Simple repair? De Barros was for hire. No one called. "I would wait by the phone, like, Come on! I need money, " said De Barros, 37, of Feasterville, staring at a spot on the table where a phone would be. "So I changed the fliers, made them white, and wrote, 'Call Jimmy.' Then I started getting calls.
June 7, 2010
I WAS FORTUNATE enough to be able to purchase a nice home at 57th and Race. But ever since, I've pleaded with the congregants at Mount Carmel Baptist Church to not park on the side of my home. They double-park all up and down Race and use every available space in the neighborhood, and when there are no more spaces, they park on the Cecil Street side of my house. On a recent Sunday, there were two identical SUVs parked along the side of my house. I asked one driver if he'd kindly move, and if he knew who the owner of the other SUV was. He told me they were part of the mayor's detail, so he was apparently attending services, and his cars parked on my pavement!
December 22, 1987 |
The distance from central Michigan to John Donne's England is measured in more than miles. Yet the other day, as I strolled past the holiday decorations of this struggling industrial city, Donne's famous lines came to mind. "No man is an island," he wrote, "entire to itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. " That's a sentiment easily overlooked. Why, after all, should someone who doesn't live here be concerned about Flint? It's a one-company town - and that company, General Motors, has had a tough year.
April 19, 1995 |
Newark, N.J., is the auto-theft capital of the world, so the headlines say, and if New Jersey Drive is any evidence, not one motorist in the city has The Club. In other times, a high schooler like Jason Petty (Sharron Curley) would have defied authority by stealing hubcaps. But this is the 1990s, and as with every aspect of the economy, inflation has struck the crime world, too. Jason and his crew boost cars. It would be tempting to call this hot-wired urban drama Boyz Under the Hood, but there's little to joke about in writer-director Nick Gomez' keenly observed film about dead-end crimes on dead-end streets.
September 19, 1992 |
Common Cause asked House and Senate leaders yesterday to review all legislative car leases over the last five years, following an Ethics Commission ruling against a lawmaker accused of abusing the system. The citizen lobby, which monitors the conduct of public officials, made the request after a House Democratic leader said this week that further discipline was unnecessary in the case involving Rep. Richard Olasz (D., Allegheny). Olasz agreed in July to reimburse the state more than $6,200 for devising a "sham lease" on one state-paid vehicle and structuring a lease on another state-paid car that ultimately benefited his daughter.
October 6, 2000 |
Benjamin Orr, who cofounded the '80s rock band the Cars and sang on several of the group's hits, died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer. News reports gave his age variously as 45 and 53. Mr. Orr died at his Atlanta home, said Billy Johnson, manager of the musician's current band, Big People. Mr. Orr was diagnosed with the disease in May. Mr. Orr, born Benjamin Orzechowski in Cleveland, formed the Cars in Boston in 1976 with fellow Ohio native Ric Ocasek. He played bass and sang lead vocals on several of the band's hits, including "Drive" and "Just What I Needed.
June 27, 2016 |
Fred Simeone has spent half a century collecting race cars, and Philadelphia is the lucky beneficiary. His massive, impressive collection - more than 60 world-class vintage sports racers - is open to the public in the huge Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, at 6825 Norwitch Dr., near Philadelphia International Airport. Simeone, 80, a retired neurosurgeon, first fell in love with cars by tagging along to junkyards with his father, Anthony, who died in 1972. We talked to him about his museum's sweet wheels.
December 11, 1987 |
SEPTA has taken a step to improve the accident-plagued Norristown High Speed Line by removing its old "bullet cars" from weekday service. The five bullet cars moved to weekend-only service are among the oldest cars SEPTA uses. They were built in 1931. The action was taken following a recent study suggesting that a greater risk of damage would result from a collision between a bullet car and another type of vehicle than from between two bullet cars or two non-bullet cars. This is because the bumper mechanism (called an anti-climber)