August 9, 2016 |
The emerald ash borer, a half-inch-long, jewel-green insect that has destroyed more than 100 million ash trees in North America since first appearing in 2002 in Detroit, has officially arrived in Philadelphia. In May, Parks and Recreation officials set out traps baited with pheromones in West Philadelphia, along Cobbs Creek; and in the Northeast, along Pennypack Creek and Tacony Creek. In mid-June two traps in the Northeast Philadelphia neighborhoods of Bustleton and Holme Circle caught several insects, which were sent to the state Department of Agriculture for confirmation.
April 27, 2016 |
Even if you're just the occasional reader of Jump Start , West Philadelphia native Robb Armstrong's 27-year-old award-winning comic strip, you're likely to assume Armstrong lived quite the charmed life. At the heart of the daily strip, the largest ever syndicated by an African American, is the perfectly nuclear Cobb family, helmed by Philly cop Joe and wife Marcy, an emergency-room nurse. Marcy and Joe have four children: nature-loving daughter Sunny, snarky son Jo-Jo, and a set of fraternal twins.
February 2, 2016
Police: Man, 21, shot and killed in Cobbs Creek A 21-year-old man was shot and killed in a car just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday in Cobbs Creek, police said. The man was in the back seat of a car near 60th and Pine Streets. He was shot numerous times in the body, chest, arms and legs, according to police. He was pronounced dead at Presbyterian Hospital shortly afterward. No arrests had been reported. Woman punches 3 officers in bar brawl A woman was arrested for punching several police officers while they were breaking up a wild bar brawl in Northeast Philadelphia early Sunday, authorities said.
February 2, 2016 |
A 21-year-old man was shot and killed in a car just before 11:30 p.m. Saturday in Cobbs Creek, police said. The man was in the back seat of a car near 60th and Pine streets. He was shot numerous times in the body, chest, arms and legs, according to police. He was pronounced dead at Presbyterian Hospital shortly afterward. No arrests have been made. firstname.lastname@example.org 856-779-3876 @AESteele
January 16, 2016 |
Several hundred people gathered Thursday night at a West Philadelphia school to address concerns raised by the shooting of a Philadelphia police officer by a man who allegedly claimed allegiance to the Islamic State. National attention has been on the link to international terrorism, but for many residents of the neighborhood near Cobbs Creek, fear is nothing new. During the evening assembly at Bryant School, 60th Street and Cedar Avenue, some repeated familiar refrains: Seniors are too afraid to leave their houses, and gun violence is commonplace.
January 7, 2016 |
On Tuesday morning, after firefighters extinguished the blaze, the clubhouse at the Cobbs Creek Golf Club stood burned and encased in ice. It marked a frozen end to a once-noble building, crafted from the ruins of a farmland mansion when the course was built in 1916. In the 1950s, it hosted players like Billy Casper and Arnold Palmer. It was home to great African American golfers, who played at race-neutral Cobbs Creek when much of the sport was segregated. Now, Cobbs Creek players and fans said Tuesday, the fiery demise of the clubhouse could push the future of the course toward a climax, toward a moment when years of effort on a planned, hoped-for renovation could be thrust forward or thrown back.
August 22, 2015 |
Philadelphia police are searching for a man they say pounced on and sexually assaulted two women who had been walking through Cobbs Creek Golf Course. The first attack was on July 11, around 3:30 a.m., near the 7500 block of Lansdowne Avenue, police said Thursday. A 26-year-old woman was walking through the course on her way to work when a man grabbed her and sexually assaulted her. The walking paths through the course are popular shortcuts for many in the Cobbs Creek area, police said.
August 19, 2015 |
The West Philadelphia woman accused of abandoning her 21-year-old, quadriplegic son in Cobbs Creek Park with his wheelchair, blanket, and a Bible waived her preliminary hearing Monday on attempted murder and related charges. The decision by Niya Parler, 41, means the case against her proceeds directly to trial in Common Pleas Court. Parler remains in prison on $2.5 million bail. Parler was arrested in Montgomery County, Md., on April 11, one day after a passerby called police on discovering the 21-year-old man - with cerebral palsy and unable to communicate - lying on a pile of leaves in the woods near 59th Street and Cobbs Creek Parkway.
August 8, 2015 |
Across Philadelphia, from deep South Philly to Germantown, West Philly to Port Richmond, Philadelphia operates 70 outdoor public pools for your cooling-down pleasure. That's the most of any city. And best of all, they're free. There are no catches. There are no secrets. And yes, the water's perfectly clean. The pools are open regularly: from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Each has its own hours of availability, but with one visit, you'll familiarize yourself with adult swims, swimming lessons, camp swims, and family time (although, you can also get all that info at phila.gov)
April 14, 2015 |
THE LITTLE PATCH of woods off 59th Street near Cobbs Creek is a place where people drink beer, have sex in the dirt and dump their trash. Dozens of tall cans of cheap beer, a few condom wrappers and old, wet clothes were scattered there yesterday afternoon, right near a line of police tape that stretched from tree to tree. The blanket that Nyia Parler allegedly used to cover her quadriplegic son before she abandoned him there last week was gone. The Bible she allegedly left on his chest, perhaps hoping a higher power could sort it all out, was gone, too. Parler, 41, of Baltimore Avenue near Alden Street in West Philly, left her son, Daequan Norman, in those woods about a quarter-mile from her home last Monday morning, police said.