June 12, 2016 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. When you step off SEPTA's Route 102 trolley at Andrews and Woodlawn Avenues in Collingdale, a couple thoughts immediately cross your mind. The first, of course, is that you should have gotten off at MacDade Boulevard, because it's hot and you're hungry and someone told you there's a great pizza place nearby that you should try. The second, a real estate-related thought, is that Collingdale might be one of those places with prices that accommodate first-time buyers.
April 24, 2016 |
I SHOULD STOP being surprised where this job takes me. But I still can't believe it took me to a skinny little cemetery tucked behind an Aldi market where, shovel in hand, I was determined to bring some dignity to the grave of Susan Hyatt. Mrs. Hyatt was 86 when she died on April 1. She was laid to rest on April 3 at Har Zion Cemetery on MacDade Boulevard in Collingdale. Mrs. Hyatt's parents are buried at Har Zion, a Jewish burial ground in a part of Delaware County so crammed with cemeteries, more people reside under the ground than above it. Mrs. Hyatt's husband's remains are also at Har Zion, as are those of his parents and sister.
September 5, 2015 |
A former bookkeeper at a Delaware County welding company has been charged with stealing almost $700,000 from his employer over 13 years, the District Attorney's office said Thursday. Jeffrey McElwee, 53, of Essington, was arrested last week and charged with theft, receiving stolen property, forgery, and related crimes. He was remanded to the Delaware County jail after failing to post bail. According to court records, the owner and accountant of Power Source Welding, in Collingdale, contacted police when they discovered McElwee, an employee since 2002, had been stealing funds using the owner's line of credit.
September 4, 2015 |
A DELAWARE COUNTY bookkeeper got so comfortable stealing from his employer that he made 257 unauthorized ATM withdrawals totaling $122,184 from May 2011 to this January - and that wasn't even half of what he allegedly stole. In all, Jeffrey McElwee, 53, of Essington, stole $696,631.69 from Power Source Repair in Collingdale dating back to when he was hired in 2002, said Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan. McElwee was arrested Aug. 27 and remained in Delaware County Prison yesterday having failed to post $10,000 bail.
February 18, 2015 |
In a 1989 interview, Nobel Prize-winning novelist Toni Morrison lamented the lack of markers or signs that attested to the lives of slaves in America. She envisioned benches near spots where enslaved and freed Africans made their mark on history. More than two decades later, a literary society dedicated to her work has taken on the task of placing benches and informational plaques at sites where history was made. The effort is the brainchild of the Toni Morrison Society, a group of scholars who in 2006 launched a project to see her wish fulfilled.
November 23, 2014 |
Charles Wilbert Hilliard McCabe, 72, of Yeadon, a longtime music scholar and teacher in the Philadelphia public schools, died Thursday, Nov. 13, of cardiac amyloidosis at his home. A child prodigy reared in South and then West Philadelphia, Dr. McCabe had memorized the city's major streets by age 6, began to study piano at age 3, and at 6 appeared in a musical program with the singer and actor Paul Robeson, his family said. His uncle Charles A. McCabe, a violinist and trailblazer for musicians of color, was the young Dr. McCabe's role model.
August 27, 2014 |
LULA MAE FLOWERS might have stood just 5 feet tall, but you didn't want to get her riled up. One way to really bring out Lula Mae's combative nature was to do or say anything against her family. "We must be very clear that if you tried to harm her family - especially her boys - this 5-foot lady would single-handedly make you regret that decision," her family said in a tribute. Other than that, Lula Mae was a loving and nurturing woman, a cook whose pigs feet and barbecue ribs were family legends, and a shopper whose devotion to finding a bargain kept storekeepers on their toes all over the city.
April 22, 2014 |
POLICE IN Collingdale, Delaware County have identified a person of interest in what they believe was an intentional hit-and-run that left a borough man seriously injured. Investigators want to talk to Conroy Williams, the owner of a black Range Rover that allegedly mowed down Joel Witherspoon, 36, early Saturday morning outside his home on Bedford Avenue. "It would behoove him to come and talk to us," Collingdale Police Chief Robert Adams said of Williams, of Philadelphia. Adams said a detective interviewed Witherspoon yesterday at Crozer-Chester Medical Center and Witherspoon provided Williams' name.
April 19, 2014 |
COLLINGDALE Every day, Olga Ortiz prays at the tiny shrine she erected a year ago in her Newark, N.J., apartment, right after her daughter, Melissa Ortiz-Rodriguez, went missing. "She just disappeared," Ortiz said this week, likening the last year to a long and very bad dream. "To this day I just don't know where my daughter is. " On April 19, 2013, Ortiz-Rodriguez walked out of her Collingdale home to catch a train to visit her friend Evie Ramos in Newark. She never arrived.
January 10, 2014 |
A 16-YEAR-OLD GIRL fled her Collingdale house with her 3-year-old sister yesterday morning, right before Delaware County Children and Youth Services workers were slated to take the siblings from their mother's home, police said. A 15-year-old cousin later joined the two, and police were still searching for all three and asking for the public's help in finding the girls, said Collingdale Police Chief Robert Adams. Adams said police had been in contact with the girls via cellphone, but the girls refused to provide their location.