July 19, 2013 |
Deirdre Kelleher spent Wednesday with her head in a hole, arm-deep in dirt. This is the Temple University anthropology doctoral student's second summer orchestrating a "public archaeology" excavation in Old City's historic Elfreth's Alley. Kelleher and a crew of volunteers are searching for clues about the lives of 19th-century immigrants, in one of the first projects of its kind in Philadelphia. "The 19th century is overshadowed by previous history," said Michele Schutte, assistant and curator at the Elfreth's Alley Museum, referring to Philadelphia's fascination with colonial times.
August 15, 2012 |
SIXTY-SIX DOWN, a kajillion to go. One week after confiscating 37 dirt bikes and ATVs in a crackdown on the vehicles, police seized an additional 29 in live-stops throughout the city last weekend. "It's on!" police spokesman Lt. Ray Evers said of the city's battle against riders who zoom through streets and parks. Police, working undercover and in uniform, took 16 dirt bikes and 13 four-wheelers from Cobbs Creek Park, the Belmont Plateau and areas frequented by riders in the 24th, 25th and 26th districts, police said.
June 15, 2012 |
Two battered, dusty dirt bikes and an ATV sat in a far corner of the city impound lot, looking about as appealing as green meat in a butcher's case. But when Philadelphia Parking Authority workers opened the chain-link gate to start a recent auction on unclaimed autos, crowds beelined past the sedans, station wagons, trucks and even a Lexus that was up for grabs. They gathered around the dirt bikes and quad, eyeballing engines and everything else as they shot sidelong glances at other would-be buyers to gauge the competition.
June 26, 2012 |
I'D LIKE TO THANK the Daily News for its recent series bringing attention to the issue of illegal ATVs and dirt bikes, which have replaced graffiti as the major blight of lower-income neighborhoods. Why spend the time and money tagging up a wall? You don't know who will see it, and it'll probably get removed in a few days anyway. But roaring down the street, scaring children and setting off car alarms on an ATV or dirt bike gives immediate recognition. Plus, it has the added assurance that you won't get caught.
February 2, 1996 |
Bicycle thrills aren't frozen out as Jim Havir, 16, of Palmyra, soars with his Mongoose BMX bike. A break in school and dirt hills on the riverbank on Bank Avenue in Palmyra had him jumping yesterday.
August 29, 1991 |
In a hushed courtroom in Pottstown yesterday, Rebecca Mack told a tale of murder on a country road. First, she said, there was a gunshot. Then, Fernando Garcia, 18, hopped back into a friend's car, tucking a gun in his pants. She said he told the carload of teenagers: "I shot him. " In testimony yesterday, Mack, 17, of Pottstown, said she was in the car on Aug. 14 when Garcia allegedly shot and killed Thomas Adam Mumma, 13, as the boy was riding his orange-and-red dirt bike on an unpaved road in rural Chester County.
April 12, 1990 |
The way Larry Paglia saw it, everybody would win. He knew that Newtown Township supervisors wanted to fill and grade a vacant lot next to the township building on Bishop Hollow Road to build a baseball field. Bids were opened on the project in July 1988, and officials said the lowest bid was $105,000, a figure beyond the township's means. Paglia also knew that James D. Morrissey Inc. of Philadelphia, a construction company working on the Blue Route project between Routes 3 and 30, needed to get rid of tons of dirt.
May 31, 2011
NEWARK, Del. - A Newark teenager died and another teen was hospitalized in serious condition after two dirt bikes collided Monday afternoon, according to Delaware State Police. Cody J. Kegelman, 14, was pronounced dead at Christiana Hospital, where he was taken after the 1:15 p.m. crash on a dirt access road about a quarter mile east of Delaware Route 72, state police said in a news release. Authorities say Kegelman was traveling west while Nicholas Schrader, 16, of Newark, was traveling east on the same access road.