September 1, 2015 |
FOR THE SECOND consecutive weekend, the Philadelphia Police Department lost one of its officers in an off-duty traffic accident on city streets. Officer Lamar Poole was killed yesterday when his motorcycle collided with a driver who pulled out in front of him in Northeast Philadelphia. Poole, 42, a 19-year veteran, was pronounced dead about 5 p.m., about an hour after the accident. Captain John Wilczynski, of the Accident Investigation Division, said at a news conference last night that the alleged hit-and-run driver - a 58-year-old man who has not yet been charged - might have gotten away if not for a vigilant tow-truck driver who followed his Toyota Corolla and called police.
August 25, 2015 |
EXCESSIVE SPEED contributed to a crash that claimed the life of an off-duty police officer in Roxborough, police said yesterday. Sgt. Rafael Ali, 32, of East Oak Lane, was a 10-year veteran of the department whose close friends described him yesterday as a hard worker and a doting father of two. He lost control of his 2007 Dodge Ram pickup truck about 11:43 p.m. Saturday on Henry Avenue near Valley, according to Capt. John Wilczynski, head of the Accident Investigation Division.
June 4, 2015 |
Peter H. Gers, 94, of Ambler, a longtime funeral director who was present at the 1962 canonical inspection of Bishop John Neumann's remains prior to the future saint's beatification, has died. Mr. Gers died at Dock Terrace in Lansdale on Saturday, May 30, due to complications from a fall. He first worked for the Harold B. Mulligan Funeral Home in Philadelphia. In 1947, he opened his own funeral parlor in Olney, and then moved to East Oak Lane. Mr. Gers sold the property in 1989 and moved to Ambler, taking a job as a funeral director at the Anton B. Urban Funeral Home.
May 25, 2015 |
Maker Brad Litwin, 59, makes kinetic sculptures in his East Oak Lane studio, including a line he calls MechaniCards - intricately laser-cut paper made into tiny, greeting-generating machines. They're sold online, at MechaniCards.com, and at museum stores, including those of the Princeton Art Museum and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His start Litwin can't really pinpoint it: He's worked as an engineer, animator, musician, and artist. "In 2010, I was sitting in my studio and looking at some boxes I had on the shelf, CD mailers actually . . .. I was thinking it'd be neat to have a machine inside one of those.
November 23, 2014 |
PHILLY'S POPULATION of Korean Buddhists doesn't have to travel far for spiritual guidance. Tucked away on a quiet street in East Oak Lane is the Wongaksa Buddhist temple, an institution that rose from humble roots to become a major spiritual center for this tight-knit community. Abbot Monk Do-Myung leads the faithful at the temple, located inside an unassuming house on Chelten Avenue near 6th Street. WHO WE ARE: Wongaksa got its start in the early 1970s, when South Korean expats sought out ways to practice their faith in their new city, Do-Myung said.
October 24, 2014 |
Philadelphia police released video surveillance Wednesday of a man armed with a machete who robbed a 7-Eleven store in East Oak Lane on Sunday morning. At around 6:03 a.m., police said, the man came into the store at 6771 N. Fifth St. carrying a machete. He walked behind the counter and told the shopkeeper to open the cash registers, police said. Video surveillance footage recovered from the store shows the man carrying the large knife and taking cash from the registers, shoving it into a white plastic bag and walking out. Police said he was last seen walking north on Fifth Street, then turning west on Cheltenham Avenue.
August 17, 2014 |
Philadelphia's collective heart was beating for the Taney Dragons on Friday - loudly. As the region marveled at another masterful performance from Mo'ne Davis, over a hundred fans gathered around four big-screen TVs in City Hall's outdoor courtyard to watch the game, cheering wildly through every inning. They hooted at strikeouts. They applauded at hits. And when Davis struck out the final batter of the game, they rose to their feet and threw their hands in the air. Chants of "Let's Go Dragons!"
July 3, 2014 |
THE LAST TIME police told Bishop Barry Connelly they had little information and no leads in the death of a loved one, it was 1968. His brother George Connelly, a 33-year-old father who was putting himself through school by driving a cab, had been found bound by the neck to a tree in a wooded area of Southwest Philadelphia. His hands were tied behind him. He had been stabbed repeatedly in the face, neck, head and body. Now Bishop Connelly, the longtime pastor of Cathedral of Faith Baptist Church in North Philly, sat in a detective's car as he was told that his youngest son, Eugene Connelly, was dead.
May 16, 2014 |
Jean L. Brodey, 85, of Flourtown, a retired Temple University professor who helped launch the careers of many public-relations professionals in the Philadelphia region, died Wednesday, April 30, at her home of complications from Parkinson's disease. Last year, a collection of poetry she had written more than 50 years earlier was published in a book called My Way to Anywhere . Ms. Brodey was born in Philadelphia and grew up in East Oak Lane, said her daughter, Lisette. She graduated from Olney High School and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Pennsylvania State University.