August 15, 2016 |
It had been more than 19 years since I took a boat ride on the Schuylkill, and this time the accommodations were much better than they were in 1997. The view was different, as well, but I'll get to that in a minute. That May 1997 barge trip from the Market Street bridge to the now-closed Schuylkill Power Plant in Grays Ferry was brief, but the point was that both sides of the river were untapped resources that needed to be tapped. There wasn't much going on then. In fact, the east bank was, in the words of one longtime resident, "a wasteland.
June 9, 2015 |
* ODD MOM OUT. 10 tonight, Bravo. * BECOMING US. 9 tonight, ABC Family. PHILLY'S Julie Rottenberg and Elisa Zuritsky aren't done with New York. TV writers who explored singles and friendship in "Sex and the City" and took viewers backstage on Broadway in "Smash," the longtime writing partners take a bite out of another Big Apple subculture in Bravo's new comedy "Odd Mom Out. " The show, premiering tonight in back-to-back episodes, stars Jill Kargman, an Upper East Sider who plays an only slightly more outrageous version of herself as a well-off but not super-rich mother of three trying to stay afloat in a sea of affluence.
May 22, 2015
WITH THE wave of a wand, the value of Ian Griffiths' Kensington property at 2777 Martha St. increased from $33,000 to $53,000 - a whopping 60 percent gain. That was true for Linda Fortune at 2773 Martha and Bobby McDermott at 2775 Martha. In fact, all odd-numbered homes in the 2700 block jumped from $33,000 to $53,000. That sounds like a blessing, except for the curse of higher real-estate taxes. There's also this: Those homes are on the east side of Martha. The city's valuation of identical houses on the west, or even, side remained unchanged at $33,000, according to the 2016 evaluation provided by the Office of Property Assessment.
February 27, 2015 |
Becoming the new football coach at Woodrow Wilson High School is more than a dream come true for Preston Brown. It also is the fulfillment of a vision. "I saw this day coming," Brown said. "I saw it 10-12 years ago. " On Wednesday, Brown said he had accepted the position at his alma mater. He is a 2003 Woodrow Wilson graduate who played four seasons at Tulane University. Brown replaces former Eagles fullback Thomas Tapeh, who resigned after last season. Tapeh was Woodrow Wilson's coach for three seasons.
February 26, 2015 |
RENNARD EAST was looking for some family history. What he found was American history. For years, East (whose first name is pronounced reh-NARD) had known that his forebears settled in Philadelphia after leaving South Carolina in the 1920s. But he couldn't figure out why they migrated north. Thanks to Kenyatta Berry, one of the sleuths from the PBS series "Genealogy Roadshow," East has learned that the reason for the family's move was, as she put it, "something that changed American history and African-American history.
February 17, 2014 |
Austin Wetzler knew the whole town of Cherry Hill wasn't behind him when he rose for the pivotal three-pointer of the game. Just the East side. "Games like this, you appreciate living in this town," Wetzler said after leading Cherry Hill East to a 50-49 victory over Cherry Hill West in a pulse-pounding battle of crosstown rivals Saturday before a near-capacity crowd in the Cougars' cavernous gymnasium. Wetzler, a senior guard, scored 16 and gave East the lead for good at 46-44 with a three-pointer from the wing with 1 minute, 33 seconds to play in the game at the Cherry Hill East Invitational showcase.
January 31, 2014 |
NOTRE DAME yesterday announced a $400 million plan to expand its 84-year-old football stadium, adding thousands of premium seats plus new buildings at the "House that Rockne Built. " The new buildings will house a student center on the west side, the anthropology and psychology departments and a digital media center on the east side and music and sacred music departments on the south side, leaving the side facing Touchdown Jesus unchanged. The Rev. John Jenkins, the university president, called it "the most ambitious building project in the 172-year history of Notre Dame," saying more space was needed to accommodate the university's broadening research activity.
December 11, 2012
A man's body was found Sunday morning in the parking lot of a Cherry Hill motel. Detectives found no signs of foul play and said the man may have suffered a drug overdose, said Cherry Hill Lt. Sean Redmond. An autopsy is pending. The body was found in a parking lot on the east side of Steak 38, a restaurant attached to the Hillside Inn on Route 38. Police said he was staying with a resident of the motel. Redmond said the man's name was being withheld until his family could be notified.
December 10, 2012
A man's body was found Sunday morning in the parking lot of a Cherry Hill motel. Detectives found no signs of foul play and said the man may have suffered a drug overdose, said Cherry Hill Lt. Sean Redmond. An autopsy is pending. The body was found in a parking lot on the east side of Steak 38, a restaurant attached to the Hillside Inn on Route 38. Police said he was staying with a resident of the motel. Redmond said the man's name is being withheld until his family can be notified.
May 14, 2011 |
The Philadelphia Historical Commission, concerned about a potential collapse, Friday approved demolition and reconstruction of the crumbling east side of the Spring Garden house once owned by abolitionist Robert Purvis. Last month, a commission panel recommended denial of the project, arguing that the developer's plans were vague and that the engineering drawings were out of date. Preservationists attending that hearing also expressed concerns about the owner's financial resources. The developer, Miguel Santiago, whose family has owned the corner rowhouse at 1601 Mount Vernon St. since the 1970s, insisted he had the financing to proceed.