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June 23, 2003
There's hardly a person in Philadelphia and the region who hasn't used Fairmount Park. This is a critical time for the system, as the city it undertakes a strategic plan. To help spur dialogue, we're offering two invitations to you, the readers: Tell us about some special Fairmount Park moment or memory for you or your family. Or tell us what you think are the most important improvements or changes that the Fairmount Park system should make. You can answer either question, or both.
NEWS
May 20, 1996 | ANDREA MIHALIK/ DAILY NEWS
Nancy Whalen (above) shows some Philly pride Saturday by helping clean up Ormiston Mansion in Fairmount Park, while Jasmine Green (right, front) and Nikki Bennett give a caring touch-up to the waters of FDR Park in South Philly. Whalen was one of about 650 volunteers who cleaned and painted 46 sites, and who carried away dozens of bags of trash as part of "Philadelphia Cares About Fairmount Park Day. " Green and Bennett were volunteering for the FDR Park cleanup from Overbrook High School.
NEWS
February 11, 2012 | By Mike Newall, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Police are investigating an early morning robbery and stabbing in the city's Fairmount Park section, just blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A 32-year-old man who lives in the area was walking in the 2700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue at about 4:35 a.m. when a man came up behind him and pressed an object into his back, saying it was a gun, police said. The unidentified suspect forced the victim into a wooded area behind a nearby playground. When the victim turned and faced his attacker, he realized the assailant was actually carrying a knife, authorities said.
NEWS
April 25, 1986 | By Kenneth Finkel
Philadelphia had a problem in the mid-19th century. Dozens of mills and factories along the Schuylkill and the Wissahickon Creek were polluting the water supply. An aqueduct from upstate was proposed, but the economical solution was to purchase and close the offending industries. Land upstream from the Fairmount waterworks was added, parcel by parcel, until a full 13 miles of riverbank were protected. Between 1855 and 1870, the industrial revolution was reversed in the Schuylkill valley.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 1987 | By Don Russell, Special to The Inquirer
Faster than a falling leaf, autumn is upon us. Quick, before the season is swept away, take in the pleasures of Fairmount Park, where autumn is alive and kicking. The park is the city's gem, and in the fall it is a place where even vines climbing a grimy Schuylkill Expressway wall shine with color. There are private hideaways where the sounds of squirrels and swirling brooks screen out the bustle of the metropolis. And there are enough things to do to keep everyone, from the hyperactive to the sublimely somnolent, more than satisfied.
NEWS
July 11, 2011 | By PHILLIP LUCAS, lucasp@phillynews.com
A fallen tree has brought rush hour traffic to a crawl through Fairmount Park. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive is closed in both directions between Sweetbriar and Montgomery Drive while officials work to clear the scene. The tree fell onto the road near its intersection with Montgomery Drive at about 5:40 p.m., police said. Officials encourage drivers to find alternate routes around the area if possible.  
NEWS
October 17, 2011
An elderly man was assaulted Monday afternoon in Fairmount Park, police said. The attack occurred about 1:20 p.m. at Lincoln and Forbidden Drives, said Officer Jillian Russell. The victim, whose precise age was not available, was attacked by four males. The victim was taken to Chestnut Hill Hospital to be treated, Russell said. The nature of his injuries was not available. No arrests were reported.    -Robert Moran
NEWS
June 19, 2008
A plan to streamline oversight of the city's 9,200-acre Fairmount Park system finally appears ready to take root and then bloom. Mayor Nutter and City Council prepared the ground by adding $2.4 million to the budget of the perennially underfunded park system, with a further pledge to boost spending by nearly 50 percent over the next five years. The city's largest park friends' group, the Philadelphia Parks Alliance, calls that investment historic - and that's no exaggeration.
NEWS
April 4, 2011 | Inquirer Staff Report
Investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy planned for today to see what more they can learn about a badly burned body found Sunday evening in Fairmount Park. A pedestrian found the remains off Greenland Drive about 6 p.m. and flagged down a passing police car. The body was so badly burned, police said they could not determine the race, sex or age of the person. Contact the Inquirer Online News Desk or online@phillynews.com or 215-854-2443.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2015 | By Grace Dickinson, For The Inquirer
Hey, what's the deal? Isn't it supposed to be almost winter? Last weekend, the thermometer hit a near-record high, and it's looking like there won't be a white Christmas. But enjoy it: There's a world of outdoor activities awaiting you around the city. We've put together a few happening this weekend that manage to far surpass spending your Saturday snuggled up inside. Ugly Sweater Run Now is the time to pull out that absurdly embroidered sweater neglected in the back of your closet and wear it with pride.
NEWS
December 9, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
WHAT IS IT with guys and their balls? They get to talking about them and they just can't stop. There I was last week at La Colombe coffee shop at 6th and Market with two of them - guys, not balls - and they just went on and on: Size matters, although bigger is not always better. (If you say so.) You can't just start tossing them around with no strategy. (Indeed. That sounds downright dangerous.) A few bad throws and there goes your confidence and your game. Yeah . . . I said game.
NEWS
November 27, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Six years ago, a strong, sudden rip current pulled Josias Sterling out to sea. The 19-year-old Olney native, son of Haitian immigrants, had never learned to swim. The loss of "a good son," a St. Joseph's Prep alumnus and Temple University student, a rugby player whose sunny joy seemed to draw everyone to him, still sears. On Friday, after the Thanksgiving dishes are washed and the leftovers stored, hundreds will gather in his memory, as they do every year, on the rugby pitch that brought him so much happiness.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sometimes as a youngster in the small Kenyan village where his family farmed, Abraham Kiprop Rutto would look up toward the clear sky and see a passing airplane. Though his future figured to be as earthbound as his father's, the boy dreamed that one day such a plane would carry him to strange new lands, no small ambition for a rural African youngster. Soon he found a way. "My friends were running and going abroad in planes," Rutto said. "And I said, 'I want to fly in one and go abroad so I will run too.' " Rutto ran so hard he eventually caught up with his dream.
NEWS
November 13, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Not all of those involved in Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia this fall are basking in the afterglow. A subcontractor hired to erect a multi-acre campground in Fairmount Park - a plan canceled almost as soon as it was publicly released - is suing for breach of contract and $117,000 he says he lost. Endless Summer Productions L.L.C., a Delaware-based company that has set up campgrounds for music festivals such as Bonnaroo in Tennessee, filed a federal lawsuit this week in Philadelphia against Scott Mirkin and his company, ESM Productions, which produced the papal events on the Parkway on the weekend of Sept.
NEWS
November 12, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
As police continue to search for clues in the grisly shooting deaths of a couple near Lemon Hill Mansion, investigators on Tuesday were interviewing a man they believe might have information about the victims. For days, police had been trying to track down the boyfriend of Lisa Smith, 32, who was killed Friday along with Shakoor Arline, 25. Arline and Smith were having sex in the backseat of a Toyota Sequoia in Fairmount Park early Friday, police said, when someone opened a back door of the SUV and fired nine shots, striking both multiple times in the head.
NEWS
November 11, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA & SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writers vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
THE LAST TIME Taylor saw her big brother, he was being his usual goofy self. Shakoor Arline had dropped the 17-year-old off outside her high school in Montgomery County, and she ran to get inside, darting up the steps. But as she neared the door, Shakoor called out: "You're not going to give me a hug?" So Taylor ran back to the car to oblige her older brother, her protector, who left her with one final message: "Good luck on your test today. I love you. " Carla, their aunt, choked back tears last night as she recounted the exchange, the last between the siblings.
NEWS
November 11, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Authorities searching for clues in Friday's double slaying near Lemon Hill Mansion are investigating the case as a "crime of passion," committed when someone found the victims having sex in the backseat of an SUV and shot them to death. Police have identified Shakoor Arline, 25, and Lisa Smith, 32, as the victims found in a Toyota Sequoia on Lemon Hill Drive in Fairmount Park on Friday afternoon. Investigators are exploring whether the couple's romantic entanglements had something to do with their death.
NEWS
November 9, 2015 | By Dylan Purcell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Homicide detectives were continuing their investigation Saturday into the shooting deaths of a man and woman discovered inside an SUV on Friday afternoon in East Fairmount Park. Police said that based on interviews with family members, the two - a 25-year-old African American man and a 32-year-old Hispanic woman - evidently had been dating. Maintenance workers removing trash from a gazebo on the grounds of the Lemon Hill Mansion in East Fairmount Park found the grisly scene while checking on a white Toyota Sequoia parked on the grass about 2:40 p.m. Friday.
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