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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
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.
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.
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SPORTS
May 16, 2015 | Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ryne Sandberg considers 100 at-bats a benchmark in a season. One hundred and nineteen at-bats into his first year as the Phillies' everyday shortstop, Freddy Galvis continues to hit. Three more base knocks Thursday in a 4-2 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates raised Galvis' batting average to .353. Entering Thursday night's games, only the Miami Marlins' Dee Gordon (.426) and Los Angeles Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez (.360) boasted better averages among National League players. "He's just sticking with what's working for him and being real patient up there," Sandberg said of Galvis, the only Phillies regular hitting .275 or better.
NEWS
April 29, 2015 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
A fluffy blanket, perhaps? Or a cuddly stuffed animal? No, when Pamela Dalton needed a baby-shower gift, she picked out a lovely Swedish snot-sucker for her new grandson. After all, she studies mucus for a living. Dalton, an olfactory researcher at Philadelphia's Monell Chemical Senses Center, is one of a group of scientists speaking Thursday night at an adults-only, cabaret-style event titled Gross Anatomy. Others will expound on earwax, urine, and feces - and how, ickiness aside, they play a vital role in human health.
NEWS
April 24, 2015 | Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Parks and arts - what's not to like? Very little, if you asked a cluster of would-be Philadelphia mayors at a Wednesday night forum dedicated to green space and cultural vitality. Only Republican candidate Melissa Murray Bailey said she would not restore the 40 percent cut Mayor Nutter has proposed for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund next year. The fund, which provides general operating aid to nearly 300 organizations, received $3.14 million this year; Nutter proposes $1.8 million for next year.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2015 | BY JENELLE JANCI, Daily News Staff Writer jancij@phillynews.com, 215-568-5906
CANDY WRAPPERS, pregnancy tests, Halloween decorations and more beer cans than you can imagine - Bradley Maule has collected it all over the course of a year during his weekly hikes through Wissahickon Valley Park. And now, he's ready to display his findings. All 3,768 of them. Maule's "One Man's Trash" project launched in January 2014 in hopes of bringing attention to litter in Wissahickon Valley Park. The PhillySkyline.com founder and Hidden City co-editor started the project because he was appalled by the amount of trash he saw in the Northwest Philly arm of Fairmount Park along Wissahickon Creek.
NEWS
April 21, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
The plan to spend $7 million remaking West Fairmount Park along Parkside Avenue will include an area that promises nature-based play: think fountains, slides, and skating. The gateway is an 1898 Civil War monument, the Smith Memorial Arch, which needs care. Before, two nonprofit organizations that served fund-raising and historical-preservation roles for Fairmount Park would have been involved in the project. But consolidation made more sense, said Kathryn Ott Lovell, executive director of the Fairmount Park Conservancy.
NEWS
March 26, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
William G. Hamilton was a member of the Fairmount Park Guards when the FBI National Academy invited him to its three-month course at Quantico, Va. About 220 officers, including those from "international law enforcement agencies," attend the courses, the Academy website states. And, said Mr. Hamilton's son, William J., "less than 1 percent of law enforcement officers in the U.S. have the distinction of being graduates," as he was. There was another advantage. "He missed the 1964 Phillies' collapse," his son said.
NEWS
March 21, 2015 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
The students sitting on the steps of the Franklin Institute wondered what happens when several gallons of dish-soap solution are dumped into a trash can full of liquid nitrogen. They didn't wonder long. An explosion of bubbly, foamy suds sprayed the kids from Russell Byers Charter School and Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School, bestowing the kind of OMG moment that the fifth annual Philadelphia Science Festival aims to give all participants. Thursday's news conference offered a sneak peek of the nine-day festival, set for April 24 to May 2. Hundreds of the region's parks, libraries, universities, museums, eateries, and pubs will join the institute to host more than 100 events, all designed to stoke interest in science and technology.
NEWS
March 19, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
March brings Philadelphia those occasional gloriously sunny days that let winter survivors know it's safe to leave their bunkers because spring is coming. It's a good time to learn that a long-dreamed-of park atop the dormant Reading Railroad viaduct may be on track for construction this summer. A newly announced strategic investment by the William Penn and Knight Foundations, complementing public and other funding, will help make the park happen. Four other parks will also benefit from the $11 million the foundations plan to spend.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 2015 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
The first time that developer David Blumenfeld proposed an apartment house for the strip of land behind the Rodin Museum, he was practically laughed out of the Art Commission. His renderings showed a bland six-story building rising up like a wave behind the tiny classical temple, ready to swallow the Paul Cret masterpiece in its glassy maw. What a difference a few months can make. When Blumenfeld returned to the commission last week with a revised design for 2100 Hamilton by Barton Partners, he was somehow able to talk members into approving the concept.
SPORTS
November 24, 2014 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
THE LAST THING Dan Vassallo had on his running bucket list was to qualify for the United States Olympic Team Trials. In fact, throughout the duration of yesterday's Philadelphia Marathon, that's all that was on the 29-year-old Peabody, Mass., native's mind. That is until there was about a mile left to go and the gap between he and Birhanu Dare Kemal - an Ethiopian who lives in Manhattan - was starting to close. "I didn't think I was going to be able to catch him," Vassallo said.
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