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April 10, 2016
Fairmount Park is ready for its close-up. Look for it Tuesday in PBS's 10 Parks That Changed America (8 p.m., WHYY12), along with New York's Central Park and the younger, trendy High Line.
NEWS
May 15, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A black bear was spotted Friday morning in the Wissahickon Creek in Fairmount Park by a man fishing near the Valley Green Inn. Maura McCarthy, executive director of the Friends of the Wissahickon, said she got a call about 11 a.m. from the fisherman, a member of the Friends group. "He looked downstream and saw a black bear approaching on the same bank he was on," she said. "The bear was fishing. " The bear then swam across the creek and disappeared into the woods. "We're encouraging people to exercise caution," McCarthy said.
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.
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NEWS
May 22, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
A week after a small black bear was seen swimming in the Wissahickon Creek in Fairmount Park, is it safe to go into the park? Wildlife Conservation Officer Jerry Czech, of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, says yes. "We didn't tell people to stay out of the woods when it was spotted," Czech said Friday. "It would be perfectly safe to go about your business," he said. "With the amount of people in that park ... it's probably not there. " Czech said he believes the bear spotted May 13 near the Valley Green Inn, by Forbidden Drive and Valley Green Road, was the same bear later seen in Tredyffrin Township, Chester County, on Sunday.
SPORTS
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On the Schuylkill What: The 90th Stotesbury Cup Regatta is billed as the oldest and largest high school rowing competition in the United States. It is to feature teams from 191 schools in the United States and Canada, 984 boats, 5,679 athletes and 31 championship events. When: Friday and Saturday. Time trials are to start at 8 a.m. Friday and run to approximately 3 p.m. Semifinals are set to begin at 4 p.m. and go to around 6 p.m. Semifinals are to resume Saturday at 8 a.m., and finals are expected to begin at approximately 4 p.m. The last race of the day, the girls' senior eight final, is set for approximately 5:30 p.m. The name: Edward T. Stotesbury was a local philanthropist who underwrote the cost of an award that bears his name and is given each year to the boys' senior eight winner.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, Staff Writer
Bad news for the casino business often means good news for music fans. That is, when the gambling industry is hit hard, the usual prescription for bringing bodies to town means beefing up entertainment options. This summer in Atlantic City is no different. The last two years each featured two mega-concerts on the beach, with the likes of Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum. This year, there will be six, with the two announced so far keeping it country with Toby Keith (see below) and Florida Georgia Line on Sept.
NEWS
May 20, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, STAFF WRITER
Since a black bear was spotted swimming in the Wissahickon Creek in Fairmount Park last Friday, many have been wondering: Where has the bear gone? Wildlife officials say there have been reported bear sightings this week spanning more than 30 miles from Philadelphia to Delaware County and Delaware, but they are not sure if any of those sightings are the same bear spotted near Valley Green Inn last week. Jerry Czech, a wildlife conservation officer with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, said by email Wednesday that there were no sightings of the Wissahickon bear over the weekend in the city.
BUSINESS
May 18, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
The building that once housed the Please Touch Museum near 21st and Race Streets is to be demolished to make way for an eight-townhome development, according to permits on the website of the Department of Licenses & Inspections. The project is being completed by Philadelphia-based U.S. Construction Inc., according to Logan Square Neighborhood Association President Drew Murray, whose group endorsed the proposal at a meeting last year. The demolition permit was issued May 10. Horsham-based homebuilders Toll Brothers had previously been under agreement to acquire the 30,000-square-foot building at 208 N. 21st St. with plans to build a five-story condo project at the site.
NEWS
May 18, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
After an unexpected guest - a black bear - caused alarm Friday when it was spotted in the Wissahickon Creek in Fairmount Park, park-goers were left wondering: What happened to the animal? The bear swam across the creek and disappeared into the woods after a crowd gathered along the bank. It's not known where it went after that. No black bear sightings were reported in the Wissahickon over the weekend, Erin Mooney, a publicist for the group Friends of the Wissahickon, said Monday.
NEWS
May 15, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
A black bear was spotted Friday morning in the Wissahickon Creek in Fairmount Park by a man fishing near the Valley Green Inn. Maura McCarthy, executive director of the Friends of the Wissahickon, said she got a call about 11 a.m. from the fisherman, a member of the Friends group. "He looked downstream and saw a black bear approaching on the same bank he was on," she said. "The bear was fishing. " The bear then swam across the creek and disappeared into the woods. "We're encouraging people to exercise caution," McCarthy said.
NEWS
May 4, 2016
ISSUE | PUBLIC PARKS Festival, square worth admission A story about the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square missed the mark ("Square is open, kind of," April 21). As executive director of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp., I asked my staff to advise Historic Philadelphia, a nonprofit that leases the park, to bring this international festival to Philadelphia. It is an opportunity to spotlight Chinese culture; draw regional and local visitors to Franklin Square and its neighborhoods, including Chinatown; and increase use of the square in the evening, when there usually is little activity.
NEWS
April 29, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
Willie L. Williams, 72, an Overbrook native who became the first African American to head the Philadelphia and Los Angeles Police Departments and a major figure in law enforcement in the 1990s, died Tuesday night at his home in Fayetteville, Ga. Mr. Williams' sister-in-law Pat Odoms said pancreatic cancer was the cause. Mr. Williams, who began his career in 1964 as a Fairmount Park guard, was appointed Philadelphia's police commissioner in 1988 and served for four years. He earned widespread praise for improving police-community relations, increasing diversity in the upper ranks, and decentralizing the department.
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