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May 7, 2015 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three years ago, when George Bochetto read in his morning paper that Muhammad Ali's boyhood home was for sale, he put down his coffee and picked up the phone. "I tried to get hold of the Realtor," said Bochetto, a Philadelphia lawyer and former Pennsylvania boxing commissioner. As a lifetime fan of Ali's and an avid collector of his memorabilia, Bochetto was ready to pay the full $70,000 asking price for the small frame house in Louisville, Ky. His offer came too late. The house where the three-time heavyweight champion lived until he was a teenager had already been sold to Jared Weiss, a Las Vegas real estate investor.
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December 19, 1991 | By John Way Jennings, Inquirer Staff Writer
An early-morning fire claimed the life of a Gloucester County man yesterday after his 8-year-old daughter, choking on smoke, was pulled from a bathroom window by police. The man's 14-year-old stepdaughter suffered minor injuries in the fire. Michael Trautz, 61, of the 400 block of North Delsea Drive in Clayton, was pronounced dead at Kennedy Memorial Hospitals/Washington Township Division. Krystle Trautz, 8, suffered severe smoke inhalation and was listed in stable condition at the Washington Township hospital.
NEWS
December 6, 2000 | By Sara Isadora Mancuso and John Way Jennings, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Fires that injured four people in Harrison Township and Westville on Monday night appear to have been accidental, Gloucester County Fire Marshal William Reiger said. The first was reported about 6:30 p.m. in a two-story duplex at 324 Stonehouse Lane in Harrison. The fire wall prevented the flames from spreading to the second home, Reiger said. Harvey Z. Phillips, a resident, was in critical condition at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland, Delaware County. He was being treated for third-degree burns and smoke inhalation.
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November 29, 1986 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., Inquirer Staff Writer
A woman and her 7-year-old daughter died in a one-alarm fire that erupted before dawn yesterday in their home in the 2500 block of Tilton Street in Richmond, fire officials said. Patricia Bozarth, 26, was found dead in the second-floor rear bedroom of the two-story frame house, according to fire Capt. Robert Drennen. In the second-floor front bedroom, firefighters discovered the body of Bozarth's daughter, Jennifer. Both victims had suffered burns and smoke inhalation, investigators said.
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January 12, 1986 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Rescue workers searched the rubble of a two-story farmhouse in a Maryland suburb of Washington yesterday for the bodies of four adults and two children killed when flames raced through the building. Eleven people were asleep in the frame house when the blaze broke out about 2:30 a.m. in the rural community of Boyds, almost 30 miles outside Washington, said Ray Mulhall, a spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire Department. Five people managed to escape the flames and were taken to local hospitals, but the six others were trapped in the burning house, Mulhall said.
NEWS
September 10, 1987 | By John Jennings, Inquirer Staff Writer
An 8-year-old boy and his 7-year-old sister were killed yesterday and their parents and older sister injured when fire destroyed their two-story frame house in National Park. Killed were Michael and Kellie DuBeau. Their mother, Sandra, 30, was listed in critical condition yesterday at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center Burn Treatment Center. Vincent DuBeau, 31, the father, was treated for minor burns of the face at Underwood-Memorial Hospital and released. Another daughter, Delores, 12, was treated at Underwood for minor burns of the hands and face and released.
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February 4, 2007 | By Diane Mastrull INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As home-improvement projects go, lifting a house is not for the do-it-yourselfer. Hoisting something that weighs 100-plus tons requires exacting flood-elevation and relocation calculations, sturdy steel beams, and heavy-duty hydraulic lifts. Prime weather is critical, too. No snow, ice or blustery winds. Whether a home is wood or masonry block, it can be raised. And nearly everything inside may remain in place - even wall hangings, providing they are on sturdy hooks. Homeowners should put fragile items in storage and take along anything they will need for the two months they'll spend in temporary housing.
NEWS
July 21, 1989 | By John Way Jennings, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 7-year-old girl died and two other children were injured in a house fire in Salem city, and a four-alarm blaze that was deliberately set heavily damaged a nearby warehouse hours later, authorities said yesterday. The dead girl was identified as Valetina H. Bell of Carpenter Street. Two of her sisters, Latina Bell, 5, and Tyioshi Bell, 12, were listed in stable condition after treatment for smoke inhalation at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. Adrian Bell, 7, Valetina's twin brother, was rescued by neighbors as he was standing on the first-floor window sill in front of the home, authorities said.
NEWS
December 6, 1987 | By John Way Jennings, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 68-year-old West Atco man suffering from emphysema, his wife and three children were rescued by a neighbor from their burning house in the 200 block of Hayes Mill Road yesterday morning. Winslow Township police said Wenceslao Mercado, the husband, who uses a respirator, was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation by paramedics. No other injuries were reported. Rosalie Mercado, 54, said she and her husband were sleeping on the first floor of their two-story frame house in West Atco, when they were awakened by someone blowing a car horn.
NEWS
October 5, 2010 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two people were killed early Monday when a small ranch-style house caught fire in Hilltown Township, Bucks County, police said. Authorities declined to identify the couple pending a report from the Bucks County Coroner's Office, but a Doylestown man standing outside the house Monday afternoon identified the victims as his mother, Katherine M. Miller, 74, and her boyfriend, James Betancourt, who was in his 80s. Dennis Miller said his mother...
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May 7, 2015 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three years ago, when George Bochetto read in his morning paper that Muhammad Ali's boyhood home was for sale, he put down his coffee and picked up the phone. "I tried to get hold of the Realtor," said Bochetto, a Philadelphia lawyer and former Pennsylvania boxing commissioner. As a lifetime fan of Ali's and an avid collector of his memorabilia, Bochetto was ready to pay the full $70,000 asking price for the small frame house in Louisville, Ky. His offer came too late. The house where the three-time heavyweight champion lived until he was a teenager had already been sold to Jared Weiss, a Las Vegas real estate investor.
REAL_ESTATE
December 2, 2013 | By Diane M. Fiske, For The Inquirer
Tony La Salle and Robert Maggio have discovered that an old house can be modernized and still retain its Victorian charm. Inspiring this epiphany was the dilapidated farmhouse the couple bought in Lambertville that, along with its 131-year-old pedigree, had the distinction of being among the few freestanding houses in town. Also noteworthy, their new neighbors told them, was that its former owners, who had lived there for 50 years, had rarely opened the curtains, and the house always appeared dark and uninviting.
REAL_ESTATE
October 21, 2013 | By Diane M. Fiske, For The Inquirer
If it could talk, Diana Post's "little square house," as she calls it, would probably like to thank the letter carrier who delivered architect Shep Houston's New Yorker magazine to her by mistake about 10 years ago. As these things go, it was quite the fortuitous mail mishap. "Shep also lived behind my house in West Philadelphia," Post says. "I returned the magazine and found she was my neighbor just when I was looking for an architect. " Houston, she says, had worked with many Main Line homeowners who "love their old houses and want to improve them, not tear them down.
NEWS
October 9, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
A young poet who calls himself Willow Zef lives and works in a house that lacks an address, but offers an abundance of arboreal splendor. He's resident caretaker and artist-in-residence at Collingswood's Knight Park clubhouse, a long-overlooked and underappreciated abode that opened in the borough's signature park in 1888. It had been vacant for two years until he moved in nine months ago. "This is a work in progress," says Zef, 26, who's maintaining and restoring the interior of the house for the Knight Park Trust.
NEWS
March 19, 2013
IMAGINE MY surprise when I read in a recent editorial: "The hard work of transforming the broken system is almost done, with 100 percent of the properties in the city reassessed. " My property is one of thousands still unassessed. As I wait to see the "fair and accurate" valuation, I have been analyzing the available information for properties in my area. First, the data available through the City's website is limited and - in many cases - incorrect, seriously incorrect. I have examined over 100 properties near my home and have found incorrect building descriptions and sizes, erroneous land sizes and wildly varying valuations per square foot of both the homes and the land.
REAL_ESTATE
December 11, 2011 | By Eric W. Herr, For The Inquirer
Refurbishing a late 1920s house in Burlington City isn't just another project for master craftsman/historic-reconstruction specialist Joe Pennise Jr. The undertaking he began in fall 2008 is all about preserving a link to generations past and keeping fond family memories alive for future generations to share and enjoy. "My maternal grandfather, Frank Panico, came to the United States from Italy at age 20 with only $25 in his pocket shortly before World War I," Joe says, then he joined the U.S. Army and returned to Europe to fight for the Allies.
NEWS
October 5, 2010 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two people were killed early Monday when a small ranch-style house caught fire in Hilltown Township, Bucks County, police said. Authorities declined to identify the couple pending a report from the Bucks County Coroner's Office, but a Doylestown man standing outside the house Monday afternoon identified the victims as his mother, Katherine M. Miller, 74, and her boyfriend, James Betancourt, who was in his 80s. Dennis Miller said his mother...
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October 4, 2009 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
William Phillips Sr., 92, a retired public-housing official and an art patron who championed the teaching methods and philosophy of collector Albert C. Barnes, died of kidney failure Sept. 18 at Simpson House, a retirement residence in Philadelphia. In 1941, Mr. Phillips became one of the first African Americans to attend art classes at the Barnes Foundation in Merion. Painter Jack Bookbinder, a Barnes method teacher, had invited Mr. Phillips, who was working as a milkman and taking night classes at Standard Evening High School, where Bookbinder also taught.
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February 4, 2007 | By Diane Mastrull INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As home-improvement projects go, lifting a house is not for the do-it-yourselfer. Hoisting something that weighs 100-plus tons requires exacting flood-elevation and relocation calculations, sturdy steel beams, and heavy-duty hydraulic lifts. Prime weather is critical, too. No snow, ice or blustery winds. Whether a home is wood or masonry block, it can be raised. And nearly everything inside may remain in place - even wall hangings, providing they are on sturdy hooks. Homeowners should put fragile items in storage and take along anything they will need for the two months they'll spend in temporary housing.
NEWS
February 11, 2001 | By John Way Jennings, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two fires - an arson at a high school and a "suspicious" blaze that destroyed three rowhouses - kept firefighters busy early yesterday in East Camden, authorities said. Arson detectives were trying to determine who set a one-alarm blaze at Camden High School at Baird and Park Boulevards, and a three-alarm fire that swept through houses in the 100 block of South 34th Street. The fire at the school was the second at a public building in the city in little more than two weeks.
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