July 18, 2014 |
Fatalism, defeatism, and paralysis in the face of crisis. These marvelous, quintessentially Philadelphian attributes, so readily discussed on sports radio, figure large in Philly author Andrew Meredith's powerful, elegant memoir, The Removers . Poetic, animated at turns by sly wit and a vital sense of the tragic, Meredith's literary debut is a coming-of-age story about a young man so laid low by familial crisis - and a keen talent for self-destruction...
July 11, 2014 |
DEVIN "Cole" Smith was once a Frankford drug dealer feared by the very people who bought his crack cocaine. So when Ramona Bell, 49, allegedly stole drugs and money from him on Feb. 8, 2013, Smith acted the part. He punched and stomped the life out of Bell in front of a handful of his terrified customers inside a crack house on Salem Street near Foulkrod, Assistant District Attorney Peter Lim told a jury yesterday at the conclusion of Smith's trial. "Nobody deserved to die like that . . . their face deformed, their breathing gurgling," said Lim, who asked the jury for a first-degree-murder conviction.
July 9, 2014 |
THE LAST TIME Elizabeth Stiver saw her daughter Sandy, the teen was running away from the family's home in Frankford toward the El with her sister-in-law. That was in 1968. Yesterday, Berks County Coroner Dennis Hess placed a metal urn in front of the elderly woman, who'd driven to Bern Township with two other children to be reunited with Sandy 46 years later. Elizabeth Stiver wept, with a tissue by her mouth, and didn't speak. "My mom saw them running down the street. She was hollering for them," Hazel DeMoss, Sandy's sister, said as she held her mother's hand at a morning news conference.
July 2, 2014 |
IT'S A WARNING repeated all summer long by public-safety authorities: Stay out of the city's creeks and streams. Yesterday, a teenager ignored that warning and lost his life in the waters of Frankford Creek, police said. The victim, a 15-year-old boy whose identity wasn't immediately available, was swimming with friends in the creek near Ramona and Wyoming avenues in Juniata Park about 5:45 p.m., police said. He was dragged under by the strong currents, and was unconscious when emergency medical personnel pulled him ashore minutes later.
June 10, 2014 |
THE PHILADELPHIA Police detective's business card sat in Russell Samuel Stiver's wallet for years, long after Stiver left the city, his large family reduced by two. Once a year, whether he was living in Missouri or Ohio, Stiver would drive his Ford station wagon back to Philly alone, to find out if police or anyone else had seen or heard from his daughter Sandra or daughter-in-law Martha. One day soon, three of Stiver's children - Hazel, Tom and Patrick - will drive back to Pennsylvania, 46 years after Sandy and Marty went missing.
May 29, 2014 |
In the third inning of the Public League baseball championship game Tuesday, George Washington's Roger Hanson was nearly pulled after experiencing a bout of wildness and giving up four walks. "I couldn't find my release point at all; my mechanics were off," the senior righthander said. "But I wasn't coming out of the game. No way. I wasn't going to let my teammates down. " Hanson stayed in against Franklin Towne Charter, escaped the third inning with a 4-6-3 double play, and helped the Eagles earn their first Public League crown since 1995 with a 3-2 triumph at Ashburn Field in South Philadelphia.
April 27, 2014
BASEBALL PUBLIC LEAGUE DIVISION A Frankford 11, Prep Charter 9: Gio Burgess drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning on a double down the right-field line. Burgos also came on to pitch in the fifth inning and allowed one unearned run to earn the win. CHES-MONT NATIONAL Avon Grove 4, Downingtown West 3: Joe Thompson's two-run double in the bottom of the seventh lifted the Red Devils. Thompson also threw four innings in relief to get the win. CHES-MONT AMERICAN Unionville 4, Oxford 3: Matt Foster singled home Nick Ward with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.
April 24, 2014 |
As a roaring blaze claimed the home of a family of nine, several neighbors kicked down a door to help two young children run to safety Tuesday morning in the city's Frankford section. Tricia Tilson and Karima Whitmore, residents of the 5200 block of Hawthorne Street, said they broke down the front door of 5214 Hawthorne shortly after 10 a.m. to save the children from the burning building. "Five minutes later, they would've been dead," said Tilson, 25. The children were identified as Delneisha Torrence, 8, and Robert Watford, 9. Their mother, Mozell Boozer, visibly shaken as she received aid from Red Cross personnel after the fire, declined to comment.
March 28, 2014 |
LOOKING BACK on it, Lanie Jacobson of Frankford isn't sure what drew her to felines and their finicky ways, how one tabby became two or how two became 200, but she just went with it. Jacobson, according to a sign on a fence at one of her two side-by-side Fillmore Street rowhouses, became a "crazy cat lady. " "No way, that's not an insult, fella," Jacobson, 64, said yesterday in a telephone interview from her home. "It's not an insult at all. Every cat is perfect. " Jacobson runs Animals in Crisis, a nonprofit organization that adopts out cats and, as its website says, hopes to solve feline "abuse, abandonment, and overpopulation" in Philadelphia.
March 3, 2014 |
IT'S A WONDERFUL STORY: A youngster from the decidedly non-botanical Frankford neighborhood around Bridge Street and Torresdale Avenue grows up to be a nationally acclaimed expert in all things planting and growing. That's Mike McGrath's story, but it doesn't start with a Frankford kid potting marigolds in a Dixie cup for Mother's Day and finding his niche for life. It starts with a foxy lady at a party, with a thing for raspberries. McGrath is host of NPR's popular, Philly-based "You Bet Your Garden" program.