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September 6, 1997 | JIM MacMILLAN/ DAILY NEWS
A firefighter leaves the scene of a Frankford house fire which sent an unidentified woman to the hospital yesterday. The blaze occurred in the 4400 block of Elizabeth Street.
SPORTS
June 2, 1998 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Baseball nut Jack Redfern could have remained at Julia Masterman for all four years of high school. Throughout that stint, however, he would have been miserable to a certain degree. Masterman's only sin, in Redfern's mind, was that it didn't (and still doesn't) offer baseball, so after two years he packed his books and his hopes of gaining at least a sliver of baseball acclaim and transferred to Frankford. Keep in mind, Masterman is among the city's top academic institutions whereas Frankford is a neighborhood school not without its share of problems.
SPORTS
May 6, 1997 | By Marcia C. Smith, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
This was Frankford's baseball game to lose. The Pioneers went in undefeated atop the Public League standings, a team of underclassmen antsy to keep their perfect record, and they faced a hungry Central team that sought to dethrone the only team ahead of it. Both teams figured it would be close, and neither conceded it was over until the umpire left the field. Only in the bottom of the ninth, two innings past regulation, did Frankford finally prevail in a game it had led comfortably before falling behind by two runs going into that final at-bat.
SPORTS
October 23, 1993 | By Pete Schnatz, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Entering yesterday's home-field showdown with Frankford, Germantown football coach Charlie Hicks was hoping for a test by which to measure his team's improved play over last season. Hicks was still unsure about the Bears, who struggled to a 4-6, fourth- place finish in the Public League's Division B in 1992, but had opened this season by ripping through their first four opponents. "This is a pivotal game for us; it'll show us where we stand in the league," Hicks had told his players.
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February 20, 2005 | By Ira Josephs INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Fourteen titles were tallied, and 14 tales were told at yesterday's PIAA District 12 wrestling tournament. Each District 12 and Public League wrestling champion took a separate path to the top at George Washington High. Both the winner and runner-up in each weight class continue their seasons at the regional championships on March 4-5 at Norristown High. Frankford, which has won nine straight Public League dual-meet crowns, was also the team tournament champion with 287.5 points.
NEWS
December 4, 1986 | By Tim Panaccio, Inquirer Staff Writer
Scanning the list of Public League football champions over the years, one school continues to come up. Frankford. If anything, tradition will be on Frankford's side Saturday, when the Pioneers (7-3) meet Bartram (8-1) for the Public League Championship at Northeast High (2 p.m.). Frankford has won 18 Public League titles outright, its last two years ago under John McAneney, who took over for the legendary Al Angelo. "They might have tradition," Bartram coach Tom Bazis said, "but at the same time, the typical Southwest Philly kid has no respect for tradition.
SPORTS
December 7, 1996 | By Marcia C. Smith, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Had the Public League football final between front-runner Frankford and steady-playing Dobbins been scheduled a month ago, the prognosticators would have flocked to Frankford's bench. Then came the teams' last two games: confidence builders for Dobbins, spine shakers for Frankford. In today's league championship game at 2 p.m. at Northeast High, the Pioneers (10-1), coming off a loss, enter floundering in their championship gait, and once-perceived dark horse Dobbins (9-1)
NEWS
December 5, 1989 | By Kevin L. Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before Frankford beat Lincoln, 2-1, to win its third straight Public League soccer championship, Pioneers coach Bill Snyder told his team that a victory would mark the first time in more than 50 years that a Frankford team had achieved such a streak. From 1917 to 1919, the Pioneers won three straight. A victory Thursday at Philadelphia Textile would tie that, he said. So what if he pulled a Joe Isuzu? Actually, Frankford won five straight championships between 1964 and '68. Snyder played on three of those teams.
SPORTS
November 20, 1997 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
For reasons that remain unclear, Daniel Antoniuk long ago was tagged "Dizzy" by a brother, and the nickname never left him. Yesterday, though, the operative handle for Antoniuk and his Central High soccer teammates was giddy. With Antoniuk, a 6-2, 170-pound senior midfielder, scoring two goals, the Lancers stunned Frankford, 4-1, in a semifinal at Abraham Lincoln to terminate the Pioneers' amazing 10-year run of Public League championships. "It's about time they lost," Antoniuk said.
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March 28, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
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.
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March 3, 2014 | By Chuck Darrow, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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February 9, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
JULIO ESQUILIN had nothing to say in court yesterday before a Philadelphia judge sentenced him to 50 to 100 years in state prison for savagely raping and beating two young children. Esquilin, 25, of Frankford, attacked the children in fall 2011, sending them to the hospital in critical condition. Both were the children of his two girlfriends. In September that year, Esquilin victimized a 3-year-old girl, knocking her front teeth out and raping her so severely that she suffered massive bleeding, Assistant District Attorney James Carpenter told Common Pleas Judge Denis P. Cohen during a sentencing hearing.
SPORTS
January 19, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
STANDING at 6-6, Constitution High junior forward Ahmad "JR" Gilbert can catch and shoot with ease over most defenders. The smooth lefty with the feathery jump shot beats teams from wherever he wants. At 5-10, Kimar Williams has a different view of the world, and court. "I would love to be that tall," Williams said, flashing a smile. "I wish I was. " The junior guard isn't small on heart. He scored nine of his 13 points in yesterday's competitive first half against host Frankford, and most of his baskets were of the high-degree-of-difficulty variety.
NEWS
January 17, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
WHEN DIANE Davies' son told her to keep a bat by her front door, she thought he was crazy. "I've lived here 32 years, and I love this street," Davies said of her home, on Granite Street near Rutland in Frankford. "I've never had any problems here before; I thought it was a safe place. " That was until two men posing as workers from the city's Water Department knocked on her door about 9 a.m. yesterday. When Davies, 54, opened the door to greet the men, one of them immediately punched her in the eye. That's when she remembered her son's bat. "Next thing I knew, it was in my hand," she said.
SPORTS
January 10, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
FEW THINGS halt a high school basketball game like precipitation falling from inside the gym. What started as overwhelmed pipes spewing steam from behind the bleachers inside Frankford High yesterday eventually yielded what looked like raindrops falling from the ceiling as the steam returned to liquid form. The result: Imhotep Charter and host Frankford would have to share a bus back to the Panthers' place on 21st and Godfrey for their scheduled 3:15 p.m. Public A matchup. After a quiet trip and a quick warmup, a referee's quip just before tipoff (around 4:45 p.m.)
NEWS
December 27, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
AS FOR MANY people working Christmas Day, things were fairly slow yesterday for attendant Ashwani Kumar at the Riggins gas station and convenience store at Frankford and Torresdale avenues in Frankford. But in Kumar's case, the holiday wasn't the only explanation. The station's six pumps were still inoperable - covered with plastic bags - two days after a 48-inch water main more than a century old burst, flooding several businesses with millions of gallons of water. "Almost everything is [on an]
NEWS
December 26, 2013 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Expensive cars in the front. Cheap cars in the back. John Silva's display strategy has worked well in attracting business to his car dealership in Frankford. But on Monday, a major water main broke across the street, sending water gushing into his car lot and other businesses. "It was all my front line," Silva said Tuesday of his BMW and Mercedes vehicles that were destroyed by the quick-moving current. "My crappy cars were in the back, on the hill. Those were fine. " About 23 million gallons of water broke free from a 106-year-old water main at Frankford and Torresdale Avenues, flooding nearby streets and businesses, including a small ice cream shop and a large CVS. The damage was still being assessed Tuesday.
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December 18, 2013 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A TODDLER WHO was critically injured after falling from a Frankford apartment has died of his injuries, police said. The 3-year-old boy fell from an open window of an apartment on Foulkrod Street near Frankford Avenue about 6 p.m. Sunday. He was revived at the scene and taken to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. He was pronounced dead sometime late Sunday, according to Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman. Investigators said the toddler fell 24 feet, from the third floor.
SPORTS
December 16, 2013 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
There's no real way to stop Shareef Miller when he gets a quick jump off the defensive line. "Unless you just grab him," Frankford football coach Will Doggett said. And Miller said that on almost every play this season, he was clutched, grabbed, or pulled. But it proved to be just a nuisance for the 6-foot-5, 218-pound junior defensive end. He used his speed, strength, and size to barrel over linemen en route to leading Frankford with 70 tackles and 17 sacks. His size (he plans to add 12 pounds by next season)
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