January 3, 2013
FRALINGER String Band's "Back from the Dead" theme this year had more than one meaning: The band survived near-disaster when a fire tore through its workshop space last month. And after a two-year drought outside the top three, Fralinger is back on top after snagging first prize - the band's first top honor since its eight consecutive first prizes from 2003 to 2010. Fralinger captain Thomas D'Amore, 24, was awarded top honors as captain for the second year running. As for the rest of the results, no surprises or upsets to speak of. The oft-high-scoring Quaker City String Band came in second place, with last year's winner, Woodland, taking third.
January 1, 2012
Club Totals Club Points 1. Woodland . . . 94.4 2. Quaker City . . . 93.4 3. So. Philadelphia . . . 92.1 4. Ferko . . . 89.3 5. Fralinger . . . 86.750 6. Hegeman . . . 84.950 7. Avalon . . . 82.850 8. Aqua . . . 81.250 9. Greater Kensington . . . 78.400 10. Polish American . . . 76.100 11. Uptown . . . 75.100 12. Pennsport . . . 71.950 ...
December 26, 1999 |
You can find Mark Wray in the garage with a dragon named Soupy Ribakaukas. Others stop by and help out on some nights and weekends, but usually it's just Mark and Soupy, and neither is a big talker. The garage is next to the motorcycle place on a gray, brooding splinter of South Philadelphia just below Fifth. Wray needed a rental space that didn't cost much, so street ambience didn't matter. He's inside six or seven days a week in November and December. Perhaps this will explain: Wray, 50, is a veterinarian and a Sicklerville resident, a Vietnam War vet, divorced, impassioned, opinionated, old-fashioned, and a mite ornery as it gets closer to Jan. 1. Forgot the most important thing: Mark Wray is a Mummer, captain of the Hog Island New Year's Association, a fancy club on Third near McKean.
December 29, 1998 |
Mark Wray the veterinarian spent Saturday night treating dogs hit by cars and cats overdosed on holiday chocolate. Mark Wray the Mummer spent Sunday preparing his elaborate show as captain of the Hog Island New Year Association in Friday's Mummers Parade. He does both very well. The animals are recovering - and Wray has won the coveted first prize among Fancy Division captains six years in a row. It's a balancing act, and all he has to give up is sleep and everything else in life.
August 11, 1998 |
It towers nine stories above the Delaware River with a classical Greek facade, looking more like a temple than a power plant. The 120-foot-high former Peco Energy Co. generating plant at the foot of Ward Street has ornate flanking towers. Its turbine room is decorated with classical stone columns and ornamental brick work that makes it seem more like Grand Central Station than the interior of a factory. Built in 1916, it provided electricity for the great riverfront industries of the day - Baldwin Locomotive Works, Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. and the Hog Island shipyard.
September 5, 1997 |
Body parts found on a Rhode Island beach over the weekend have been tentatively identified as belonging to an Audubon teenager who vanished nearly seven months ago while attending college in New England. The Rhode Island Medical Examiner's Office ruled this week that a left shin and foot discovered Sunday afternoon on Hog Island were those of Bryan Nisenfeld, 18, a freshman English major at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. Nisenfeld was last seen Feb. 6 after attending a literature class.
May 18, 1997 |
This town is the kind of place where everyone knows everyone, where houses are modest and tidy and where loyalties among the 4,400 residents are fierce. It's also a four-square-mile community without a single supermarket, theater, liquor store or pharmacy, but it's hardly a sleepy town. Three-quarters of the Philadelphia International Airport lies in Tinicum, as do seven hotels that cater mostly to airport travelers, and 300 other businesses - many of them industrial - that employ 12,000 workers.
May 9, 1997 |
Sinking a silver shovel into a bed of red clay, Gov. Ridge yesterday heralded a $5 million, two-mile extension of a riverfront road that is seen as creating 8,000 airport-area jobs over the next decade. "At the end of the day, what Pennsylvania needs to do is create decent, sustainable jobs," Ridge said amid the occasional roar of jets passing overhead. "This [project] is an opportunity for the government and the private sector to work together to create those jobs. " Ridge went on to say that the long-awaited extension of Hog Island Road, a project to be jointly funded by Delaware County, the Delaware River Port Authority, and the state, would open up hundreds of acres of undeveloped land to commercial and industrial development.