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May 19, 1989 | By Catherine Lee, Special to The Inquirer
Frank Cautilli has forgotten most of the names and faces of the men he worked with at the sprawling Hog Island shipyard. But he remembers the biting cold that gripped the Philadelphia riverfront in 1917. Cautilli, 90, was working as a surveyor at the yard, where the mercury dipped to 7 below as thousands of workers drove wooden piles into frozen, marshy ground and poured concrete for 50 shipbuilding slots that would line a mile-long stretch of the Delaware River. What also lingers in Cautilli's memory was the frenzied pace at Hog Island.
BUSINESS
October 17, 1986 | By GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer
United Parcel Service yesterday broke ground for a $128 million air cargo terminal just south of Philadelphia International Airport - an event hailed by government officials as a significant economic victory for the region. The groundbreaking marked the official beginning of the first phase of a three-year project to build a distribution center that eventually would employ more than 4,700 people. State and local government officials worked for several months last year to sell UPS on the so-called Hog Island site near the airport.
NEWS
December 29, 1998 | by Ron Goldwyn, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 4, 1992 | By Lucinda Fleeson, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Just beyond the shadow of the George C. Platt Bridge, down a bumpy gravel road, through a sea of marsh grass, behind a police car pound and city sewage- treatment plant lies a secret garden. At one time this funky settlement of 70 or 80 vegetable plots, fruit tree orchards, ramshackle shacks and screened porches was called the Fort Mifflin Garden Growers Association. But now, there is no official name. Most of the gardeners are men who travel from their pavement-bound neighborhoods in South Philadelphia as early as 5 a.m. to this isolated peninsula at the confluence of the Schuylkill and the Delaware, called Hog Island.
NEWS
January 3, 2013
String Bands Division Club Totals Club Points 1. Fralinger . . . 96.70 2. Quaker City . . . 96.10 3. Woodland . . . 94.60 4. South Philadelphia . . . 92.05 5. Ferko . . . 91.25 6. Hegerman . . . 91.10 6 tie. Avalon . . . 91.10 8. Aqua . . . 82.75 9. Polish American . . . 81.05 10. Uptown . . . 79.80 11. Pennsport . . . 75.90 12. Duffy . . . 73.35 13. Broomall . . . 72.85 14. Durning ....
NEWS
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 ...
NEWS
April 6, 1994 | ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ/ DAILY NEWS
A fire destroyed an Army Corps of Engineers storage building at Hog Island and Fort Mifflin roads in Southwest Philadelphia yesterday. There were no injuries. During the fire, near historic Fort Mifflin, one of the building's walls collapsed. In photo above, firefighters help a colleague who fell or was knocked over, apparently when a hose under pressure was disconnected. An aerial ladder (right) and a marine unit in the Delaware River also battled the fire.
LIVING
December 26, 1999 | By Murray Dubin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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NEWS
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.
NEWS
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 ...
LIVING
December 26, 1999 | By Murray Dubin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
December 29, 1998 | by Ron Goldwyn, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
August 11, 1998 | By Dan Hardy, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
NEWS
September 5, 1997 | By Eric Dyer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT The Associated Press contributed to this article
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.
NEWS
May 18, 1997 | By Lisa Sandberg, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
NEWS
May 9, 1997 | By Lisa Sandberg, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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