May 13, 1986 |
A Washington development firm yesterday signed an agreement to purchase Liberty Bell Park in Northeast Philadelphia for $23.3 million and said it planned to develop a large enclosed shopping mall on the 288-acre property. In addition to building a $100 million mall that would be slightly bigger than the nearby Oxford Valley Mall in Langhorne, Western Development Corp. said it was considering plans to construct a hotel conference center, offices for professional and medical use and residences on the former harness racing track.
May 13, 1986 |
The owner of Liberty Bell Park yesterday agreed to sell the racetrack for $23.3 million to a Washington, D.C., development company that has tentative plans to build a shopping center on the Northeast Philadelphia site. Liberty Bell Park Inc., the track's corporate owner, plans to sell the 288- acre property to Western Development Corp., which has preliminary plans to build a large commercial development at the track, located at Knights and Woodhaven roads. A 1-million-square-foot shopping mall, specializing in discount stores, would anchor the project.
September 13, 2008 |
Craig Donnelly, who has been handicapping thoroughbred races in The Inquirer since 1971, when he was a senior at Radnor High School, has retired from the newspaper and will no longer be making selections. Over the years, Donnelly has picked the races at Garden State Park, Philadelphia Park, Atlantic City, Meadowlands, Liberty Bell Park, and Keystone. He once picked all eight races correctly at Delaware, and the most impressive horses he saw run in person were Spectacular Bid in 1979 and Afleet Alex in 2005.
January 6, 1992 |
John Joseph "Junior" Murphy, 81, a former Philadelphia firefighter and well-loved member of the Port Richmond neighborhood, died Thursday at Northeastern Hospital. Mr. Murphy was a native of Philadelphia, attended St. Anne's School and played basketball in the Philadelphia Catholic League. Mr. Murphy was a member of the Philadelphia Fire Department from 1936 to 1961. After retiring from the department, he worked as fire chief for the Liberty Bell Park until 1979. Mr. Murphy was a strong and sturdy man who stood 6 feet, 6 inches tall and always walked to church, said his daughter-in-law Judith Murphy.
March 3, 1996 |
Louis Stein, 90, a former president of Food Fair Stores, died Friday at Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach from complications of a stroke he suffered last year. Mr. Stein was born Jan. 29, 1906, in Union City, N.J. After graduating from Fordham Law School in 1926, he practiced law in New Jersey from 1926 to 1953. He moved to Philadelphia in 1953 when he became president of Food Fair Stores. He retired in 1971 and split his time between Philadelphia and Miami Beach, where he became active in community affairs.
September 24, 1987 |
James "Daddy Jimmy" Wallace, a North Philadelphia businessman who operated Jimmy's Corner at 21st and Oxford streets for the past 45 years, died Sunday. He was 81 and lived in North Philadelphia. "Jimmy's Corner in many respects was - and remains - an old-fashioned general store, a place where you can still pick up all those little needed items," said Linda Jasper, a niece who worked off and on for 21 years at the corner store. "Daddy Jimmy - he was my godfather as well as my uncle - first put me on the payroll at the age of eight.
July 15, 2005 |
Rick Wilson is among the most dominating jockeys in the history of racing in the Philadelphia area, boasting nine riding titles and some 75 stakes victories at Philadelphia Park alone. But Wilson, 51, has not ridden since May 8, 2004, when his mount at Pimlico stumbled after the start and kicked the fallen rider in the head, resulting in a heavy loss of blood and multiple skull fractures. A race will be named in his honor at Philadelphia Park tomorrow and many friends and fans will be able to greet the rider who was known for his aggressive riding style and tremendous desire to win. Wilson and his wife, Jean, will travel from their home in Sykesville, Md., to Philadelphia Park along with three of their four children.
December 28, 1989 |
Brandywine Raceway, a homey jewel of a racetrack in northern Delaware, will close because of increasing financial losses, officials announced yesterday. The closing means the loss of up to 1,800 permanent, seasonal and contract jobs associated with the operation of the harness racing track, according to track president Denis McGlynn. Brandywine Raceway was built for $2 million and opened in 1953 on 188 acres, six miles north of downtown Wilmington. While the area around the track has grown enormously with homes and businesses, so have other places for people to gamble.
July 13, 1994 |
Paul Jenkins, vice president of racing and the racing secretary at Philadelphia Park, resigned yesterday after 10 years of coordinating the live racing programs at the Bensalem track. The 51-year-old official said his resignation was sparked by continuing frustration with the declining quality of racing at Philadelphia Park, which many prominent horsemen have left to seek better purses and conditions elsewhere. "You've got to have quality trainers to run a good meet," Jenkins said yesterday.
February 6, 1987 |
Brandywine Raceway, the northern Delaware harness track that was in danger of closing late last year, will hold races through the 1987 season. Track officials have announced that the Delaware Harness Racing Commission has granted 138 racing dates to Brandywine, a 5/8-mile track just across the Pennsylvania border from Delaware County. The dates were approved at a meeting Wednesday night in Dover, Del. The track will open its 35th racing season on March 29 and end its schedule on Sept.