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July 25, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police have arrested a man who they say sexually assaulted a woman Tuesday morning in Logan Square. The 31-year-old woman told police that she was sleeping in the park just before noon when she awoke to find a man "crouched over her with his hands in her underwear. " She struggled with her attacker, police said, and was able to break free and alert police. She was treated at St. Joseph's Hospital. Officers later arrested Nico Natividad, 23. He was charged with attempted rape, unlawful restraint, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and indecent assault.
NEWS
February 7, 2014 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
FOR YEARS, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway has been compared favorably to the Avenue des Champs-Elysees in Paris. But critics say the Franklin Institute's plan to install a flashing, digital sign outside its building on the Parkway could dramatically change its beauty. "It will look like a Las Vegas strip," lawyer Samuel C. Stretton said yesterday. "If this happens . . . every museum will have a flashing sign up and down the Parkway. It will be a tragedy. " Stretton is scheduled to go to court today on behalf of Scenic Philadelphia, an anti-billboard advocacy group, and a group of Logan Square residents who want to appeal a zoning variance the Zoning Board of Adjustment granted to the museum for the sign.
NEWS
May 26, 2012 | Inga Saffron
Logan Square, one of William Penn's original city parks, hasn't been a true square since the early 20th century, when the city began plowing the Ben Franklin Parkway through Center City's northwest quadrant. The heart of the square was turned into one of the world's most elegant traffic circles, home to Alexander Stirling Calder's Swann Fountain, while the remaining pieces were cast adrift, an archipelago of mournful traffic islands, uninhabited and bleak. The Center City District has made a mission out of reclaiming those pieces, starting a few years ago on the west side with the scooped trapezoid called Aviator Park, opposite the Franklin Institute.
BUSINESS
October 17, 1996 | By Julie Stoiber, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A month after the city's largest law firm announced it was moving out of One Logan Square, another major law office said yesterday that it was moving in. Blank, Rome, Comisky & McCauley worked out a "dream deal" for eight floors in the Class A office tower at a lower rate initially than it pays at 4 Penn Center, the Class B space it has occupied for 34 years, said the firm's managing partner, David. F. Girard-diCarlo. The move to One Logan Square, at 18th and Cherry Streets, will be completed by September.
BUSINESS
May 22, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Watermark at Logan Square retirement complex was acquired earlier this month for $65.3 million by a company identified as SNR 21 Logan Square Owner, according to city records. The buyer shares a Texas address with Fortress Investment Group in a related document filed with the city. Watermark Logan Partners sold the property to SNR 21. Fortress spokesman Gordon Runte and Watermark spokeswoman Jill Hofer did not return calls seeking comment. The Watermark has 464 rental apartments and assisted-living units, according to the property's website.
NEWS
November 25, 2000 | JIM MacMILLAN/ DAILY NEWS
A passer-by stops yesterday to look at the ice on the figures in the fountain at Logan Square, as the temperature dipped to 24 degrees.
NEWS
September 18, 1991 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / BONNIE WELLER
94 degrees, a record - that Hallahan High School students got out 1 1/2 hours early yesterday. Students Danielle Tomczak (left) and Katie Hart cooled off quickly in the Swann Fountain at Logan Square.
NEWS
March 23, 1991 | ANDREA MIHALIK/ DAILY NEWS
A trio of doctors from Baltimore attending a local conference witness the first gushes of the Swann Memorial Fountain, reactivated with the advent of spring. The fountain at Logan Square, 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, received a privately funded, $2 million restoration that was completed last summer after a much longer dry spell dating to 1989.
NEWS
November 4, 2014
G ARY CARDI, 39, of Wayne, is a partner in Public House Investments (PHI), which provides management services to restaurant/bars in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. He also owns two City Tap Houses, in University City and Logan Square, and Field House and Pennsylvania 6 in Center City. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for PHI? A: That's the management company. Each restaurant is individually owned by me or one of my three partners. The management company supplies managers to all 16 restaurants that each partner owns.
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FOOD
July 17, 2015 | Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
City's Latest Hot Roast Philly's ever-perking cafe scene has produced another gem - this one for Logan Square. Peddler Coffee Alchemy, a Port Richmond-based roaster that made its first public forays last year at the Franklin Flea, has settled a permanent cafe with Third Wave style (exposed brick, pour-overs) into the former Darling's space at 21st and Spring Streets behind the Franklin Institute. Peddler leans toward lighter roasts (no "carbon flavor"), but keeps it accessible. I was especially impressed with this Nicaraguan Santa Candida, which is one of Peddler's workhorse beans, prepared with equal success as espresso, iced and silky smooth off the slow-dripping Kyoto brewer, or simply as a traditional drip-filter.
BUSINESS
May 22, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Watermark at Logan Square retirement complex was acquired earlier this month for $65.3 million by a company identified as SNR 21 Logan Square Owner, according to city records. The buyer shares a Texas address with Fortress Investment Group in a related document filed with the city. Watermark Logan Partners sold the property to SNR 21. Fortress spokesman Gordon Runte and Watermark spokeswoman Jill Hofer did not return calls seeking comment. The Watermark has 464 rental apartments and assisted-living units, according to the property's website.
NEWS
May 8, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mary Kay Gibbons, 76, of Philadelphia, a nurse and lifelong caregiver for friends, neighbors and family, died Sunday, May 3, of cancer at home. Mrs. Gibbons, whose maiden name was Kearney, was at various times a working nurse, corporate nurse, and visitor to the sick and homebound. Her family, though, joked that she also practiced "whole listic" nursing - as she had a whole list of remedies from a lifetime of experience. She could recommend an herbal product or over-the-counter item for whatever was ailing anyone.
NEWS
May 1, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
CITIZENS CAN'T stop the Franklin Institute from putting a digital sign outside the museum near the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Commonwealth Court has ruled. In a 6-1 decision last week, the court found that nearby residents, who want to challenge the legality of the Zoning Board of Adjustment issuing a variance to allow the digital sign, don't live close enough to be negatively affected by a digital sign. Samuel C. Stretton, the attorney representing the Logan Square residents and Scenic Philadelphia, said he would file a petition to the state Supreme Court next week asking for the right to appeal the decision.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
E GYPT SHERROD , host of HGTV's "Property Virgins" and a native of Philadelphia, was in Cherry Hill last week to sign copies of her new book, Keep Calm . . . It's Just Real Estate: Your No-Stress Guide to Buying a Home . Sherrod, originally from West Oak Lane, is famous for being known as "America's most beloved real-estate agent," appearing on TV and radio. She's hosted "Property Virgins" since 2012. Co-authored by real-estate expert Amber Noble Garland , who also was born and raised in Philly, the book offers a guide to navigating the sometimes complicated process of buying a home - from saving for a down payment to signing on the dotted line at the closing table.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
PHILADELPHIA saw some father-son love in the City of Brotherly Love over the weekend, when Bill Murray was in town. La Salle University's Kale Beers , who was doing the broadcast play-by-play during the La Salle/University of Rhode Island basketball game Saturday afternoon at Tom Gola Arena, spotted the "Caddyshack" star in the stands. Murray, incognito under a baseball cap, watched his son, assistant men's basketball coach Luke Murray , help lead the Rhody Rams to a 59-56 win over the Explorers.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Unlike Al Pacino's unexpectedly fitting performance at Saturday's Academy of Music Anniversary Concert and Ball, the evening's sartorial confections - sparkling and structured gowns in a dizzying array of designer names - were exactly what ball-goers have come to expect. In fact, the ladies who attended the orchestra's annual fund-raiser and glam fest even stepped it up a notch. Flo Celender, who lives in Jamison, Bucks County, was the star of the evening in a structured and meticulously pleated, vintage Christian Dior.
NEWS
December 15, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Constance E. Williams, 79, president of the Fitler Square Improvement Association in the 1980s and 1990s and a longtime resident of that Philadelphia neighborhood, died of a ruptured organ Saturday, Dec. 6, at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Md. For the last two years, the South Jersey native had lived at the Watermark at Logan Square retirement community before recently moving to Annapolis. "She was very significant" to Fitler Square, Lenore Millhollen, who has been a board member of the association since the 1960s, said in a phone interview.
NEWS
November 4, 2014
G ARY CARDI, 39, of Wayne, is a partner in Public House Investments (PHI), which provides management services to restaurant/bars in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. He also owns two City Tap Houses, in University City and Logan Square, and Field House and Pennsylvania 6 in Center City. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for PHI? A: That's the management company. Each restaurant is individually owned by me or one of my three partners. The management company supplies managers to all 16 restaurants that each partner owns.
BUSINESS
October 16, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Delaware and Maryland were already in. El Paso, Orlando, San Diego, and Spokane were in. On Tuesday, Mayor Nutter, flanked by federal energy and environmental officials, announced that Philadelphia also was joining a U.S. better-buildings challenge and launched an energy race among the city's biggest buildings. As in weight reduction, the biggest losers win. The challenge is to reduce energy use 5 percent by Sept. 30, 2015. But building operators are encouraged to do more.
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