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April 18, 1994 | By Daniel Rubin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Walk along the Manayunk Canal and back in time. From here, the buildings that house the shops and bistros on Main Street still look like the brawny mills they were when Philadelphia rode into the Industrial Revolution on wheels of water. Their facades may be carved into distinct notions in pastel and neon, but their backs remain immense blocks of stucco, stone and brick. On the squat side streets that span the canal, it's obvious that Manayunk still works. Eighteen-wheelers rattle over the low and narrow Cotton Street bridge to Venice Island.
NEWS
January 6, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
For five weeks, Shane Montgomery's family searched for him - posting "Missing" signs that still hang in store windows in Manayunk and miles beyond, tying green ribbons to telephone poles, standing vigil on the banks of the Schuylkill on frigid weekend afternoons as volunteer divers combed its depths. That, Montgomery's uncle said Sunday, was the easy part. On Saturday afternoon, Shane Montgomery's brother, Thomas LaCorte, was the first of the family to see a diver's hand emerge from the water during the final search of the river - a sign, at last, that something had been found.
NEWS
December 23, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Divers searching the Schuylkill for any trace of a missing West Chester University student found the 21-year-old's keys in the water near the riverbank Sunday, the student's uncle said. Shane Montgomery of Roxborough has been missing since early Thanksgiving Day. He was out with friends at Kildare's Irish Pub on Main Street in Manayunk and disappeared after leaving the bar. Two weeks ago, police recovered video of Montgomery on a bridge crossing the Manayunk canal that leads to a parking lot. On Sunday, his keys were found in the river just south of that lot, said Kevin Verbrugghe, Montgomery's uncle.
NEWS
November 16, 2005 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's a symbol of Manayunk's vibrant past and, it is hoped, a more vibrant future. And it's a miracle the Manayunk Canal is here at all. "Absolutely," said Nicole Galdieri, president of the Friends of the Manayunk Canal, a nine-year-old volunteer group that monitors and lobbies for the canal. "It's one of the last two sections that still exist. " Galdieri, 25, is a transplanted " 'Yunker" and a University of Pennsylvania grad student working on dual degrees in environmental studies and city planning.
NEWS
February 10, 2003 | By Darlene Messina
The headline on a front-page article on Dec. 22 reads: "New strategy on flooding: Don't rebuild, just get out. " Three days later, an article tucked away in the middle of the paper is headlined, "Ruling clears way for Manayunk units: Luxury apartments on flood-prone Venice Island got the green light from Commonwealth Court. " And then we have this headline on Jan. 12: "Danger an issue, U.S. set to remap flood-prone areas: New maps could save $48 billion in property damage, FEMA estimates.
NEWS
August 11, 1988 | By Charlotte Kidd, Special to The Inquirer
Ground was broken for a new section of the bikeway between Philadelphia and Valley Forge this week, but members of the Conshohocken Borough Council had questions about the paved path that will cut through the borough. The new section of the bike path, Phase II, will extend 4.3 miles from Norristown to Oak Street in Conshohocken. County officials gathered Tuesday at Riverfront Park for a groundbreaking for it. At a meeting Monday night, members of the Montgomery County Planning Commission updated the council on the county's plans for the bikeway along the Schuylkill.
NEWS
February 24, 1997 | By Michael A. Nutter
Your editorials Dec. 9 and Feb. 14 addressed my proposed zoning legislation for Manayunk. In December, you viewed this measure as an important tool to "control commercial and residential density and foster economic growth. " Two months later, you suggest I "take a more sober look at how to balance competing needs in the areas. " The change of heart sends a confusing message. The bill, as written, prohibits new restaurants between Shurs Lane and Leverington Avenue. This approximate eight-block stretch already has 32 restaurants.
NEWS
January 13, 2011 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia has received $1.3 million from a state funding initiative to extend the Cynwyd Heritage Trail in Lower Merion across the Schuylkill via the Manayunk Bridge. The announcement Wednesday adds one more link to the growing network of regional walking and biking pathways envisioned by planners for the Philadelphia area. Someday, planners project, it will be possible to get on a bike near the Philadelphia Museum of Art and ride to the farthest reaches of the suburbs. Parts of the network are built, said Christopher Leswing, Lower Merion assistant director of building and planning, but much remains to be done.
BUSINESS
November 4, 1994 | by Mark McDonald, Daily News Staff Writer
The explosion of restaurants and retail shops along Main Street in Manayunk has created one of the city's most vibrant places to be. But there's been a cost: Try finding a parking spot. The development boom has created tensions between the largely working-class neighborhoods and the business community along the glitzy strip. "Obviously, parking becomes a very intense issue if you come home from work and can't find a place to park," said Kay Smith, executive director of the Manayunk Development Corp.
BUSINESS
June 24, 2005 | By Henry J. Holcomb INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A second residential building boom is developing in Manayunk, the neighborhood of mills from another era that has become a shopping and dining mecca along the Schuylkill. Construction has started on two big condominium projects, and a third is planned. By year's end, 650 residential units will be under construction in these projects in the hillside Philadelphia neighborhood of 5,000 residents. A fourth is being planned across the river in Montgomery County. In collaboration with that project, Lower Merion Township wants to enhance public access to its riverfront and create new pedestrian links to Manayunk.
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February 6, 2015 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
Responding to the death of Shane Montgomery - who drowned in the Schuylkill after leaving a Manayunk bar on Thanksgiving morning, but whose fate was a mystery for weeks afterward - Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. wants to require every business that serves alcohol to install exterior cameras. "I don't want this to ever happen to anybody again," said Karen Montgomery, Shane's mother, who suggested the legislation. "I lost Shane for 36 days. And I looked for him for 36 days.
NEWS
January 6, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
For five weeks, Shane Montgomery's family searched for him - posting "Missing" signs that still hang in store windows in Manayunk and miles beyond, tying green ribbons to telephone poles, standing vigil on the banks of the Schuylkill on frigid weekend afternoons as volunteer divers combed its depths. That, Montgomery's uncle said Sunday, was the easy part. On Saturday afternoon, Shane Montgomery's brother, Thomas LaCorte, was the first of the family to see a diver's hand emerge from the water during the final search of the river - a sign, at last, that something had been found.
NEWS
December 23, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Divers searching the Schuylkill for any trace of a missing West Chester University student found the 21-year-old's keys in the water near the riverbank Sunday, the student's uncle said. Shane Montgomery of Roxborough has been missing since early Thanksgiving Day. He was out with friends at Kildare's Irish Pub on Main Street in Manayunk and disappeared after leaving the bar. Two weeks ago, police recovered video of Montgomery on a bridge crossing the Manayunk canal that leads to a parking lot. On Sunday, his keys were found in the river just south of that lot, said Kevin Verbrugghe, Montgomery's uncle.
NEWS
December 12, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
ABOUT TWO WEEKS after college student Shane Montgomery seemingly disappeared into thin air after leaving a Manayunk pub early Thanksgiving morning, police yesterday renewed their search of the Schuylkill's waters based on new information gleaned in the case. Since Montgomery, 21, a Roxborough native, was last seen leaving Kildare's on Main Street near Conarroe about 1:50 a.m. Nov. 27, the case has stumped investigators, one of whom, several days after his disappearance, told the Daily News they were "desperate for clues.
NEWS
December 2, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
AS THE DAYS-long search effort to find Shane Montgomery - the Roxborough man who went missing after leaving a Manayunk pub early Thanksgiving morning - continued last night, the young man's family found a small glimmer of hope in their quest for answers in his mysterious disappearance. Philadelphia Police Marine Unit divers, who for hours yesterday dredged the Manayunk Canal in the search for the 21-year-old West Chester University student who was home for Thanksgiving break, came up with nothing.
NEWS
December 2, 2014 | By Allison Steele and Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writers
The FBI task force that helped find and rescue Philadelphia kidnap victim Carlesha Freeland-Gaither has joined the search for missing college student Shane Montgomery. As agents began reinterviewing witnesses in the Manayunk area Sunday, a police marine unit ended its inch-by-inch search in the frigid Manayunk Canal, failing to turn up any trace of Montgomery. The marine unit may next begin searching the nearby Schuylkill. Montgomery's mother, Karen, said she felt bittersweet relief that her son had not been found in the murky canal.
NEWS
December 1, 2014 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bound by faith and an increasing sense of urgency, hundreds of volunteers concerned about the fate of West Chester University student Shane Montgomery gathered Saturday evening in Manayunk for an emotional prayer vigil near the bar where he was last seen partying with friends on Thanksgiving Eve. A special Mass followed at St. John the Baptist Church on Rector Street. Nearly 500 people - friends, family, fellow students, and neighborhood residents - had scoured the streets and the Schuylkill riverbank in near-freezing conditions over two days, with the search scheduled to continue Sunday.
NEWS
October 7, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
THE PHILADELPHIA Water Department needed to build a 4 million-gallon underground basin in Manayunk to capture stormwater and prevent sewers from overflowing into the Schuylkill. The city's Parks & Recreation Department and the Manayunk Development Corporation needed to replace the crumbling Venice Island playground with a performing-arts center to serve as a neighborhood cultural magnet. In the course of a few jaw-dropping minutes at a community meeting, a marriage was made between strange bedfellows.
NEWS
May 19, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
LOCAL PERFORMERS will have to wait a few more months for the curtain to rise at the Venice Island Performing Arts Center & Recreation Park in Manayunk. The completion of the venue, a project more than 10 years in the making, has been pushed back from June 5 due to a variety of factors, city officials have said. The biggest culprit? Torrential rains late last month that flooded the construction site on Venice Island, sandwiched between the Manayunk Canal and the Schuylkill. Tom Dignam, the city Parks and Recreation Department's performing-arts coordinator, said no specific date has been set for the opening, but estimates it'll be sometime in the fall, possibly October.
NEWS
May 3, 2014 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jon Cordo and Glenna Breslin moved to the Venice Lofts for the ambience - a mix of Industrial Age textile mills and modern amenities, nestled between the Schuylkill and the Manayunk Canal. "We wanted water views," Cordo said Thursday as rescue workers were evacuating his neighbors from the flooded island. "We have them now. " The couple had experience with rising waters - they'd weathered Hurricane Sandy in Hoboken, N.J. But that October 2012 disaster gave enough advance notice for them to stock up on wine and bottled water.
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