September 24, 2016 |
It's been 200 years since we began taming the Schuylkill, building 32 dams that made the shallow, rocky waterway passable for coal barges and that powered the mill towns springing up along the water's edge. It's a mostly forgotten anniversary: Little remains of the system beyond a few miles of canals, four dams, and various crumbling ruins. But one person marking this bicentenary is Sandy Sorlien, a photographer and urban-planning enthusiast on a quest to photograph all 32 dam sites before they're lost to history.
February 6, 2015 |
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.
January 6, 2015 |
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.
December 23, 2014 |
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.
December 12, 2014 |
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.
December 2, 2014 |
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.
December 2, 2014 |
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.
December 1, 2014 |
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.
October 7, 2014 |
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.
May 19, 2014 |
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.