February 26, 2015 |
MANAYUNK will be mobbed by Mummers on Saturday when all 17 string bands march down Main Street in the first Philadelphia Mummers Mardi Gras Parade. Postponed last weekend by wintry weather, the free, family-friendly, two-hour parade from Shurs to Green lanes is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. under forecasted cold, sunny skies. The string bands will then serenade and schmooze with fans from noon to 4 p.m. in Manayunk restaurants. A $10 contribution to the cash-strapped Mummers buys a bracelet to all after-parties plus food and drink discounts.
February 23, 2015 |
LAST SUMMER, Irene Madrak, executive director of the North Light Community Center in Manayunk, was having nightmares about a dream playground turning into a giant bowl of mulch soup. Her dilemma began when KaBoom! - the company that builds playgrounds in a day with the help of community volunteers - offered one to North Light, which has delivered social services to families and kids since 1938 on Green Lane near Wilde Street. "If we wanted a new KaBoom! playground," Madrak said, "we had to remove our old playground and 2,500 square feet of asphalt.
January 30, 2015
P ATRICIA DONAHUE, 62, of Roxborough, owns Consignment Marketplace in Manayunk. The business carries a variety of used housewares and furniture for every room in a house. The items are displayed in a 5,000-square-foot showroom on Main Street near Shurs Lane. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for the biz? A: It's 3 years old, but I've owned it since June 2014. I worked for the former owner. When she sold the building, I bought her business for $25,000 and rented the first floor from the new landlord.
January 12, 2015 |
YOU'D HAVE THOUGHT that a head of state was being mourned in Manayunk this past week. A thousand people descended upon St. John the Baptist Church on Thursday evening to pay respects to the family of Shane Montgomery during a four-hour viewing that went into overtime to accommodate the grieving. Police, who had to direct heavy traffic around the majestic Rector Street church, were back in action yesterday morning to manage the hordes attending the second viewing for Shane at 9 a.m., followed by Mass.
December 29, 2014
ISSUE | CULTURE WARS Choice, feminism unfairly blamed Yet again, Robert W. Patterson blames the Supreme Court's decision to legalize abortion for America's seemingly intransigent economic problems ("Too many lack opportunities for success," Dec. 21). He also claims that feminism is a precursor to our economic doldrums. As in his past writing, Patterson does this without a shred of evidence, data, or viable anecdotes. He makes tired and meritless assertions while turning a blind eye to the positive economic news that is boosting the stock market and putting men and women back to work.
December 25, 2014 |
Over the years, Manayunk designer Paula Hian has had her fair share of fits, starts, and fashion drama. For example, Hian swears the belted plastic raincoat she developed in a Paris factory in 2005 was copied by at least two well-known designers who shared a manufacturing facility with her. Although the Paula Hian label received a bit of Hollywood buzz back in 2007 when Gossip Girl' s Taylor Momsen wore the designer's bubble-hemmed frock...
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 19, 2014 |
Broad Street's sequined strutters will be flapping their feathers toward Main Street come February. Just days before their annual New Year's Day parade along a shortened route in central Philadelphia, the Mummers announced Wednesday that they would hold yet another parade a few weeks later - through Manayunk, in a Mardi Gras celebration they hope to turn into an annual affair that can double as a fund-raiser. It will be the first time the Mummers will mount a parade beyond the New Year's spectacle that is to many Philadelphians what the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade is to New Yorkers.
December 8, 2014 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. "You know. Something like Manayunk. " In the last two years, there hasn't been a conversation reported in this space about a reemerging suburban borough or a hopeful city neighborhood that did not include at least one reference to the "Manayunk experience. " That's Manayunk, translated from present-day Philadelphian as trendy and hip , as opposed to Manayunk, from a Lenni Lenape word meaning river (in this case, the Schuylkill)
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.