October 9, 2014 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia's ambitious $2.4 billion, 25-year storm-water management program hinges on innovative practices such as porous pavement, green roofs, and rain gardens to soak up the first flows of rainfall. Anything to keep storm water from overwhelming the sewer system and overflowing into area rivers and streams, carrying road oil and litter and raw sewage with it. But, in the final analysis, sometimes you have to bring on the tank. On Tuesday, the city formally cut the ribbon on a $46 million project on Venice Island in Manayunk that includes a massive tank to hold the storm water and raw sewage that in an earlier time would have gushed into the Schuylkill during big storms.
October 7, 2014 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer, 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.
September 28, 2014 | By Chris Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Over his long career as a community activist and political maverick, T. Milton Street Sr. has faced his share of uphill battles, though surely none as stiff as Umbria Street. He had been rolling along just fine Sunday after leaving the Philadelphia Museum of Art on his custom-built titanium bike, on a ride to Valley Forge. But, coming out of Manayunk, the route turned a bit more vertical, and he struggled mightily as the grade stiffened. His breathing became labored and his bike weaved slightly as he slowed.
August 29, 2014
IF YOU haven't gotten your tix yet for October's Great American Beer Festival, in Denver, too late. The world's largest beer-judging event is sold out. But here's an insider's tip that will give you a taste of some of the champions: The last week of August is when local breweries deliver their bottles to Colorado for the medal competition. That means that specialties brewed especially for the event - the very best of their portfolios - go on tap locally over Labor Day weekend. Which means that, come October, when you hear that a local brewpub like Stewart's, in Bear, Del., or Round Guys, in Lansdale, has won a gold medal, you'll be kicking yourself if you don't get out there and taste 'em this weekend.
August 29, 2014 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Chef Tim Spinner and Brian Sirhal of the Feliz restaurants have veered away from Mexican for their fourth bar/restaurant, Beast & Ale (4161 Main St. in Manayunk; 267-437-3936), down the street from Taqueria Feliz. The name is a play on "Beef & Ale," and the concept is billed as "updated greasy spoon. " Seating is on three levels (a bar on street level, a mezzanine, and a second floor looking out on Main Street), and includes a 28-seat deck off the second floor. Centerpiece of the menu (from Spinner and chef Matthew Savastano, the former sous chef at La Calaca Feliz)
July 8, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
As triathletes, one professionally in the past and the other because she's clearly a glutton for torture in her free time, Holden Comeau and Jayme Anne Goldberg have an informed perspective on endurance sports. And not just that they are brutal. The two noticed a costly deficiency: Events managers were not using online video advertising. That meant they were seriously limiting outreach to potential participants and sponsorship revenue, Comeau and Goldberg said. You could liken it to a swimmer not wearing the most aerodynamic suit, or a marathoner not laced into the top running shoe.
June 26, 2014 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there In 2004, Eric was a doctor at MCP Hospital in East Falls, a newly minted lawyer, and a leader in the fight to keep the hospital open. The medical staff and community activists battling with Tenet Healthcare Corp. hired Carole, owner of Carole Felton Communications, to handle PR. She and Eric met at a strategy session. Stress and sleep deprivation did not prevent him from noticing her good looks and effervescent personality. At the end of the next meeting, he asked her out. As was his first-date custom, Eric had his answering service interrupt their dinner at Manayunk's Hikaru with a fake emergency.
June 23, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Judy Rohtbart and Nancy Gordon were on a mission: to find a small, one-of-a-kind table at the Manayunk Arts Festival for Gordon's new apartment in Center City. "It's serendipitous. You never know what you're going to find," said Rohtbart, an interior designer from Wynnewood riding the train from Conshohocken to Manayunk - forget even thinking about finding parking at the jam-packed event - where she was meeting her friend and client. As soon as the two hit Main Street, Gordon spied a piece that fit all of her qualifications: It was unique, handcrafted, and fun. But it wasn't a table.
June 6, 2014 | By Tom Avril, Inquirer Staff Writer
Simon Kaschock-Marenda needed a science project for his sixth-grade class at Masterman School and was intrigued by the fact that his parents had just cut back on sugar in their diet. Because his father, Drexel University biologist Daniel Marenda, worked with fruit flies, the boy thought it might be interesting to feed sugar and other sweeteners to some flies. Was it ever. Regular sugar was OK, but the flies that ate the sweetener Truvia were dead within a few days. Daniel Marenda was skeptical, so he helped his son redo the experiment.
June 1, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
On many days, the Manayunk Wall represents nothing more than the most convenient way home for Robin Carpenter. "It's one of the ways I'll often get back to my house," Carpenter said last week. "It's the shortest way. So if I'm feeling like I just want to get it over with, I'll just head straight up the Wall. " Sunday, it will mean much more as the starting and ending point of the race when the 21-year-old Manayunk native competes in his second Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic as a professional cyclist.
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