July 22, 2012 |
The kid from Roxborough, then a freshman at Princeton, heard the words from his coach: "You think you have a sense of your limits. What is the edge of your limits?' " He decided to find out. When Glenn Ochal told his younger brother, Justin, what he was planning for himself one winter day on and around the Schuylkill, Justin responded, "Dude, are you insane?" Glenn's childhood nickname had been The Moose. His family entertained friends by having little Moose push people around the house in a chair.
July 19, 2012 |
Moon Krapugthong, who owns Chabaa Thai in Manayunk, is going the Japanese route with a second BYOB opening Friday just down the street. For Yanako (4255 Main St., 267-297-8151), she enlisted a team of designers that included new graduates of Philadelphia University architecture program. One of them, Jun Suh, is segueing into the general manager's role. Smashing job: The former boutique now has a two-story skylight. Birdcagelike light fixtures hang from the ceiling over a terra-cotta overhang.
July 16, 2012 |
It might make financial sense for Lisa Fiorilli to just walk away from her home in Manayunk — a tidy, three-story rowhouse on one of the neighborhood's familiar, hilly streets that rise up from Main Street and the canal. But Fiorilli, facing foreclosure after a two-year bureaucratic tangle with Bank of America over a mortgage modification, would rather stay and fight — even if her home is now worth less, as she says bank officials have suggested, than what she owes on it. Fiorilli's saga — backed up by a thick file of documents and call logs — is a story of a mortgage accommodation dangled and apparently snatched away for flimsy reasons, such as a phone payment that came in 35 cents short, and another payment that came in two weeks early.
June 19, 2012 |
A new regional Catholic elementary school that had been proposed for Manayunk will not open in September due to low enrollment, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Monday. St. Blaise Regional School was going to be created through the merger of St. Bridget parish school in East Falls and Holy Child Regional School in Manayunk, and based at Holy Child. But only 155 students had registered as of Friday, and the archdiocese said the school needed to have at least 250 students to cover teacher salaries and provide a quality education.
June 19, 2012 |
It was an uncertain Father's Day for many dads and moms of St. Bridget's parish in East Falls as they awaited news on the fate of a regional Catholic elementary school that never was — and might never be. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is expected to announce Monday whether it will create a new regional elementary school in Manayunk that would include the youngsters of St. Bridget's parish school, which closed its doors forever Friday....
June 19, 2012 |
THE ARCHDIOCESE of Philadelphia on Monday nixed its proposed school merger between St. Bridget Parish School and Holy Child Regional School because the combined entity had failed to attract the 250 students that would have made it viable. Both St. Bridget's in East Falls and Holy Child in Manayunk will close now, leaving no parochial school left in either section of the city, an Archdiocese spokeswoman said. Only 155 students had signed up to attend the proposed St. Blaise Regional School in Manayunk as of Friday, the Archdiocese said in a statement.
June 13, 2012 |
"DESPITE. " Of all the words in the totally depressing "important communique" from St. Blaise Regional Catholic School, that one word — "despite" — underscores why so many parents have rejected St. Blaise as the educational choice for their kids. Posted on the school's website on Friday, the letter, penned by East Falls and Manayunk parish priests, laments that just 155 students have registered for the 2012-13 academic year at St. Blaise. That's 95 fewer kids than the 250 needed to pay for teachers' salaries and programs come September.
June 6, 2012 |
LEMON HILL was easy. So was the other steep hill on the TD Bank International Cycling Championship Course. But then I got to the Manayunk Wall. Let me back up a bit. I'm no jock, but I usually hold my own. Not long after completing my first marathon last November, I signed up to do it again. I've even been toying with the idea of doing a triathlon. And so I figured I was ready when signed up to do the amateur portion of the TD Bank International Cycling Championship last Sunday.
June 5, 2012 |
AS NEARLY 200 cyclists fought their way up the infamous Manayunk Wall at Sunday's 2012 TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship, their moxie was mirrored by Jon Martin of Bluebell, who pushed a double stroller containing his sleeping Marianna, 2, and Anthony, 4, up the adjoining Lyceum Avenue sidewalk. No clanging cowbells for Martin as he doggedly made his way up the 17-degree incline over broken pavement and the protruding steel legs of race-route barricades, around weaving partygoers and oncoming strollers.
June 4, 2012 |
Hundreds of spectators lined the route of the Manayunk bike race Sunday morning cheering and ringing cowbells as the first racers strained to get to the top of the steeply inclined section on Lyceum Ave., known as "The Wall. " Police also lined the route to enforce the city's "zero tolerance" policy for disorderly behavior and public drunkenness. Residents, who had complained bitterly in the past of late night partying, noise, and rowdy behavior said there were signs that crowd conditions were much improved.