September 17, 2016 |
Quadir Phillips hadn't even touched the ball on offense or made many plays on defense. But in the third quarter of Thursday's demolition of Strawberry Mansion, the 5-foot-5, 120-pounder from Fels made the play of the game, hit of the game and most unselfish play of the game - all at the same time. The final score was 34-12 at Northeast High, and the game was already in hand by the time Phillips left his mark. But that didn't matter much to coach Bill Harrigan. "Quadir, that was my play of the game right there!"
September 8, 2016 |
Wins have been difficult to come by for Strawberry Mansion's still-fledgling football program. Entering its third season of varsity play, coach Steve Quigley's crew has gone 1-7 in the Public League and 3-16 overall. At least for Week 1, however, Strawberry Mansion knows only victory, and perhaps most impressive it won with just 15 players in uniform. "We've been stressing conditioning," said Quigley, who took over four years ago in Mansion's inaugural junior varsity only season.
September 4, 2016 |
THIS SUMMER, when the world's eyes were on Philadelphia because of the Democratic National Convention, the Huffington Post went to North Philadelphia to visit the Strawberry Mansion Learning Center. The Huffington Post wanted to film a story on gun violence and had sought out a CeaseFire PA fellow, who suggested reporters go to the Learning Center. "I was excited," said Kevin Upshur, 57, the center's founder. "You have people who call you and want to tell your story - and really tell it in a way that can help you to help others.
August 28, 2016 |
A year ago, the historic McNeal Mansion in Burlington City faced demolition after a redeveloper said the cost of restoring the fire-damaged building could approach $10 million. At the time, the city's historic preservation commissioners said they were saddened that the three-story Colonial Revival mansion of Andrew McNeal, who founded what became U.S. Pipe & Foundry Co., might be razed, but seemed resigned to it. But last month, Brahin Properties, the Philadelphia-based redeveloper, bowed out after the city balked at its plans to build a 200-unit townhouse and condominium complex on the 24-acre site.
June 15, 2016 |
The second of two men accused of robbing and killing a Strawberry Mansion couple two years ago has pleaded guilty in a deal in which he was sentenced to prison for 38 to 76 years. Terry Ballard pleaded guilty Friday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court to two counts of third-degree murder, conspiracy, and robbery in the slayings of former neighbors Rufus Perry, 79, and his wife Algladis, 66. Ballard, 28, was scheduled for trial next Monday but asked to plead guilty during Friday's status hearing, said Assistant District Attorney Richard Sax. Sax said Ballard's boyfriend and accomplice, Justen Smith, 21, pleaded guilty May 2 to the same charges and received an identical sentence from Judge Glenn B. Bronson.
June 8, 2016 |
HEY CUPCAKE, in some sort of cosmic joke, the Playboy Mansion has been sold to the private equity firm manager whose fund owns Hostess. And Twinkies. And Ding Dongs. USA Today reports that Daren Metropoulos of Metropoulos & Co., plans to buy the home in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles. The Playboy Mansion was listed at $200 million, but we're guessing that had less to do with the number of bedrooms (12) than who was in them. A final sale price was not disclosed. The Wall Street Journal, which broke the mansion news, reported that Metropoulos is familiar with the mansion as Hef sold him an adjacent house, seven years ago, for $18 million.
May 29, 2016 |
WHEN KIARA Brooks and her teammates walk the halls of Strawberry Mansion High in their lacrosse uniforms, other students pepper them with questions. "They'll say, 'What?' or 'What's that?' " said Brooks, 16, a sophomore. "Sometimes they call it corny. " But she and her teammates are resilient. Having begun playing lacrosse in February, they've learned to keep their cool against opponents with much more experience, some of whom have taunted them, calling them "ghetto" or other insults, coach Jazmine Smith said.
April 23, 2016 |
A 19th-century mansion steeped in Chester County history and squeezed by development was won at auction Thursday by a Princeton businessman who said he would restore the house and build a hotel next to it. C.Z. Patel, 70, who has developed and managed hotels in New Jersey and North Carolina, paid $710,000 for Loch Aerie, a Swiss-Gothic showpiece built by shirt-collar magnate William Lockwood in 1868. The opening bid was $250,000. Patel said he was unsure how he would use the house, but said the hotel would be of "higher quality" than the Comfort Suites and Best Westerns he owns elsewhere.
April 11, 2016 |
Before the Sheraton moved in across the road, before Home Depot set up shop next door, Loch Aerie was the bewitching summer estate of a gentleman farmer who amassed a great fortune manufacturing paper shirt collars and then lost it. William Lockwood's 1868 Swiss-Gothic manor, a 6,522-square-foot marvel of peaked roofs, arched windows, and Addams Family charm, is now a misfit in the madding suburban landscape. At 1 p.m. April 21, the East Whiteland Township property, on a narrow hillock along Route 30 near Route 202, goes to auction.
March 19, 2016
A man was killed Thursday afternoon after being shot on a street in Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion neighborhood, authorities said. The shooting occurred shortly after 1:30 p.m. on the 2600 block of North 31st Street, police said. The unidentified victim was shot once in the back of his head and once in the stomach. He was taken by police to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:59 p.m. Police said there has been no arrest, and no weapon has been recovered.