April 23, 1995 |
Police kept watch as Walter Williams made his second trip in two weeks to a funeral at Christ Community Baptist Church. Only this time, the funeral was his. Waves of grief rolled over the small, West Philadelphia church as relatives and friends mourned the 17-year-old father of two, who was gunned down in a blizzard of gunfire on April 15. The ambush by four masked men greeted Williams as he was returning to his Mantua neighborhood from...
January 14, 2014 |
It's a part of West Philadelphia known mostly for hardship and hard tries. The infamous Lex Street massacre occurred there, when gunmen lined up 10 people in the dining room of a crack house and opened fire, killing seven in 2000. It also was the home turf of the late, fearless antidrug activist Herman Wrice, whom President George H.W. Bush called "the John Wayne of Philadelphia. " Now, government officials and community activists say this stricken stretch of the city has a chance to become known for something else: revival.
July 7, 1994 |
The Mantua Community Center is one of many that receives weekly visits from the Reading Terminal Farmers Market Trust, organized to sell fresh produce in various parts of the city. Mantua resident Herb Prince (center) helps Dorothy Baldwin pick out a melon. John Vrazo (left), represents the Trust.
September 5, 2014 |
The feds promised to help West Philadelphia. And now a cabinet secretary is showing up to take a look around. Julián Castro, head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, will tour parts of the new Promise Zone on Friday, as two local institutions commence a $4 million initiative to transform early childhood education in a troubled part of the city. The effort, led by the William Penn Foundation and Drexel University, seeks to double the number of neighborhood children in high-quality child care within three years.
January 28, 2014 |
James Dupree says city officials are trying to pave paradise and put up a supermarket. Dupree, a renowned Philadelphia artist, is embroiled in a bitter back-and-forth with the city over the fate of his art studio, an 8,600-square-foot building that takes up nearly a block along Haverford Avenue in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia. The property was seized in December 2012 by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority. The authority condemned a two-block stretch through eminent domain, a legal process that allows government to take private property, pay the owner, and develop the land for public use. When the authority seized the Mantua property, it said the surrounding neighborhood was in desperate need of a supermarket.
November 18, 1986 |
"A FUN PROTESTER" is what Kathy Chang, 36, of West Philadelphia, calls herself. The Mantua resident brought her almost-daily routine of song, dance, exercise and social awareness to Logan Square yesterday as she waved colorful flags with the messages "Peace, Liberty, Ecology, Democracy and Justice" and "Stop War, Pollution and Business as Usual. "
July 12, 1994 |
Lester E. Rambo, 63, longtime member and former president of the Clearview Regional Board of Education, died Friday at his home in Mantua. Born in Sewell, Mr. Rambo lived in Mantua for the last 42 years. He worked 21 years as an officer for the New Jersey Highway Patrol Division of the Department of Motor Vehicles until retiring in 1978. He joined the Clearview Regional Board of Education in 1972. He was elected board president in 1980 and served as president for seven consecutive years until illness forced him to step down.
August 30, 1991 |
The shade of an old tree isn't nearly enough to provide relief from the scorching heat, as Robert Griffin (left), McKinley Robinson (wiping his brow) and Joe Purdie found yesterday at their favorite hangout, 36th Street and Haverford Avenue in Mantua. Today will be another blistering one, but by Monday, you'll really have to labor to find better weather than what's in store for the holiday. Accu-Weather forecast on Page 69.
July 18, 2014 |
IN THE WEEKS leading up to Laura Araujo's slaying, Jeremiah Jakson's life seemed to be spiraling out of control. Or he was on the cusp of greatness. It depended on the day and the hour, but it was all on display on Jakson's Facebook page, a constant barrage of selfies, street cliches and grandiose delusions. The spotlight-grabbing narcissist is the polar opposite of Araujo, 23, a shy college grad who never wanted much attention. "Im a good dude at heart but im done being a good dude," Jakson wrote on June 26. Jakson, 22, was a security guard with AlliedBarton Security Services, but was fired last month for performance reasons.