October 18, 1989 |
June Scott went to heroic lengths to keep her grandchildren from harm. A year ago, she traveled to Detroit to fetch two of them after a crack- crazed brute murdered their mother in a park. Then three weeks ago, she rescued three more from another of her daughters, who left her children for days at a time to satisfy her drug habit. Scott fed and clothed them. She put them in school. On Sunday, she bought them a puppy named Roscoe. And for their safety, she got a battery-powered smoke detector on Monday from the Philadelphia Injury and Prevention Program.
September 22, 2012 |
What to make of this week's dueling economic headlines? Somehow, Philadelphia is growing both more impoverished and more competitive. The Pew Philadelphia Research Initiative is out with a new study revealing that the suburbs, not the city, have raised residential taxes most rapidly over the last decade. Philadelphia hasn't achieved tax parity - not by a long shot - but the Pew report suggests strongly the city is moving in the right direction. Encouraging. And yet The Inquirer's Alfred Lubrano reports that Philadelphia's poverty rate jumped 6.4 percent in a year, solidifying Philadelphia's status as one of the nation's poorest big cities.
February 24, 1986 |
Nicky Donato walked into the West Deptford High School gym at 7:30 a.m. yesterday to weigh in. He looked like Rocky, with a shiny black jacket, a hooded sweatshirt and sweatpants. Without even unzipping his jacket, he stepped on the scale. He weighed 35 pounds. Nicky Donato is 5. He also happens to be one of the top-ranked midget-class wrestlers in South Jersey. All of this is no surprise. Nicky's 8-year-old brother Michael has been on the local wrestling circuit for three years.
October 30, 1992 |
The weather was balmy, the snow was imaginary, the mountain was portable. But for a group of West Philadelphia schoolchildren, the experience at least offered a change of pace. Thanks to the city's Recreation Department and promoters of the Philadelphia Ski and Travel Show, the Mantua Recreation Center became a ski-slope-for-a-day. And the city kids got some expert advice on how to ski.
February 4, 1990 |
A Green Acres fund loan of $100,500 from the state could translate into an 83-acre multi-use park for Mantua Township by 1992. The loan was approved for the township in April, but the money did not become available until last month, when the legislature funded the Green Acres program. Mantua will have 20 years to repay the loan at an interest rate of 2 percent. The park, unofficially referred to as Mantua Park, will be under construction by the end of the year if the current plan is followed, said Betty Kravchuck, secretary to the township Recreation Commission.
May 27, 1997 |
Law enforcement agencies have declared war on an allegedly murderous West Philadelphia drug gang. The gang reportedly is headed by James Drayton, 24, who, with Walter Williams, 28, also of West Philadelphia, has been charged with four murders. Drayton is awaiting trial on a murder charge in connection with a fifth killing. At least seven other alleged gang members have been arrested on lesser charges, including racketeering and conspiracy counts. The sources said the gang took control of Mantua in 1995, and used threats and intimidation to silence witnesses and drug competitors.
June 14, 1987 |
The Mantua Board of Education has approved a new science textbook series for kindergarten through sixth-grade classes that employs a different teaching approach than the series used at the school for the last five years. The new series, to be used beginning in September, is published by Charles Merrill and emphasizes teaching through experiments. The series was recommended by the district's textbook review committee at the board's May work session, board member Ken Taylor said.
March 1, 1989 |
Mantua Township could have an ordinance restricting the discharge of firearms by the end of the month, a response to a resident's complaint that his neighbors frequently shoot automatic weapons outside their back door. "Everybody's scared to go out into their yard," said Tom Scott at the committee's meeting Thursday. "My house has been hit. " Scott, who lives on three acres off Mantua Boulevard, said his house is 500 to 600 feet away from his neighbor's home, where, he said, groups of "guys in their 20s are shooting automatic rifles" across a meadow that slopes in back of the property.
April 14, 1991 |
Vincent Bruno remembers peering out the front window of his split-level house in Mantua Township and seeing a mud hill. The hill across from the Columbus Drive home in Centre City where Bruno and his wife, Rita, began raising their three children 30 years ago eventually became the site of Centre City School, built in 1959. The U-shaped school was erected in response to the families, many from Philadelphia, that flocked to the new development of frame houses built in the township in the late 1950s.
February 28, 1997 |
As the township's population continues to grow, so does the number of children attending local public schools. In fact, officials warn, enrollment could swell by as many as 500 pupils by the turn of the century, further burdening already crowded schools. The Board of Education has a solution: expansions of two district school buildings. The cost to taxpayers: $13 million. On May 13, voters in the Gloucester County community will decide whether the district should float a $13 million bond for construction at J. Mason Tomlin and Sewell elementary schools.