June 2, 2009 |
By the time he was 42, Miles Mack had become a neighborhood icon in Mantua, running basketball games and changing lives at McAlpin Playground. Then a bullet took his life in that very park. When the idea of naming the park after him was proposed after his death in September, his mother, Sandra Mack, didn't see much use in it. But as the months passed, she came to believe that having his name there would remind kids that there was at least one person who always had their back. "Miles loved the kids in Mantua," she said.
January 11, 2014 |
PITMAN It's time to make the doughnuts. The landmark Pitman Bakery is scheduled to reopen in the spring after closing more than a year ago, leaving a void along South Broadway storefronts. Retired Deptford Police Chief Dan Murphy, 47, and his wife, Veronica, 48, a registered nurse, are starting a new career and family business. They say they will carry forward some of the traditions of the former bakery while they merge it with their vision for a modern shop. "We're going to do our best to live up to the old standards and hope to see the same success," said Dan Murphy, who will oversee maintenance and finances, while his wife will be in charge of baking.
June 26, 2012 |
Police this morning released the names of three men who were fatally shot during four bloody hours late Saturday and early Sunday. A fourth victim was previously identified. For details, see Inquirer story on the Sunday morning stabbing of bartender George Fox in South Philadelphia. The four deaths happened at four separate locations, although the two West Philadelphia shootings might have been connected, according to police. A victim found by police about 1:10 a.m. Sunday might have been shot in retaliation for a fatal shooting less than an hour and a half before.
May 13, 2014 |
The house is a wreck, all broken windows and boarded doors, soon to be torn down. But Annie Hunt remembers when the home was alive - a place of light and laughter, a haven for a mother and son. The West Philadelphia property belonged to a strong and determined woman, Hunt's aunt Leona Richardson. As a teenager in the late 1930s, Richardson struck out alone from the segregated South, leaving small-town Louisiana and making her way to Baltimore. When World War II broke out, she got a job in a defense plant as a welder.
January 18, 2015 |
At some city public schools, there is no recess at all - deep budget cuts mean there are not enough adults to monitor students' playtime. But at McMichael Elementary in Mantua, children troop out onto the schoolyard in orderly lines, pledge to be respectful and kind, then break out into orderly but joyous games of football, dodgeball and foursquare - blowing off steam with a genial man known as Coach Steve. McMichael is one of 13 Philadelphia School District schools and three city charters that use Playworks, a nonprofit that places a full-time staffer in schools to structure recess.
February 28, 2014 |
ARTIST James Dupree says that despite the city's "You're gonna love the arts in Philly" slogan, Philadelphia hasn't been showing him any love. Instead, Dupree said, he has been confronted with pain and despair over a continuing legal struggle with the city to keep his studio space in Mantua. The city Redevelopment Authority wants to take his massive, 8,600 square-foot studio building, on Haverford Avenue near 36th Street, to make room for a supermarket and parking lot. His studio is filled with 5,000 works of art - including wildly colorful pieces, mixed-media jewelry boxes with feathers, and a wall installation showing how the city helps developers take property from low-income homeowners.
December 23, 1996 |
There was a time when Franklin Kelly had to sorta bribe kids to stay after school for a little intellectual extracurricular activity. Gave them juice, punch, TastyKakes, an occasional pizza. No more. Now they look forward to it. Look forward to putting a move or two on their opponent. To backing them into a corner with nowhere to turn. Most important, they've developed a deeper interest in school, their studies and themselves. Kelly's kids are members of the McMichael Elementary School chess team, a squad Kelly whipped up almost three years ago to give young boys and girls an opportunity to compete in an activity that doesn't require athletic ability.
March 15, 1991 |
For someone like Rondell Turner, having to absorb elbows and shoves from some of the taller and beefier stars in Public League basketball did not prove very intimidating. Turner has been fighting and scrambling for much of his life. Turner, a 6-6 sophomore from University City, has lived for the past year in Mount Airy, with his foster mother, Peaches Kirkland. Before that, in about a three-year period, he bounced from a group home in South Philly to another in suburban Flourtown to another in Mantua.
June 2, 2014 |
It was a grand and glorious funeral, one that drew hundreds of people onto the streets to honor not a person but a house. There were tears, more than a couple. But also joy, and music and memories, all in celebration of 3711 Melon Street in West Philadelphia. The house began life 142 years ago as a stack of bricks and lumber, and was set to end it on Saturday as a dusty pile of the same, after a ritual demolition. The empty, abandoned home, its roof failing and back wall bulging, was the centerpiece of "Funeral for a Home," an arts project that paid tribute to one home as a way to recognize them all - in a city where demolitions have become commonplace.
November 25, 2013 |
IF YOU WERE to drive past Dupree Studios on a bombed-out block in Mantua, you'd never imagine that a wonderland lies behind its nondescript red facade. An empty, weedy lot sits at one end of the block. And the handful of decrepit homes near Dupree Studios look like they'll collapse the next time a school bus rumbles past. So you might think it's no big deal that the building owned by artist James Dupree was seized last December by the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, which condemned a two-block area through eminent domain for commercial development.