March 12, 1991 |
Camelot existed not only in the time of our young president, John F. Kennedy but also in the same decade in a section of Philadelphia known as Mantua. Our times demands a black hero who can be admired by white, Hispanic, Asian and black youth. Like the legendary King Arthur, this hero, Dr. Herman Wrice, assembled his troops around a "round" table in his house in Mantua. These soldiers were outcasts to many, but to Wrice, they were youth, whose gang violence needed to be brought to an abrupt end. Herman Wrice guided 17 gang leaders to attend a 21-week community service leadership course in the University of Pennsylvania.
July 15, 2013 |
A fossil-rich Gloucester County sandpit that has long provided a window into the past may also hold a view of the future. The Inversand Co., the Township of Mantua, and Drexel University are working on a preliminary proposal to transform the 65-acre site near Route 55 into an educational attraction. While no costs have been estimated or drawings made, the concept calls for creating a "world-class fossil park" where children and adults could enjoy hands-on experience of paleontology.
April 6, 2012
A 30-year-old West Philadelphia man has been arrested and charged with killing his ex-girlfriend and trying to cover up the crime by setting fire to a car with her body inside, police said today. Tinesha Carr, 33, a mother of two from Wynnefield, was found dead in the burning car early Sunday in Feltonville. Police said she had been shot several times. On Wednesday, homicide detectives arrested Daniel Soler, of the 3200 block of Brandywine Street in the Mantua section, and charged him with murder, arson, and related offenses.
August 27, 2015 |
The details of the beef that got Kenneth "Ken-Ken" Williams killed remain murky: It happened after a night of drinking on Memorial Day weekend, and the alleged shooter and a witness were Williams' friends. The identity of the alleged shooter - Eric McFarland, 24 - might never have been known, had someone not started spreading rumors around Mantua that witness Dustin Goode was the real killer. On Tuesday, Goode, 30, testified that he was roused from his apathy when he learned that neighbors believed he had shot Williams and that McFarland was about to tell police the same thing.
February 5, 1999 |
Ask Bob Folwell to describe himself in 25 words or fewer and the Friends' Central basketball coach comes up with the following response: "Robert Folwell is a people person," he said. "He's a person who has a lot of passion, a lot of love. He's a person who wants to pass that passion, that love on to his family and to people around him. " He then talks about making a difference. "I don't care if it's to one kid or to 30 kids," Folwell said. "That's what life's all about.
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.
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.
December 2, 2015 |
IT WAS A BIZARRE CASE, to say the least. In June 2014, a son of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell broke into a house near his family's Mantua home, stole an Xbox console and other electronics from the young men living inside, then returned a second time and ended up slashing one of the victims inside the house with a bayonet. Barron Alexander was then shot four times by another victim in the house, who had a license to carry a gun. Alexander had legally changed his name in 2012 from Barron Alexander Gosnell to Barron Alexander.
May 4, 2015 |
At 86, Delores Clark is no homebody. Twice a week, she can be found at the local senior center perfecting her line-dancing skills, said daughter Brenda Jones. Her mother also bowls and travels regularly, she said. Although her hearing is not what it was - "She says I'm mumbling," Jones said - Clark won't move from the house on Melon Street in the city's Mantua section where she has lived since her father bought it for $2,000 when she was 9 years old. Like many elderly Philadelphians, however, Clark had trouble making needed repairs to the house, built in the 1920s, let alone changes such as grab bars that would make it easier for her to live there if her health truly became an issue for her. "There were two joists that split and needed to be replaced," Jones said, "and a lot of the plumbing repairs were patchwork.
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.