August 16, 2015 |
Chris Ruder walked onto the set, and he looked a little nervous. But he didn't miss a beat and quickly broke into his pitch. "Spikeball is poised to be the next great American sport," he said. He was on the set of Shark Tank , the reality-TV series where aspiring entrepreneurs make pitches to a team of "shark" investors (with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban the most notable). The episode featuring Ruder, CEO of Spikeball, ran this year as the Season 6 finale. "Like all great sports, Spikeball is very easy to learn, but really, really difficult to master," he said in his pitch.
June 30, 2015 |
SHE MOVED her kids to Hilton Street a few years ago, a stone's throw from the coral reef of humanity that wraps around Kensington and Allegheny avenues and the Market-Frankford El. Their block looks like an old prizefighter who punched above his weight for too long: cracked windows here, boarded-up doorways there, and jagged gaps where homes once stood. Paradise, it's not. But "Gringa" - that's her nickname, the only name she felt comfortable sharing - did her best to keep her kids happy and safe, letting them splash around in a little wading pool right under her nose, on the sidewalk in front of their house.
June 29, 2015
POLICE HAVE identified two men they say were out "hunting" another man when they opened fire on a crowded street and injured 10 in the city's Mantua section last week. The alleged gunmen, Dominic Lamar, 23, of Brown Street near 51st in the Mill Creek section of West Philly, and an accomplice, Kyleif Harvey, 23, of Poplar Street near 38th in West Philly, drove around the Mantua neighborhood on Ogden Street near 41st several times last Saturday, hunting for their victim, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives.
June 23, 2015 |
TWO GUNMEN may have used the occasion of a barbecue in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia as an "element of surprise" for a retaliatory attack Saturday night in which 10 people were shot, police said yesterday. A baby and two children were among the victims when the gathering, attended by about 50 people at 41st Street near Ogden, was disrupted by gunfire. Two people remained hospitalized last night. At 9:51 p.m., authorities responded to reports of two men firing from a gold or silver four-door sedan, police said.
June 22, 2015 |
Nine people were shot, including a baby and two children, during a barbecue Saturday night in Philadelphia's Mantua section, police said. The shotgun blasts left the three juveniles and three of the six male adult victims in stable condition at West Philadelphia hospitals late Saturday night, police said. Two other male victims arrived at Hahnemann University Hospital with minor wounds and were to be released, authorities. The condition of a last victim could not be immediately learned.
June 13, 2015 |
Some Gloucester County residents have been receiving election-mail blasts from the past. Days after polls closed for the state's primary election, some county residents only this week received sample ballots for the June 2 election. Officials say an apparent mailing problem is to blame. As of Thursday, some residents still had not received sample ballots - including county Election Superintendent Stephanie Salvatore. "As angry as these voters are, none of these voters are as angry as I am," said Salvatore, of Mantua.
June 12, 2015 |
Another lost summer is in store for boaters in Mantua Creek, a lingering consequence of the November 2012 train derailment in Paulsboro. Marine traffic in the creek, which leads to the Delaware River, will continue to be stifled by bridge construction for nearly a year longer, according to a work update released by Conrail on Wednesday. The rail company - which is replacing the bridge at East Jefferson Street where the derailment and chemical spill occurred - announced it expected work on the new bridge's lift mechanism to be complete by April 1, 2016.
May 29, 2015 |
Philadelphia police have arrested a Mantua man for a Memorial Day slaying in Belmont. Eric McFarland, 24, was arrested Tuesday and charged with the murder of Kenneth Williams, also 24. Police said that at 1:25 a.m. Monday, a report of a shooting called officers to a playground in the 4000 block of Aspen Street. They found Williams, who lived on the same block, facedown in the playground. He had been shot in the head and back, police said. Police rushed him to the hospital, but he died 20 minutes later at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, police said.
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.
April 16, 2015 |
DOLORES CLARK, 86, bowls on Friday afternoons at Liberty Lanes with her Nifty Fifty's seniors team and line dances on Tuesdays at the Older Adult Sunshine Center on 58th Street near Walnut. She lives a fiercely independent life in the Mantua rowhouse that her father bought in 1939, a former grocery store on Melon Street near 39th that he turned into her beloved childhood home. When Clark's adult children tried to persuade her to move into an assisted living community, she refused.