November 23, 2015 |
CASS GILBERT, 81, a/k/a Mrs. Claus, will walk in her 21st Mayfair Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade on Sunday, posing for photos with hundreds of children along Frankford Avenue from Rhawn to Knorr streets. Heeding their shouts of "Mrs. Claus! Mrs. Claus!" throughout the noon to 3 p.m. parade, she'll ask if they've been good. If they answer "yes," she'll tell them that Mr. Claus, riding in the sleigh float alongside her, will fulfill their Christmas wishes. Gilbert, whose family-owned Shop N Bag on Sackett Street near Levick Street has sponsored the Santa's sleigh float since the supermarket opened in 1993, spent her first two Thanksgiving parades in '94 and '95 as a turkey.
November 13, 2015 |
A Mayfair man shot his girlfriend and then himself in an attempted murder-suicide early Wednesday, police said. The man, 26, was in critical condition at Aria Health-Torresdale Campus after shooting himself in the head, according to police. The woman, 28, who was shot in the neck, was listed in stable condition and was speaking to detectives Wednesday afternoon. Police were called to the 6200 block of Mershon Street around 6:50 a.m. after the woman's 9-year-old daughter called police.
October 23, 2015
A 24-year-old man was shot to death Wednesday night in the city's Mayfair section, police said. The shooting occurred around 9:30 p.m. in the area of Princeton Avenue and Walker Street, police said. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. No arrests were reported. - Robert Moran
September 6, 2015 |
THE DECAYING, vacant house on an otherwise nice residential block of Ryan Avenue near Leon Street haunted Joe DeFelice, chairman of the Mayfair Community Development Corporation, who lives and practices law in the neighborhood and serves as its hyper-vigilant watchdog. "The house sat boarded up for two years," DeFelice said. "There was a fire. There were squatters in there. The place was ransacked. It was disgusting. "My mom lives nearby," he said. "I work a block away. I live in the neighborhood.
August 14, 2015 |
IT WAS BUSINESS as usual last night at Owen's Cafe, a neighborhood bar in Mayfair. Paint-splattered, blue-collar workers sipped Miller High Life as they watched the Phillies defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks. The bartender on duty said she wasn't working Friday night, when one of her regulars, "Angel," allegedly left after closing and got into a deadly confrontation with Thomas Ewing, a 21-year-old who had also spent the night in the bar with a few friends. "No one knows what happened," she said.
August 12, 2015 |
THROUGH THEIR pain, Thomas and Clare Ewing are trying to focus on the good times. Solace comes to them through memories, like the trip they took last spring with their sons, Tommy and Chris, to Clearwater, Fla., where the Phillies hone their skills before every season. Looking back on it, the Ewings are glad they seized that chance when they did. "He didn't deserve this; nobody does," Thomas Ewing said last night of Tommy, his oldest son, who was killed Saturday as he walked home from Owen's Cafe, a bar on Cottman Avenue near Revere Street in Mayfair.
August 11, 2015 |
ALL THOMAS Ewing wanted Friday was a night out with his friends, to see the work week off and unwind. He would have gotten exactly that - if not for some violent punk who, in the heat of a petty spat, stabbed Ewing to death in front of his own front door. "I can't believe something like this happened to somebody who does nothing wrong," said Seth Lempert, a friend of Ewing's who he once slung pizzas alongside at a local restaurant. "We lost a kid at 21 years old," Lempert said.
July 18, 2015 |
A Mayfair man pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and driving under the influence Thursday and was sentenced to 2 1/2 to five years in prison for hitting and killing a man on crutches as he crossed Frankford Avenue. George Mullen, 26, said he was "truly sorry" for the June 6, 2014, accident that killed Timothy Quisito, 49, of Holmesburg, as he crossed Frankford Avenue at Sheffield Avenue. "It bothers me every day that someone lost his uncle or brother, who is not coming home because of me," Mullen told Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge J. Scott O'Keefe.
July 9, 2015 |
It is in the truest sense a family recipe, baked from ingredients of time, trial, and togetherness. Four generations. One business. One location. Haegele's Bakery turned 85 years old on Tuesday, celebrating with 25-cent treats, balloons, and rose-and-carnation bunting, but also in remembrance of departed relatives, and in gratitude to customers who have loved and supported the business since the days of the Great Depression. "Happy birthday," called out Delores Daly, 80, stepping to the glass counter where she has shopped for decades.
July 8, 2015 |
THE MAN DUBBED the "Mayfair Tire Slasher" was sentenced by a judge yesterday to three to six years in state prison for violating his probation and for attempting to puncture a SEPTA bus driver's private car. David Toledo, 47, his head bowed, apologized for his actions. "Please don't send me to prison," he pleaded before Common Pleas Judge Edward Wright. But Wright told Toledo that his second chance was up. The judge, in May 2014, angered Mayfair and Holmesburg residents when he sentenced Toledo to two years' probation after a jury convicted him of slashing 12 neighbors' tires on Aldine and Teesdale streets, near Frankford Avenue, in Holmesburg, in 2012.