August 2, 2013 |
The New York-based owner of the Engine 46 firehouse in South Philadelphia said Wednesday that he would consider sparing the 19th-century landmark from demolition if a tenant can be found, according to City Councilman Mark Squilla. The offer came from Bruce Schanzer of Cedar Realty Trust during a meeting with Squilla and James E. Moylan, president of the Pennsport Civic Association. Along with city preservationists, the men have been working since June to save the gabled redbrick structure next to I-95 on Reed Street.
August 1, 2013 |
Joe Yourshaw was 93 and in hospice care at his home in Pottsville, Schuylkill County, in February when he asked his visiting daughter for his bottle of morphine. That much appears undisputed. Now, Barbara Mancini of Philadelphia is facing prosecution for allegedly aiding her father's suicide - an allegation she denied through her lawyers. "Prosecution of Mancini is an assault on a loving daughter and a violation of a dying patient's constitutional right to pain relief," said Kathryn Tucker, a lawyer with Denver-based Compassion and Choices, an end-of-life advocacy group that is helping Mancini.
July 17, 2013 |
Alarmed by a demolition notice posted on a distinctive 19th- century firehouse in South Philadelphia, City Councilman Mark Squilla and Pennsport Civic Association representatives have arranged to meet with the owner in the hope of saving the building. Very little is known about the company's plans for the quirky, gabled Engine 46 building on Reed Street, wedged between I-95 and the Riverview Plaza movie theater complex. Cedar Realty Trust, the developer that owns both the firehouse and theater complex, has refused to respond to inquiries from city officials or reporters.
June 19, 2013
School closures fray Pennsport South Philadelphia's Pennsport neighborhood is one of the oldest, most historic areas of the city, home to the nation's first immigration station and the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. It's also one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods, with more than 100 new homes due over the next year, along with another 100-plus built since 2010. Sounds great, but not when you consider that we have been abandoned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia with the closure of two Catholic grade schools.
June 19, 2013 |
Engine 46, a distinctive and familiar 19th-century firehouse that survived the construction of I-95 through South Philadelphia's Pennsport neighborhood and the subsequent deindustrialization of the Delaware waterfront, is now in danger of demolition by a New York real estate developer. Members of the Pennsport Civic Association say they learned last week that the company, Cedar-Riverview, had just renewed an existing demolition permit for the old firehouse on Reed Street, along with an adjacent one-story commercial building on Columbus Boulevard.
February 7, 2013 |
Hello there Sometime in fall 2003, Christine, then a junior at Bishop Eustace High in Pennsauken, took an interest in Erik, then a senior. "I would occasionally try to catch his eye in the hall," said Christine. "She was stalking me," Erik joked. It seemed that Christine popped up everywhere, he said, her "head on a swivel" as he walked by. Erik was friends with the then-boyfriend of Christine's friend. She arranged an introduction, but then couldn't muster any words beyond "Hi!"
January 15, 2003 |
Mary Mazza Duffy, 61, who stepped down just two months ago as the first female mayor of Monroe Township, died yesterday at Kennedy Memorial Hospitals-University Medical Center/Washington Township from complications related to leukemia. A Democrat and native of Media, Delaware County, Mrs. Duffy had been politically active in Gloucester County for more than 20 years. Mrs. Duffy had lost a contentious primary election in June - a battle that some say contributed to her failing health - and would have been mayor until Jan. 1 had she not stepped down early because of her illness.
March 11, 2001 |
At the end of World War I, Anna Howard Shaw was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal of the United States. Shaw, of Moylan, Delaware County, received the medal at age 72 and was the first living American woman to receive such an honor. The recognition was, as one historian put it, "a moment of triumph for herself and womanhood. " A reformer, minister and physician, Shaw was born in 1847 to Anglo-Scottish parents in the north of England. At age 4, she immigrated with her family to the United States.
December 27, 1998 |
Oh, the memories. St. James High School for Boys closed its doors five years ago. In mid-January, it will reopen after the completion of a $4.5 million conversion as St. James Place, a 190-bed assisted-care facility for senior citizens. On Tuesday, several dozen alumni and friends returned to the school, which opened in 1940 at 21st and Potter Streets and closed in 1993, the victim of falling enrollment, financial losses, and Chester's changing demographics. They came at the invitation of the building's new owner, Walter M. Strine Sr. of Commonwealth Real Estate Investors, to remember and to mourn a bit, but also to celebrate the resurrection that had taken place.
April 17, 1997 |
Charles Evans Bowers Jr., 68, a manufacturer of industrial safety equipment, died of congestive heart failure Monday at his home in Concord Township. Mr. Bowers was a third-generation owner and operator of Fibre-Metal Products Co. in Concordville, which produces welding helmets, safety goggles, industrial safety caps, and other safety gear. He had headed the firm for the last 30 years. It was founded in Chester in 1905 by his grandfather and moved to Concordville in 1969. Mr. Bowers, who was born in Chester, grew up in Moylan and Rose Valley and graduated from Nether Providence High School after briefly attending Valley Forge Military Academy.