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April 22, 1986 | Special to the Daily News by Alex Lloyd Gross
Vincent J. Ferraro, 21, of Shelmire Avenue near Lawndale, was killed early today when the car he was driving struck a utility pole on Rising Sun Avenue near Adams Avenue in Olney. Police said the impact of the crash sheared the left side of the frame and the top off the car. Police said Ferraro was driving north on Rising Sun when the accident occurred. He was dead on arrival at Albert Einstein Medical Center, Northern Division.
SPORTS
February 15, 1991 | By Kevin L. Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Olney lost to Ben Franklin, 65-56, in a first-round Public League playoff game yesterday afternoon on its home court for a simple reason. Olney couldn't handle the press. The Electrons, from the outset, used a stifling full-court press on the Olney guards, causing turnovers and building a lead that Franklin never lost. The Trojans also couldn't overcome foul trouble. Their center, 6-foot-8 sophomore Jason Lawson, picked up three quick fouls in the first five minutes and sat out the rest of the first half.
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July 25, 1986 | By VINCE KASPER, Daily News Staff Writer
In an effort to resolve a controversy over the posting of Korean-language street signs on N. 5th Street in Olney, a member of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations is trying to convene a meeting next week for the neighborhood's business, civic and Korean leaders. Ida Chan, a human-relations commissioner, said yesterday that she hoped the meeting would allow both sides to discuss the matter harmoniously. The leaders were unable to do that at a meeting Tuesday night, when about 150 Olney residents - some shouting ethnic slurs - demanded that the Koreans remove the signs or they would.
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October 23, 2009
A FEW YEARS ago, we'd get off of the R8 train at Olney to find that our car windows were busted. We were told by a business across the street that schoolkids vandalized the cars. Now it's the station being vandalized, glass-block windows were broken, along with the frames. Someone had to be there for quite a while to break that glass. Every morning, there is more damage, even graffiti on the trash can. I don't understand what goes through a person's mind to do something like this.
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March 21, 1986 | By Robert J. Terry, Inquirer Staff Writer
A suspected robber and a Philadelphia police officer exchanged gunfire in an alley in the Olney section yesterday, seconds after a woman was held up at gunpoint nearby, police said. Neither the suspect nor the policeman was hit by the bullets, and the suspect was arrested a short time later, police said. Detective Lt. Richard Strohm of the Northwest Detective Division gave this account: At 8:10 a.m., Anna Marie Ponterelli, 29, a student technician at the Albert Einstein Medical Center's Northern Division in Olney, parked her car in the 5300 block of North Marvine Street and got out to walk to the hospital.
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July 27, 1987 | By JOSEPH GRACE, Daily News Staff Writer
William Russell said his son, Barry Williams, 22, was sitting alone on the steps of the family's Olney rowhouse when five or six white youths holding pipes and knives walked up and said, "It's nigger night. " Within moments Saturday night, Barry's brother, Tyrone Williams, 20, who came out of the house to help, was stabbed once in the back, according to Russell and police. Within minutes, Russell said, as he and his wife came to their sons' aid, a crowd of white youths and adults milled about on 7th Street near Chew Avenue, yelling racial slurs.
NEWS
April 3, 1990 | By Jamie Catrambone, Special to The Inquirer
The Olney boys' coaches probably never thought their sense of direction would help them in a track meet. That is until Saturday morning, when the team embarked on its trip to the Pennsylvania State Track Classic, one of the biggest meets of the outdoor season. Instead of traveling to Council Rock High School, the site of this year's classic, however, Olney's bus was moving to another destination, North Penn High School. The reason, Olney coach Herm Baker said, was some miscommunication among the staff at his school.
NEWS
August 12, 1997
People are getting excited about the far-reaching structural changes planned this fall for Olney and Audenried high schools. And no wonder: The two schools are implementing sweeping strategies to build smaller learning communities, address the problems of disruptive students, and increase class length for freshmen. Daily News education writer Kevin Haney reported last week that Olney will break its 2,900-student school into seven mini-schools. Audenried is instituting an "empowerment community" to provide students who have behavioral or academic problems with intensive instruction.
SPORTS
January 17, 1992 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Donyell Miller's family has lower-level season tickets for the 76ers. Since Miller, a senior forward at Olney, is 6-3 and 220 pounds and rebounds like a tiger against much-taller opponents, care to guess whom he idolizes? "Charles Barkley," Miller said. "He's always been my favorite. For someone of his height (6-4 3/4)to be a successful inside player in the NBA, it's very unusual. "It seems as though I'm shaped like Barkley. I can do some of the same kinds of things. The guys on the team sometimes call me 'Little Charles.
NEWS
March 11, 1988 | By Tom Infield, Inquirer Staff Writer
The refined, green-eyed Austrian woman who owns and operates the Universal Bookstore in Olney doesn't get around very much. She walks to and from home, and does her shopping in the neighborhood, which once was predominantly German-speaking. She has never learned to drive, and ventures to Center City, oh, once or twice a year - "if that often. " She has very little firsthand knowledge, then, of how distinctive - maybe even unique - her little bookshop is. "Is it?" asks Ingeborg Bitny, her German-accented voice rising in genuine surprise and appreciation.
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March 30, 2015 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was the eve of Holy Week for the spring-cleaning crew at St. Helena's in Olney, a group of parishioners on a mission to deliver a near-spotless church for the most important week on the Christian calendar. So while the Vietnamese women's group prayed downstairs, a funeral of a onetime Anglo member concluded in the lower church, and the Spanish-language choir prepared for rehearsal, Joseph Mensah stopped polishing the floors long enough to talk about how the church helped him after he emigrated from Ghana.
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March 23, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
A GROUP OF TEACHERS and staffers at Olney Charter High School yesterday filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board requesting the federal agency conduct an election that would allow employees to become unionized. The filing included signed union authorization cards from Olney employees and stated that the new union would be part of the Alliance of Charter School Employees, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, according to the petition. More than 70 percent of the 150-person staff signed on to the effort, which may face a challenge from Olney's charter operator, ASPIRA Inc. of Pennsylvania.
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March 20, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
A 47-YEAR-OLD man who fatally shot another man last year in a Cambodian community club in Logan pleaded guilty yesterday to third-degree murder and related offenses. Sophal Siv killed Hai Luu, 39, of Cherry Hill, after accusing Luu of murdering his brother, Sophos Siv, 40, who was found tied up, severely beaten and fatally shot in 2012 inside his home on Ruscomb Street near 2nd, in Olney. Assistant District Attorney Andrew Notaristefano said after the guilty plea that there is "no evidence he [Luu]
NEWS
March 16, 2015 | BY LARA WITT, Daily News Staff Writer wittl@phillynews.com, 215-854-5927
TAMMY Sadler-Chase was sick and uninsured. She had lost her mobility and her sight after being diagnosed with a rare blood disorder. Her hospital bills had reached nearly $200,000. And every time she applied for insurance, she was denied. Desperate for help, Sadler-Chase called the PHMC Rising Sun Health Center in Olney, where she was connected to a lawyer named Lydia Gottesfeld, who helped her secure proper care and health-care coverage. Sadler-Chase is one of more than 400 patients who are utilizing Rising Sun Health Center, which this month officially began offering on-site financial and legal services to its clients, making it the first of its kind in the nation.
SPORTS
February 13, 2015 | BY TYLER R. TYNES, For the Daily News
HE USED to wander the cracked sidewalks of North Philadelphia nearly a decade ago, weaving his way between 19th Street and Montgomery Avenue and 10th and Olney. Looking amazed, taking in what would be his life's next endeavor. All were on display for then-11-year-old Jesse Morgan - the rim-rattling high fliers such as Marcus and Markeiff Morris in their Prep Charter days; sharpshooters such as Wayne Ellington from Episcopal Academy; and Cardinal Dougherty's Kyle Lowry. NBA talent always came to Philadelphia's Chosen League before they were mainstays in American basketball.
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January 30, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
"CAN YOU believe this guy?" That's what Officers Anthony Sherman and Paul Austin said to one another Monday as they watched a punk in a mask walk past them on his way to rob a Dunkin' Donuts in Olney. It was so bizarre that the two Police Department veterans, partners since 2001, initially thought they were witnessing a prank. Until they saw the masked man pull out a handgun, that is. "Our training took over. It all happened so fast," Sherman said yesterday. "Our concern was for our safety and the safety of the other people around us. " The keen-eyed officers - who had just left that Dunkin' Donuts, on Front Street near Godfrey Avenue, after signing its security log per their usual routine - noticed that the robber was lefthanded.
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January 29, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
TWO KEEN-EYED cops thwarted an armed robber at a Dunkin' Donuts in Olney early Monday, police said yesterday. Officers Anthony Sherman and Paul Austin were sitting in an unmarked car in the parking lot of the doughnut shop, on Front Street near Godfrey Avenue, as part of a burglary detail investigating thefts in that area when they saw a man wearing a white mask walk inside, police said. The plainclothes officers, both veterans of the department - Sherman has 24 years of service, Austin has 36 - sprang into action.
NEWS
December 28, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Olney home that collapsed on Christmas Eve, injuring two people and putting nearly a dozen at risk, had been flagged twice since August as unsafe, according to officials. The city was preparing to take the owner of the home to court for not making repairs, Department of Licenses and Inspections officials said Friday. The 9:30 p.m. collapse affected both sides of a twin home at 125 and 127 W. Roosevelt Blvd. Both are rental properties, officials said. The damage was most severe at 125, where officials said the front wall collapsed and both a side and back wall bulged and fractured.
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December 24, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The noises outside were so alarming - windows breaking, the sound of someone being dragged - that a neighbor on Cranston Street called 911 four times. Those calls Sunday night would set investigators on the trail of a violent abduction that stretched across the city, from Southwest Philadelphia to Olney, and ended when detectives stormed a repair shop and rescued the bound and bloodied man being held there. Another man fled the scene, but was in police custody Monday. Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives said the abduction was drug-related - and that investigators believe that the kidnappers may have taken the wrong man. The intended target may have been the victim's brother, Walker said.
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December 24, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
A BUMP in the night and a neighbor's hunch helped investigators crack a cross-city abduction case, police said last night. Southwest Division detectives were interviewing a person of interest in the case last night after a 29-year-old Chester County convenience-store worker kidnapped from West Philly was found bound and beaten in an Olney garage, investigators said. It all started just after 11 p.m. Sunday, when a resident on Cranston Road near Lankenau Avenue in River Park heard glass breaking and what sounded like "someone being dragged" in the home next door, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives.
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