September 24, 2015 |
Kathryn Lauer Holgate, 94, of Huntingdon Valley, a guidance counselor in Montgomery County whose efforts on behalf of her students were life-changing, died Sunday, Sept. 20, at home of causes related to aging. Mrs. Holgate spent her entire career as an educator, the majority of it in the Abington School District, where she was a guidance counselor for 43 years to several generations of students. She started as a teacher at the then-new Abington High School in 1956, stepped over to the post of guidance counselor a year later, and retired in 2000.
September 23, 2015 |
The Hatboro councilman who chased and shot an alleged bank robber will not face criminal charges, the Montgomery County District Attorney announced Monday. In a statement, District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said evidence supported George Forgeng's claim that the shooting was in self-defense and a reasonable use of non-deadly force. Forgeng, 60, told police he was driving in July when he saw a dye pack explode near a TD Bank that had been robbed before. Nearby, he saw a man running with a bag. Forgeng said he got out of his car and chased Kevin Way, 30, into a parking lot, where he shot Way in a shoulder and arm. According to prosecutors, Forgeng said that after he confronted Way in the parking lot, Way began walking toward him and said, "Go ahead and shoot me. " Forgeng has a concealed carry permit for his Glock 9mm handgun.
September 8, 2015 |
It's not a secret garden. But people are still surprised to see it - sprouting from a parking lot, the vines climbing a cinder-block wall in Chinatown North. "I used to think it was just flowers when I walked by," said Joyce Randell, who lives not far away. Set between a Shell station and a Catholic school, this small, corner-store-sized farm has big ambitions: to provide food to the homeless, purpose to the aimless, and satisfaction to everyone willing to get their hands dirty.
August 8, 2015 |
As she loaded groceries into the back of her car last Friday morning, Melissa Rudolph said she would not particularly miss the parking lot - or negotiating the aisles - at the Whole Foods store in Wynnewood. "This parking lot is tiny, and the store is cramped," said Rudolph, 28, of Conshohocken. After two decades at that location in Lower Merion Township, the grocery chain is preparing to move into a store nearly three times as large - and just around the corner on Lancaster Avenue.
July 31, 2015 |
A MAN ACCUSED in a hit-and-run accident last month that resulted in a bicyclist's death was held for trial yesterday. Raymond Wands, 38, allegedly struck Julio Torres while behind the wheel of a Ford F-150 truck on Erie Avenue heading toward D Street on June 22. Torres, 55, of Hunting Park, died of head injuries two days later. Wands faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, homicide by vehicle, and accident involving death or personal injury. A DUI and related homicide charge were dropped due to lack of evidence.
July 13, 2015 |
For most shopping centers, a busy parking lot means busy stores. At Cheltenham Square Mall, on the other hand, the well-trod blacktop masks a big problem within. "There's, like, nothing in there," Kayla Smith-Campbell said Tuesday, glancing across the parking lot where a DSW shoe store closed last month, leaving only a sun-bleached outline of its old marquee. Inside the 1950s-era mall, more than half of the five dozen stores are shuttered. Those that remain sometimes go entire days without seeing a sale, several clerks said.
July 7, 2015 |
ANITA COTTON snapped a selfie just before 3 p.m. Saturday, wearing an American-flag shawl and a smile. "Happy 4 of July," she tweeted with the photo. Normally, such a snapshot would be nothing more than a silly memory posted online by a 17-year-old heading to college in the fall. Instead, it's become a memorial image of the young mother, retweeted nearly 200 times by her friends and family. Twelve hours after the shutter on her smartphone closed, police say, Cotton was stabbed to death in a neighborhood spat that reached catastrophic proportions.
June 10, 2015 |
Go-go bars and hot-sheet motels seemed to disappear overnight as Admiral Wilson Boulevard's $30 million transformation moved full speed ahead in 2000. But 15 years after then-Gov. Christie Whitman sought to improve the boulevard's aesthetics in advance of the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, the pretty park that replaced the ugly south-side strip is still not open to the public. The 30-acre stretch along the Cooper River hugs the eastbound Admiral Wilson from just west of Baird Boulevard in Camden to the Pub restaurant in Pennsauken.
April 23, 2015 |
When Esta Schwartz moved into her sixth-floor condominium at the Philadelphian, the view was not its best selling point. The condos in the front of the building look out onto the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Art Museum, but her balcony, at the back, offered views of a black roof studded with large air-conditioning units. Not anymore. Last week, workers began spreading dirt atop the roof, then planting it with sedum and other greenery that will be pink in June, ocher come November.
April 17, 2015 |
It is an empty parcel at the edge of a block of rowhouses, a corner aglow from the nearby cheesesteak meccas that make South Philadelphia hum all night: Pat's and Geno's. But the lot at Ninth and Wharton Streets - like other real estate in resurgent South Philly - is the front line in a war over disappearing parking, a battle that finds longtime residents fighting the lucrative forces of progress. A developer's proposal to fill the space with a batch of apartments and stores is being met with fierce resistance in Passyunk Square, where redevelopment has made parking harder than ever for those who live in the century-old rowhouses that spoke off newly resurgent Passyunk Avenue.