June 2, 2016 |
Authorities have identified the man who died in Pennypack Creek on Memorial Day, apparently trying to rescue his dog. Philadelphia police on Tuesday said 67-year-old Alexander Rus, of the city's Rhawnhurst section, was pulled from the rain-swollen creek near the 8500 block of Verree Road. People who had been fishing found his body in the water at about 9:30 a.m. Monday. A preliminary investigation indicated Rus went into the water to save his dog, but it remained unclear exactly what happened.
June 1, 2016 |
A 67-year-old man died Monday after he apparently went into the rain-swollen Pennypack Creek in Northeast Philadelphia to rescue his dog, police said. The dog was later found wet but safe at the man's car. It was not clear whether the dog jumped or fell into the creek while on a walk with its owner in the Bustleton section off Verree Road. Police said the initial investigation indicated that the man, whose identity was not released, went into the creek to save the dog but got swept away by the current.
March 7, 2016 |
Father Judge High School sits on a peninsula created by a dramatic northwest turn of the Pennypack Creek, as if the stream suddenly remembered from a couple of blocks away that it owed Frankford Avenue money. The campus fronts Solly Avenue on the south bank of the Pennypack. North and west of the Pennypack, the Northeast is infested with cul-de-sacs and loop streets that lead back onto themselves like a child's concentric circle puzzle. Only a cop or a fireman could navigate those streets, and guess who lives there?
September 20, 2015 |
Donna W. Pitz, 65, of Paoli, former executive director of the GreenSpace Alliance and a major figure in the open-space movement in Southeastern Pennsylvania, died Friday, Sept. 11, of multiple system atrophy at Tel Hai Retirement Community, Honey Brook. Born in East Stroudsburg, Pa., Ms. Pitz graduated in 1971 from Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa, with a bachelor's degree in biology and education. In 1978, she earned a master's degree in landscape architecture from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, N.Y. From 2008 to 2011, when she resigned for health reasons, Ms. Pitz led the GreenSpace Alliance, a nonprofit in Philadelphia consisting of the leaders of environmental groups and land conservation agencies.
July 22, 2014 |
A BODY WAS found in Pennypack Creek yesterday afternoon, according to police. Officials responded shortly after noon where they found the body near Rhawn street and Lexington Avenue. Although police could not confirm its identity, family members told NBC10 that the body is that of Steven Salazar, 15, of Oxford Circle. Salazar, who police said had a history of mental illness, disappeared about 6:05 p.m. on Monday at his home on Magee Avenue near Roosevelt Boulevard. Police reported that the boy frequented Axe Factory Road near Winchester Avenue in Pennypack Park, about a mile away from where the body had been found.
June 13, 2014 |
WHEN the 2012 Phillies season ended, the Ol' Phoodista thought he'd seen the last of a Citizens Bank Park concession stand (journalistically speaking, that is). But earlier this spring, word got back to me here at Phoodphair, my palatial estate on the banks of Pennypack Creek, that the Phillies were introducing a slew of new dishes to the CBP menu. And, like the old fire horse who still wants to chase blazes at the sound of the alarm, I knew I had no choice but to enter the Phillie Phoodie phray one more time.
May 12, 2014 |
THOUGH IT'S been almost two decades since her teenage son drowned in the raging waters of Pennypack Creek, Mother's Day never gets any easier for Beth Simonetti-Gallelli. "Don't do this to your mothers. Don't make them talk to your picture and try to remember what your voice sounds like," Simonetti-Gallelli told an auditorium of a few hundred students yesterday at Father Judge High School in Holmesburg, where her son, Nicky Simonetti, 15, had just finished his freshman year in the summer of 1996 when he drowned.
May 6, 2014 |
ELSIE STEVENS, president of the Holme Circle Civic Association, stood on the footbridge just upstream from the Pennypack Creek dam where too many young people have drowned. Stevens read the memorial messages handwritten in black marker on the bridge's wooden railing. "Brandon," she read, "you're loved from the top of your head to the soles of your feet. " And, "Brandon, you're loved on this side. Most of all in heaven. " She stared at the drawing of angel wings and a halo.
March 6, 2014 |
THE investigation is still open, so I don't know what to make of Daniel Santosusso's actions last October. But I will say this: It's unconscionable that he has gotten away with killing John Cush's dog, Dutch, without so much as a proper apology. Then there's the way he did it: with a knife, in the neck, on the walking path of Pennypack Park. Seriously, who stabs a dog? "The dog bled out, right in my arms," says Cush, who for eight years walked Dutch, a German shorthaired pointer, through Pennypack's "Little City" section with a close-knit group of other dog owners.
September 9, 2013 |
The boy who ran up the banks of the Wissahickon Creek to the restaurant overlooking the water was nearly hysterical, an employee there said. But he managed to get out a few words. His father and brother had gone underwater, he said, and hadn't come back up. An hour later, a 13-year-old boy and a 41-year-old man were pulled by rescue crews from the water. Both were unresponsive. The man was pronounced dead by on-site medics at 3:45 p.m.; the boy, five minutes later, police said.