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July 9, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Residents call it their "hidden gem," the picturesque pond at Eastlake Park where children learn to fish, couples walk hand in hand, and picnickers feast along the water's edge. Humans aren't the only species drawn to the 14-acre lake in the heart of Ridley Park. Another is the Eastern red-bellied turtle, affectionately described as the park's "hidden jewel. " But that jewel has become a very expensive problem. The ponderously moving reptiles, which vary in length from 10 to 15 inches, are on Pennsylvania's endangered-species list.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 7, 2011 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
She's exchanged vows with her husband twice over the last 14 years - once at a borough hall, once at church - and yet Barbara Persia , 44, has never fulfilled that universal girlhood wish, to wear a fabulous wedding dress. Third time's the charm, they say: On Saturday, Barbara will don her dream wedding dress for her third go-round at the altar with her husband, 58-year-old Mark Persia . This time, the Ridley Park couple will say their vows at a chapel that's both sacred and profane: the Rascal Flatts concert at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden.
BUSINESS
July 1, 2004 | By Dick Cooper INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Boeing Co. notified union officials this week that it planned to move part of the assembly of Chinook military helicopters out of Delaware County in an attempt to reduce costs. Boeing spokesman Jack Satterfield said yesterday that the move was expected to increase sales of Chinooks and not reduce jobs at the Ridley Park plant. He would not say how much the company hoped to save on each of the $30 million aircraft. John DeFrancisco, president of United Aerospace Workers Local 1069, the largest local union at Boeing, said he was "very, very skeptical" that no jobs would be cut. He said Local l069 has 1,366 members in Ridley Park, up from 1,302 two years ago. Satterfield said that Boeing hoped the Army and international clients would order more helicopters.
NEWS
December 21, 1998 | By Deirdre Shaw, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
You can still buy flip-flops for 59 cents at the Ridley Park 5 & 10. You can also get socks for 65 cents and "I Support Desert Storm" signs for 50 cents. But you'd better get there today. After over 25 years in the heart of the borough, the 5 & 10 on Hinckley Avenue will close tomorrow when James "Bud" Geddis retires after 15 years as proprietor. The closing is a disappointment for many who will miss Geddis, a Norwood resident, and his old-fashioned wares. But more significant, many say, the closing is symbolic of the continuing decline of small business districts in the face of competition from malls and giant retailers.
REAL_ESTATE
May 24, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
I used to think that the tiny-house movement had something to do with building smaller homes that more people could afford. Then I came across an article in Forbes by Erin Carlyle that talked about the upscale nature of tiny houses, with so many amenities per square foot - even a tiny hot tub - that you wonder how people can fit inside. One example was an $82,000, 348.5-square-footer "equipped with one bedroom, a bathroom and a kitchen/living room with a butcher-block countertop that doubles as a desk," Carlyle wrote.
NEWS
July 28, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marilyn Neal Blanton Cuellar, 60, of Springfield, Delaware County, a homemaker and the wife of TV reporter Dann R. Cuellar, died of ovarian cancer Thursday, July 25, at Taylor Hospice in Ridley Park. Mrs. Cuellar worked as a nurse in Texas before relocating here in 1988 with her husband. He was transferred from KMOL-TV in San Antonio to WPVI-TV (6ABC) in Philadelphia. Mrs. Cuellar was born in Lufkin, Texas, to a family involved in the newspaper business. She moved to Houston, where the two met indirectly because of a news story.
NEWS
January 10, 1992 | Special to The Inquirer / JONATHAN WILSON
A WHOLE LOT of processed pork lies on the median of Interstate 95 near Ridley Park. A truck belonging to the Schaffer Trucking Co. overturned about 6 a.m. yesterday, spilling the cargo and blocking northbound traffic for about two hours.
NEWS
July 23, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writer
A fleeing suspect was shot and wounded Tuesday during a wild, 21/2-mile police chase that began in Chester and ended when he crashed into a police car after ramming his vehicle into a gate at a Chester prison complex, Delaware County officials said. The driver, identified as Brian Bowe, 24, of Wilmington, was reported in stable condition at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. The incident began around 10:30 a.m. at 12th Street and Melrose Avenue, near the I-95 exit, when Chester police attempted to stop a vehicle driven by a man believed to have been involved in drug activity, said Emily Harris, spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office.
NEWS
November 19, 2012 | By Joe Trinacria, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph Mallen, 86, of Newtown Square, a former president of Boeing's helicopter division in Ridley Park, died Thursday, Nov. 15, of heart failure at Riddle Memorial Hospital in Media. A native of the Bronx, N.Y., Mr. Mallen was born on May 23, 1926, to Ukrainian immigrant parents. His father, Thomas, owned a bar in New York City, and instilled the discipline and hard work that Mr. Mallen relied on throughout his life. A gifted student, Mr. Mallen skipped a year of school and enrolled in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at 17. At MIT, he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in aeronautics and astronautics.
NEWS
October 21, 2006 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Michael F. Rinnier, 54, of Rosemont, an entrepreneur who owned successful supermarkets in the inner city and the suburbs, died of apparent heart problems Tuesday at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Rinnier and a partner, Patrick J. Burns, operated Fresh Grocer markets in Upper Darby, Drexel Hill, Villanova, Germantown, and three locations in West Philadelphia, and Great Valu markets in Wilmington and the Cobbs Creek section of Philadelphia. As a teenager, Mr. Rinnier worked at a supermarket in West Philadelphia and knew that city residents appreciate good stores, Burns said.
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July 23, 2015 | By Caitlin McCabe, Inquirer Staff Writer
A fleeing suspect was shot and wounded Tuesday during a wild, 21/2-mile police chase that began in Chester and ended when he crashed into a police car after ramming his vehicle into a gate at a Chester prison complex, Delaware County officials said. The driver, identified as Brian Bowe, 24, of Wilmington, was reported in stable condition at Crozer-Chester Medical Center. The incident began around 10:30 a.m. at 12th Street and Melrose Avenue, near the I-95 exit, when Chester police attempted to stop a vehicle driven by a man believed to have been involved in drug activity, said Emily Harris, spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office.
BUSINESS
June 11, 2015 | By Joel Wee, Inquirer Staff Writer
Forty people showed up Tuesday at a hearing on Peco Energy Co.'s proposed 6 percent rate increase for electricity. Those attending the two-hour hearing at the Free Library of Philadelphia's central branch ranged from an AARP volunteer to individual customers who said they would be harmed by the increases. Thirteen of them testified. "I am afraid of being unable to pay my bills and losing my house," said Tracey Blackman of North Philadelphia, who said her family's electrical service was cut off for lack of payment in November 2014.
BUSINESS
June 5, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission will hold five public hearings in the next week about Peco Energy Co.'s proposed $190 million electric rate increase. Hearings for customers to give input will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at Bucks County Community College, Penn Hall 259, 275 Swamp Road, Newtown; 10 a.m. Tuesday, at the Philadelphia Central Library, 1901 Vine St., Philadelphia; 7 p.m. Tuesday, at the Army National Guard Armory, 2700 Southampton Road, Philadelphia; 7 p.m. Wednesday, Worcester Township Community Hall, 1031 Valley Forge Road, Norristown; and 7 p.m. Monday, June 15, in the Water's Edge Banquet Room, 500 North Lane, Ridley Park.
REAL_ESTATE
May 24, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
I used to think that the tiny-house movement had something to do with building smaller homes that more people could afford. Then I came across an article in Forbes by Erin Carlyle that talked about the upscale nature of tiny houses, with so many amenities per square foot - even a tiny hot tub - that you wonder how people can fit inside. One example was an $82,000, 348.5-square-footer "equipped with one bedroom, a bathroom and a kitchen/living room with a butcher-block countertop that doubles as a desk," Carlyle wrote.
NEWS
May 22, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Michael V. DeNoia, 87, of Springfield, Delaware County, a retired athlete, teacher, and coach, died Wednesday, May 13, of Alzheimer's disease at Crozer Hospice at Taylor Hospital, Ridley Park. Born in Hazleton, Mr. DeNoia was a scholastic and collegiate football and basketball star in the 1940s at Hazleton High School and the University of Scranton. He later earned a master's degree from Villanova University. Mr. DeNoia was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 1949. He had signed with the 49ers and had just completed preseason practice when he was drafted into the Army.
SPORTS
May 11, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
Joe Horn's father remembers the first time Joe brought up the subject of high school. The son, in eighth grade, had gone to Brian Horn and said: "I'm going to Roman. " The kid announced it as if it was a done deal. The Horns live in Ridley Park, not exactly around the corner from Broad and Vine. "Roman Catholic?" Brian Horn remembers saying back. "In Philly? . . . In Center City?" That's how Joe Horn began taking the SEPTA train every morning from Delaware County with the commuters.
BUSINESS
February 2, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. The people who live here just call it Ridley . But thanks to multiple zip codes, some census-designated areas (Folsom and Woodlyn) and some unincorporated ones, and the fact that this Delaware County township surrounds Rutledge Borough, it's much more than just Ridley. From a real estate perspective, that is. It can get pretty confusing looking for a house here, or in the communities that share the township's multiple zip codes, says Barbara Mastronardo of Weichert Realtors in Media, who counts six mailing designations traversing the 5.3-square-mile municipality.
BUSINESS
August 14, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Daniel Kline loves Philadelphia. But he's not putting his fund's millions to work at home. "The city has so many great reasons for people to want to rent and live here," says Kline, who named his real estate investment firm Delancey Street Capital after one of Society Hill's premier residential addresses. "I grew up here, went to [Wharton] here, learned the business from Mitch Morgan here," at Morgan Properties Inc. , the King of Prussia company that used the latest recession as a massive apartment-buying opportunity.
NEWS
July 11, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Delaware County couple were arrested Wednesday in an April hit-and-run accident in which an 18-year-old bicyclist was seriously injured. Adrienne McCrea, 25, not only fled the scene, but later traveled to Virginia and sold her pickup truck to hide evidence of the accident on Chester Pike in Ridley Park, officials said. Her boyfriend, Ty Winsheimer, 31, helped her hide her truck, said District Attorney Jack Whelan. The victim, Christopher Brooks of Ridley Township, had several bones broken and was treated for life-threatening injuries.
NEWS
June 19, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Louis Marini had no idea what was waiting for him as his airliner taxied to the terminal at Philadelphia International Airport. He might have wondered when the Southwest Airlines captain announced that a World War II veteran was aboard the plane - and passengers broke out in applause. But the Agoura Hills, Calif., man was expecting the high point of his visit to be a reunion with his brother, Hank, another veteran of the war, and a visit Saturday to the National World War II Memorial in Washington.
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