July 9, 2013 |
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.
July 7, 2011 |
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.
July 1, 2004 |
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.
December 21, 1998 |
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.
May 24, 2015 |
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.
July 28, 2013 |
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.
January 10, 1992 |
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.
July 23, 2015 |
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.
November 19, 2012 |
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.
October 21, 2006 |
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.