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November 14, 1987 | By M. G. Missanelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
With the myriad possibilities surrounding the wild-card slot in the Philadelphia Public League football playoffs, Dobbins coach Robert Smith's focus was on one thing yesterday. "Winning," said Smith. "We knew if we won, we were in. We didn't want to back in after losing. " And win Dobbins did. The Mustangs defeated Roxborough, 18-8, to capture their first Mid-City Division title since 1979. The victory puts Dobbins into the playoffs, where it will meet West Division champ Bok, at Northeast High, at 1 p.m. next Saturday.
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January 13, 1994 | by Anthony S. Twyman, Daily News Staff Writer
Every time Jesse Wenk looks at the quarter-inch-wide cracks in his walls, he's reminded of it. Every time he sees that his front steps have pulled farther away from his Roxborough home, he can't escape it. Wenk's house on Pensdale Street near Freeland Avenue is sinking. Unbeknown to Wenk, his house, which dates from the 1920s, was built on a former pharmaceutical company dump that was covered over with ash. The ash is now shifting, causing his house to sink. Before long he will have to move.
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June 14, 1989 | By Gwen Knapp, Inquirer Staff Writer
For the first time since 1985, the Washington Eagles will not be the Public League baseball championship game. On Monday afternoon at Central High, with two outs in the top of the seventh inning, Washington watched a 5-4 lead over Roxborough, and its hopes for a fifth straight title, disappear. "It hurts," Washington coach Joe O'Hara said after Roxborough rallied for a 7-5 semifinal victory. "There's no question it hurts. But to a certain extent, I'm relieved because now we can start all over.
NEWS
September 22, 1995 | by Yvonne Latty, Daily News Staff Writer
It's been 10 years and lots of letters, but still no final answer as to whether 202 apartments will be built in Roxborough. Residents and developers have yet to meet, and the planning board won't make a decision until they do. Each side blames the other. "I have never had a problem with meeting with a community," said Carl Primavera, an attorney for the Andorra Group, which wants to build six apartment buildings at Umbria Street and Shawmont Avenue. "Usually they are anxious to hear us and anxious to give input.
NEWS
May 12, 1988 | By Pete Schnatz, Special to The Inquirer
If Larry Kolongowski's latest pitching performance was listed as a lunchtime item at a nearby deli, it would probably be a roast beef sandwich on rye bread. Make that month-old rye. After the senior righthander got much-needed last-out relief from teammate Ken Mulderrig to preserve Washington's 7-4 win over visiting Roxborough (4-3 league) on Monday, all Kolongowski wanted to remember about his outing were innings two through six. Throw away the first and seventh and you're left with some quality filler.
SPORTS
November 9, 1991 | By Pete Schnatz, Special to The Inquirer
Gerald "Scotty" Mack left yesterday's Public League Division B showdown at Central with less uniform than he started with, but the Roxborough running back never looked better. The 5-foot-7, 155-pound senior rushed for 232 yards and two touchdowns as Roxborough clinched a playoff berth with a 29-0 thrashing of the Lancers. The victory puts Roxborough (6-2 overall, 4-1 league) into a quarterfinal game at Martin Luther King, the Division C champion, on Friday. Mack began the day with three blue letters (M-A-C)
SPORTS
June 9, 1990 | By Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
The Public League baseball schedule-maker was not exactly kind to Mike Miller's right arm. Humane, yes. But not kind. Before yesterday, when Roxborough bested Central, 12-5, in a semifinal at Northeast, Miller had pitched four innings in the 17 previous days. No wonder he had trouble finding a groove. No wonder his five-inning stint was largely lackluster. "Our last regular-season game, against Edison, was so long ago (May 21)," said Miller, a 6-1, 165-pound senior righthander and Temple signee.
SPORTS
November 24, 2006 | By Rick O'Brien INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
After last week's loss to La Salle in the Catholic League Red Division semifinals, Roman Catholic was determined to avoid similar frustration in yesterday's Thanksgiving Day clash with Roxborough. Troy Richardson did his part, catching seven passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns as the Cahillites defeated the host Indians, 19-6, on a muddy and puddle-filled field. "We really wanted to end the season on a good note," said Richardson, a senior wide receiver and cornerback.
NEWS
June 13, 1990 | By Kevin L. Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Roxborough, with its 4-3 defeat of Washington on Monday afternoon, won its second consecutive Public League baseball title, but what Washington shortstop Tom Honda won at the Frankford site of the game was respect. In the bottom of the seventh inning, with the Indians up by a run and Ray Barnhart - representing the tying run - on second base, Roxborough coach Cliff Hubbard did the unthinkable. He instructed pitcher Mike Miller to walk Honda. Intentionally. This decision put the winning run on first and placed the bat in the hands of Jeff Strunk.
SPORTS
October 6, 1990 | By Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Whenever Derrik Millhouse needs football pointers, he turns in so many directions, his head nearly spins off. Derrik's father, Walter, and uncle, Roger, starred at Germantown. Two more uncles, James and Anthony, were prominent players at Gratz. A cousin, Kevin, was a linebacking force at King. "My uncle Anthony played for Temple," Derrik said, "and they all played semipro. Some people thought Anthony would make it big. Now, I'm going to try to be the first. " Yesterday, Millhouse, a 6-3, 210-pound junior quarterback (and part-time cornerback)
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January 16, 2016 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
High above the Schuylkill, in the Ridge Park section of Roxborough, old millworker houses sit side by side with wood-trimmed Victorian mansions. The little houses are jammed together as tightly as crayons in a box, but they typically sit back from the street, often behind postage-stamp gardens, and many have snug porches or high stoops. The streets, still paved in red and yellow brick, rise steeply, and thick woods carpet the slopes behind the houses. It's just 10 miles from Center City, but it might be a small town in Pennsylvania.
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November 21, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sometimes as a youngster in the small Kenyan village where his family farmed, Abraham Kiprop Rutto would look up toward the clear sky and see a passing airplane. Though his future figured to be as earthbound as his father's, the boy dreamed that one day such a plane would carry him to strange new lands, no small ambition for a rural African youngster. Soon he found a way. "My friends were running and going abroad in planes," Rutto said. "And I said, 'I want to fly in one and go abroad so I will run too.' " Rutto ran so hard he eventually caught up with his dream.
NEWS
October 22, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
CHAKA FATTAH JR. had connections, a name and access - and he dreamed big - a former roommate and business partner testified at Fattah's federal trial yesterday. "He had a name. His father's a congressman," Matthew Amato told a federal jury. Fattah could get in the front of lines at clubs and get hard-to-get seats at restaurants. How? "Just by saying, 'Hey, I'm Chaka Fattah Jr. Can I have a table or get in front of the line?' " Amato said. With that access, Amato testified, he thought Fattah's idea of launching a high-end luxury concierge service for "high-net-worth individuals" would be successful.
SPORTS
October 4, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sometimes slippery, often ugly, definitely chilly, and absolutely wet throughout, Northeast's 38-12 victory against host Roxborough on Friday illustrated just how well winning can make nearly any condition enjoyable. "It was fun," Northeast junior Keith Moore III said of the Public League Independence division contest. "It's fun when you're winning. When you're not winning and you're in this weather it's not fun, but if you're winning - it's great. " With a Nor'easter closing in on the East Coast, consistent precipitation - sometimes whipping sideways - wreaked havoc on the grass field at Pechin and Hermitage streets in Roxborough.
NEWS
September 30, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
ONE OF Bernie Scally's last assignments as a reporter was the annual Dance on the Falls Bridge on Sept. 19, a 5-year-old community get-together featuring music, food, fellowship and, of course, dancing. You can be sure that Bernie stood out from the crowd, with his sartorial elegance and his ebullient personality. He often affected a handlebar mustache turned up at the ends, and attire that bordered on - or, to some minds, crossed the border of - outrageousness. Bernie Scally was one of the most recognizable characters in greater Roxborough, where he had been a reporter on the Review , the weekly community newspaper, since 2005.
SPORTS
September 19, 2015 | By Aaron Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Yousef Abuhillo knows exactly what will keep his bread buttered later in life, and it likely won't be chasing after a football. It will, however, be what's housed underneath his helmet. The 5-foot-11, 181-pound George Washington linebacker took last season off to focus primarily on his studies. His first appearance on the honor roll was the result. Just don't mistake his willingness to walk away as a lack of enthusiasm for the game. On Thursday against Roxborough, his passion nearly made him run afoul of first-year head coach William "Skip" Singletary after Abuhillo returned an interception for a touchdown during the Eagles' 44-0 triumph at home.
NEWS
September 18, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
THERE MAY BE NO more telling example of what kind of a man Bill Keenan was than the way he treated the disabled people who attended an annual Catholic retreat in Malvern. "Bill was one or the most unselfish people I've encountered," said Ed Seiders, head of Our Lady of Confidence Catholic Retreat at the Malvern Retreat House. "He was always toward the back of the line, making sure the stragglers to the dining hall felt as appreciated as the ones who were first in line. " If someone in a wheelchair needed a push, Bill would be there.
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June 8, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Samantha Pellicciotti isn't sure why she's not furious. She has plenty of reasons to be: the parents who were too drunk and too high to care for her properly, the sexual assault by someone she trusted, the succession of foster homes and string of disappointments. But the 18-year-old poised to graduate next week as valedictorian of Roxborough High School with a 4.0 GPA and a bouquet of scholarships holds remarkably little rancor. She's moving forward because that's the only path she allows herself to see. "I'm lucky I'm strong," she said.
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May 13, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Roxborough tower farm is a collection of antennas that transmit radio and TV programs for several stations from that Philadelphia neighborhood's heights. At night, they can be seen beaming their red lights to warn approaching aircraft. James A. Gimbel sold such equipment for Radio Corp. of America until he retired when the company was bought by General Electric Co. While he might not have had a role in the Roxborough towers, "I always said that my dad created the red-light district here in Philadelphia," a daughter, Carol McLarney, said jokingly.
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