February 17, 2015 |
WALKING through winter woods at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, executive director Mike Weilbacher heard a few song notes high up in the bare trees and said: "That's a cardinal's mating song. The birds are dusting off their love songs, warming them up for spring. " A few minutes later, Weilbacher heard a woodpecker tapping out a drum solo in the Upper Roxborough forest on Hagy's Mill Road near Port Royal Avenue. "Woodpeckers are not great singers," he said, "but they are great percussionists.
January 13, 2015 |
Surrounded by vintage milkshake machines, waffle irons, Pyrex bowls, percolators, toasters, refrigerators, pizzelle makers, blenders, radios, clocks, electric fry pans, colanders, sifters, pots, lids, aluminum ice cube trays, and 6,000 to 8,000 Life magazines, among other things, Rich Boris had a candid explanation for the origin four years ago of his Kitch-n Collectibles shop in Roxborough. "It's called hoarding," he said with a laugh. That, combined with this practical thought as Boris, a retired Philadelphia firefighter, headed into his 60s: "Once you're old enough to start collecting Social Security, you have to start selling stuff.
December 23, 2014 |
A GRIM CLUE in the disappearance of Shane Montgomery - missing since early Thanksgiving morning - surfaced yesterday along the banks of the Schuylkill, nearly a month after the college student and Roxborough native vanished. Members of the Garden State Underwater Recovery Unit - contacted by Montgomery's family - donned scuba and snorkeling gear and searched the river Friday and yesterday, Montgomery's mother, Karen, said. During their search yesterday, they found the young man's keys near the water's edge, not far from a foot bridge that Montgomery, 21, was seen crossing in video recovered Dec. 11 from a nail salon on Main Street in Manayunk near the pub Montgomery was seen leaving.
December 12, 2014 |
ABOUT TWO WEEKS after college student Shane Montgomery seemingly disappeared into thin air after leaving a Manayunk pub early Thanksgiving morning, police yesterday renewed their search of the Schuylkill's waters based on new information gleaned in the case. Since Montgomery, 21, a Roxborough native, was last seen leaving Kildare's on Main Street near Conarroe about 1:50 a.m. Nov. 27, the case has stumped investigators, one of whom, several days after his disappearance, told the Daily News they were "desperate for clues.
December 10, 2014 |
Walter Smith scored four of his 33 points in overtime as host Roxborough beat Elverson, 66-58, Monday in a nonleague basketball game. Keyonne Parker and Jovan Hammond added nine and eight points, respectively. Elverson forced overtime with a three-pointer at the buzzer. In other nonlague action: Matt Carter drained in a game-high 27 points as visiting MaST Charter edged Tacony Charter, 76-73. Shane Henehan followed with 14 points. Mason Carr and Bryan Kaelin both had 11 points.
December 10, 2014 |
As the search for a missing Roxborough student stretched into its 12th day, investigators asked patrons at the bar where he was last seen to send police any photos they may have taken that night. Shane Montgomery, 21, disappeared after leaving Kildare's Irish Pub in Manayunk early on Thanksgiving. Investigators have combed the area for surveillance cameras and trawled through hundreds of hours of footage with no trace of Montgomery, a law enforcement source said. Now, investigators searching for any leads in the West Chester University student's disappearance are asking Kildare's patrons to send in any photos taken at the bar the morning he disappeared, the source said.
December 4, 2014 |
Those who knew him said the gesture was typical of Ronald Fischman. When the popular cantor at a Roxborough synagogue encountered a homeless gay couple four years ago, Fischman invited them to live in his East Mount Airy home. That gesture later cost him his life. Fischman was stabbed to death on Sept. 30 while intervening in a heated confrontation involving the then-estranged couple. Jonathan Williams was accused of stabbing the 54-year-old Fischman 10 times in the back with a kitchen knife, and admitted as much to Philadelphia homicide detectives, according to a statement read into the record by Detective Timothy Scally during a preliminary hearing Tuesday.
December 3, 2014 |
A Philadelphia police marine unit combed the banks of the Schuylkill on Monday morning as the search for a missing Roxborough college student continued into a fifth day. And at the bar where Shane Montgomery was last seen, the owners announced a $10,000 reward for information about his disappearance - bringing the total reward to $26,000. The student government association at West Chester University, where Montgomery was a student, is contributing $1,000 to the fund, association president John C. Carol said Monday night.
December 2, 2014 |
AS THE DAYS-long search effort to find Shane Montgomery - the Roxborough man who went missing after leaving a Manayunk pub early Thanksgiving morning - continued last night, the young man's family found a small glimmer of hope in their quest for answers in his mysterious disappearance. Philadelphia Police Marine Unit divers, who for hours yesterday dredged the Manayunk Canal in the search for the 21-year-old West Chester University student who was home for Thanksgiving break, came up with nothing.
December 1, 2014 |
PETE GILL spent his Thanksgiving trying to make sense of an ordeal he never expected. Maybe his childhood friend Shane Montgomery got too drunk and passed out somewhere, Gill told himself. Maybe he hadn't been heard from in hours because he went home with a girl. But as dinnertime neared, dread started to seep in. "This is something you see on the 6 o'clock news," Gill said last night. "It's not something you do. It's not ever a person you know. " Gill is one of many Northwest Philly residents scouring Manayunk for Montgomery, who seemingly vanished into thin air early Thursday morning after a night of drinking.