May 13, 2015 |
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.
May 7, 2015 |
MAYOR NUTTER kicked off a series of school visits yesterday at Roxborough High to tout his plan for more school funding. Nutter's proposed 9.3 percent property-tax hike would raise $105 million in new recurring money for the cash-strapped district. The funding, in conjunction with additional dollars proposed by Gov. Wolf, would close the district's $85 million shortfall and allow schools to restore support staff and expand innovative programs, the mayor said. "What we're talking about is now investments, eliminating a longstanding deficit and then investing in schools like Roxborough High and many, many others," Nutter said during a sit-down with administrators and parents.
May 4, 2015 |
Hicham El-Mohpabi is the agent who represents several runners from Morocco and his group is gaining distinction settling in Roxborough for part of the year. That's right, the group of high-level runners, including the winner of last year's Blue Cross Broad Street Run, took a liking to Roxborough and it didn't take long to convince the the athletes it would be a quality place to live and train. As the Broad Street Run's 36th edition takes place Sunday, some of those runners who have been training in Philadelphia could be a factor once again.
April 18, 2015 |
In a decision that triggered tears and anger from the family of a dead 3-year-old boy, a Philadelphia judge Thursday sentenced a Roxborough man to six to 12 years in prison for beating his girlfriend's child to stop him from crying. Joseph Zysk pleaded guilty Monday to third-degree murder in the Jan. 15, 2011, death of Jason Larkin Jr. Zysk, 31, was found guilty last April of involuntary manslaughter in the child's death, but the Common Pleas Court jury could not reach a verdict on third-degree murder.
April 17, 2015 |
CRYING AND emotional, Daniela Gonzalez yesterday told a judge that the last image she had of her 3-year-old son was of him in his coffin with his teddy bear. "This [murder] has completely torn my heart, and it's been ripped out and thrown into a 5-foot box," she said. Gonzalez, 25, was speaking at the sentencing hearing of her former boyfriend, Joseph Zysk, with whom she had a four-month relationship. On Monday, Zysk, 31, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder in the 2011 beating death of Gonzalez's son, Jason Larkin Jr., instead of facing a retrial.
April 15, 2015 |
A ROXBOROUGH man pleaded guilty yesterday to third-degree murder in the 2011 beating death of his girlfriend's 3-year-old son, instead of facing a retrial on that charge. Joseph Zysk, 31, had been convicted by a jury last April of involuntary manslaughter in the Jan. 15, 2011, death of the little boy, but jurors deadlocked on the more serious third-degree murder charge, which required them to find that Zysk had malice. Zysk was sentenced last May by Common Pleas Judge Linda Carpenter to the maximum five to 10 years in prison on the involuntary-manslaughter charge.
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.