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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.
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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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April 18, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 17, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
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.
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April 15, 2015 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
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.
NEWS
February 17, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
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.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2015 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
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.
NEWS
December 23, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
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.
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December 12, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
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.
NEWS
December 10, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
December 10, 2014 | By Christian Hetrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 4, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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