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.
November 28, 2014 |
A.J. FRAZIER felt nostalgic yesterday after Roman Catholic laid waste to host Roxborough, 45-6, on Thanksgiving Day. The 6-foot, 180-pound senior receiver and defensive back had just played in his last game as a Cahillite, so maybe that's why days gone by were foremost on his mind. However, when asked to recall his fondest Roman football memory, Frazier couldn't choose his own, although strangely, it did involve him. Frazier said he was a sophomore wideout going against current Notre Dame wide receiver Will Fuller, who was then a two-way Roman receiver and defensive back.
September 22, 2014 |
NASIR BOYKIN had to wait patiently on the sideline as the game went on without him. In fact, waiting was a theme last night at the Ben Johnston Supersite. With Martin Luther King High set to host Roxborough at 6:30, kickoff was pushed back 15 minutes because the evening's halftime entertainment - the Howard University Showtime Marching Band - was swallowed up in traffic. So, after warming up, both teams retired to their respective locker rooms when word of the delay spread. When both sides returned to the field, the Cougars did so without Boykin, who missed a practice during the week and had to pay penance by sitting the first quarter.
August 15, 2014 |
AFTER EIGHT months, the crew of Engine Company 66 can breathe easy - literally. The fire station, located at Ridge Avenue near Shawmont in Roxborough, is reopening Friday at 10 a.m. after noxious fumes injured a worker and forced its closure in December, said Executive Chief Peter Crespo. After a joint investigation between city, state and federal authorities, recent tests showed that the fumes, and the health risks they posed, have been eliminated, Crespo said. One of the firefighters stationed at Engine 66 was sickened Dec. 18 and taken to nearby Roxborough Memorial Hospital, fire officials said at the time.
July 17, 2014
Cities are built for housing people close to jobs, marketplaces, and cultural attractions. Take Philadelphia's Roxborough section, where an eight-acre parcel near SEPTA's Ivy Ridge Station already has water and sewer lines, making it an ideal location for new, moderately priced, revenue-producing housing. But such opportunities for good planning can be squandered by bad politics. In this case, City Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. has blocked the construction of 48 homes with the help of councilmanic prerogative, an unwritten rule that allows district Council members to control development on their turf.
July 5, 2014 |
John M. Gibbons Sr., 84, of Roxborough, a Philadelphia Water Department inspector for 33 years, died Friday, June 27, of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at St. Mary Manor, Lansdale. Known as Jack, Mr. Martin was raised during the Great Depression in the predominantly ethnic Irish neighborhood of Swampoodle in North Philadelphia. He graduated from Roman Catholic High School in 1948 and served in the Korean War as a corporal in the Eighth Army's Second Engineer Unit - 341st Engineer Panel Bridge Company.
June 1, 2014 |
JOSEPH ZYSK, the drug-addicted Roxborough man convicted in April of fatally beating his girlfriend's 3-year-old son, was sent to prison yesterday. Zysk, 30, said nothing before Common Pleas Judge Linda Carpenter sentenced him to 5 to 10 years in state prison for the Jan. 15, 2011, death of Jason Larkin Jr. Jason died of blunt-force trauma and internal bleeding after suffering body punches at Zysk's mother's home in Roxborough. After being arrested, Zysk told police he hit the child because he would not stop crying.
May 19, 2014 |
GERALD SINGLETON grew up a fatherless, only child in Overbrook, always in search of a hero. But over the last few years, the pursuit ended with his son, Javahn Singleton. The 17-year-old Roxborough High School junior acts as a brother, a caregiver, a friend, a football player, a social butterfly and a videographer. Singleton says he always believed in his son, but he never expected so many facets. "Javahn is my hero at this point because I've watched him struggle with his inwardness, his shyness, his awkwardness when he was younger," Singleton said.
May 5, 2014 |
YAEL LEVY keeps herself busy. In addition to serving as a supporting rabbi for Roxborough's Mishkan Shalom synagogue, she works as a spiritual director at Wyncote's Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and Hebrew Union College's New York City branch, helping steer future rabbis. Earlier this year, Levy got some much-deserved recognition: She was named one of "America's Most Inspiring Rabbis" by the Jewish Daily Forward , a national publication. "It's a lovely surprise, and it feels very honoring," said Levy, the only rabbi from Pennsylvania among the 28 selected.