October 1, 2013
ON SATURDAY, the Del Val Charter at Roxborough football game was halted at 6:57 of the second quarter due to a bench-clearing brawl. Del Val led, 12-7, at the time of the stoppage. District 12 chairman Robert Coleman said last night he believes Del Val will be credited with a win and Roxborough with a loss, and that each team will forfeit its next game. Coleman said he will make a definitive ruling early this week. Also, Imhotep broke a city leagues record for points scored and tied the record for winning margin by trouncing School of the Future, 83-6.
September 13, 2013 |
TAWFIK NAKISHBENDI, the Roxborough man who went on trial Wednesday for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl at his home and giving drugs and alcohol to other underage girls with whom he had sexual contact, decided that a trial was not in his best interests. Nakishbendi, 64, accepted a negotiated guilty plea at the end of the first day of his trial. Terms of the plea call for five to 12 years in prison when he is sentenced on Dec. 20, court sources said. He also agreed to a guilty plea for allegedly sexually assaulting a 28-year-old woman who rented a room in his Wissahickon home last year.
September 13, 2013 |
Tawfik Nakishbendi, the fake Roxborough doctor on trial for raping a 16-year-old girl and engaging in sex acts and providing drugs and alcohol to other teens, pleaded guilty at the end of the first day of his trial yesterday. Nakisbendi, 64, began the trial by standing and pleading not guilty to all of the charges. But the defendant apparently had a change of heart after the trial's prosecutor, in her opening statement to the jury, painted him as a perverted predator that lured girls to his home to take sexual advantage of them.
May 7, 2013 |
AMID OPPOSITION from Roxborough residents and preservation groups, the city last week announced a delay in its plans to build a Treetop Adventure Course at the neighborhood's prized Wissahickon Valley Park. In a statement Thursday, the Department of Parks and Recreation said it would defer further public discussion and action around the proposed course, pending a re-evaluation. "The volume of misinformation currently in circulation, along with the Department's responsibility to safeguard valued community partners from misguided criticism, necessitates the additional review and analysis of this opportunity," the statement read.
April 18, 2013
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of April 16, 2013: Craig LaBan: Saturday night I was drafted by my daughter to be pizza chef for her birthday sleepover party. So, a field trip to South Philly (Faragalli's for dough, Claudio's and Di Bruno's for cheese, pesto, and meats) then I FIRED UP THE BIG GREEN EGG! Yeah, I'm a little enthusiastic. Here's my fave, an admittedly free-form round topped with prosciutto, mozz, and some organic tomato puree that went from tart and bright (when raw)
April 10, 2013 |
As a basketball player for Roxborough High in the mid-1990s, Stephen Brandt was a guy with "a high motor" - a tall, skinny guard who gave everything every minute he was on the floor, who liked to get things done on the court. As the current principal of Roxborough, he's not much different, though his actions are more likely to lead to a more orderly, high-achieving school than an athletic victory. Brandt is one of seven school leaders being honored Tuesday as some of the Philadelphia School District's best.
March 9, 2013 |
It was not much more than 12 hours after neighbors lost the fight to preserve the 130-year-old Bunting House at Roxborough and Ridge Avenues that the gracious, flat-topped stone landmark with maroon trim began to come down. By day's end, it was a pile of rubble. Three months later and still mourning the building's loss, neighbors are fending off a battle on a new front: what will replace it? Will it be a drive-through Wendy's, as rumored? And is the home of the Baconator really a worst-case scenario?
March 1, 2013
B RITTANY GILLESPIE, 30, of Roxborough, is CEO and lead designer for Petals Lane, a florist and wedding/special-events planner on Ridge Avenue near Harmon Road, Roxborough. Her husband, Michael Phinney, 32, takes care of the books and the event setup and breakdown work. I spoke with Gillespie. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for the biz? A: My husband and I worked at Robertson's in Chestnut Hill and there was no way to move up in the business. We were dating at the time and we just decided to start our own business.
February 21, 2013 |
The body that Marine Unit police found Saturday in the Wissahickon Creek was identified Tuesday as a missing Roxborough man, David Taundi, his father said Tuesday. "It's a nightmare. That's the only way to describe it," Josiya Taundi said of losing his son, who was recalled as a good-spirited humanitarian. David Taundi, 33, had been missing since Dec. 15, when his vehicle was involved in a fiery crash on Henry Avenue near the creek. "There's a lot of speculation," Josiya Taundi said of the incident.
February 20, 2013
A BODY FOUND Saturday in Wissahickon Creek in East Falls has reportedly been identified as David Taundi, 33, of Roxborough, a missing Bank of America employee. 6ABC reported Monday night that Taundi had been involved in an accident Dec. 16 in which his Toyota Camry hit a pole on Henry Avenue near Lincoln Drive. It was unknown how he wound up in the creek. Taundi's father, Josia Taundi, told 6ABC that his son was involved in charitable organizations.