September 12, 2015 |
The sky was the color of ash and the field at West Philadelphia looked like a sloppy, brownish-green gumbo, but the scene Thursday must have appeared like a beautiful daydream to the High School of the Future football team. "Oh, my God," team manager Justin Billups said. "Am I dreaming? Did y'all really just win?" That's right, the Firebirds, who went winless last season, defeated Strawberry Mansion, 20-7. And the main author of Billups' incredulity was his cousin, Marvin Dozier, who was all-around spectacular.
July 16, 2015 |
Finding an affordable place of her own was so important to Latoya Wright that when she learned that the Philadelphia Housing Authority was building green homes in Strawberry Mansion, she stood in line at 1 in the morning in the hope of securing a spot. The mother of two had been on the waiting list for public housing for more than a decade. The hours in line, said Wright, 31, were worth it. This week, she and her daughters - Mahagony, 13, and Jayda, 6 - will move out of her sister's home into a two-bedroom townhouse at 2800 Oakdale St., the site of 12 new affordable housing units in the North Philadelphia neighborhood.
May 26, 2015
A man who was shot four times in the city's Strawberry Mansion section is in critical condition, police said Sunday. Shortly after 3 p.m., the 34-year-old man was found in the 2500 block of North 29th Street after being shot in the face, chest, stomach and thigh. He was taken to Temple University Hospital. No arrests were reported. Caitlin McCabe
May 18, 2015 |
At Specca Farms in Burlington County, Bill Hlubik stooped down in a large furrowed field, picked a plump red strawberry and took a bite. "That's the best berry I've had in my life, and I'm not just saying that," he said enthusiastically. "Wow, that is a good berry. " Hlubik, a professor and agricultural agent for Rutgers Cooperative Extension, ought to know. He helped develop and test the new "Rutgers Scarlet" strawberry, which is now being praised by farmers and consumers as particularly sweet, juicy, and flavorful - superior to strawberries shipped in from California, Florida, and Mexico.
January 10, 2015 |
A Philadelphia police officer was injured during a traffic stop Thursday in Strawberry Mansion when the motorist he had pulled over tried to grab his gun and then drove into him while making his getaway, police said. As the car sped from the scene, Joseph Kochmer, 32, a five-year veteran of the force, fired one shot at the vehicle, but it did not strike the driver, police said. The incident began at 11:38 a.m., when Kochmer and his partner stopped a Chevrolet Impala with an Ohio license plate at 32d Street and Susquehanna Avenue.
November 27, 2014 |
Two men charged in the July slayings of a Strawberry Mansion couple waived their rights Tuesday to a preliminary hearing. Terry Ballard, 27, and Justen Smith, 19, told Municipal Court Judge Patrick F. Dugan that they would proceed directly to trial. Ballard and Smith are charged with murder in the July 16 slayings of Rufus and Gladys Perry in their home in the 2500 block of Spangler Street. According to police, Ballard grew up two blocks from the Perrys, and his grandmother was close to the couple.
August 19, 2014 |
STRAWBERRY Mansion residents will be the benefactors of three Philadelphia Housing Authority projects within 24 months. The neighbors say they want and need the housing but they want to make sure they have a say in how it's done. City officials broke ground on the first development Tuesday: the Oakdale Street Apartments, on a longtime vacant lot in the north end of Strawberry Mansion. Twelve units will be built on Oakdale Street near 28th, across from the Widener Library. The three developments will result in a total investment of about $30 million.
August 6, 2014 |
LOLITA DAWSON'S birthday party had a few uninvited guests. And a lot of uninvited chaos, to hear some of her relatives tell it. At least a dozen Philly cops descended on Dawson's cookout Sunday, in an empty lot on York Street near 27th, in Strawberry Mansion, after a brawl broke out while two officers tried to arrest suspects from a nearby assault, said Officer Tanya Little, a police spokeswoman. Harold Mann, 38, and Keith Davis, 44, remained in custody last night, charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, robbery and related offenses, Little said.
May 1, 2014 |
STRAWBERRY MANSION Two demolition workers in Strawberry Mansion were injured Tuesday when struck by a piece of brownstone that fell from a rowhouse next to a building they were bringing down, officials said. Two of the workers demolishing 3026 W. Diamond St. - owned by the Philadelphia Housing Authority - were leaving the site about 10:30 a.m. for a break when a piece of brownstone from 3028 W. Diamond fell on them, said Scott Mulderig, director of L&I's emergency services division.
February 4, 2014 |
THE SIGN on the door of Tropical Heat reads: "Do Not Enter with Mask or Hoodie. If So You Are Now Trespassing. " So the guys in hoodies waited outside at closing time. They pulled a gun on Melissa Thomas and demanded her purse when she left the West Philly bar after a night of karaoke, according to police. She only made it a few steps. Cops say Thomas, 29, was fatally shot and her 34-year-old friend shot in the arm about 2:35 a.m. yesterday in the city's latest violent gunpoint robbery.