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October 14, 1997 | By Lesley Valdes, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
At Sixth Street, opposite the Edgar Allan Poe House, hides a music chamber I suspect few know exists. It belongs to the German Society founded here in 1764. For the last century, it has been headquartered in this brownstone at 611 Spring Garden. About 150 comfortably can be seated in its first-floor parlor (as comfy as one gets on folding chairs); there's a platform stage, meant for lectures, upon which string instruments and a grand Steinway mingle nicely with busts of Beethoven and von Steuben, with potted plants and patriotic banners.
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June 6, 2007 | By Vernon Clark INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two Philadelphia men were slain within minutes in separate shootings early yesterday, police said. Eric Christmas, 37, of East Germantown, was shot twice in the head about 2:02 a.m. on the street in the 5400 block of Baynton Street in the Wister section, police said. He was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 2:35 a.m. Police arrested Desmond McMoore of the 5400 block of Baynton in the slaying. At 2:06 a.m., Francisco Rodriguez, 52, of the Northeast, was shot three times in the chest on the street at Broad Street and Lindley Avenue in the Logan section, police said.
NEWS
May 25, 2004 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr. INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The last words Monica Trice spoke were an urgent plea to a nurse in Temple University Hospital's emergency ward. "Save my baby! Please save my baby!" Trice's mother recalled yesterday. Trice, 27, pregnant and the mother of seven children, was cut down by errant gunfire last summer. A suspect, Kareem Oliver, 22, of West Seymour Street, had been sought since Dec. 13, when a warrant was issued charging him with murder, murder of an unborn child, and weapons offenses. Oliver was arrested Saturday in South Philadelphia.
NEWS
July 27, 2003 | By Sam Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 27-year-old pregnant woman, who was an innocent bystander, was one of five city residents slain in unrelated incidents late Friday night and early yesterday morning, police said. Monica Trice, who was five months pregnant, was standing outside her apartment on the 5000 block of Germantown Avenue about 1 a.m. when an unidentified man began firing a handgun. Police don't know who the man's intended target was as he fired between Wister and Garfield Streets on Germantown Avenue in the city's Wister section, said Sgt. Roland Lee, spokesman for the Philadelphia Police Department.
NEWS
October 11, 1996
There's an altruistic side to the American Dream, one that remains undiminished by downsizing and undiluted by politics. It's the faith that, in America, you can count on unselfish people working together to build community, to help struggling families or powerless children. At the core, it's hope. This piece of the American character is what United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania relies on as it strives to raise $50 million through its annual campaign. The organization has found an effective way to touch that spirit through the "Days of Caring" program that kicks off the pledge drive.
NEWS
May 1, 1990 | By Dave Bittan, Daily News Staff Writer
A group of about 50 East Germantown residents today staged a sign-waving protest outside a lot where they say human waste is dumped from tour buses. "The air is hazardous to our health around here," said Edward Campbell, president of the East Germantown Concerned Citizens and one of several protesters who wore surgical masks. Three tour buses and a half-dozen sizable trucks were parked on the long, narrow block bordered by 21st Street, Godfrey Avenue and Wister and Laveer streets.
NEWS
September 8, 2001 | By Mary Anne Janco INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Kively Evangelides Padis, 90, formerly of Drexel Hill, a former research chemist, hospital activist, and founding member and past president of the Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia, died Wednesday at Cathedral Village in Andorra. Mrs. Padis was born in Greece but celebrated her fourth birthday in the United States. She was a 1932 graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Mass., where she earned a degree in chemistry. After college, she worked as a research chemist at the Lankenau Hospital Research Institute.
NEWS
September 24, 2010 | By JAN RANSOM, ransomj@phillynews.com 215-854-5218
Although most people would consider Monique Riley crazy for allegedly burning down nearly an entire block in her ex-beau's Germantown neighborhood last month, a judge found yesterday that she was mentally competent to stand trial. Riley, 32, was charged with damaging six homes on Furley Street near Wister after she allegedly poured gasoline all over the porch of her ex-boyfriend, Ouris Alston, and tossed a lit match. Riley, who is in Riverside Correctional Facility, faces charges of aggravated assault, arson and related offenses.
SPORTS
December 21, 2011 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
From nine points up early in the third quarter to 14 points down early in the fourth. From a dramatic rally to within two points in the final 2 minutes to three missed opportunities to tie the score in the final 45 seconds. That's the wild ride the Haddon Township basketball team gave its veteran coach, the chanting, cheering members of the "Moo Crew" student section, and everybody else in the Hawks' little gymnasium Tuesday night. And when was the last time those white walls shook with so much excitement during a boys' game of so much significance?
NEWS
November 22, 2005 | By Vernon Clark INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Germantown grocer who was shot during a robbery remained in critical condition yesterday as neighbors decried the violence. "He was a great kind of guy. He was a nice neighbor and everything," said Michael Mickens, 35, a barber who lives near the store owned by Paulino Torres. "This is terrible. " According to police, two men dressed in black and wearing ski masks robbed Torres' Cristal Grocery at Wister and Rubicam Streets about 6:45 p.m Sunday and shot Torres, 42, in the head.
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September 28, 2012 | BY MARY SYDNOR, For the Daily News
CHAMBER ENSEMBLES aren't as popular as full orchestras in the classical music world. But Philadelphia's Wister Quartet has spent more than 20 years convincing fans that this more intimate format offers different aural pleasures that are just as worthy. Four then-members of the Philadelphia Orchestra formed the Wister Quartet in 1987, taking its name from Frances Anne Wister, the chairman of the Women's Committee of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1910 to the '50s. Nancy Bean and her husband Davyd Booth, first and second violinists respectively, form the quartet alongside violist Pamela Fay and cellist Lloyd Smith.
SPORTS
December 21, 2011 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Columnist
From nine points up early in the third quarter to 14 points down early in the fourth. From a dramatic rally to within two points in the final 2 minutes to three missed opportunities to tie the score in the final 45 seconds. That's the wild ride the Haddon Township basketball team gave its veteran coach, the chanting, cheering members of the "Moo Crew" student section, and everybody else in the Hawks' little gymnasium Tuesday night. And when was the last time those white walls shook with so much excitement during a boys' game of so much significance?
NEWS
November 23, 2010 | By JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
Wister James Winters, a 30-year employee of the Campbell Soup Co. in Camden and a private detective who worked with Philadelphia and New Jersey lawyers on domestic cases, died Oct. 14. He was 79 and lived in Warton, Md., but was born and raised in Philadelphia. Winters, who was known as "Sonny," boxed in the late '50s and early '60s as a light heavyweight and was ready to turn pro when he lost two fingers in an accident at Campbell Soup. He usually worked two jobs at the same time and while employed at Campbell's, he also worked for the CBS Educational and Professonal Publishing Co., of Philadelphia.
NEWS
September 24, 2010 | By JAN RANSOM, ransomj@phillynews.com 215-854-5218
Although most people would consider Monique Riley crazy for allegedly burning down nearly an entire block in her ex-beau's Germantown neighborhood last month, a judge found yesterday that she was mentally competent to stand trial. Riley, 32, was charged with damaging six homes on Furley Street near Wister after she allegedly poured gasoline all over the porch of her ex-boyfriend, Ouris Alston, and tossed a lit match. Riley, who is in Riverside Correctional Facility, faces charges of aggravated assault, arson and related offenses.
NEWS
May 31, 2009
Philadelphia has always had a lively arts community. The events below, as selected by The Inquirer's arts reporters, are some of the most memorable in the last 180 years: 1857 : The Academy of Music opened. Built in the spirit of Milan's La Scala opera house, the Academy provided a glittering magnet for a growing cultural life. 1876 : The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, founded in 1805 and the nation's oldest art school, moved into its landmark Frank Furness/George Hewitt building on North Broad Street, and Philadelphia native Thomas Eakins joined as a teacher and, ultimately, director.
NEWS
June 6, 2007 | By Vernon Clark INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two Philadelphia men were slain within minutes in separate shootings early yesterday, police said. Eric Christmas, 37, of East Germantown, was shot twice in the head about 2:02 a.m. on the street in the 5400 block of Baynton Street in the Wister section, police said. He was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 2:35 a.m. Police arrested Desmond McMoore of the 5400 block of Baynton in the slaying. At 2:06 a.m., Francisco Rodriguez, 52, of the Northeast, was shot three times in the chest on the street at Broad Street and Lindley Avenue in the Logan section, police said.
NEWS
November 22, 2005 | By Vernon Clark INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Germantown grocer who was shot during a robbery remained in critical condition yesterday as neighbors decried the violence. "He was a great kind of guy. He was a nice neighbor and everything," said Michael Mickens, 35, a barber who lives near the store owned by Paulino Torres. "This is terrible. " According to police, two men dressed in black and wearing ski masks robbed Torres' Cristal Grocery at Wister and Rubicam Streets about 6:45 p.m Sunday and shot Torres, 42, in the head.
NEWS
May 25, 2004 | By Thomas J. Gibbons Jr. INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The last words Monica Trice spoke were an urgent plea to a nurse in Temple University Hospital's emergency ward. "Save my baby! Please save my baby!" Trice's mother recalled yesterday. Trice, 27, pregnant and the mother of seven children, was cut down by errant gunfire last summer. A suspect, Kareem Oliver, 22, of West Seymour Street, had been sought since Dec. 13, when a warrant was issued charging him with murder, murder of an unborn child, and weapons offenses. Oliver was arrested Saturday in South Philadelphia.
NEWS
July 27, 2003 | By Sam Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A 27-year-old pregnant woman, who was an innocent bystander, was one of five city residents slain in unrelated incidents late Friday night and early yesterday morning, police said. Monica Trice, who was five months pregnant, was standing outside her apartment on the 5000 block of Germantown Avenue about 1 a.m. when an unidentified man began firing a handgun. Police don't know who the man's intended target was as he fired between Wister and Garfield Streets on Germantown Avenue in the city's Wister section, said Sgt. Roland Lee, spokesman for the Philadelphia Police Department.
NEWS
October 4, 2001 | By James M. O'Neill INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A nearly century-old Philadelphia literary mystery - solved! La Salle University English professor James A. Butler cracked the case - quite accidentally - while plowing through 26,000 musty folders from author Owen Wister in the Library of Congress. Literary critics had long lamented that Wister never wrote the great novel of Philadelphia he had been planning early in the 20th century. After all, who better to craft a tale starring Philadelphia? Wister had the writing credentials and the local pedigree.
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