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Apartment fire raises questions
The blaze was allegedly ignited by patient in psychiatric program.

The stench of smoke grew stronger with each step as we climbed the stairwell in building B — lungs laboring, nostrils itching, eyes slightly stinging.

It smelled like someone was throwing a barbecue on the fourth floor. It smelled like someone had lit some acrid potpourri that had dissipated poorly. The reality was far more tragic.

Two days had passed since an unidentified young woman set clothes on fire with an open flame in her Roxborough apartment on July 14, injuring a firefighter and three residents.


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Residents of Henry on the Park last week were struggling to make sense of the fire that was allegedly set by a woman receiving outpatient psychiatric care at the apartment complex.
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Other News…


Main Street Fair to return after 18-year absence

Gypsy jazz to be featured at Pastorius Park concert

 


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Economy cannot ‘floor’ Souli Tile & Stone Shop

It’s no secret that many retail businesses have closed their doors in Chestnut Hill since the national economy sank to the bottom of the ocean late last summer. You’d think that a business which sells discretionary items like the 11-year-old Souli Tile & Stone Shop at 8113 Germantown Ave. would be on life-support by now, but owner Ali Souli has no intention of succumbing any time soon.
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To ‘pool lawsuit’ parents: Get over it!

When I first read about the incident at Valley Club in Huntingdon Valley on June 29, I felt terrible for the kids, of course. The TV and newspaper reports I saw strongly suggested that the 65 non-white children from Creative Steps Inc. Day Camp were told not to come back to the swim club (their money was refunded) and that racism may well have been one factor, if not the major factor, for the club’s decision. The club’s image took a nosedive when its president, John Duesler, commented that having so many new kids in the club’s pool changed “the complexion” of the club.
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MT. AIRY STARS TAKE NJ TOURNY Championship Game at the New Jersey Branchburg Little League Tournament. The Mt. Airy Baseball (“Mt. Airy Stars”) 11-year-olds won after playoff and championship games that both went into extra innings. Front, Andy McNabb, Nate Ewing, Ben Peter, D.J. Johnson; Second row, Sam Greene, Ben Caraballo, Danny Feyler; Third row, Zack Coates, Langston Livingston, Jason Pixley, Dimir Brunson; Back Row: Assistant Coach Sandy Greene, Assistant Coach Joe Johnson, Head Coach Vic Caraballo; Not shown: Jamie Zehmer.
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Springside, Mount rowers medal at Phila. Youth Regatta

Last Friday night’s rainstorms put an end to several days of muggy weather and on Saturday rowers from Mount St. Joseph Academy and Springside School enjoyed a refreshing breeze and temperatures in the low 80’s as they participate
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FIREMAN’S VISIT Firefighter Patrick of the Wyndmoor Fire Company visited children at the Oreland Evangelical Presbyterian Church and let the children try out the company’s truck and equipment. Nick (the children only gave the Local their first names) was outfitted with an official fireman’s helmet by Firefighter Patrick. (Photo by Jaime Perez)

 

 

 

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