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Springtime menace: Floods and freshets on the Schuylkill River

Springtime on the Schuylkill in the 19th century could be extremely hazardous because of sudden ice thaws known as freshets.

Kelly Drive. May 1, 2014

Flooding these days on Kelly Drive is often an inconvenience. Traffic gets rerouted and things are back to normal in a few hours. But not long ago, flash floods known as freshets could wreak immense havoc.

Destructive power of freshets
These flash floods occurred in March or April, when ice sheets covering the Schuylkill began to thaw, crack, and move downstream. Occasionally, these floes piled on top of one another, clogging the river at choke points and forming enormous ice dams.

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A Fish Out of Order

Repairing the damage to an iconic East Falls art installation.

History buffs in the Falls might have noticed something missing on Kelly Drive beneath the Twin Bridges – the “Five Fishes” art installation, installed in 1995 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Falls Bridge, has been temporarily removed for repairs.

It was damaged in a fatal car accident in April 2016 that also destroyed the informational sign that stood in front of it.

Sculptor and metal fabricator Steve Sears, who created the original work, visited the Falls in mid February and removed the iron sculptures from the wall. He was amazed that after 20 years, the pieces were still so firmly anchored that some of the bolts had to be cut to remove them.

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Ready for Commerce on Conrad

Space available in the former Hohenadel office building — including a turn-key deli/market with many possibilities for success in our growing neighborhood. 

East Falls’ secondary business corridor‘s been experiencing some growing pains recently. Neighbors are grappling to appreciate five modern townhomes at the corner of Conrad and Penn, while up the street at Sunnyside, once-promising businesses vacate — including the abrupt closing of a local favorite, Conrad Market.

What happened? And what could do better here, instead?

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Le Bus Stops Here

Timber Lane resident reboots his legendary restaurant with a new spin for the Falls. 

If you haven’t seen the Philly.com article yet — heads up! Le Bus Bistro will be bringing homey American cuisine to the corner of Ridge and Midvale, in the space vacated when Johnny Manana’s closed last November.

What the piece doesn’t tell you, though, is that East Falls’ rumor mill was onto this scoop weeks ago. In fact, a neighbor on Nextdoor kinda goaded Le Bus owner (and Fallser) David Braverman into confirming his intentions and coughing up some details. Which we shall blab here…

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That Time Connor Barwin Came to Mifflin

In case you’re not bummed enough Philly’s losing this guy… 

What a loss! Connor Barwin was not just a leader on the field, he was a generous neighbor who gave back to the community. His Make the World Better Foundation supports all kinds of arts/athletics/wellness programs, and as a role model, Connor makes time to inspire kids all around the city — including East Falls.

Back in December 2014, Connor stopped by Mifflin School to judge the Junior Flower Show and engage students about seeds, plants, and trees. Our photos from that day show a guy who had a blast — just a big kid with an even bigger heart.

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EYES OUT FOR EMMA

Lost beagle/shepherd mix on the border of East Falls and Germantown. Heart-broken owners have been searching since Thursday. 

After seeing frantic Facebook posts this weekend about a runaway rescue named Emma, the Pack Walk detoured through and around Cloverly Park, where she was last seen. Maybe one of the dogs could sniff her out or lure her from hiding? No dice, unfortunately.

We did, however, run into the owner Patrick and his mother who were still canvasing the area, desperate for a sign of their beloved girl. Patrick & his girlfriend Zoe followed up with all the details in an email that we hope will help bring Emma home soon.

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Playing by Heart

Local musician makes connections with patients that go beyond words.

Spirituality and music have always played large roles in Lynn Wetherbee’s life. Her love affair with the harp began when she was 10 years old and a spiritual calling later in life made her an interfaith hospital chaplain.

It’s only when she began her career at Visiting Nurses Association on Henry Avenue as a therapeutic musician that she realized how powerful the combination of her ministry and her musical talents could be in providing spiritual comfort to the sick.

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Hopped Up for Historic Return

Philadelphia Business Journal’s as excited as we are about WBC’s grand opening April 1st. 

This is not a drill: Wissahickon Brewing Company is opening on Schoolhouse Lane on Saturday April 1st (2pm – 10pm). To Philadelphia Business Journal, we’re making history.

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Goodbye, Foxy

After losing her dearly beloved dog Foxy, Penn Street resident Barbara Moore thanks her neighbors and remembers a one-of-a-kind companion.

 

To my East Falls neighbors, sister Vicky, neighbor Diana, and others who supported me through Foxy’s death:

I am lucky I had a chance to own such a loving and loyal rescue dog, one that was a joy to me and a source of comfort, especially when I lost my other great rescue, Peanutchew, in October of 2015. Foxy masked his own pain at the loss of his big brother, even as he helped me through my grief.

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Ninja vs Nonna?

The ninja’s a fierce pizza fan, but nobody beats your Nonna.

It’s that time again!  March Madness?  NO!!!  Pizza Madness!!  That’s right, the ninja is back with another pizza review for all of you fanatics.  Unlike everyone’s favorite basketball tournament that occurs once a year, pizza madness is a mental affliction that the ninja has to deal with on a day by day basis.

Lets get to the review!

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