Monday, July 23, 2012
Warminster Police Officer shoots one of two intruders on 8700 block of Sagamore Road.
Editor's Note: The article has been updated with new police information. An off-duty, Buck County police officer shot and killed one person who attempted to rob his Andorra home, while another alleged burglar stole his car, Philadelphia Police said. Police confirmed that an unidentified Warminster Police Department officer shot and killed Edward Mehlberger, 39, who entered his home on the 8700 block of Sagamore Road at 3:50 a.m. Monday. Police spokesperson Officer Tanya Little said the officer and his wife were asleep when he was awoken by a commotion near his vehicle early Monday morning. He went outside and saw Tim Zgrzepski, 29, man near his 2001 Honda Odyssey and got into a confrontation with him. The officer returned indoors to …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Andorra Catholic school places in top 100 of 4,000 U.S. schools.
Outpacing more than 4,000 schools nationwide, the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School in Andorra earned First in Math honors. Students at the elementary school ranked among the top 100 schools nationwide to compete in the competitive math online program. More than 4,000 public, parochial and private schools vied for mathematics supremacy. Twenty-one schools within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia cracked the top 100. In addition to the in-school component, IHM encouraged parents to keep the math success going in the summer. The school reminded parents recently that First in Math accounts stay active through July 31—so hit those math problems. Nearly 1.4 million students are active nationally in the program for grades K to 8. The …
Monday, June 25, 2012
Philadelphia Police Department rereleases surveillance video from April theft.
Philadelphia Police re-released surveillance footage of an Andorra theft after finding more information and a new accomplice. In May, the department shared a video on YouTube of a man stealing from a woman's purse, while another woman distracted her. The original footage included only video from the theft and the accomplices entering the store April 26. On Friday, police update the video to feature car information and another person involved. Using surveillance footage from a Mt. Airy Wawa, police connected the same car, driven by a new accomplice, with the male and female who were using the woman's stolen credit card. Footage from the Acme and Wawa show a silver, late model Chevy Monte Carlo in both instances. In the new video, police …
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Zoning board approves restoration of 8919 Ridge Ave. complex.
Nearly eight months after a fire destroyed part of a shopping center in Andorra, four small businesses are on their way to recovery. The Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment approved Wednesday plans for the previous businesses—Veterans Bingo Hall, Lucky Star Restaurant, Pinki Nails and a tobacco shop—to return to the strip mall at 8919 Ridge Ave. in Andorra. A fire ripped through the complex Oct. 17, 2011, destroying the four businesses closest to Old Line Road. Though other entities continued operations, these four shops have been closed since. "Right now, it's just a demolished site. We're just trying to get it back under control and for the businesses to reopen," attorney Hercules Grigos said. Constitution Bank owns the shopping …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Two people wanted for April 26 theft at Acme.
Philadelphia Police are looking for two individuals in connection with a theft at the Andorra Acme in April. Police released surveillance photos and video Wednesday of an unidentified male and female who allegedly stole from a woman's purse April 26 at 3 p.m. at the Acme, 8600 Ridge Ave. The woman reportedly approached a shopper and engaged her in conversation. While she was distracted, the man took her wallet from the pocketbook, which contained several credit cards and $100 in cash. Police released the following descriptions of the reported thiefs: If residents see the individuals, police warn not to approach them and to contact 911 immediately. In addition, police ask residents with any info to contact police via telephone, 215-686-TIPS…
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Children's musicians present shows at Roxborough and Andorra libraries.
That's two—count, 'em, two—chances to catch The Cat's Pajamas in Roxborough this week. The children's musicians, who specialize in "very cool music for kids," present two concerts May 23 and 24—at the Free Library branches in Roxborough and Andorra, respectively. Each show is free and features the group, which promises to bring "a musical comedy twist to high-octane kid-rock." The Roxborough show starts at 6:30 p.m., and the Andorra concert begins at 4 p.m. Visit the Roxborough or Andorra libraries' websites for more information. Check out info on The Cat's Pajamas music here.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
The dispute over Hagys Mill Road has come to an end after Mayor Nutter stepped in.
After an ultimatium from Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, the Whitemarsh Board of Supervisors agreed to close off a disputed gate for most of the week, slowing traffic between Andorra and the suburbs. In a recent meeting with Whitemarsh Board of Supervisors Chair Robert Hart at Philadelphia's City Hall, Hart says Mayor Nutter gave the township an ultimatum: close the gate except for eight hours a week, or the city would block off emergency services. Hart took option A. The road has been at the center of much debate ever since it was opened for the first time in decades after Hurricane Irene washed out Manor Road last August. Nearby residents were left with little option to exit their neighborhood, particularly when heading east into …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Courtesy Stable hosts annual fundraiser May 5 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
New Andorra restaurant demonstrates pizza technique.
Antimo DiMeo explained on Wednesday how his family crafted the perfect Neopolitan pizza recipe for his family's new restaurant, Pizzeria DiMeo's at the Andorra Shopping Center. This video, though sped up, depicts the 4-minute process DiMeo's employs to get the pizza just right in their 900-degree oven. DiMeo shows off how blending the sauce, buffalo mozzarella cheese, olive oil and basil—all imported from Italy—makes it all come together. Read the profile on Pizzeria DiMeo's here. For more information, view DiMeo's website, Facebook page or on Twitter @PizzeriaDimeos.
The Andorra state representative is running for reelection unopposed.
State Rep. Cherelle Parker (D-200) received more than 9,000 votes in Tuesday’s primary election—nearly all of the votes, since she was unopposed. Facing a general election in November once again without opposition, Parker said she would turn her focus toward voter turnout. “Turnout, Turnout, turnout,” Parker said. “I don’t care what party you are a part of. In 2008, in the general election, President Obama received over 595,000 votes out of the city of Philadelphia. If you take a stroll through electoral history, never had that kind of turnout in Philadelphia, and that’s just Obama and Biden, not including Republican and independent votes.” Parker said she would like to see a return to that level of participation in the upcoming general …