Missing in Manayunk

Fliers for Montgomery are often within feet of each other on Main Street in Manayunk.

Fliers for Montgomery are often within feet of each other on Main Street in Manayunk.

The search for Shane Montgomery, missing since Thanksgiving eve after a night out at Kildare’s in Manayunk, has been the subject of periodic news stories across Philly. But in Manayunk/Lower Roxborough, where I live, the neighborhood is saturated with the mystery of his disappearance. His family, friends and the total strangers who have volunteered to help, have posted countless fliers, and have continued to update them. Down the street from my house, on a flier duct-taped to a telephone pole, the reward amount of $40,000 has been manually crossed out with a Sharpie and “$50,000” written below. But even that is already outdated. A Dec. 9 post on the Help Find Shane Montgomery Facebook page – which has more than 35,000 likes – notes that the reward for information now stands at $65,000.

Beyond posting fliers, as of a few days ago people have been using green ribbons as a symbol of the ongoing search. It’s an effective and solemn tactic. I’ve seen green ribbons tied to trees as far away as Henry Avenue. Every time I encounter a ribbon fluttering in the wind in an unexpected place, I feel a pang of sadness for the family and their unknowable pain.

Here are a few images from Manayunk/Lower Roxborough. They are evidence of amazing dedication and diligence.

UPDATE: Police Search River for Shane Montgomery

[Update 4:45 p.m.] The Inquirer reports on video evidence that led to today’s search:

A newly surfaced surveillance video shows missing college student Shane Montgomery leaving the area of a Manayunk pub, walking toward a bridge over the Manayunk Canal – and vanishing, according to law enforcement sources.

Sources said the video shows Montgomery heading across Main Street shortly after 1:50 a.m., when he left Kildare’s Irish Pub, walking toward a footpath over the canal. That footpath opens onto an isolated parking lot on a thin wedge of land that sits between the canal and a steep, unguarded bluff over the Schuylkill River.

The video does not show Montgomery re-emerging from the area, the Inky reports. An FBI spokesman would not confirm or deny the video’s existence, the paper said.

[Original 12:08 p.m.]

6ABC reports that police have descended upon Manayunk today in an intensified search for Shane Montgomery:
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If This House Were a Baby, We Would Kiss It to Death

3878 Terrace St, Philadelphia, PA, 19128

3878 Terrace St, Philadelphia, PA, 19128

A few months ago, we spotted the cutest little house in Fitler Square, but haven’t really dwelled in the tiny home trend since then (unless you count the trinities we feature). Today, we went in search of one of these compact properties and came up with this mini Manayunk residence.

Granted, it’s not below 600 square feet like the home that prompted our search, but it’s just as adorable! The exterior is all brick, while interior notes include wood floors, high ceilings and a bathroom with black & white porcelain tile and claw foot tub. The house also has a remodeled kitchen with a center island and stainless steel appliances.

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Do This: Philadelphia Runner’s Free Rudolph Run in Manayunk

Photo via Facebook | Philadelphia Runner

Photo via Facebook | Philadelphia Runner

Remember a few months ago, when we told you guys that Philadelphia Runner would be setting up shop on Manayunk’s Main Street soon? Well, the Manayunk store’s doors are slated to open later this winter (exact date TBD), but in the meantime the folks from Philadelphia Runner are just dying to meet their new neighbors. So, in true Philadelphia Runner style, they’ve invited you all to a run.

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Where Is Shane Montgomery?


I can’t imagine what the parents of missing West Chester University student Shane Montgomery went through this past weekend as the search for their son spread throughout Manayunk — and thank God for that. It’s any parent’s worst nightmare: a child vanished into thin air. And while we may tell ourselves it hardly ever happens, the truth is, it does, more often than we’re willing to let ourselves admit.

Montgomery had been at Kildare’s pub celebrating “Thanksgiving Eve,” the unofficial (but popular) holiday before the holiday, when college kids return to their hometowns and go out drinking with their old friends. My colleague Monica Weymouth recently wrote a lovely, poignant and funny ode to the occasion as observed in the Great Northeast. We used to observe Thanksgiving Eve where I grew up, in Doylestown; my kids do it now, in the far western suburb where we live.

And I hold my breath.

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The Juice Merchant Juicery and Cafe Coming to Manayunk

juice merchantManayunk’s Main Street is getting a new neighbor early next year, when the Juice Merchant, a new organic juice bar and cafe, opens its doors.

The shop will be located at 4330 Main Street, which, Yelp tells me, used to be occupied by Machismo Burrito Bar. According to Manayunkdish.com, the Juice Merchant will be owned by Lenny Bazemore, who also owns the Bazemore Gallery in Manayunk.

The Juice Merchant will sell fresh juices, smoothies, salads, wraps, hummus and desserts, with a target open date of January 2015.

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PHOTOS: A Peek Inside Venice Island Performing Arts Center in Manayunk

The brand new Venice Island Performing Arts Center is officially open to the public, hosting a variety of arty events within the 8,000-square-foot venue that cost $3.2 million and was 10 years in the making. If you haven’t stopped by yet, you’re in luck: Buell Kratzer Powell (BKP), the architecture firm that designed the building, has released photos of the state-of-the-art structure so you’ll know what you’re missing:

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8 Halloween Events in Philly That Are Just For Kids

Painting pumpkins at last year's Fall Festival + Spooky Saturday on East Passyunk Avenue.

Painting pumpkins at last year’s Fall Festival + Spooky Saturday on East Passyunk Avenue.

We’ve already told you about all the spooky, ghoulish events around the city this month, but what about the little trick-or-treaters? There’s plenty of kid-friendly Halloween fun in Philly, too, and we’ve rounded it up for you.

Boo at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Boo at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Boo at the Zoo
The Philadelphia Zoo hosts two weekends of not-so-scary activities so kids can celebrate Halloween in costume with their favorite zoo animals. There will be live music, food, games, and more, all included with general admission. October 18th and 19th, and October 25th and 26th, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Philadelphia Zoo, 34th Street and Girard Avenue.

Halloween in Manayunk
Enjoy a family movie night on Friday, October 24th at 6:30 p.m. at the newly opened Venice Island Performing Arts & Recreation Center. Trick-or-treat along Main Street and head to Fall Fest on Saturday. Most activities are free and open to the public. Friday and Saturday, October 24th and 25th, times and locations vary

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