First-Time Find: Suburban Renewal in Drexel Hill for $260K

3820 Huey Ave., Drexel Hill, Pa. 19026 | TREND images via Keller Williams Realty

3820 Huey Ave., Drexel Hill, Pa. 19026 | Images via Zillow

If you’ve ever dreamed about living in a fixer-upper (without actually doing the fixer-up-ing), say hello to this single-family home in Drexel Hill. Thanks to a complete rehabilitation, this historic home built in 1923 appears to be anything but dated.

The entire main level features beautiful hardwood floors and neutral walls. The kitchen showcases white cabinetry, granite countertops, ceramic subway tile backsplash, and stainless steel appliances. Next to the kitchen is a large dining room, followed by an open living room. Read more »

That House Out There: Light(s) Fantastic in Upper Darby for $229K

11 S. Lynn Blvd., Upper Darby, Pa. 19082 | Images: Ann Marie Lander, Berks 360 Tour Designs via Wagner Real Estate

11 S. Lynn Blvd., Upper Darby, Pa. 19082 | Images: Ann Marie Lander, Berks 360 Tour Designs via Wagner Real Estate

The first question we asked when this listing crossed our radar screen was:

Are all those chandeliers included with the purchase?

The owner of this eclectically decorated Georgian Revival home in Upper Darby clearly has a thing about light fixtures in general and chandeliers in particular: it appears there’s not a single room in the house that lacks a chandelier, and several, including the huge master bedroom on the third floor, have more than one.

Then toss in the paper lanterns, ceiling fan lights, and distinctive pendant fixtures, and this home becomes a true festival of light — augmented by the natural light that pours through the home’s generously sized windows. Read more »

Cops: “Potential Tragedy” Averted at Bonner & Prendergast


When a dozen or so Upper Darby police officers bounded into Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast High School on Wednesday morning, a handful of students knew they were officially screwed.

Four male students and one female student ended up in handcuffs after cops found a handgun, drugs and bullets during a search of the building — an eyebrow-raising episode from a school that usually doesn’t make headlines for police activity. “We very seldom get called there,” said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood. “Obviously, they have problems like everyone else, but they must handle that stuff internally.”

So what the hell happened?  Read more »

WATCH: Man ODs on Bus, Revived by Upper Darby Police

A screenshot from the video depicting an overdose and revival aboard a bus in Upper Darby.

A screenshot from the video depicting an overdose and revival aboard a bus in Upper Darby.

Upper Darby police on Tuesday released this dramatic video of a man overdosing aboard a SEPTA bus — then being revived by officers using Narcan, an anti-overdose drug.

NBC10 reports the incident happened last Thursday. Michael Meeney, 25, overdosed a collapsed; Upper Darby Officer Matt Rugh gave Meeney a dose of Narcan. Meeney soon was awake and talking. He was taken to a nearby hospital — and ultimately charged with heroin possession. Read more »

PHOTOS: Ringo Starr at Tower Theater

Photo by Chris Sikich

Photo by Chris Sikich

The Beatles are such a universal music experience that many of us have odd entry points to their work. Mine was getting to learn “Yellow Submarine” as an elementary school student back in 1980s Northwest Indiana for a school concert. Little could I imagine that this would be one of the touchstones for a love of rock music, and that around 30 years later I would be in Upper Darby singing along with Ringo Starr to the same song — one he introduced by saying if you do not know it you should be at a Led Zeppelin concert (not missing a beat, one of his bandmates even started playing “Stairway to Heaven”).

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Cast of Bob’s Burgers Coming to Upper Darby on First East Coast Tour

Bob's Burgers

Everyone’s favorite animated TV show about the Belcher Family, Bob’s Burgers, is going on tour once again, finding the cast on the East Coast for the first time. If you haven’t watched the show, it concerns the Belcher family’s reopening of their burger restaurant and the mayhem that ensues. There’s Bob (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin), who is the chef and creator of all the corny names of his burgers, like the “Go Tell it On the Mutton.” He has a loving wife, Linda (John Roberts), who has a passion for dinner theater and a love for secret-telling. Bob and Linda have three hilarious and quirky kids: Tina (Dan Mintz), the awkward teenage girl who’s obsessed with butts and horses; Gene (Eugene Mirman), an enthusiastic middle child who plays the keyboard and is often seen in the burger suit; and Louise (Kristen Schaal), who is always wearing her pink bunny ears—except for that one time—and is known for her pranks and schemes. The cast will be joined at Upper Darby’s Tower Theater by creator and executive producer Loren Bouchard.

Their stop in Upper Darby will comprise standup comedy, an audience Q&A, a live-reading of the script and some of the unique tunes from the show, like Linda’s lullaby she sings when she brushes her little girl’s hair: “Here goes the hair / There goes the hair / Where goes Harry Truman? / He’s dead in the ground. / Dead in the ground. / Dead, dead, dead.”

This is just a taste of what you’ll see at the show, which takes place on Thursday, March 26th, at Tower Theater. More information and tickets can be found here.

Check out the rest of the East Coast stops below: 

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Belle and Sebastian Add Philly to 2015 Tour Lineup


Belle and Sebastian have just announced extra dates on their international tour to support their upcoming album, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance. Lucky for us, Philadelphia’s on the list. Well, it’s actually Upper Darby, but same diff.

See them on June 9th when they play the Tower Theater, their first stop in the states following a string of shows in the United Kingdom from May 3rd to the 24th. Pre-sale begins on Wednesday, January 14th, at 10 a.m. You can snag tickets here at that time.

While you wait, you can listen to Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance while it streams live on NPR’s First Listen. It officially drops on January 20th.

Check out Belle & Sebastian’s full tour lineup below:

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Tina Fey Reunited With the Mean Girls Cast and It’s Everything You Hoped It Would Be

The cast of Mean Girls. | Photo via Entertainment Weekly.

This is not a drill: local funny lady Tina Fey has finally reunited with the cast of Mean Girls. Entertainment Weekly made our dreams come true, getting the Upper Darby native together with Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, and Amanda Seyfried for a beautiful photo shoot and a lengthy interview.

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Where We’re Eating: The Upper Darby Coffee Shop

You probably don’t have much reason to visit Upper Darby, but it continues to make me happy on the ethnic food front, from the all-Asian food court at H Mart to Little Saigon’s pho to the exceptional Thai menu at Sa Bai Dee. And while this newcomer’s name doesn’t make it sound promising, the Dominican offerings inside The Upper Darby Coffee Shop make it well worth a visit. Actually, repeated visits. The Dominican breakfast (eggs, mangu — a mashed plantain dish — and Dominican sausage) is my favorite new way to start the day, and the heaping island lunch plates, the empanadas and the steamy, salty hen soup are all delicious bargains, with full entrées ranging from $8 to $12. As for the coffee at the Coffee Shop? It’s Maxwell House.

Upper Darby Coffee Shop [Foobooz]

Originally published in the November, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine


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