Thursday, October 25, 2012

Past Businesses-Winner's 5 & 10 Variety Store

A brief history:  This variety store opened in September 1967 at 933 MacDade Boulevard. The store offered everything from screws for your sink to toilet paper. Fred Winner with his wife Jeanette operated this successful neighborhood 5 & 10 store for almost 25 years. His motto was "If I don't have it, I will find a way to get it for you." It worked. Everyone loved coming to his store knowing that they would be able to get what they needed from him. After his wife died in 1986 and with the changing economy, Fred decided to add check cashing services to his business and hired three local employees to handle it. Unfortunately on February 18, 1993 Mr. Winner was tragically murdered in front of his stores during a robbery. The money was never recovered and the case remains unsolved.

Today an appliance store stores some of its appliances in the building.

Photograph courtesy of Joy Winner

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Profile- Frank Kelly, Pennsylvania's longest running Mayor (still living)

Photograph by Anne Neborak-1991

Role played in borough: Mayor of Collingdale borough from January 5, 1970 to present.

Greatest accomplishments: Establishing Collingdale Park, September 3, 1973 and saving the Collingdale High School building from demolition in 1985. It was dedicated as a community center, September 6, 1986.

History: Frank is a life long resident of Collingdale and has served the community in various capacities starting in the early 1960s. His earliest memories of the borough are the tree lined streets and the way people used to get involved with various community events. This sense of community called community spirit defines Mr. Kelly's service to the community. He often wishes that there was more of this spirit, as he recalls fondly the heydays of the 1950s and 1960s when everyone got involved in the community. Mr. Kelly admires the service rendered by both the volunteer fire companies and the police department. He remembers their dedication in serving the community in times of crisis. He still recalls with pride how the community responded during World War II in supporting the war effort and the proclamation that uniforms should be worn at all times. It is through the dedication of the fire companies and the police department that this community spirit can still be seen.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Church- Collingdale First Church of the Nazarene

Location: 212 MacDade Boulevard

Hours of Operation:
G.R.O.W.T.H. classes-9:30 am Sunday
Worship Services (main chapel) 11 am Sunday
The church shares their buildings with 5 congregations that meet on Sunday at various times.
Denomination: Pentecostal
Mission Statement: Racially diverse, family oriented church that believes in spreading the Good News throughout the community.
Brief History of church; The church formally organized in 1894 in Darby under the name "Heavenly Recruits", and then adopted the name "Holiness Christian Church" when a building was erected on Chester Pike and Springfield Road. The congregation merged with the Church of the Nazarene, an existing congregation whose origins are at present unknown in 1909. By 1921, it became necessary to find a new home for the church and a charter was granted April 9, 1921. Factors beyond anyone's control delayed the process of finding and acquiring ground for the church, so it wasn't until 1925 the present location was bought. Groundbreaking occurred October 18, 1925 with Reverend Walter C. Nelson presiding over the laying of the cornerstone on the corner of MacDade and Staley Avenue. The church was dedicated January 11, 1926. The church grew rapidly requiring renovations in 1940 (a new balcony and two story annex), 1952 (new entrances and stained glass windows, and 1956 (three story educational unit which was dedicated free of debt). Today the church which was in the early days also known as Darby Pentecostal and Bethel Church of the Nazarene serves the community in a variety of ways. Their food center is well known, and community nights are well attended. To find out more about the church visit;

Collingdale First Church of the Nazarene

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Business-Femi's Pizza

Location: 907 Clifton Avenue

Hours of operation: M-Thur 11-12 midnight
                              Fri-Sat   11- 1 am
                              Sunday   11-11 pm

What they specialize in: Chicken and beef steaks, chicken hoagie, Stromboli and the best pizza in town.

Mission statement: To provide a family friendly environment and homemade Italian food.

Founder: Ali Gorgulubil

A brief history: When Ali started the business in August 1987 there wasn't any good pizza places at the southwest side of Collingdale. His premise was to provide homemade Italian food at a reasonable price. In doing so, Mr. Gorgulubil provided an atmosphere for families to come and enjoy his food without "breaking the bank." He originally started the business across the street in a small store front that now houses an electric parts supplier, then moved around 1996 when this building became available.

For more information visit: Femi's Pizza