Thursday, December 13, 2012
Police have located the missing car belonging to a woman who was found to have committed suicide in Ridley Creek State Park.
The missing car, belonging to a woman who was found to have committed suicide in Ridley Creek State Park, has been located by police in Philadelphia, according to the Delaware County Daily Times. Teresa Cathy Mastracola, of Millbourne, had been missing since Dec. 2 and was found dead in an heavily wooded area in the park on Dec. 8. The Delaware County Medical Examiner's Office ruled Mastracola's death a suicide of asphyxiation by helium inhalation, according to the Delaware County Daily Times. However, Mastracola's silver 2006 Mazda 6, four-door sedan had not yet been located. According to the Delco Times, the vehicle was located on Monday in Blue Bell Park in Philadelphia near Manayunk. Millbourne police told the Times that they believe …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
The death of the missing Delaware County woman found in Ridley Creek State Park over the weekend has been ruled a suicide.
The death of the missing Delaware County woman found in Ridley Creek State Park over the weekend has been ruled a suicide. The Delaware County Medical Examiner's Office has determined that Teresa Cathy Mastracola, who was found dead in an heavily wooded area in the park on Saturday, died of asphyxiation by helium inhalation, according to the Delaware County Daily Times. Mastracola, 44, of Millbourne, had been missing since Dec. 2 and was known to frequent the park as an avid biker and hiker. According to the Delco Times, Mastracola was last seen alive on surveillance video from Delaware County Memorial Hospital, where she worked. The video showed her arriving at work, but then leaving 10 minutes later. Police are still searching for …
Sunday, December 9, 2012
The body of a missing Delaware County woman has been found in Ridley Creek State Park.
The body of a missing Delaware County woman has been found in Ridley Creek State Park, according to Pennsylvania State Police-Media Barracks. The woman's body, which was found in the park Saturday afternoon, has been positively identified as Teresa Cathy Mastracola, of Millbourne, State Police announced Sunday evening. A cause of death has not yet been determined but foul play does not appear to be associated with the death, according to State Police. Mastracola, 44, had been missing since Dec. 2. As an avid biker and hiker she was known to frequent Ridley Creek State Park. She was last seen by her roommate as she left the house wearing hospital scrubs the morning of Dec. 2, according to 6ABC. Mastracola's vehicle, a silver 2006 Mazda 6, …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
A body was found in the vicinity of recent bear sightings, but there is not a connection.
Yes, there were reports in late October of bear sightings in the area of Delchester Road and Ridley Creek State Park. Yes, police responded on Nov. 8 to a report of a body found at Edgmont Country Club, which is located between Delchester Road and the state park. No—the two news items are not related. Pennsylvania State Police spokesperson Rosemary McGuire told Patch Monday that the country club case was a natural death. A Pennsylvania Game Commission official reached by phone Monday said he had not received any recent reports of bears in the area.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Soggy weather might have dampened turnout, but it couldn't stop the event.
Jeff Brody decided to count down from three instead of the usual 10 to start the annual Walk MS 5k in Ridley Creek State Park Sunday morning. Brody, the development manager for the National MS Society's Delaware Valley chapter, knew that the hundreds of walkers would rather get moving than linger an extra seven seconds in the cool rain. More than 1,000 people registered for the annual walk, which began at Picnic Area 14. Hundreds of them turned out despite damp, chilly weather to raise awareness and money for multiple sclerosis research and programs. The event was one of 18 walk sites in the region. "Walk MS is an incredible experience despite this weather, because it's our chance to fight," Brody said to the crowd. "It's a show of …
Saturday, December 3, 2011
A non-profit dedicated to helping local families battling cancer with financial assistance, will host a 5K Run and 1-mile family fun walk on Dec. 4 at Ridley Creek State Park.
The Great Guys Group, a non-profit dedicated to helping local families battling cancer with financial assistance, will host the Candy Cane Classic, a 5K Run and 1-mile family fun walk on Sunday, Dec. 4 at Ridley Creek State Park. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the run/walk start time is 10 a.m. on Sunday. Participants should meet at Pavilion 17, 351 Gradyville Road, in the park. The Great Guys Group was created after founder Paul Isenberg’s wife, Nicole, became ill with cancer. They became overwhelmed with treatments and balancing family life and Nicole suggested they host an event to reconnect with friends and donate the money to local cancer organizations. While Nicole lost her battle in August 2003, her legacy lives on. The Great …
Thursday, December 1, 2011
The entire park will be closed to the public both days for deer hunting.
Ridley Creek State Park will be closed the first two Thursdays in December for deer hunting. A flyer posted in the park (see photo) lays out the details: Due to the number of white-tailed deer in Ridley Creek State Park and in an effort to increase the ecological diversity of the park, a regulated deer hunt will be conducted on December 1, 2011 and on December 8, 2011 for antlered and antlerless deer by PERMIT ONLY. To ensure the safety of all park visitors, ALL of Ridley Creek State Park will be CLOSED on these dates to all activities. If you are a regular user of this area, please excuse the temporary inconvenience; these restrictive measures are being taken for your protection. The Delaware County Daily Times reports, that 82 deer …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
A work crew patched the holes in the state park's paved path Friday.
Trailgoers rejoice—the holes in the paved path at Ridley Creek State Park have been smoothed over. A work crew was spotted near picnic area #17, pouring fresh blacktop into potholes. The long, downhill stretch there was one of the most damaged sections of the 4.3 mile paved circuit.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Media Patch takes you to Hidden Valley Farm, where people of all ages can experience horseback riding.
The fall season is upon us, and so are the lovely days full of bright sunshine, crisp air and colorful leaves. It’s the perfect backdrop for a romantic stroll through a park, a family adventure picking apples and pumpkins, or a nice time to try a new outdoor activity, such as horseback riding. What many people don’t realize is how accessible and reasonably priced horseback riding is in the greater Media area. Enter into Ridley Creek State Park off Sandy Flash Drive, and you are greeted by a charming farmhouse, rolling hills, and horses grazing on the lush grass. Hidden Valley Farm is a full-service equestrian facility that offers a variety of services and caters to all levels of people, from a child on his or her first pony ride, to highly…
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Media Patch takes you to Hunting Hill Mansion and formal gardens at Ridley Creek State Park.
Step back in time to the early 1900s. You just got engaged, and are gifted with a mansion and farmland in the heart of a Philadelphia suburb. Certainly an exquisite present for a bride and groom-to-be. The privileged couple was Philadelphia investment banker, Walter Jeffords, and Sarah Dobson Fiske, the niece of Delaware County millionaire socialite, Sam Riddle. He is most notably known for owning the race horse, Man O’ War, and is also the namesake of Riddle Memorial Hospital. Riddle gave what is known as Hunting Hill Mansion, located in the heart of Ridley Creek State Park, to Jeffords and Fiske in 1913. They later transformed the modest farmhouse into a remarkable, Old World mansion, with 38 rooms, 13 fireplaces, and nine bathrooms. The…