Womhoops Guru

Mel Greenberg covered college and professional women’s basketball for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he worked for 40 plus years. Greenberg pioneered national coverage of the game, including the original Top 25 women's college poll. His knowledge has earned him nicknames such as "The Guru" and "The Godfather," as well as induction into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Ginny Doyle Tribute 10-A: Invite to Gather After Givnish Visitation

By Mel Greenberg

PHILADELPHIA --
Knowing that many of the out-of-towners and perhaps the locals may want a place to gather following Tuesday night's visitation to the Givnish Funeral Home for the celebration of life for Richmond associate head women's basketball coach and Archbishop Ryan graduate Ginny Doyle, after discussing it with Blue Star's Mike Flynn, we believe the best place to assemble with her spirit among us as we continue to share memories is Miller's Ale House, located on Roosevelt Boulevard by Grant Avenue.

Think of it as a version of Mike's annual Final Four party, though open ended, and as of now we all pony up unless I hear differently, since I haven't talked to Mike since Friday. (Better to say it this way then saying the other and being surprised.)

Miller's, about three miles away, is a giant sports bar establishment, which has a separate room with bar that accomodates 170-200 people. I do not know if it has been claimed by another private party or Mike claimed it, but when dining there last week, the management told me it may not be necessary to claim the room outright and there may be a lot of space anyhow after the dinner crowd leaves.

Plus Tuesday after Memorial Day is expected to be slow.

The kitchen is usually open until 1 a.m.

Since it is part of a shopping strip area, there is a huge and free parking lot surrounding Miller's.

If you are from out of town and haven't claimed a hotel room yet, there is a Four Points right next door, but I don't know the rate or room availabiliy.

About 15 minutes to the North at the end of the boulevard there is a Radisson and then nearby on Street Road there is a Crown Plaza, which puts you closer to St. Bede for Wednesday morning's mass. There is also a Holiday Inn Express and several other hotels on Street Road because of the Parx Casino.

If you want to DM me @womhoopsguru or email poll416@gmail.com that you are likely to stop by, I'll alert the Miller's management to see if they need to get extra bartenders or wait staff, though I will do this only if I see a response that gives the indication for the need.

You also have the option to stop by Miller's on the front end of the night (we suggest 8:30 p.m. is a good time to begin at Miller's given the start time at Givnish) and then get to the funeral home when the line may not be as long.

We will be in communication with someone at Givnish to alert if the line is narrowing down and you haven't been there yet.

Those of you who have really wanted to write something for the ongoing tributes in the blog but have had a hard time getting thoughts together, if you still wish to add something, see me and I can record your memories.

Directions to Miller's from the Givnish Funeral Home

Make a left out of the funeral home or wherever you are parked depending on availability of the lot, head back south on Academy Road and very quickly the Northeast Philadelphia Airport will come up on your right.

Keep going to the very end of the airport and you will reach Grant Ave.

Make a right and head West to Roosevelt Blvd. There will still be a lot of airport to the right, with some facilities in front of it.

After about two miles, a Wawa gas station and store will come up on your left. You are nearing the Boulevard. Start slowing down and get in the left lane.

Several shopping centers will be on your left. The last one just before the boulevard is Grant One -- you should see the sign and you can get in a left turn lane and enter from the back way right by a TDB bank branch.

If you happen to miss it, turn left on the inner southbound lane on the boulevard and the first traffic light you reach allows you to make a u-turn -- it actually leads to another shopping area -- so get to the outside lane to make the left and just past the Four Points is an entrance way to where Miller's is located.

Any problems, you probably know how to find someone.

Hope to see you there.

-- Mel








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