Thursday, May 2, 2013
Meet Larry Holmes, see his grandson box, next month at Musikfest Cafe.
Professional boxing is coming to the Musikfest Café. ArtsQuest announced Wednesday that it will host the first Fight Night at SteelStacks on Thursday, June 6 at 7 p.m. The night’s main event will have the grandson of Easton’s own former heavyweight champion, Larry Holmes—Jeffrey Dorsey Holmes—stepping into the ring against fellow Eastonian Marquis Pierce. The champ will also be on hand for the proceedings along with onetime nemesis Gerry Cooney, who lost to Holmes in a much-ballyhooed 13-round title fight in 1982. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $100 each and include a photograph and autograph session with Holmes and Cooney prior to the event, as well as a dinner buffet and a private area in the Café’s balcony to watch …
Friday, April 5, 2013
If you have $1.69 million, the price might be right for legendary boxer Larry Holmes' estate on Sheridan Road in Palmer Township.
- REAL ESTATE
Friday, April 5
He's Palmer Township's most famous resident, a native son of Easton and one of the greatest boxers in the history of the sport. But for how long will boxing legend Larry Holmes call the township home? Realtors from around the region came out to Holmes' Sheridan Drive estate Thursday for an open house because the boxer and his wife have decided to put the 2.4-acre property up for sale, the Easton Express-Times states. The house of the Easton Assasin features seven bathrooms, a movie theater, sauna, beauty salon, tennis court and enough garage space to house eight cars. It's being listed for $1.69 million, the story states. The home is even listed on a website of Pennsylvania celebrity homes. The site provides an aerial view. Holmes was …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
High blood sugar sends Easton heavyweight champ to hospital for two days.
Former heavyweight champion Larry Holmes is pledging to watch his diet after spending two days in the hospital due to high blood sugar. Holmes—an Easton native who now lives in Palmer Township—told the Express-Times he was hospitalized after feeling drowsy and lightheaded Tuesday. “I’m all right now," he told the newspaper. "I feel good. I never had anything like this happen before, but it runs in my family.” Holmes, who will turn 64 later this year, was world heavyweight champion from 1978 to 1985. He still maintains a presence in Easton, owning Champ's Corner, a restaurant on the street that bears his name.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
City officials frustrated by towing situation at downtown parking lot.
It's a Saturday night. You've come to Easton to eat, drink or socialize. You're driving around, looking for a place to park, and you spot it: the Bank of America building, and its parking lot. Leaving your car there might seem tempting, but it's a bad idea. People who park in that lot -- who aren't there on business -- are finding their cars towed by property owner Riverstar Properties, and paying a $240 fee to get them back. Easton officials say Riverstar has every right to do this. Still, it's a situation that's frustrated them for some time. “It’s like a trap,” City Councilman Jeff Warren said at last week's council meeting. He and his colleagues had just heard from Nanet Peterson, a Bethlehem resident who had come to Easton on …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Easton Zoning Hearing Board approves boxer's plans to move back into old space.
Larry Holmes is moving back to the street that bears his name. The Easton Zoning Hearing Board Monday night granted the former heavyweight champion permission to re-establish his restaurant -- now called the Ringside Bar and Grill -- along Larry Holmes Drive. Holmes moved out of the Ringside Restaurant last year following a dispute with the city over the proposed -- and ultimately unsuccessful -- Neighborhood Improvement District. He set up a new place, Champ's Corner, on Canal Street. "Things didn't go the right way, so I moved back here," Holmes said of that restaurant. The board needed to review Holmes' plan because he's moving into a flood plain. Part of the conditions of their approval is his compliance with flood regulations, …
Monday, April 16, 2012
Easton boxing champ supports his daughter's move to old Ringside restaurant.
Easton's Zoning Hearing Board has given a church permission to move its congregation into Larry Holmes old restaurant. Holmes shut down his Ringside restaurant/nightclub on the street that bears his name last year. On Monday night, the zoners gave the boxing champ's daughter the OK to move her Revival Fire Ministries into the vacant space. Misty Holmes-Dorsey said it will end a long period of the congregation bouncing around. "We've just been going to different places, we've officially moved out of our last location," she told the board. Revival Fire had been located on Northampton Street. Holmes-Dorsey said the church is an active one; in addition to regular services, there are meetings several times a week, a youth group, a food pantry …
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Easton planners allow champ's daughter to move ministry to old Ringside building.
Easton's Planning Commission has given Larry Holmes' daughter permission to open a church to her father's old restaurant. Misty Holmes-Dorsey, who runs Revival Fire Ministries on Northampton Street with her husband Jeffrey Dorsey, got approval from the commission Wednesday night to move the church, according to the Express-Times. Holmes-Dorsey said her services will initially have 50-60 people, although that number is expected to grow. Larry Holmes closed his Ringside Restaurant last year after fighting with the city over its -- ultimately unsuccesful -- Neighborhood Improvement Distirct, which would have imposed an extra tax on the boxing legend and other Downtown property owners. He has since moved his restaurant -- now renamed "Champ's…
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Original plans set unveiling for 2011, yet only a sign holds the statue’s future spot.
About a year ago, Easton Patch reported on the construction of a statue in homage to the Easton Assassin, Larry Holmes. Waterbucket Media, the Easton-based public relations firm spearheading the project, originally announced the statue's construction in January 2010. They had hoped that funds for the project would be raised by spring of this year, but those hopes are now distant memory. “There are rumors out there that the statue is dead,” said Angel Kichline, Larry Holmes’ business manager. “But that’s not the case. Times are tough. People can’t donate as much as they want to.” Although it is considered to be part of the city’s ongoing waterfront revitalization project, the Larry Holmes statue is a privately-funded project, and it seems…