Joe Frazier’s Philly gym gets historic status

The Philadelphia gym where late heavyweight champ Joe Frazier lived and trained has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.

Preservation officials say they were told of the designation by the National Park Service. They say it will help protect the building and commemorate Frazier’s legacy.

Frazier converted the three-story north Philly building into a gym in 1968. He lived upstairs and trained downstairs. For decades after his retirement, the space served as a neighborhood anchor. But Frazier sold the building in 2008, and it’s now partially occupied by a furniture store. The gym sign still is visible.

Events begin this week for Saratoga’s 150th

Saratoga Springs is getting ready to celebrate the 150th season of thoroughbred racing at its fabled track.

Nearly 200 events are planned May through September for the anniversary. A celebration party will be held at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on May 24.

Thoroughbred racing began in Saratoga in 1863, at the height of the Civil War. A war exhibit, “Empire for Union,” runs at the New York State Military Museum in the city.

Aug. 3 is the official 150th anniversary of the first thoroughbred race in Saratoga.

406th anniversary May 11 in Jamestown

Historic Jamestowne and Jamestown Settlement are preparing to mark the 406th anniversary of the founding of the first permanent English settlement in the U.S.

Activities planned for “Jamestown Day” on May 11 include a demonstration of sailing maneuvers in the James River by a copy of one of the three ships that brought colonists to Virginia in 1607.

Historic Jamestowne is the site of the original settlement. Jamestown Settlement is a living history museum.

Associated Press