March 14, 2016 |
When nonunion electrical contractors work in John Dougherty's South Philadelphia neighborhood, they may get a jolt. Take the case of Frank Lafontano, a Philadelphia police officer who runs Frank's Home Repair out of his modest rowhouse southwest of Dougherty's home. Last year, Dougherty's Electricians union Local 98 wrote to Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, complaining that Lafontano's moonlighting violated police policy. The union also circulated fliers saying Lafontano's firm failed to obtain a city permit before starting electrical work on a townhouse project at Third and Reed Streets.
August 4, 2015 |
One in an occasional series Brian Martin, 33, almost gave up on being a bricklayer during the recession. He loved the work but couldn't get any, so he joined the vast army of construction workers rendered jobless by the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. "I thought about going back to school," said Martin, of Glenolden, taking a break from work at the University of Pennsylvania's newest dormitory, the New College House at Hill Field. Up on the scaffolding, Rocco D'Angelico, 59, said he managed to keep working as a bricklayer during the recession, but now he's looking toward retirement because of "all the aches and pains in my bones.
April 2, 2014 |
WHEN SALVATORE Giusti arrived in the Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos to visit his daughter in September 2006, he discovered that a World Series of Poker tournament was scheduled. Salvatore considered himself a fair poker player, having sharpened his skills at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, and when he was asked to join the tournament as an amateur, he couldn't say no. The tournament ran for three days, and Salvatore came out No. 30, out of 100 amateurs. "He was very proud of that," said his daughter Antoinette Sottak, who lived in Turks and Caicos for 13 years.
May 11, 2013 |
John Martin Doyle, 85, of Drexel Hill, a third-generation bricklayer and former president of Local 1 of the Philadelphia Bricklayers Union, died Monday, May 6, of asbestosis at home. He had been diagnosed with the illness in 1999, said his daughter, Eileen Doyle. Mr. Doyle, known as Jack, was born in 1927 in the tough, mostly Irish neighborhood of South Philadelphia known as Devils Pocket. Mr. Doyle's family moved seven times before he was 8. Marty Doyle, Mr. Doyle's father, was a second-generation bricklayer who trained fighters - including his three sons - to box at Pat MacAvoy's gym at Second Street and Tasker Avenue.
January 16, 2013
Martin M. Brody, 90, of Deptford, a man of many trades, from bricklayer to bartender and warehouse manager, who always found time to serve his local Boy Scout troop, died Friday, Jan. 11, at his home. When two of his sons joined Cub Scouts in the mid-1960s, so did Mr. Brody, known as "Mush. " He was treasurer for Pack 262 in Almonesson, and as they got older, he performed the same duty for Boy Scout Troop 62. While his own children eventually put scouting behind them, Mr. Brody did not. He stayed with the troop as treasurer into his 70s, logging 35 years.
July 23, 2010
Jack McKinney covered boxing for the Daily News back in the day. J. Cartin McKinney wrote about opera. Same guy. You could always find him at the intersection of courage and craziness. Walked into a cage full of lions for a story. Jumped out of an airplane. Fought one fight as a pro in Painesville, Ohio. Sparred a round with Sonny Liston. "I could see the fear in Liston's eyes," McKinney wrote. "Fear he was gonna kill me. " So it should come as no surprise that McKinney was the catalyst behind the battle of the bricklayers that unfurled Oct. 16, 1958, the quintessential neighborhood brawl.
October 14, 2009 |
Al Martino, 82, the South Philadelphia bricklayer who became a chart-topping crooner and who also is remembered for appearing as Johnny Fontane in The Godfather, died yesterday at his Delaware County home. Longtime friend Jerry Blavat, who last night confirmed Mr. Martino's passing, said he was in shock because he'd had dinner with the singer Monday night at a South Philadelphia restaurant. "He looked fine," said Blavat, the veteran Philadelphia disc jockey, who knew Mr. Martino for five decades.
July 24, 2005 |
Nothing quite compares with the experience of leaving a beloved homeland for a strange, new country, as Anneliese Mayer can tell you. So much still comes back to Mayer about that summer in 1955, when she bid a teary farewell to her family in Germany and sailed to New York with her husband, Ludwig, and son, Gerhard. She recalled that time at her Fort Washington home as she spoke about her life. The unbearably hot city, not cool like the Bavarian Alps, and the crowded little house in East Falls they shared with other members of her family, these are the details she says she remembers.
February 1, 2001 |
James Monroe "Monty" Pratt, a retired bricklayer who was active in his church and the Masonic order, died Friday. He was 82 and lived in Southwest Philadelphia. Pratt worked as a bricklayer for 29 years for the Morrissey Construction Co., retiring in 1983. A generally quiet, reserved man, he would open up if someone piqued his interest with a question or comment about world affairs, sports or current events. He could be a most interesting conversationalist because he was so well-traveled and well-read.
January 27, 2000 |
Darren Atzert loved going to the drive-in movie theater, dropping in at stores, and strolling along this town's well-kept streets as a teenager. But since graduating in 1985 from Burlington City High School - where he was a varsity wrestler and football player - and becoming a union bricklayer, he had seen too many businesses leave town, he said. He was sick of seeing beautiful properties deteriorate and "For Sale" signs dot the landscape. So he decided to take control. He became mayor.