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July 11, 1991 | by Joe Clark, Daily News Staff Writer
Jerry Herrmann still remembers picking up his first quoit. It was in a bar up in Torresdale on the Delaware River. It weighed less than a pound, but to a 5-year-old old, it felt like a ton. His dad and Uncle Roy would go to the bar to shoot shuffleboard. Sometimes Jerry would tag along. The youngster could hardly see over the board, but in between sips of soda, he'd grab the little round quoits - some call them weights - and playfully wing them down the board. Quoits, weights . . . no matter what you call them, it was many sodas ago. Today, Jerry Herrmann, 47, is considered one of the foremost tabletop shuffleboard players in the city, and the country.
NEWS
April 4, 2012
A NORTHEAST Pennsylvania man arrested last week at Philadelphia International Airport for allegedly attempting to carry fireworks onto a plane will be staying with mom for a while. U.S. Magistrate Elizabeth Hey released Joseph A. Picklo, 29, of Dallas, Luzerne County, on $25,000 personal-recognizance bail and 24-hour house arrest with an ankle bracelet at his mother's residence in Bridesburg. Picklo was stopped by a Transportation Security Administration screener at the airport on Thursday as he attempted to carry what authorities said was an explosive device onto a plane bound for San Francisco.
NEWS
May 21, 1996 | by Nicole Weisensee, Daily News Staff Writer
Last Friday, Bridget Ward packed her bags and moved out of Bridesburg. Last night, ABC's "Nightline" devoted an hour to her tale and brought together some of her white neighbors for a town meeting. Ward moved onto Eddington Street near Richmond last March and awoke after her first night there to find racial slurs written in ketchup and motor oil on her front and back steps. The dozen or so residents who were interviewed for the show basically said they were afraid of what would happen if more minorities moved into their predominantly white neighborhood.
NEWS
May 31, 2010 | By Rita Giordano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ed Dubeck, 89, knows about fighting the good fight. During World War II, he served in some of the Pacific's bloodiest battles. He was decorated with two Silver Stars and a Purple Heart. When he came home to his beloved Bridesburg, he worked with other former servicemen to turn the neighborhood's Memorial Day Parade into the crowd-drawing event it is today. But earlier this year, Dubeck crossed paths with an adversary the likes of which he had not encountered before: a major stroke.
NEWS
October 17, 1986 | By Fen Montaigne, Inquirer Staff Writer
A citizens' group has accused the city of regularly defying a federal court order to stop emitting foul odors from the Northeast sewage treatment plant in Bridesburg, and it is seeking to hold top city officials in contempt. In addition, the Concerned Citizens of Bridesburg wants the city to draw up plans to put a dome over parts of the plant and to make payments to residents when odors are released. The Bridesburg citizens, in a motion filed Tuesday, also asked a federal judge to require the city to purchase the homes of affected residents and relocate them to comparable neighborhoods.
NEWS
August 21, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
WANT AN EASY $200? Borrow a tow truck and put up a no-parking sign. Then watch the bucks roll in from people like Samantha Zeno. She lives with her husband and four kids on Richmond Street near Lefevre in Bridesburg. It's up the block from the defunct Philadelphia Coke Co. - an overgrown, 67-acre former riverfront coal refinery that's uninhabited except on nice weekends when drunken teens get hammered in its jungle. Midway down the plant's fenced-in Richmond Street boundary is a gated entrance that locals say hasn't been used in decades.
NEWS
June 3, 2011
A 4-year-old boy drowned in a residential pool in the city's Bridesburg section Thursday night, police said. The accident was reported in the 4300 block of Edgemont Street at 8:17 p.m., police said. The boy was taken to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and pronounced dead at 9:02 p.m. - Robert Moran
BUSINESS
February 26, 1992 | By Donna Shaw, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Rohm & Haas Co. expects to eliminate at least some of the manufacturing jobs at its Bridesburg plant, but says the facility will not be closed. The company has initiated a comprehensive study, to be completed in the summer, to determine how many of its products can be manufactured at other Rohm & Haas facilities, spokesman Ted Sikorski said yesterday. He added that the 700 employees at the plant were notified of the plan last week. Sikorski said there was "no talk of shutting down completely" at Bridesburg.
NEWS
May 10, 1996
To the "good neighbors" of Bridesburg: You are just as disgusting as the KKK in the South. I feel sorry for the people doing this. You are pretty low when you threaten children. You call yourselves Christians and Americans - you might as well be in countries that are into "ethnic cleansing. " I thought that in America, people could live where they choose, but I guess that doesn't apply to your neighborhood. What a disgrace to Bridesburg and Philadelphia! What gives you the right to tell a person where they cannot live?
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2012 | By Howard Shapiro, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Philadelphia-bred playwright Victor Kaufold peoples his new play Bridesburg with stereotypes so unnuanced, even their single dimensions are threadbare, but he's written some dialogue that rings true. That stuff, in which a mother who's just scraping by argues with her deeply skanky high school daughter about the girl's total lack of ambition, is the best part of the play, which opened Monday night Off-Off-Broadway. It's also the most affecting, in a sad play that bills itself as a dark comedy, getting only half that phrase right.
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July 10, 2016 | By Mari A. Schaefer, STAFF WRITER
Twenty-seven cats and two dogs have been removed from a flea-infested home in Philadelphia's Bridesburg section, the Pennsylvania SPCA announced Friday. The agency obtained a search warrant for a home in the 2400 block of Bridge Street after it received a tip there were dead cats in the trash. Several of the cats and one cocker spaniel-type dog were found to have serious medical conditions and were taken to the shelter's Erie Ave. location for medical care. One young cat needed to be resuscitated by the shelter's veterinary staff and is currently in critical condition.
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February 12, 2016 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Staff Writer
THADDEUS JOHN Bartkowski II, a personal-injury lawyer who lived in Villanova, died Feb. 4. He was 67. Bartkowski grew up in Bridesburg and attended St. John Cantius Elementary School and La Salle College High School. After graduating from Villanova University, he received his law degree from the Villanova School of Law in 1973. Although he enjoyed being a lawyer, his family said his true passion was being a devoted husband and father. "My father coached a lot of sports my brother and I were involved in," said son Thaddeus John Bartkowski III. Among those sports were track and ski racing.
NEWS
December 14, 2015 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there In summer 2006, Holly and Robert wound up at the same casual gathering at a mutual friend's house. They had eyed each other across another room on an earlier occasion, each noting the other's cuteness without doing a thing about it. This time, they were braver. Before the night was over, Holly and Robert knew they were the same age and had grown up only a few miles apart - he in Frankford and she in Bridesburg. She learned he was starting his sophomore year as a Holy Family University psychology major and also working as a groundskeeper at the Torresdale Country Club.
NEWS
December 10, 2015 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tractor-trailers are a too-frequent sight on Richmond Street, business owner Tom LaCroix said. "For years, Richmond Street has been unbearable, impassable at times," said LaCroix, owner of an Allstate Insurance office in the neighborhood. A Delaware Avenue extension, for a sixth of a mile, that will give trucks an alternative route of travel between Bridesburg and Port Richmond opened to traffic Tuesday morning. The $14.5 million extension, funded with federal dollars, passes though an industrialized area on land once used for parking between Orthodox and Lewis Streets and over Frankford Creek.
NEWS
August 21, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
WANT AN EASY $200? Borrow a tow truck and put up a no-parking sign. Then watch the bucks roll in from people like Samantha Zeno. She lives with her husband and four kids on Richmond Street near Lefevre in Bridesburg. It's up the block from the defunct Philadelphia Coke Co. - an overgrown, 67-acre former riverfront coal refinery that's uninhabited except on nice weekends when drunken teens get hammered in its jungle. Midway down the plant's fenced-in Richmond Street boundary is a gated entrance that locals say hasn't been used in decades.
NEWS
March 30, 2015 | By Sarai Flores, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police said Saturday they have charged a 19-year-old man with murder and other offenses for stabbings that killed his mother and left his grandmother critically wounded in their Bridesburg home. Charged is Zachary Pritchett, who called police Friday morning and reported that three unknown men had entered the home on the 2800 block of Reynolds Street and attacked the family. He did not give officers a description of the suspects but did reveal where a kitchen knife used in the attacks was hidden.
NEWS
October 14, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
JOHN F. DOUGHERTY never lost his zest for life despite a grueling 14-year battle with cancer. "He lived life to its fullest before his illness completely wore him down," said his wife, the former Mary Lee Kaiser. Doc, as he was known to family friends, a former union carpenter and city employee, died Tuesday at age 67. He lived in Bridesburg, but had lived most of his life in Port Richmond. His wife of 36 years remembers him as her "best friend, a loving husband who suffered greatly but rarely complained, and tried to maintain a positive attitude up to the end of his life.
SPORTS
April 18, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
ON A 40-DEGREE day in April while a cruel and relentless wind pummels your body, perhaps the most uncomfortable position on the baseball field is that of the catcher. Sure, maybe your body temperature is helped because you're always involved in the action, but then again - you're always involved in the action. And, the last thing any catcher wants, cold day or hot, is to take a foul ball in a place no foul ball is meant to travel. Chris Hammerstein, a converted infielder/pitcher for Franklin Towne Charter, might have questioned why he agreed to switch positions after a foul tip hit him in the groin yesterday against Northeast High.
NEWS
March 6, 2014 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
After three days of prosecution testimony, the sexual-assault trial of Catholic priest Andrew McCormick moves to the defense Wednesday with the priest's lawyers saying they have not decided whether their client will testify. On Tuesday, Assistant District Attorney Kristen Kemp completed her case in a day dominated by a former Bridesburg altar boy's conflicted testimony about his relationship with McCormick. Adam Visconto, now 27, told the Common Pleas Court jury that McCormick was an influential spiritual mentor at St. John Cantius parish in Bridesburg.
NEWS
January 23, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
CHRIS PAGANO, the accused "Swiss Cheese Pervert" who allegedly terrorized Mayfair earlier this month, is back on the streets after posting bail, according to court records. Pagano, who was arrested late last week, was being held at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Faciltiy in Holmesburg over the weekend, with his bail set at $30,000. He's now out, however, after posting 10 percent of that amount on Sunday, court records show. Pagano is due back in court Feb. 18 for a preliminary hearing.
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