August 21, 2015 |
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.
March 30, 2015 |
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.
October 14, 2014 |
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.
April 18, 2014 |
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.
March 6, 2014 |
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.
January 23, 2014 |
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.
December 31, 2013 |
JACQUELINE DeSANCTIS worked at the Bridesburg Recreation Center for 45 years, retired in 2005, immediately returned as a volunteer and has continued to be its full-time heart and soul ever since. "I don't think anyone ever told her to leave her office," said Joseph Slabinski III, owner of Slabinski Funeral Home of Bridesburg, who was master of ceremonies recently when city officials renamed a block of Richmond Street in front of the rec center, "Miss Jackie's Way. " "Who is going to kick her out?"
November 21, 2013
J ESICA SIMPSON, 32, and Jeremy Lauder, 31, of Bridesburg, own Derisory Designs, a screen-printing shop in the basement of a repurposed industrial building on 2nd Street near Cecil B. Moore Avenue in North Philadelphia. The married couple's company specializes in custom screen-printed apparel, art prints and promotional items. Jeremy oversees the printing side, and Jesica handles the books and customer service. I spoke with Jesica. Q: How did the biz start? A: In 2004, Jeremy and two friends wanted to make and sell Philly T-shirts, but other people were doing it and his friends split.
May 28, 2013 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Sunday that Archbishop Charles J. Chaput had approved merging two parishes in the city's Bridesburg section - All Saints and St. John Cantius - as of July 1. The combined name will be St. John Cantius. "The All Saints church building will remain open and be maintained as a worship site," the diocese said in an announcement. "This merger is the result of ongoing restructuring that will ultimately strengthen parish communities throughout the archdiocese, positioning them for future growth and sustainability," the statement said.
April 23, 2013 |
Thaddeus J. Przybylowski, 82, of Cheltenham, whom many knew as "Teddy Miller" in Bridesburg, where he operated a real estate business for decades, died Wednesday, April 17, after a brief hospitalization. Mr. Przybylowski ran Miller Realty in Bridesburg, having inherited the business from his father, Casimir, who founded it in 1918. He started working there with his father in the early 1950s. Miller Realty was such an institution - and Mr. Przybylowski was so appreciated for his energy in the neighborhood - that in 2011, the city government renamed the intersection of Thompson and Orthodox Streets "Przybylowski Corner.