January 25, 2013 |
The polluted former Philadelphia Coke Co. site in Bridesburg shows the promise and challenges facing Mayor Nutter , Councilman Bobby Henon , and others who say they want to renew the city's historic but shrunken factory economy. During the housing bubble, developer John Westrum hoped to build hundreds of houses on the Delaware River property. Henon's predecessor, Joan Krajewski , had it zoned for residential use. The houses didn't happen. Now Henon is pushing to have 68 acres zoned for industrial use again.
September 28, 2012
I'M SITTING with Michael Ryan Lawrence at the bar of the Point No Point Republican Club on Orthodox Street in Bridesburg. "They put these cushions on the stools for some of the older members," he explains. We settle in with a couple of pints. He tells me his story. He's a former Daily News delivery boy, the son of a firefighter, who grew up around the corner on Garden Street. He attended All Saints School, then North Catholic, then went to Penn State to major in journalism before joining the Marine Corps.
May 22, 2012 |
The odor of smoke lingered in Irene Matonis' Bridesburg rowhouse Monday afternoon, left over from the fire at the residence next door that claimed the life of her 92-year-old neighbor. "I've got fans throughout the house to get the smell out," said Matonis, 83, of the 2800 block of Hedley Street. Neighbors identified Julia Zorowski as the victim of a kitchen fire Sunday evening. The victim was found in the kitchen after fire officials responded at 6:25 to a Life Alert system, Battalion Chief Anthony Hudgins said Monday.
May 21, 2012 |
A kitchen fire in Bridesburg ended tragically Sunday when a 92-year-old woman — who neighbors said had lived in the house for her whole life — died in the blaze. Residents gathered in the aftermath of the fire on Hedley Street near Richmond and shared memories of woman, whom they identified as Julia Zorowski. "It's just really sad for it to happen like this," said neighbor John Cassilis, 28, who knew the woman his whole life. "She always had something nice to say. She was really caring, a great neighbor and a great person.
May 21, 2012
Philadelphia fire officials are investigating the circumstances in which a 92-year-old woman was found dead Sunday night after a blaze at the house in Bridesburg. The fire was reported at 6:25 p.m. in the 2800 block of Hedley Street. The fire marshall's office was investigating the incident, along with city police. - Tom Infield
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.
January 10, 2012 |
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.
December 15, 2011 |
POOR JIM MACKEY. He's a retired Coast Guard officer and current naval-science instructor at Ben Franklin High School, where he works in the Junior ROTC program. When he was recruited for the job 18 months ago, he wasn't sure he wanted to commute from his home in Brigantine, N.J., all the way to Ben Franklin, at Broad and Spring Garden streets. Until he met the man who'd be his mentor: Retired Marine Master Gunnery Sgt. Andrew Worley, nicknamed Master Gunns by the 114 cadets and staff.
October 24, 2011
One person was killed early Sunday when a car struck a telephone pole at 5301 Tacony St. near Bridge Street in Bridesburg, police said. The identities of the driver and the passenger who died were not released, pending investigation. An officer said the car was southbound on Tacony Street at 3:18 a.m. when the driver lost control and the car slammed into a wall, striking a pole on the passenger side. No other details were available. The passenger was pronounced dead at Hahnemann University Hospital.
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