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.
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.