December 9, 2014 |
Chick's is a watering hole as old as the New Deal and cozy like your buddy's semi-finished basement. Lighted beer signs hang on the darkened windows, and its buckets of mussels are a favorite in Bridgeport, a riverside borough tucked between Upper Merion and Norristown. But the regular crowd thinned this year when a few older patrons died. "They were all great guys," said bartender Alexandra Dombroski as she gazed at a bar ringed by empty seats. "You heard great stories. " Right across Fourth Street, the borough's main drag, sits Taphouse 23, a new gastropub that offers 12 local craft beers and an outdoor patio with an artificial waterfall and fire pits.
December 5, 2014 |
New Bridgeport dining spot Something new and dramatic in sleepy little Bridgeport, across the Schuylkill from Norristown: Taphouse 23 (266 E. Fourth St., Bridgeport, 610-277-2323 ), which two weeks ago replaced a series of corner bars, most recently the Point. It's the pet project of local businessman Gary Johnson of Tube Methods, who after buying the joint realized that it needed more than a coat of paint. A top-to-bottom redo yielded dining areas off the two-sided bar as well as the roomy second floor, clad in wood with glass.
August 14, 2014 |
PAUL JOHNSON has been connected to youth and college baseball for the last 25 years. And this past week came quite possibly the crowning achievement of his career. His Philadelphia Area Black Sox, of the Metropolitan Junior Baseball League, captured the Inner City Classic, the MJBL's national championship tournament. It was the team's first national title in its 25-year history. Boasting a 7-0 record at the tournament, the Black Sox beat the Bridgeport (Conn.) RBI team, 11-3, in the championship game.
July 3, 2013 |
FORMER PHILADELPHIA schools superintendent Paul Vallas was removed Friday from his job as head of Bridgeport, Conn., schools because he lacked the required certification. The individual study course designed by Vallas, 60, to secure the proper credentials was deemed a "sham" by Connecticut Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis, who ruled that Vallas' effort did not meet state requirements, according to the Connecticut Post . Vallas was named Bridgeport superintendent in late 2011 by the state education commissioner, after city officials and school board members asked the state to disband the Board of Education and replace it with appointees, the Post said.
May 21, 2013 |
HARTFORD, Conn. - Traffic in southwest Connecticut could be a mess for as much as a week until service is restored to the commuter rail line affected by a derailment that injured scores of passengers, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy warned Sunday. Malloy used dire language to describe traffic troubles for the workweek ahead in an area that even in normal times is a pain for motorists. And the governor warned that the weather would not cooperate, as the forecast of rain would make driving a bit more treacherous.
April 10, 2013
FLYERS PROSPECT Eric Wellwood was gravely injured Sunday when he was accidentally cut in the lower right leg by his own left skate blade in a minor league game with the Phantoms in Bridgeport, Conn. Wellwood, 23, has played 31 games for the Flyers over the past three seasons. He was transported to a Connecticut hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery to stop the bleeding and close the wound. Wellwood was bleeding so profusely that the Phantoms' trainer, Greg Lowden, escorted him across the ice and to the locker room while the puck was still in play.
June 13, 2012 |
The Bridgeport nanny standing trial in the death of an infant 20 years ago Tuesday waived her right to have the court consider her offense under the lesser legal standard for homicide. With jurors out of hearing, Melissa Haskell, 38, who is charged with third-degree felony murder, told Montgomery County Court Judge Garrett D. Page that she did not wish to have the charge downgraded to involuntary manslaughter. "So you're going with all or nothing," Page said. "Yes," Haskell replied.
June 6, 2012 |
The prosecution drilled straight to the heart of its case against former Bridgeport babysitter Melissa Haskell — her own words — during opening arguments Tuesday in Montgomery County Court. "I will never, ever put my hand over the mouth and nose of [our child] so he can't breathe, as I did that baby," Christopher Maloney quoted Haskell as saying in an exchange recorded last year by her ex-husband. But the defense parried with its own opener: "It didn't happen that way; Ryan Baurley wasn't murdered on Aug. 26, 1992," Frank Genovese told a jury of eight men and four women hearing the case in Norristown.
October 26, 2011 |
Jack M. Demetris, 91, of St. Davids, owner of Demetris Uptown Market in Bridgeport, died of heart failure Friday, Oct. 21, at Genesis Healthcare's Wayne Center. Mr. Demetris emigrated from Greece with his mother and father as an infant. In 1932, his parents opened a food market in Bridgeport. The store had two aisles and everything - sugar, flour, rice - was in barrels, said his son, Dennis. During World War II, Mr. Demetris served in the Army in the Pacific. Among his duties was accompanying celebrities entertaining the troops, including the Andrews Sisters and comedian Joe E. Brown.
July 11, 2011 |
Carmella Romanelli may have missed a few of the processions in her 84 years, but she can't remember when. In tiny Bridgeport on Sunday, she sat on her rolling walker outside Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church - where she was baptized and where she and her parents had their wedding ceremonies - and her tears welled in anticipation. Mass was over, and men were carrying the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel down the steps to a crowd in the street, where the 87th annual procession would be held on the last day of the church's Italian festival.