August 17, 1988 |
AT GIRARD AND BERKS, Vickie Williams and son Mike, 3, stop to chat with a neighbor, Angelo Vassios, while their transportation takes five. Williams, who boards her gray Arabian, TC, in a nearby stable, occasionally rides it in her Philadelphia neighborhood. Vassios is the owner of the Girard Restaurant at Girard Avenue and Berks Street in Fishtown.
July 30, 2009 |
David W. Sale Jr., the 22-year-old killed outside a Phillies game Saturday, had worked for a North Wales chemical company for a year and was a "good employee and friend of many people," the company says. This weekend, the friends who remembered Sale as cheery and hard-partying will gather to bury him at a Souderton church. "I'm never going to find anyone even close to him as a friend," said Dan Curran, 22, of Lansdale, who had Phillies season tickets with Sale. The two, friends from their North Penn High School days, used to take road trips to Pittsburgh, attend country-music concerts, and share other adventures.
August 17, 2012 |
JOSEPH F. Varsanyi Sr. had opinions about society, politics and the world - as most people do - but if you disagreed with him, that was OK. "He was a very quiet man," said his son, Joseph F. Varsanyi Jr. "He wasn't going to fight with you. He believed you had a right to your opinion. He never wanted to argue. " Joseph Sr., a retired autoworker, Army combat veteran of World War II, dedicated Phillies fan, talented artist and determined amateur golfer, died Monday. He was 91 and lived in Center City.
November 27, 2013 |
DAN KEATING, a general in the army that casino developer Steve Wynn assembled to win a Philadelphia license, spent the late summer in an elaborate war room, waging a battle for public opinion. From the penthouse of the Phoenix building near City Hall, Keating invited reporters, neighborhood groups and elected officials to examine detailed exhibits ranking the six bids for the city's second casino license. Wynn Resorts, which proposed a sprawling development on 60 acres along the Delaware River in Fishtown, naturally won top marks from Keating, the man who was going to build it all. Market8, the 1.9-acre bid by developer Ken Goldenberg and a group of investors at 8th and Market streets, ranked last in every category, according to Keating, who built the SugarHouse casino in Fishtown and has been involved in casino projects around the state and country.
March 27, 2012 |
THOMAS JOHN LEDERER had his hands full with all those kids. There were his own six children, followed by 16 grandchildren, not to mention nieces and nephews - and even neighborhood youngsters, for whom he was a surrogate father. But Tom loved it. He never lost his zest for living or his optimistic attitude. If you asked him how he was doing, he'd invariably say, "I never had a bad day. " Tom Lederer, a retired surveyor for the city Water Department who helped run water lines across many Philadelphia parks, a lover of nature who planted gardens in his neighborhood and who taught the kids to look at the stars, collapsed and died Thursday behind the wheel of his car on I-95, south of Savannah, Ga. He was driving back to Philly from Cocoa Beach, Fla. His wife of 56 years, the former Rita Lavery, took the wheel and guided the car safely across four lanes of traffic to the side of the highway.
June 21, 2013 |
Joseph F. Spross, 83, a lifelong Fishtown resident who fought in the Korean War, died Friday, June 14, at his home. Mr. Spross, known to many in his neighborhood for the care he took in cleaning and maintaining the 300 block of East Thompson Street, where he lived, died of a heart attack as he was organizing trash bins for pickup that day. "Everybody in the neighborhood will miss him," said son Chris. Mr. Spross served in the Army during the Korean War, then returned to Fishtown and went to work on the bottling line for the Gruber's soda company in North Philadelphia.
July 31, 2013 |
During the red-hot real estate boom of a few years back, flipping was big sport in many parts of the country but not particularly popular in the Philadelphia region. Times change, bubbles burst, and the game of buying and selling adjusts accordingly. These days, with the market improving and prices at pre-boom levels or less, flipping single-family homes is becoming more common in those city neighborhoods and area towns where investors see the opportunity to make quick money. Hip, desirable neighborhoods such as Northern Liberties, Fishtown, and Passyunk Square have become targets for flipping.
December 18, 2013 |
The life of a freelancer has its perks: making your own hours, working from home, adopting an all-jeans dress code, to name a few. But during holiday-party season, things can get a little awkward, admitted Joe Lekkas, 39, a marketing and public-relations consultant who has been self-employed for 12 years. In the past, Lekkas, of Fishtown, usually let the gift-swaps and happy hours pass him by, though he felt a bit left out. Other times, he was invited to parties for companies where he had consulted; that was more stressful still.
June 1, 2006 |
For the last few years, Fishtown residents have dealt with increased speculation about slots parlors being located a few blocks from their homes. While it is possible that none of these locations will be chosen by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, the people of Fishtown and other communities are looking at ways to minimize the impact any development would have on our neighborhoods, streets and families. Traffic concerns have dominated almost every public forum in which slots parlors have been discussed, and developers have attempted to allay our fears with studies that discount the impact that these gambling venues will have on our small, one-way streets.