October 29, 1994 |
Thirteen-year-old Nanniel Smith spoke shyly into a microphone at Family Court yesterday, describing how her family was sitting in the living room of their Fishtown home when they heard the front window shatter and racial slurs being shouted. After three white men and two white women - four wielding aluminum baseball bats - burst into the house on Marlborough Street after 10 p.m. on Sept. 23 and began beating them, Nanniel Smith said, she saw blood "gushing out the back" of her mother's head and "coming down the face" of her brother, Walter, 15. Her sister, Joan Smith, 12, testified she was struck in the leg with a bat. After yesterday's preliminary hearing, Judge Joseph C. Bruno ordered four Fishtown residents - Joanne Roberts, who lived a block away from the Smith home; Roberts' sons, Kevin Norton and Thomas Norton; and Edward Farrell, described as a family friend - to stand trial on charges of ethnic intimidation, simple and aggravated assault, burglary, possessing an instrument of crime, conspiracy, reckless endangerment, criminal trespass and terroristic threats.
March 10, 2015 |
FATHER FRANK did all he could. But trying to keep the historic St. Laurentius Roman Catholic Church in Fishtown from closing was a lost cause. It was the familiar story of a changing neighborhood, declining enrollment, financial problems and all the rest. In the case of St. Laurentius, the Philadelphia Archdiocese claimed the ancient building's infrastructure was crumbling. The empty church with the massive gray stone, the soaring Gothic spires and arched stained-glass windows now sits empty and forlorn at Memphis and Berks streets.
September 11, 2014 |
Todd Carmichael and JP Iberti were at the top of their game, famous for their particular specialty: La Colombe coffee. Then each took up a hobby, creating another specialty. Soon, each became obsessed. For Carmichael, it was distilling; he even set up a legal still - though he calls it "moonshining" - at La Colombe's roasting plant in Port Richmond. Meanwhile, Iberti revived his love of baking and set up an oven. "On Fridays, we'd make food for the staff and JP would be baking bread and I'd send them home with rum," said Carmichael, the globe-trotting entrepreneur who also stars in the Travel Channel series Dangerous Grounds . "We were getting very, very good at it, and we said, 'Well . . . we should share it with the world.
June 4, 2003 |
Edward Batzig Jr. and Jason Sweeney were 16-year-old boys who liked to pal around in their Fishtown neighborhood, playing video games or listening to the radio. Two summers ago, Jason went to the Shore with Eddie's family. Later that summer, Eddie vacationed with Jason's family in Florida. They were good friends, maybe best friends. Early yesterday at Police Headquarters, Eddie told his parents he killed Jason. "He told me he did," Edward Batzig Sr. said. "He confessed to the police.
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.
February 5, 2015 |
Fran Blanche took one look at the curvaceous 1960s Westinghouse radio and made her diagnosis. "I can tell you right now, it's fixable," she said as she pried the plastic housing apart for a closer look. Greta Alexander, of Northern Liberties, was relieved. She had been trying to get it working for a while. But everyone told her to just get a new one. "But that's not the point," she said. Lost causes were welcome at the Philly Fixers Guild's third Repair Fair, held Saturday at Memphis Street Academy in Port Richmond.
January 12, 2015 |
Could a Thai kickboxing gym on Spring Garden Street be the city's next telecom incubator? The tattooed Muay Thai combatants James Gregory and David Platt think so. During one battering workout this spring, Gregory, 35, and Platt, 43, decided to execute on Platt's plan for a pay-to-use WiFi network in gentrifying Philadelphia neighborhoods that would offer an alternative to Comcast Corp. and Verizon Communications Inc. Platt, a network engineer, envisioned a "mesh" of WiFi access points through which people would access the Internet in homes and other places in the neighborhood for $30 a month.
January 5, 2015 |
Surrounded by Fishtown's redbrick sea, Palmer Cemetery is an eerie urban island. Neighbors of the 250-year-old burial grounds insist spirits of the Revolutionary and Civil War veterans interred there sometimes prowl its weathered headstones and foreboding maples. Meanwhile, just a block away, another more tangible neighborhood ghost is stirring to life. At the cramped corner of Tulip and Palmer Streets, a long-abandoned Industrial Age building that, in terms of its baseball pedigree, may now be the most significant structure in Philadelphia is being converted into 30 apartments.
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.
June 23, 2011 |
George Zallie Sr., 84, of Voorhees, owner and founder of Zallie Supermarkets Inc. in South Jersey, died Saturday, June 18. Mr. Zallie's interests extended beyond retailing. A website for Jefferson Medical College states that the George Zallie and Family Laboratory for Cardiovascular Gene Therapy is "focused on making gene therapy for congestive heart failure a clinical reality. " A spokeswoman for Wakefern Food Corp., in Keasbey, N.J., stated in a news release that "in 1980, the Zallie family joined Wakefern Food Corp.," a retailer-owned cooperative whose members operate supermarkets under the ShopRite banner.