April 7, 2014 |
ANOTHER YEAR, and the feisty members of Fishtown's St. Laurentius Catholic Church are going toe-to-toe again with their oft-nemesis, the Philadelphia Archdiocese. First came word in 2012 that the archdiocese would shutter the parish school, even though its enrollment was increasing. A fight ensued, led by passionate well-organized parish families, and St. Laurentius prevailed (the school is doing well, by the way.) Then the archdiocese announced in 2013 that St. Laurentius would merge its parish operations into Holy Name Church, a few blocks away.
July 6, 2012 |
Philadelphia police are looking for surveillance photos and potential witnesses in the death of a 32-year-old man, shot in the chest early Sunday morning near Fourth and Lombard Streets in Society Hill. Michael G. Hagan Jr., an information-technology consultant who grew up in Pennsauken and moved to the city's Fishtown neighborhood several years ago, was an apparent robbery victim. Family members said Hagan had been out Saturday night on the Delaware River waterfront with two old friends from Pennsauken, a schoolteacher and a Peace Corps volunteer.
May 5, 2014 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. The year was 1992; the place, Northern Liberties. The median price of a house, mostly the two- and three-story brick row variety, was $26,600. A northward trek from Old City was underway - artists first, then restaurants and other businesses looking for space and cheap rents. There was some building of what one neighborhood activist called "homes of the future" - listed at $200,000 in a city in which the median price was struggling to top $60,000.
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.
April 23, 2011 |
George Leisenring was 26, a German immigrant living alone in Fishtown, working as a blacksmith, when President Abraham Lincoln issued a call for volunteers to defend the nation's capitol. Virginia had just seceded from the union. Leisenring boarded a train at Broad Street and Washington Avenue with 1,200 others on April 19, 1861. Lacking both uniforms and arms, the regiment made it only to Baltimore's President Street Station, where a mob of secessionists attacked its train. Leisenring, stabbed in the back and side, became the first casualty of the Civil War from Pennsylvania.
June 4, 2014 |
The last time we caught Modern Baseball - fresh-faced pop/hardcore advocates from Drexel University - in April, they opened a six-hour show headlined by fellow Philadelphians the Wonder Years at the cavernous Electric Factory. That team made getting to a gig at 5 p.m. worthwhile with its hard, fast, sweet songs and yearning, semi-snarky lyrics. Fast-forward to Sunday, and Modern Baseball headlined two sold-out shows at the far more intimate Barbary with Tiny Moving Parts, the Hotelier, and Sorority Noise.
December 22, 2008
WHEN I FIRST heard that the Nutter administration would be cutting certain public libraries, I automatically knew the ones in the African-American communities would be targeted first (exception of the Fishtown branch). Mayor Nutter clearly understands the consequences behind challenging the Philadelphia Eagles' multibillion-dollar football stadium, which owes the city $8 million, or targeting the Mummers Parade, which are both white-folks recreational establishments. But because this mayor has developed a slave-master relationship with the white community in this city, his tenure will forever be in a form of psychosocial obedient debt to them for electing him. Unfortunately, resulting in the cutting of urban libraries where young African-American children go to access resources is no concern to this psychologically trained "Happy Negro" mayor.
March 22, 2013 |
NOT MANY PEOPLE can go shopping and emerge from the store with a cart full of goods having either spent only a few cents or with the store actually owing them money. Marge McDermott could. At least, that was the story she told. She was a fanatic coupon-clipper, and by the time she finished delivering her coupons to the cashiers, her bill was negligible, or nonexistent. And Marge loved it. She enjoyed shopping so much that she was at two stores in Port Richmond the day before she died Saturday at age 92. She lived in Fishtown.
June 28, 1997 |
In Philadelphia, it's been demonstrated that you can take the boy out a River Ward, but you can't take the River Ward out of the boy, no matter what his biological age. Which is why River Ward Doco - now Doco of the Daily News - was assigned this story. Three of Philadelphia's most colorful River Wards are linked like sausages, better known as Fishtown, Port Richmond and Kensington. Each has its own personality, but they're more alike than not, because their rowhouse character was shaped by the early industrialization, when Philadelphia was the workshop to the world.
December 12, 2013 |
LUCCA ORETO was palling around with his stepdad in the snow yesterday afternoon behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art when he pointed to an almost-black puddle in the road. "That's not ice! That's not ice!" the sixth-grader repeated to Joe Silvasy. Then Lucca promptly stuck his leg in the slushy goo to prove he was right. Laughs and guffaws ensued for Lucca and his family, all formerly of Tampa, Fla., and now residents of Fishtown. Lucca and his family, mom Kristel Oreto and sister Angel, had been sledding down the hill behind the museum because the district canceled school, including the kids' classes at Adaire Elementary School in Fishtown.