May 14, 2016 |
"People ask me, why did we go back?" says Scott Rosen, boss at family-owned National Wholesale Liquidators, which has returned from its own 2009 bankruptcy liquidation, and is opening the first of six planned Philadelphia stores in Frankford next week. "I'll tell you," Rosen said: "We had more than 4,000 employees. The average employee worked 16, 17 years for the company. The family had a responsibility. The story couldn't end where it ended just because the banking world collapsed. " So National Wholesale Liquidators, based in West Hempstead, Long Island, is opening a store in a former Kmart at 900 Orthodox St., in Philadelphia's Frankford section, May 17. As a gesture to the city, the chain is donating sports equipment to students at St. Martin de Porres School, which won the Pennsylvania eighth-grade boys' parochial school basketball title this year, though it doesn't have a gym. So how can Rosen open stores as chains from Aeropostale to Sports Authority are going out, under attack from internet retailers?
May 12, 2016
A bicyclist died Tuesday afternoon after being struck by a SEPTA bus in Frankford, police said. About noon, the male cyclist cut in front of a Route J bus traveling on Orthodox Street near Aramingo Avenue, police said. The bus struck the cyclist, who was taken to Aria Health's Frankford hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 12:12 p.m., police said. The bus driver stopped at the scene. The bus had no passengers at the time, but was in service, SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch said.
April 13, 2016 |
A University of Pennsylvania junior was struck and killed by a Market-Frankford Line train at the 40th Street station in West Philadelphia at the start of Monday's morning rush hour. Penn officials identified the woman as Ao "Olivia" Kong, 21, a finance major in the Wharton School. She was a Philadelphia native and a graduate of Central High School. The death was an apparent suicide, authorities said. In the last three years, 10 other Penn students have committed suicide. Kong was a member of Phi Gamma Nu business fraternity and Alpha Phi Omega coed service fraternity.
April 7, 2016
Baseball CATHOLIC LEAGUE Archbishop Wood 7, Archbishop Carroll 2 Bonner-Prendergast 7, Father Judge 6 Roman Catholic 8, Lansdale Catholic 1 La Salle 12, Conwell-Egan 1 Neumann-Goretti 3, Archbishop Ryan 0 CENTRAL LEAGUE Conestoga 7, Garnet Valley 3 Harriton 16, Radnor 13 CHES-MONT LEAGUE Kennett 6, Avon Grove 5 Bishop Shanahan 2, Unionville 1 Downingtown East 9, Sun Valley 2 West Chester East 1,...
April 4, 2016 |
It was two hours before first pitch and Jane Sorendino, 90, was busy in her Frankford kitchen getting set for the ball game - getting set for her 40th season at the ballpark. "I'm awfully excited," she said, her Phillies backpack stocked with grapes and crackers, her season ticket tucked inside her Phillies hand purse, her Phillies jacket draped across her wheelchair, which she needs sometimes now to get around, and, which, of course, is Phillies maroon. "Let's go," she said. "I'm looking forward to my first hot dog. " Growing up, the 11th of 13 Sorendino children, Jane had no use for baseball.
March 25, 2016
Two men died Wednesday afternoon after a shooting in East Frankford, police said. The victims were shot about 2:15 p.m. in a home on the 1600 block of Pratt Street, police said. The men, both 30, suffered multiple gunshot wounds, and were taken to Temple University Hospital. One was pronounced dead at 2:42 p.m. and the other at 3:02 p.m. Police said no arrests have been made, but numerous weapons were recovered. The victims' names were not released. – Julie Shaw
March 20, 2016 |
Police are looking for an SUV that possibly struck a man after he had been stabbed in Northeast Philadelphia. The man, in his 20s, died at Temple University Hospital a short time after the incident Thursday night in the Frankford section, police said. Police said the man was stabbed several times in the chest around 8:30 p.m. on the 4700 block of Oxford Avenue and ran away. About a block away, on the 1500 block of Foulkrod Street, the wounded man either ran into, or was his hit by, a white SUV that drove off, police said.
March 19, 2016 |
An unidentified man was stabbed to death Thursday night in the Frankford section of the city, Philadelphia police said. The man was attacked on the 1500 block of Foulkrod Street shortly before 8:30 p.m., according to preliminary police information. He was stabbed several times in the chest and taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:41 p.m. Police described him as a black man in his early- to mid-20s, but they had not yet been able to identify him. No weapon was immediately recovered at the scene, nor any arrest immediately made.
February 19, 2016 |
The Frankford building through which a six-alarm fire roared Saturday had been cited for numerous violations through the years, including fire-code issues and one citation for accumulated combustible waste, city records show. No cause has been determined for the fire, which displaced 21 people who live near the one- and two-story brick building, an L-shaped structure that fronts on both 4619 Griscom St. and 1535 Orthodox St. Executive Fire Chief Clifford Gilliam said Wednesday that officials were still investigating.
February 15, 2016 |
The 4600 block of Griscom Street in Frankford looked more like a skating rink than its normal mix of businesses and homes after 150 Philadelphia firefighters spent much of Saturday fighting a six-alarm fire. A firefighter at the scene called the site a "collapse zone. " Crews arrived at the scene of the fire, which started at Joe's Auto Body repair shop, at about 9:35 a.m. It was brought under control at 2:03 p.m. The fire spread back through the block to Frankford Avenue, damaging seven to eight buildings, most of them commercial, officials at the scene said.