November 9, 2015 |
Robert E. Gladden, who has played the organ at St. Rose of Lima Church in Haddon Heights since 1965, is a low-key fellow with a quiet voice. But the mighty instrument he custom-built - and fluently commands - can speak volumes in pretty much any musical language. "It's a big sound," Gladden, 63, says from the console in the choir loft, where he makes music for Saturday and Sunday Masses, as well as weddings, funerals, and other occasions. "This organ has the quietest things like chimes, harp, celesta, a little glockenspiel . . . to the biggest sounds, like the 32-foot pipes you can feel in your chest," the Merchantville resident says, giving me a dazzling demonstration.
October 23, 2015 |
The latest branch of Tandoor India, beneath the El tracks along Front Street, seems to be in the middle of nowhere and in the middle of it all. Just a few years ago, this industrial landscape at the northern edge of Fishtown was relatively obscure. Today, it's on the cusp of major gentrification, and, just a half-block from the Berks station on the Market-Frankford line, it's almost convenient for a midday kebab run from Center City (there's also a parking lot). It may be worth it. Shafi Gaffar and his partner, Ray Ibrahim, who last year bought and rehabbed University City's somewhat tired Tandoor India, have given a smart makeover to the lofty warehouse space of this seven-month-old Fishtown location.
October 15, 2015 |
The pizza man prays early. Each morning, Joey Mack, owner of Joey Mack's Boardwalk Pizza at 10th and Oregon, awakens before dawn in the apartment where he lives alone, above the shop. After a small breakfast, he heads downstairs into his small pizza parlor, switches the TV he keeps atop an old file cabinet to the religious channel, and begins to pray. He says his rosary. He says the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. He prays to his mother and father. I didn't know Joey until this week.
September 29, 2015 |
ON A WEEKEND when Pope Francis called for peace and forgiveness, shootings in Philadelphia sent nine people to hospitals and claimed the life of at least one more, police said. * Shortly before 11:30 p.m. Friday, police responding to reports of a shooting found a man lying on Front Street near Somerset, in Kensington, with a gunshot wound in his chest. The man, 34, was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he died about an hour later. Officers later learned that the man was shot by another man on Cambria Street near Front.
August 1, 2015 |
Company's coming. First Pope Francis and his throngs of followers in September, then the Democratic National Convention next July. Having cleaned up nicely over the last two decades, Philadelphia is eager to show off its bustling streets, sophisticated food scene, boundary-pushing cultural offerings, and shiny new buildings and parks. At the same time, we have good reason to be nervous. SEPTA's recent transit-pass follies haven't exactly inspired confidence in our ability to pull off a big show.
July 25, 2015 |
Hoping to dissuade the Historical Commission earlier this month from landmarking Fishtown's beloved St. Laurentius church, parish attorney Michael V. Phillips reeled off a litany of reasons that its preservation was doomed to fail. The 19th-century building is no longer a working church. Its brownstone facade requires expensive repairs. If the Polish Catholic church received city protection, he predicted darkly, "it would just end up sitting empty. " There it was, the killer argument.
July 7, 2015 |
Four people, including a 17-year-old girl, were killed in a series of shootings and one stabbing that began late Saturday as the city closed out its Independence Day celebrations. The violence began with the shooting of a 26-year-old man in Southwest Philadelphia. Police were called to the 1700 block of 53d Street at 8:44 p.m. when they discovered the victim, who had been shot multiple times. The man, who has not yet been identified, was taken to Mercy Philadelphia Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
June 26, 2015 |
A JUDGE yesterday dismissed witness-intimidation charges against a man accused of slashing the tires of a poll watcher who had complained to officials about alleged election fraud committed by the man's family members. "I just cannot see in that video that that's what occurred," Municipal Judge Roger Gordon said of allegations that defendant Brandon Way, 31, punctured the poll watcher's tires. Gordon dismissed charges of witness retaliation, intimidation, possession of an instrument of crime - in this case, a drywall saw - and related charges at Way's preliminary hearing.
June 12, 2015 |
AN EARLY MORNING hit-and-run yesterday critically injured a man nearly 24 hours after another, similar accident grievously injured a prominent Philly actor. In yesterday's hit-and-run, Emmett Toohey, 25, was struck by a dark-colored vehicle about 1:30 a.m. as he was crossing Roosevelt Boulevard near Front Street in Olney, police said. Toohey was walking in the crosswalk against the red light when he was hit by the car, described as either a Honda or Acura that sped away from the scene.
December 19, 2014 |
CLOUT CLOSES OUT 2014 with a final column of questions we hope to have answered in 2015. At the top of our list right now: Will the legal challenges filed yesterday by the three losing bidders for the city's second casino license lead to a real explanation of how the state Gaming Control Board broke a long logjam to vote for a winner last month? The board on Nov. 18 gave the license to Live! Hotel & Casino, a partnership between Greenwood Racing Inc., which runs Parx Casino in Bensalem, and the Cordish Co., which owns a casino in Maryland and Xfinity Live!