January 9, 2015
ISSUE | END-OF-LIFE CARE Being there, praying for their journey It was 40-some years ago that I carried my 5-year-old son into Sacred Heart Home ("Divine Care in Hunting Park," Dec. 29). It was the light at the end of a four-year tunnel, and he had been discharged from two hospitals as terminally ill. But I cannot describe the loving care he was given at Sacred Heaert, and the support our family received until his death. And never a penny from us or friends or relatives: Can you imagine what that meant to us, with my being a stay-at-home mother of three other children?
January 8, 2015 |
AFTER HER SON Jonathan was murdered, Sita Rosado was grieving with a friend who had known him well. "She said, 'I wish I could put an experiment into play where, before a person pulls the trigger, he would see all the people he would hurt beyond the person being killed,' " recalls Sita, sitting in her cozy Hunting Park home on Cayuga Street with husband Jimmy and daughter Erica. "The parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, friends - everybody. She thought it might stop him from pulling the trigger.
January 7, 2015 |
Philadelphia police say they have made arrests in two homicides last weekend, and are looking for help with a third. On Friday, police arrested Jahkere Moore, 16, of Olney, and charged him as an adult with the murder of 18-year-old Hyneaf Harris. Harris was found dead in his basement early Thursday with multiple gunshot wounds to the head. Police also arrested five people in the shooting death of Gerald Sawyer, 24, of Strawberry Mansion. He was shot in the right side of his head Friday on a playground at 29th Street and Chalmers Avenue in North Philadelphia, and pronounced dead at 11:30 p.m. at Temple University Hospital.
December 30, 2014 |
It is called Sacred Heart Home, and its work is just that: sacred. For 84 years, a group of nuns has been caring for poor people dying from cancer in their gleaming home on the edge of Hunting Park. They do it free of charge. The Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne accept no payment of any kind from patients, insurance companies, or the government. Though its sisters are Roman Catholic, Sacred Heart receives no funding stream from any diocese or church. "Isn't that a miracle?"
December 4, 2014 |
Danny Garcia arrived at Burlington Coat Factory in Center City on Tuesday morning to outfit three families with winter coats. But the families were not there. They were stuck in traffic, someone told the light-welterweight champion from Juniata Park. "People in Philly are always late," Garcia joked. "They're going to show up when we're leaving. " The families arrived and Garcia and his father, Angel, helped them grab coats, scarves, and gloves. The champ, as his father calls him, paid for it all. The Garcias then packed coats into cardboard boxes and drove them to Hunting Park's Casa Del Carmen.
November 21, 2014 |
Special Victims Unit investigators are searching for a suspect in the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl Tuesday in the Franklinville section of the city. The girl was kidnapped from the 3700 block of Lawrence Street around 8 a.m., police said. Her abductor was described as a Latino male in his 30s with a short beard and a light complexion, wearing a tan-sweater jacket and driving a burgundy sedan with tinted windows. After picking up the girl, the man drove her to the area around the 4600 block of North Seventh Street in Hunting Park, police said.
November 2, 2014 |
A Hunting Park man was convicted of first-degree murder Friday in the 2013 shooting of the landlord trying to evict him from a rooming house after finding a gun. A Common Pleas Court jury deliberated two days before returning the guilty verdict against Shaquille Henderson, 22, in the March 8, 2013, death of Tony Martin, 52, a retired professional boxer. The verdict carries a mandatory life prison term without parole. Assistant District Attorney Thomas Lipscomb said the sentence would be formally imposed Friday by Judge Lillian H. Ransom.
October 29, 2014 |
YOU KNOW THOSE pesky dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles that zip around, weaving through traffic in the warmer months, making any drive through some Philadelphia neighborhoods a nightmare? Now there are about three dozen fewer of them on the streets, thanks to a daylong undercover bust around the city yesterday by Major Crimes Unit cops and other officers who are part of a detail aimed at getting the illegal vehicles off city streets. As yesterday's sting neared its end about 7 p.m., Chief Inspector Dennis Wilson, of Regional Operations Command North, said officers had seized 34 dirt bikes and ATVs.
October 28, 2014 |
Sara "Sally" Berlin, 97, of Center City, a tiny public relations dynamo who pushed to expand and strengthen the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia, died Saturday, Oct. 25, at her home. Born Sara Shaltz, Mrs. Berlin renamed herself Sally. She stood only 4 feet, 10 inches tall, but what she lacked in height she more than made up for with energy and drive, her family said. "Someone called her the ageless dynamo, and she loved that," said son Andy. Mrs. Berlin was credited with encouraging the PAL to expand its reach so it could help more young people.
October 21, 2014
LET'S GET IN the gutter for a bite to eat. In another of the myriad ways Philadelphia is evolving, now you can sit in the gutter, chill and eat at a parklet, a platform in a parking space. Here's something the world has been clamoring for. Well, maybe it has. We call them parklets. The first time I saw anything like this was in an Israeli Arab town, where they are called necessity. My family ate lamb kebab and hummus at a table placed perpendicular to the curb while cars - even a guy on horseback - rode by. If it's good enough for an Arab town, it's good enough for Philly.