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July 11, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, STAFF WRITER
On a gritty block on Berks Street in Kensington just west of the El, the land speculators come knocking - knocking on the doors of men trapped by love. There's factory owner Michael DiPietro, an escapee from corporate, in love with the idea of being a man who makes things and who makes things happen, who handles deals, sales, and loading docks, and has a fresh idea every minute. "A builder told me he could put eight houses in here," said DiPietro, whose factory has recently been sold and whose businesses, Penn Scale Manufacturing Inc. and DuraCart USA, may soon be evicted from the two-story plant he has rented since 2011.
SPORTS
May 16, 2008
Kensington got 16 kills and nine blocks from Hector Then and beat visiting Central, 3-0, for the District 12 Class AAA title. Jesus Reyes added 42 assists for the Tigers, who beat the Lancers, 25-17, 25-13 and 25-15. In the Class AA title match, Masterman got 15 kills from Brian Stevenson and downed visiting CAPA, 3-0, for its third straight title. Sam Jung chipped in with eight kills for the Blue Dragons who won, 25-18, 25-22 and 25-15. Kensington will play Masterman for the Public League title on May 22 at Community College of Philadelphia.
NEWS
June 20, 2011
Police are investigating the suspicious death of a 29-year-old man whose body was discovered late Monday afternoon in Kensington. The unidentified body was found in a vacant lot in the 2900 block of Ruth Street and was pronounced dead at 5:41 p.m. by medics on scene, police said. The man's head an extremely large bump on the right side, police said. The cause of death is under investigation by the medical Examiner's Office.    -Robert Moran
NEWS
March 8, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
KENSINGTON At least two bullets hit a firehouse in the city's Kensington section Thursday afternoon, causing firefighters to duck for cover in the middle of their lunch break, said Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers. About 1:25, several shots were fired in the area of the firehouse at Boudinot Street and Hart Lane, Ayers said. A lieutenant and three firefighters were inside the station's lunchroom at the time. "They were having lunch and all of a sudden, shots," Ayers said. "They got down, got out of the way," and called for police.
NEWS
November 17, 1995 | JIM MacMILLAN/ DAILY NEWS
Firefighters were covered with soot battling a three-alarm blaze that started yesterday at 10:33 a.m. at the five-story Philadelphia Surplus Co. building, 3200 C St. in Kensington, a structure covering a one-block square. One firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation; no other injuries were reported. The fire was declared under control at 11:36 a.m. The building sustained heavy flame, smoke and water damage and the cause is under investigation.
NEWS
February 3, 1988 | By Robert J. Terry, Inquirer Staff Writer
A United Cab driver was fatally stabbed by a passenger two blocks from his home in the Kensington section about 2:45 a.m. yesterday, police said. Police identified the victim as Paul Leone, 55, of the 200 block of East Indiana Avenue in Kensington. Detective Lt. James Hansen of the Homicide Division gave the following account: Leone was working a 4 p.m.-to-4 a.m. shift when, about 2:30 a.m., he picked up a fare under the Market-Frankford elevated line at the intersection of Kensington and Allegheny Avenues.
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NEWS
July 20, 2016
A 19-year-old man was critically wounded in a shooting Monday evening in the city's Kensington section, police said. The man was shot twice in the jaw and twice in the neck, just after 6:15 p.m. in the 3100 block of Souton Street, police said. He was taken by police to Temple University Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. Police reported no arrests. - Robert Moran  
NEWS
July 16, 2016
A Mercedes packed with teenagers was shot at 22 times, leaving two wounded Thursday night in the city's Kensington section, police said. About 7:40 p.m., the silver Mercedes was traveling west in the 500 block of East Westmoreland Street when at least one shooter opened fire at the car, striking it 12 times, said Chief Inspector Scott Small. The driver, an 18-year-old man, was grazed in the lower back, Small said. His front seat passenger, a 17-year-old boy, was shot in the left side of his chest.
NEWS
July 15, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
Eleven-year-old Nasheema Riddick, who aspires to be a firefighter, got to spend time Wednesday talking to and high-fiving three Philadelphia Fire Department officials. The officials, a fire marshal and two captains, were with the youngster to provide moral support while she testified against her stepfather, Maurice Phillips, charged with murder in the April 16 shooting of his 4-year-old daughter, Tahira Phillips. Nasheema told Municipal Court Judge Karen Y. Simmons how her 30-year-old stepfather was "playing with his gun" while she and five siblings watched SpongeBob SquarePants in their mother's bedroom in East Kensington.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, STAFF WRITER
On a gritty block on Berks Street in Kensington just west of the El, the land speculators come knocking - knocking on the doors of men trapped by love. There's factory owner Michael DiPietro, an escapee from corporate, in love with the idea of being a man who makes things and who makes things happen, who handles deals, sales, and loading docks, and has a fresh idea every minute. "A builder told me he could put eight houses in here," said DiPietro, whose factory has recently been sold and whose businesses, Penn Scale Manufacturing Inc. and DuraCart USA, may soon be evicted from the two-story plant he has rented since 2011.
NEWS
June 17, 2016 | By Stephan Salisbury, Culture Writer
The Mutual Burial Ground of Kensington, long gone and largely forgotten, has been recommended for historic certification by a panel of the Philadelphia Historical Commission. At a meeting Wednesday, panel members heard a rare appeal not on behalf of a memorable structure, but for preservation of what cannot be seen at 1834-48 Frankford Ave. Where two old brick garages now stand, one housing the soon-to-shutter Sculpture Gym, Point Breeze developer Ori Feibush wants to build about 40 residential units.
REAL_ESTATE
June 5, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
On a typical day, St. Francis Inn, on the 2400 block of Kensington Avenue, serves 350 to 500 meals to people from the neighborhood. Most are elderly, longtime residents of Kensington and, said the Rev. Michael Duffy, "come nearly every day to eat because they cannot afford to buy food and to pay for housing and their medicine, too. " Duffy, a Franciscan priest, said many of the seniors "live in hovels, since they don't have the money to keep...
NEWS
June 3, 2016 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Staff Writer
His lights flashing, horn honking, Efrain Diaz said he was determined to get a message to the driver of the blue Pontiac Aztek: You hit someone, and you have to go back. Instead, as Thomas Dunbar Jr. lay dying about 9 p.m. on April 13 at the crash scene at Lehigh and Aramingo Avenues, the Aztek led Diaz on a chase through the surrounding Kensington neighborhood. Three times, Diaz said, he got alongside the Aztek and yelled his message at the driver, only to see the driver pull away.
NEWS
June 1, 2016 | By Stephan Salisbury, Staff Writer
KEN MILANO is a Kensington guy. He's lived there all his life, as his parents did, and their parents. Milano is fascinated by the old, gritty neighborhood's history, those who lived there - and died there, too. That's why, when he heard the grizzled brick garages in the 1800 block of Frankford Avenue were going to be demolished, he got that queasy feeling deep in his Kensington-loving gut. Where others saw old garages, Milano saw the 19th...
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