August 10, 2015 |
AS A CHILD in the first Hispanic family on his Fairhill block, Luis Torrado had to street fight to end the ethnic taunts from neighbor kids and gain their respect. As owner of Torrado Construction in Port Richmond, he's spent his adult years fighting negative attitudes toward hiring minority contractors by proving himself over and over again. It's been a long, tough journey since he grew up on Mascher Street near Tusculum in the '70s. "You had a choice," Torrado said. "You could bow down or you could fight.
July 21, 2015 |
NINE PEOPLE suffered minor injuries yesterday when two SEPTA buses collided in Oxford Circle. A Route 67 bus struck another traveling on Route 24 on Algon Avenue near Oxford about 10:30 a.m., spokesman Manny Smith said in an email yesterday. Six passengers and the driver of the Route 67 bus, and two passengers from the other bus, suffered minor injuries. Five passengers and the driver were taken to Aria Health's Torresdale hospital. Their conditions weren't available last night, Smith said.
July 8, 2015 |
THE MAN DUBBED the "Mayfair Tire Slasher" was sentenced by a judge yesterday to three to six years in state prison for violating his probation and for attempting to puncture a SEPTA bus driver's private car. David Toledo, 47, his head bowed, apologized for his actions. "Please don't send me to prison," he pleaded before Common Pleas Judge Edward Wright. But Wright told Toledo that his second chance was up. The judge, in May 2014, angered Mayfair and Holmesburg residents when he sentenced Toledo to two years' probation after a jury convicted him of slashing 12 neighbors' tires on Aldine and Teesdale streets, near Frankford Avenue, in Holmesburg, in 2012.
June 12, 2015 |
DISTRICT ATTORNEY Seth Williams and the head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's local office yesterday announced a huge heroin bust in Northeast Philadelphia - the largest, they said, in 20 years. Authorities said they confiscated 10 kilograms, or about 22 pounds, of heroin, which they estimated could be sold in $10 bags for approximately $3.3 million. "I know the seizure will save lives," Deputy Police Commissioner Thomas Wright said. Gary Tuggle, special agent in charge of the DEA's Philadelphia office, described the three men who were arrested - Martin Paulino Gomez, 40, Domingo Cedno Pimentel, 26, and Ricardo Ortiz-Rolon, 36 - as "major players" in the heroin-distribution network.
May 8, 2015 |
When the five young men arrived for cooking class at Olney Elementary School, there was not one word of complaint from these middle schoolers - some pushing 6 feet tall - who had to squeeze into chairs meant for 5-year-olds. They donned their chef coats, washed up, took their seats around the table, opened their cookbooks, and took instruction from Joe Bradbury, a culinary instructor at Frankford High School, who volunteers with his wife, Che Che Bradbury, a teacher at Olney. The expansion of the My Daughter's Kitchen cooking program to Philadelphia and Camden schools was intended to teach more kids hands-on cooking skills while showing them how easy, tasty, and affordable healthy cooking can be. But what I saw when I visited this school in North Philadelphia was a dimension I never anticipated.
April 15, 2015
SO THERE was Andrea McArdle on the stage of the Media Theatre on a recent gray and chilly morning, rehearsing the title song from "Hello, Dolly!" the evergreen musical she's starring in April 22 through May 24. Dressed head-to-toe in formfitting black, her dark-red hair glistening under the lights, McArdle effortlessly sang and danced with the ensemble in the musical's most famous scene. Then she sang a lyric that was, frankly, a little disconcerting: "Look at the old girl now, fellas!"
March 24, 2015 |
They came with paint brushes, steel wool, and brawn. But what really got to Robert Sheppard - what made him cry in front of his wife for the first time in almost never - had to be the love. A dozen Samaritans soldiered into Sheppard's Oxford Circle rowhouse Sunday and attacked the shabby abode with fixer-upper resolve. Sheppard and his wife were barely making it in blue-collar retirement; the workers hoped this kindness would help. The 82-year-old Korean War veteran watched the workers and smiled, even while drawing breath from the oxygen tank that has made him feel less and less like the man he once was. He cracked jokes about the Eagles, about the time he ruined his knees by falling two decks on a Navy ship, and how the family never really took vacations and that was all right.
February 25, 2015 |
SOME CHARTER-SCHOOL operators are frustrated and disappointed with school district reports posted yesterday that explained the district's reasoning in denying charter-school applications. The School Reform Commission last week approved five of the 39 applicants, angering both sides in the charter-school debate. The 39 adjudications posted on the district's website explained why officials did or did not approve a charter. Jurate Krokys, CEO of American Paradigm Schools, which operates three charter schools, described the decisions for its two applications as "full of inaccuracies.
February 16, 2015 |
EVERYBODY in the courtroom agreed - Paulo Figueiredo's deadly drug-induced deed the night before Thanksgiving in 2013 was a "gross anomaly. " The 35-year-old had bashed in his older brother's face with an aluminum bat, killing him, after popping two "mystery" pills. Despite the circumstances of Nov. 27, 2013, Common Pleas Judge Rose Marie DeFino-Nastasi sentenced Figueiredo to nine to 18 years behind bars for the murder of his brother, Arthur Figueiredo. He will get credit for 14 months of time served.
January 30, 2015 |
David Toledo, dubbed the "Mayfair tire slasher," waived his preliminary hearing Thursday on allegations that he tried to puncture the tire of a SEPTA employee's car in Oxford Circle last year. Toledo, 47, dressed in a maroon sweatshirt and gray sweatpants, who is in custody, was held for trial on misdemeanor charges of possession of an instrument of crime and attempted criminal mischief by Municipal Judge Jacquelyn Frazier-Lyde. Toledo is accused of putting a sticky mousetrap with nails attached to it under the tire of a private car belonging to a SEPTA employee, parked on Creston Street near Oakland, at about 5:30 a.m. Nov. 19. The employee was sitting in his car at the time.