March 20, 2016 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. It's hard to imagine why someplace so far from the ocean and a major river would have "port" attached to its name. But Hainesport, a Burlington County community of 6,110, certainly does. Originally called "Long Bridge" when it was settled by Quakers in the 17th century, Hainesport was renamed in 1850, when Barclay Haines built a wharf near his home on the south branch of Rancocas Creek.
March 4, 2016 |
Show up regularly enough for Friday night karaoke at Donna's, and the owners of this Polish corner bar in Port Richmond will give you a nickname. There's a retired mailman from down the street who steps into the narrow taproom and becomes Young Blood, a confident front man lacking only a band. There's Gary Bowie - named for his favorite rock star - who looks a bit like the Thin White Duke, if the Thin White Duke hailed from Salmon and Allegheny. There's Coco, the Barbie, Bob the Builder, and Big Al. There's a woman who goes by Fiber One, her nickname the product of a very complicated inside joke.
January 26, 2016 |
THE ARCHDIOCESE of Philadelphia announced Sunday that it will consolidate four Port Richmond parishes over the next 18 months. In June, Our Lady Help of Christians parish, at Allegheny Avenue and Gaul Street, will merge into Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish at Allegheny Avenue and Belgrade Street. By June of 2017, Nativity will enter into a partnership with Mother of Divine Grace parish, at East Thompson and East Monmouth Street, and St. George parish at 2700 E. Venango Ave. Under the partnership arrangement, each parish will remain open but all will be served by one pastor, one staff, and one pastoral council.
January 21, 2016
Ships carrying fruit, steel, and cars and other cargoes were up 5 percent last yearat private and public piers and terminals on the Delaware River, the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay, a trade group, said Tuesday. Port facilities on the river handled 2,242 ships, compared to 2,135 in 2014. "We are finally starting to turn the corner after the 2008-2009 economic down turn," said Dennis Rochford, president of the Maritime Exchange. "Last year, saw the highest vessel arrival count since 2008.
January 21, 2016 |
The groups that would like to develop the eastern end of the Navy Yard known as Southport include a real estate group funded by the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS), a local Philadelphia refinery, and the politically connected but unsuccessful bidder for Philadelphia Gas Works, Liberty Energy Trust. The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, which owns the land and plans to lease it, on Tuesday eliminated one of the seven original proposals. Six groups will now be asked to submit financial and development plans.
December 10, 2015 |
Tractor-trailers are a too-frequent sight on Richmond Street, business owner Tom LaCroix said. "For years, Richmond Street has been unbearable, impassable at times," said LaCroix, owner of an Allstate Insurance office in the neighborhood. A Delaware Avenue extension, for a sixth of a mile, that will give trucks an alternative route of travel between Bridesburg and Port Richmond opened to traffic Tuesday morning. The $14.5 million extension, funded with federal dollars, passes though an industrialized area on land once used for parking between Orthodox and Lewis Streets and over Frankford Creek.
November 12, 2015 |
MANVEER SINGH'S faith helped save a life Wednesday. Literally. The wiry gas-station clerk used his silver Sikh bangle - and considerable gall - to scare off a carjacking suspect who had allegedly kidnapped a doctor in Center City and had dragged her all the way to the Exxon where he works in Port Richmond. "I wasn't worried about my safety," Singh, 25, said Wednesday night as he demonstrated how he had held the bracelet, called a kara , in his fist hours earlier. It's a thin metal band that symbolizes a Sikh's unbreakable attachment to God. "I was worried about my customers; they are all my brothers and sisters.
November 9, 2015 |
BOODA, the female dachshund mix, and Bud, the male Lab mix, chased each other around Port Richmond's new and only dog park yesterday, mock-growling, attacking each other's floppy ears, kicking up the mulch, stopping only to nibble a piece of the shredded bark and catch their breath. Booda and Bud arrived as strangers at Monk's Dog Run, on Allegheny Avenue near Bath Street, and left as friends, pink tongues hanging over open jaws, tan tails wagging, eyeing each other with pure canine joy. Matt Pizzola, who owns Booda, 3, told Megan Polkus, who owns Bud, 6 months, that he led the drive to create Monk's Dog Run so pooches like theirs could play for hours, safe from the dangers of an urban park.
November 6, 2015 |
The banner behind Jim Kenney was decorated with children's green and orange handprints and read, "Welcome, Mayor Kenney!" A little premature, as Kenney won't become mayor until he is sworn in Jan. 4. But he made clear Wednesday that the planning and transitioning had already begun. Kenney addressed reporters for the first time as mayor-elect at Jackson School in South Philadelphia, the morning after catapulting past his rivals to a historic victory. He all but confirmed that Deputy Police Commissioner Richard Ross will succeed the popular Charles H. Ramsey as head of the Police Department, one of the most important appointments a mayor can make.