December 6, 2013 |
For a group of young, culturally diverse artists, the epiphany came two years ago. Sharing a workspace in the emerging creative haven of Port Richmond, the five decided pooling their talents and opportunities would pay off faster than individual struggle. Amber Art & Design was born, and already the public-art collective has left an impressive imprint, including the Roots mural honoring the Philly hip-hop neo-soul ensemble presented over the summer at Broad and South Streets.
November 17, 2013 |
A WEEK AFTER returning from a 10-day trip to the United Kingdom and Israel, Mayor Nutter is taking his act on the road once more. Nutter on Monday will join a trip led by Vice President Joe Biden to tour the Panama Canal's expansion project, which the city is hoping will boost business at Philly's port. "There is great potential to increase economic activity at our port and create good-wage-paying jobs for Philadelphians," Nutter said in a statement. Nutter has traveled a lot in the past year, with trips to China, Italy, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Chicago and many others.
November 17, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Mayor Nutter is not letting his passport collect any dust. Less than a week after returning from a 10-day trade mission to England and Israel, Nutter will be joining Vice President Biden, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, and mayors from Baltimore and Atlanta on a two-day trip to Houston and the Panama Canal. Nutter received Biden's invitation by phone Wednesday, the day after his return from Israel. The mayor said he didn't hesitate. "The city will be more than fine on Monday and Tuesday," Nutter said, adding that he would stay in constant contact with staff here.
October 7, 2013 |
You can keep your inland towns that rise up over farms or crouch beside a busy river. Give me a city that turns its face to the sea. I like looking out at urban skylines from the deck of a ship. From here, at penthouse height, and out of the tangle of crowds and avenues, you get an almost map-clear view of how a port is shaped. So when I read about a Crystal Cruise ship that left from Venice, nosed into the Aegean and Black Seas, and ended up in Istanbul, I started imagining myself peering down at ancient capitals of trade like a king atop his sailable throne.
August 23, 2013 |
POLICE HAVE arrested a Port Richmond man in Monday's stabbing of a retired police officer. Joseph Fitzgerald, 31, of Belgrade Street near Westmoreland, is being held in lieu of $400,000 bail on charges of aggravated assault and related offenses. He faces a Sept. 4 preliminary hearing. Retired Philadelphia police Officer George Orth, 56, told investigators that he met Fitzgerald at a nearby bar and that his new acquaintance then stabbed him once in the chest about 2 a.m. inside Orth's home on Salmon Street near Indiana Avenue.
August 21, 2013 |
GEORGE ORTH is no stranger to near-death experiences. In 25 years with the Philadelphia Police Department, his days sometimes involved jumping into a moving car - driven by a gun-toting maniac, no less - or getting rammed head-on by a motorist trying to flee police. So Orth's former colleagues weren't surprised to hear that he survived a stabbing early yesterday in Port Richmond. Police said a 30-year-old white man stabbed Orth, 56, in the torso outside his home on Salmon Street near Indiana Avenue about 2 a.m. The man, who was about 5 feet 8, 200 pounds, fled.
August 1, 2013 |
The Port of Wilmington's top banana - Dole Fresh Fruit Co. and the 65 million pieces of the yellow fruit it ships there each week - could be lost to the competing port across the Delaware at Paulsboro. After 30 years in Wilmington, Dole is considering relocating one ship a week - 3.4 billion bananas a year - to a new port being built on 190 acres in Paulsboro. For Paulsboro, landing Dole and gaining 100 to 120 direct port jobs, as well as the trucking and related businesses catering to the fresh-fruit trade, would be a major shot in the arm. The port, directly across from Philadelphia International Airport, is on 130 acres that had been the BP Oil Paulsboro Terminal, and 60 acres that was the site of Dow Chemical's former Essex Chemical plant.
July 20, 2013
Cargoes were up 13.6 percent in the first six months of 2013 in the Port of Philadelphia, the fourth consecutive year of double-digit cargo growth and an indicator the economy is improving, officials said. Tonnage increases were seen in steel shipments, forest products including paper and lumber, sugar, cocoa beans and liquid bulk cargoes, the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority said. Liquid bulk cargoes, including the chemical cumene, arrive at Tioga Marine Terminal and are pumped via an elevated pipe bridge to Kinder Morgan Terminals at Delaware and Allegheny Avenues.
July 15, 2013 |
Mary Louise Leuters met her husband at 16 at a roller-skating rink in Port Richmond. She married up. He was from Fishtown. They have been married 61 years now, and the love is still there but her knees are gone, bone on bone, and this is a concern. Because who is going to take over as president of the Ladies of Port Richmond? Mary Louise - Mary Lou to friends, or even just Lou - is a two-time breast cancer survivor. She felt so grateful to her doctors and hospital that she wanted to give back.
June 19, 2013
A 25-year-old man was in critical condition after being stabbed Tuesday evening at a Port Richmond rooming house, police said. The stabbing was reported at 6:19 p.m. in the 2300 block of East Ontario Street, police said. Medics took the victim, who was stabbed in the upper left leg, to Temple University Hospital. Police said two males had been detained for questioning. - Robert Moran