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.
October 15, 2015 |
A recent government study that found elevated blood levels of toxic lead in children living near a former lead factory in Port Richmond is renewing concerns about environmental contamination and how to address it. The study, led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, collected soil, tap water, indoor dust, and child blood samples from homes around the former Anzon Inc. plant...
October 10, 2015 |
The Wolf administration is shaking up the staff leadership at the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, a state agency that owns piers and marine terminals on the Philadelphia side of the Delaware River. James T. "Jamie" McDermott Jr., 59, announced that he will retire in April after 25 years at the agency, 21 of those as executive director, in a letter to Gov. Wolf on Sept. 23. The port authority's second in command, senior deputy executive director Robert C. Blackburn, left the PRPA, effective Monday.
October 10, 2015
ISSUE | PHILA. PORT Expansion = jobs In reference to job creation through an expansion of Philadelphia's port ("Candidates debate port," Monday), Jim Kenney's assertion that it's "the most realistic and most lucrative job creation plan" is not only accurate but should be seized on immediately. In May, my City Controller's Office released a detailed analysis that determined that a modern container terminal at Philadelphia's Southport could handle more than one million containers a year, generating 8,100 jobs directly and 12,150 indirectly.
October 6, 2015 |
With the Delaware River dredging and the widening of the Panama Canal nearing completion, talks of expanding the Philadelphia Port are picking up steam and Democratic mayoral candidate Jim Kenney is going with it. At event after event, Kenney has been beating the drum on how the port expansion could bring thousands of working-class jobs to Philadelphia. "That's a way we can address our 26 percent poverty rate," Kenney said Tuesday at the first mayoral debate of the general election campaign.
October 5, 2015 |
A development of 36 townhouses for low-income residents being built on a vacant lot in Port Richmond is another sign that the neighborhood where people still order "square cheese" and fish pickles out of a barrel is changing. The development, Grace Townhomes, is being built on the site of a former carpet factory that has been vacant for more than 20 years. It's a joint venture of the Women's Community Revitalization Project and Firm Hope Baptist Church. The property is bounded by Auburn, William, and Janney Streets and Trenton Avenue.
September 25, 2015 |
A SHIPPING container seized by customs agents last week at the Port of Philadelphia contained Costa Rican pumpkins, fruit . . . and 363 pounds of cocaine. The drugs, with a street value of more than $6 million, were packaged in 384 thin slits laminated to the inside flaps of the fruit case boxes. The container of fruit was brought to port by the M/V Santa Maria, and was meant to travel to a distributor in the Bronx, federal officials said. During a routine inspection of the shipping container, Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
September 25, 2015 |
James T. McDermott Jr., executive director of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority since May 1994, announced Tuesday in a letter to Gov. Wolf that he will retire April 15, 2016. In an interview, McDermott, 59, said, "I was told that to replace me there will be a national search for a new port director. I pledged to stay through April 15, until there is another person in place. " McDermott, son of the late Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice James T. McDermott, joined the PRPA as chief counsel in 1991, after 10 years as an assistant Philadelphia district attorney.