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.
June 24, 2010 |
As workers boarded up the Port Richmond home that was scorched in a fire Tuesday, neighbors mourned the loss of a 3-year-old boy who died yesterday of injuries he suffered in the blaze. Nicholas Budzilo died at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, the same hospital where his brothers Christopher, 5, and Jake, 1, were still listed in critical condition last night, a hospital spokeswoman said. "It's horrible, I can't even imagine it," said neighbor James Sampson. The fire started in a second-floor bedroom just after 2 p.m. Tuesday and ripped through the house, fire officials said.
January 7, 2011 |
A pair of city sanitation workers had a whole different kind of mess to deal with in Port Richmond yesterday. The Streets Department workers were in the middle of collecting trash on Miller Street near Clearfield about 8:30 a.m. when they drew the wrath of a resident who appeared to be armed with a musket, of all things. The 42-year-old resident, whose name was not released, aimed an "antique, long-armed rifle" at the workers, threatened to shoot them and hollered racial remarks before darting inside his house, said police spokesman Lt. Raymond Evers.
June 25, 2014 |
Police are searching for a man who attacked a 65-year-old nun Sunday morning in Port Richmond, then dragged her from a car and drove away with it. The nun, whose name was not released, was wearing her habit and was waiting in the passenger seat of a friend's car outside a Shop Rite store on Aramingo Avenue about 11:15 a.m., police said. The friend was inside and had left the engine on. The man opened the driver's-side door and said, "Tell me wherever you want to go," authorities said.
September 14, 2015 |
A Port Richmond man is in police custody after he barricaded himself in a bedroom in his family's home while under the influence of drugs, police said. The man, 39, had a "bad reaction" to drugs Monday morning, said Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan of the department's homeland security unit. Medics responded to the house on the 3000 block of Agate Street to take him to a hospital for a mental health evaluation at the request of his family, Sullivan said. The man refused to cooperate with the paramedics, who then called police, Sullivan said.
December 12, 2011 |
What happened to the homeless people who were evicted from under Interstate 95 in Port Richmond last week? The Daily News touched base with four of them Monday. Three were staying in shelters Monday night, and a fourth has been living temporarily in Kensington. After going to Washington last Tuesday with Occupy Philly and Fight for Philly folks to rally for the extension of unemployment insurance, these four and others returned to Philadelphia Friday. Paul Klemmer, 53, an educated man who said he had dropped out of college, said he's still working toward creating a commune with like-minded people.
July 26, 2012 |
MARIE'S BEAUTY Salon in Port Richmond was the place to go to hear a good story by an expert raconteur, have some laughs and, oh, yes, get your hair done. For more than 50 years, Port Richmond ladies did just that, drawn to the shop at Cedar Avenue and Ann Street not only by the skill of the hairdressers but by the captivating personality of the owner, Marie T. "Nan" Baker. Nan could tell a joke or a funny story — complete with sometimes politically incorrect dialects — to compete with most comics.
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.
April 18, 2014 |
By late Friday morning, the line was nearly out the front door of Stan Swiacki Meats. That's nothing, said Ed Swiacki, 36, who still smokes kielbasa the same way his grandfather did in 1950. By Good Friday, lines will form before dawn, snaking past the counter stocked with rye bread, babka, and pierogi, down Salmon Street and onto Venango. "We used to have an order line," where people could come right in and pick up advance orders, he said. "We had to stop it, because there were almost fights in the line, people thought they were cutting.
February 16, 2015 |
IN 2011, JOE CALTAGIRONE, a bartender/actor from Port Richmond, was watching TV coverage of angry "Arab Spring" crowds toppling leaders in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, when he suddenly flashed back 30 years. Caltagirone remembered being in a thrift store on Kensington Avenue in the 1980s, browsing through the "All Books 10 Cents" shelves, when he came upon an old Kensington High School for Girls library copy of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar. " Caltagirone, 61, remembers thinking, "When a book's down to 10 cents, it's two feet from the trash can. Caesar and Shakespeare for a dime!