April 1, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA When the city cut a deal in 2012 for a holding company, Kenpor L.P., to take and rehab about 100 properties in Kensington and Port Richmond that had been in foreclosure after Robert Coyle, convicted of fraud, defaulted on $10 million in mortgages in 2009, Sandy Saltzman was skeptical. "We really were worried about the fact that these properties were in such poor condition that they were not going to be able to be taken care of in the way they needed to be," said Saltzman, executive director of the New Kensington Community Development Corp.
September 1, 2013 |
THE STREETS of Port Richmond were empty and still as Barbara Zimath trudged along in the predawn darkness. She'd made the same trek countless times for much of the last 12 years, a path that led from her rowhouse to the Route 15 bus stop at Richmond Street and Lehigh Avenue, on her way to work at a nearby Wawa. She was on the phone just before 6 a.m. Wednesday with her husband, Dave. She'd never run into trouble before, but hearing his voice was reassuring. You know, just in case.
October 14, 2014 |
Weeks after completing its last round of parish mergers and closures, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Sunday that 14 more parishes in Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Delaware Counties could be combined with nearby churches or shuttered. This time, the archdiocese is targeting three clusters of churches for cutbacks: In Delaware County's Springfield Township, the parishes of St. Francis of Assisi, Holy Cross, and St. Kevin. In Montgomery County, the parishes of St. Alphonsus in Maple Glen, St. Anthony of Padua and St. Joseph in Ambler, St. Catherine of Siena in Horsham, St. Genevieve in Flourtown, and Holy Martyrs in Oreland.
December 9, 2014 |
TOM SHERIDAN'S parents separated when he was a child, so he grew up with a dual citizenship in the river wards - splitting every week between his mom in Kensington and his dad in Port Richmond. So last year, when Sheridan had his Do Good Brewing epiphany while eating tomato pie and drinking his homemade beer at Tacconelli's Pizzeria, in Port Richmond, he wasn't shocked to realize that his life's dream was rooted in his childhood streets. "My whole business plan was to be a neighborhood kid with a neighborhood brewery, selling only to neighborhood bars, and donating a percentage of the sales to neighborhood charities," said Sheridan, 26. The Do Good Brewing Co., on Amber Street near Westmoreland, in Port Richmond, produces small batches of cream ale that is on tap from Cheers Cafe around the corner to the Kensington Pub, the Bridesburg Pub and neighborhood bars throughout the river wards.
July 14, 2013
To contact or donate: Phone: 215-427-3222 Mail: The Ladies of Port Richmond, 3160 Cedar St., Philadelphia 19134. Online: Go to www.facebook.com and search for "Ladies of Port Richmond. "
April 2, 1996 |
Two hundred feet of southbound Interstate 95 are down as part of repair work following the devastating March 13 tire fire in Port Richmond. One more concrete pier will be taken down; once that is done, work will begin on new piers and a new section of highway. Then major repairs will begin on the northbound side. Meanwhile, the former northbound lanes are handling traffic in both directions. Elsewhere in Port Richmond, city officials say they underestimated the number of tires stored at two other illegal dumps.
April 10, 2012
O THER firefighters who have died in the line of duty since 1991: * Tracey Champion, 49, collapsed from a heart attack at a West Philadelphia fire in January 2006. * Capt. John Taylor, 53, died of asphyxiation trying to rescue the fallen Rey Rubio, 42, from a Port Richmond basement-turned-marijuana-greenhouse in August 2004. * Lt. Derrick Harvey, 45, died at Temple University Hospital of burns he suffered after falling through the floor of a rowhouse in Olney, in January 2004.
June 5, 1994 |
Ask Port Richmond residents about their neighborhood and the word you'll most likely hear is pride. In fact, in May, people here devoted an entire week to showcasing neighborhood pride. There was even a parade down Allegheny Avenue, from Witte Street down to Campbell Square. "It was an effort to promote all that's good here," said Lisa Hogan, a spokeswoman for Northeastern Hospital, who came up with the idea for this year's event. Port Richmond is a blue-collar neighborhood of two-story brick rowhouses that line both sides of the street.
March 26, 2012 |
TWO MEN WERE pulled from the Delaware River near Allegheny Avenue in Port Richmond about 7:50 p.m. Monday, police said. The men jumped into the river around 7:40 p.m. and were chest-deep when police marine units arrived to remove them. Police were unsure of why the men were in the water, but said neither man was injured.