September 30, 2011 |
OVER THE PAST two days, supporters of the two adults arrested in an attack this month on a Port Richmond coach told a radically different version of what happened. They said that Mark LaVelle was not attacked in his home and that they did not hear anyone call him a "white motherf-----. " Separately, a 17-year-old boy who was also arrested contends he was just a witness to the attack, not a doer. LaVelle, 37, yesterday disputed their accounts and maintained that he was indeed attacked after he sheltered two white teens in his house from a "mob" of blacks and Hispanics.
March 1, 2015 |
Five days a week, Bobby Endy follows a two-and-a-half- hour practice at St. Joseph's Prep with a quick shower and a meal at his Port Richmond home. Then he heads to the Rizzo Police Athletic League Center five minutes down the street. He walks through the double doors and down two flights of stairs into a basement they call "the Dungeon. " On a floor covered with wrestling mats, 35 to 50 kids can be found rolling around every weeknight. The thick brick walls keep ventilation minimal.
March 17, 2013
A 31-YEAR-OLD Port Richmond man was held on $3 million bail Friday after police who were serving a drug warrant at his house discovered what appeared to be pipe bombs inside. Cops found the explosives early Thursday morning at the house, on Thompson Street near Huntingdon, and arrested Nicholas Suozzo, the District Attorney's Office said. The bomb squad was called to clear the house and remove the devices, authorities said. He's facing a slew of charges, including possessing weapons of mass destruction, possession of an offensive weapon, risking catastrophe and drug possession.
October 17, 2005 |
Here's an export success story you don't hear very often in Philadelphia: A local business has a hot product that Chinese customers can't get enough of. The company wants to build a new plant, bring new export business to the port, and hire more than 100 employees. Good news all around, right? Only one problem: the product is scrap metal. And the company - Camden Iron & Metal Inc. - has set its sights for a new car shredder and shipping terminal on Port Richmond, a community with a very different view of its future.
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.
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. "
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.
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.
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.