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.
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.
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.
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.
October 26, 2012 |
When Roger Wing showed up with a chainsaw at Port Richmond's leafy Campbell Square in late September, the locals despaired. There goes another tree. But no, Wing was not there to cut down one of the 128 remaining trees in the 2.2-acre square so strikingly tucked in by three soaring copper-topped churches (the Irish one, the Polish one, and the German one, as they're known). Wing, an internationally celebrated ice sculptor (Poland, Finland), locally revered wood carver (Trenton Avenue, Shadfest)
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!
March 19, 1990 |
The first day's sting was gone, but the odor of nail polish remover still wafted through the Port Richmond air yesterday as crews in gas masks pumped the last of 1,000 gallons of spilled chemicals out of the Delaware River. Coast Guard officials said a total of 12,843 gallons of the chemical cumene spewed from an open 6-inch valve on the Norwegian tanker Jo Rogn, but most of it had been contained on the deck. The tanker's letter of compliance - a permit to unload chemicals in the United States - has been revoked pending the outcome of the investigation into the cause of the spill, Coast Guard Boatswain Mate One John Robinson said yesterday.