April 13, 2015 |
IT'S TEMPTING to say that two lives were destroyed when Jimmy Becker died at the hand of his friend Ivan Oberholtzer. After all, it appears that the March 5 shooting was accidental. The boys - both 17 and seniors at Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts - were at Ivan's house on a school snow day when Ivan discharged a gun, killing Jimmy. "The students are talking about us holding an empty seat for Jimmy at graduation," says English teacher Monty Ogden, who knew both boys.
March 30, 2015 |
Philadelphia police have arrested two youths, ages 16 and 14, in the rape of a 19-year-old woman in Port Richmond who had been on her way home after a workout. The woman was walking home from a gym on Aramingo Avenue around 10:20 p.m. Thursday when she was approached by the two teens, said Capt. John Darby of the Special Victims Unit. They struck up a conversation with her that quickly turned threatening, Darby said, and then grabbed at her. The woman tried to flee, Darby said, and the boys pulled out a handgun and demanded money.
March 23, 2015 |
Despite Philadelphia City Council's "unqualified" rejection nine years ago of a terminal for liquefied natural gas, the city is once again flirting with the money-making allure of LNG. Several entrepreneurs are promoting plans to increase LNG production at the Philadelphia Gas Works plant in Port Richmond, hoping to capitalize on growing interest in creating an energy hub linked to the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom. The most ambitious plan floated publicly is a $2.1 billion proposal to expand the Port Richmond plant's capacity to export LNG to European markets.
March 10, 2015 |
AFTER DEVOTING 30 years to city parks and the volunteer armies that keep them alive, Barbara McCabe was chosen from 160 nominees to win the Richardson Dilworth Award for Distinguished Public Service in Philadelphia. It's the city's Oscar for lifetime achievement. "I pretty much lived at neighborhood rec centers when I was growing up in Port Richmond - Monkiewicz, Samuel, Cohocksink, A&W," said McCabe, the director of stewardship for Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. "I don't know what I would've done without them.
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.
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!
January 14, 2015 |
Philadelphia Gas Works is measuring the market to potentially expand its liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Port Richmond. The city utility on Monday announced it is accepting nonbinding proposals for the purchase of LNG. The response will help PGW decide if it wants to expand its capacity to produce LNG, for which there is a growing market as a transport fuel or for use in areas unserved by natural gas pipelines. The deadline for responses is Jan. 23. PGW last year sold the equivalent of 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas to long-haul trucking companies and to companies extracting natural gas in the Marcellus Shale region.
December 28, 2014 |
The only thing riskier than opening a cafe/art gallery in a blue-collar, Maxwell House-coffee-drinking Port Richmond neighborhood is living without health insurance. M.L. Simone has done both and is still around to talk about it. A decade ago, the 46-year-old Delaware native wanted to open a small coffee bar that doubled as a gallery where local artists could display their work. The spillover from the Northern Liberties zip code had already pushed Fishtown rents out of her reach.
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.