January 18, 2014 |
Over the years, firefighters have been called many times to Richmond Street just under I-95 in Port Richmond. There, where four rail lines cross the roadway, lurks a long-haul trucker's nightmare - a set of trestles with low clearances and a tendency to rip the tops off taller trailers. The solution, more often than not, has been to flatten the rig's tires and gradually ease out the trapped trailer. All that is going to end, officials said Thursday, but Richmond Street will be closed between Lehigh Avenue and Cambria Street beginning Thursday for about two years to make it happen.
January 16, 2014 |
SAYING THAT HIS theft of nearly $50,000 from City Councilman Bobby Henon's campaign fund was "egregious," ex-consultant Richard North III pleaded guilty yesterday. North, 24, whose career was upended by a gambling addiction, pleaded guilty to one felony count and two misdemeanor counts of theft before Common Pleas Judge Donna Woelpper. She sentenced North to three years of probation and ordered him to stay out of gambling establishments and pay restitution of more than $62,600 to Henon and to two roommates North stole from to feed his habit at the city's SugarHouse Casino.
December 6, 2013 |
For a group of young, culturally diverse artists, the epiphany came two years ago. Sharing a workspace in the emerging creative haven of Port Richmond, the five decided pooling their talents and opportunities would pay off faster than individual struggle. Amber Art & Design was born, and already the public-art collective has left an impressive imprint, including the Roots mural honoring the Philly hip-hop neo-soul ensemble presented over the summer at Broad and South Streets.
November 22, 2013 |
IS CITY COUNCIL putting NIMBYism on steroids to stop methadone clinics from popping up in the Northeast? Critics of a bill, which is expected to be approved today, say it's a case of the Not In My Back Yard attitude gone awry. But for Councilmen Bobby Henon and Brian O'Neill, who are backing the bill, it's a way to give their constituents a voice. The measure would require all new medical and dental offices in their districts to get a zoning variance, rather than opening "by right," in city-planning parlance.
September 30, 2013 |
A neighborhood once known for residential flight is becoming a hot spot for home buyers attracted by move-in-ready homes and affordable prices. Newlyweds Mallory Fix and Juan Lopez considered single-family homes and duplexes in various Philadelphia neighborhoods before spending $320,000 for a 2,352-square-foot rowhouse in the 1300 block of South 15th Street in Point Breeze. "Location was a pull for me, rather than a deterrent," Fix said. The couple, who had a budget of $350,000, looked at homes in Port Richmond, Passyunk Square, and Pennsport before closing on the three-story, red-brick house in June.
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.
August 23, 2013 |
A 31-year-old man has been charged with aggravated assault and other offenses in the stabbing of a recently retired police officer in Port Richmond this week, authorities said Wednesday. Joseph Fitzgerald is accused of stabbing George Orth in the chest about 2 a.m. Monday while in the victim's home on the 3000 block of Salmon Street. Police had no motive for the attack, which happened after both men left a neighborhood bar. Investigators arrested Fitzgerald, who also lives in Port Richmond, on Tuesday, and he was arraigned early Wednesday.
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.
August 21, 2013 |
GEORGE ORTH is no stranger to near-death experiences. In 25 years with the Philadelphia Police Department, his days sometimes involved jumping into a moving car - driven by a gun-toting maniac, no less - or getting rammed head-on by a motorist trying to flee police. So Orth's former colleagues weren't surprised to hear that he survived a stabbing early yesterday in Port Richmond. Police said a 30-year-old white man stabbed Orth, 56, in the torso outside his home on Salmon Street near Indiana Avenue about 2 a.m. The man, who was about 5 feet 8, 200 pounds, fled.
August 12, 2013 |
Like politicians on the campaign trail, applicants for the city's second casino license are pushing hard to win friends and influence neighbors. In Center City, Market8 has pledged to spend $1 million a year to fix up dreary Market Street East. It already has spent $18,000 for planters and flowers, and donated $2,000 to a neighborhood effort to remove graffiti and clean streets. In Port Richmond, Wynn Resorts held a summer picnic for 1,000 in Campbell Square Park, with free food and live music.