April 3, 2016 |
The flashy website for Saints & Sinners swingers club boasts that its new location in Northeast Philadelphia will have "stripper poles," and open, semiprivate, and private "play rooms. " It also invites all to its grand opening on April 16, but it does not disclose the location. But when word leaked out that the newest addition to the swinging scene would be housed in a former catering hall in a strip mall along Frankford Avenue in Holmesburg, residents, the local neighborhood association, and the district councilman became concerned.
March 4, 2016 |
Show up regularly enough for Friday night karaoke at Donna's, and the owners of this Polish corner bar in Port Richmond will give you a nickname. There's a retired mailman from down the street who steps into the narrow taproom and becomes Young Blood, a confident front man lacking only a band. There's Gary Bowie - named for his favorite rock star - who looks a bit like the Thin White Duke, if the Thin White Duke hailed from Salmon and Allegheny. There's Coco, the Barbie, Bob the Builder, and Big Al. There's a woman who goes by Fiber One, her nickname the product of a very complicated inside joke.
February 27, 2016 |
Likening their misdeeds to war crimes, a federal judge sentenced two Ukrainian brothers to 20 years in prison Thursday for their roles in a modern-day slavery operation in Port Richmond, in which victims were beaten, kidnapped, raped, and terrorized to keep them working in janitorial jobs for little to no pay. Mykhaylo Botsvynyuk, 37, and Yaroslav Churuk, 48, said nothing and showed little reaction as District Judge Paul S. Diamond handed down...
February 4, 2016
Player Pos. Ht. Wt. High School Nanakofi Appiah OL 6-7 255 Flowers (Md.) Nowoola Awopetu WR 5-11 185 Port Richmond (N.Y.) Justin Covington RB 5-11 205 Cardinal Hayes (N.Y.) MJ Dumas OL 6-5 310 Lawrence North (Ind.) Peter Fallon OG 6-4 280 Mills (Mass.) Paul Grattan OL 6-3 295 Mount Lebanon (Pa.)
January 26, 2016 |
THE ARCHDIOCESE of Philadelphia announced Sunday that it will consolidate four Port Richmond parishes over the next 18 months. In June, Our Lady Help of Christians parish, at Allegheny Avenue and Gaul Street, will merge into Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary parish at Allegheny Avenue and Belgrade Street. By June of 2017, Nativity will enter into a partnership with Mother of Divine Grace parish, at East Thompson and East Monmouth Street, and St. George parish at 2700 E. Venango Ave. Under the partnership arrangement, each parish will remain open but all will be served by one pastor, one staff, and one pastoral council.
December 10, 2015 |
Tractor-trailers are a too-frequent sight on Richmond Street, business owner Tom LaCroix said. "For years, Richmond Street has been unbearable, impassable at times," said LaCroix, owner of an Allstate Insurance office in the neighborhood. A Delaware Avenue extension, for a sixth of a mile, that will give trucks an alternative route of travel between Bridesburg and Port Richmond opened to traffic Tuesday morning. The $14.5 million extension, funded with federal dollars, passes though an industrialized area on land once used for parking between Orthodox and Lewis Streets and over Frankford Creek.
December 4, 2015
"ON MY tombstone it will say 'Nothing is simple,' " says Linda Lukiewski, an indefatigable nun on a mission from God. Yesterday was not a simple day. A member of the order of Sisters of St. Joseph, Sister Linda, 64, has been the mainspring at St. Joan of Arc in Harrowgate, downgraded in 2013 by the Archdiocese from a parish to what's called a "worship site. " The "worship site" - a rectory, convent and picturesque chapel - was marred by a century-old, no-longer-working cast iron incinerator that gave Sister Linda the chills.
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.
November 9, 2015 |
BOODA, the female dachshund mix, and Bud, the male Lab mix, chased each other around Port Richmond's new and only dog park yesterday, mock-growling, attacking each other's floppy ears, kicking up the mulch, stopping only to nibble a piece of the shredded bark and catch their breath. Booda and Bud arrived as strangers at Monk's Dog Run, on Allegheny Avenue near Bath Street, and left as friends, pink tongues hanging over open jaws, tan tails wagging, eyeing each other with pure canine joy. Matt Pizzola, who owns Booda, 3, told Megan Polkus, who owns Bud, 6 months, that he led the drive to create Monk's Dog Run so pooches like theirs could play for hours, safe from the dangers of an urban park.