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July 15, 2013 | By Michael Vitez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mary Louise Leuters met her husband at 16 at a roller-skating rink in Port Richmond. She married up. He was from Fishtown. They have been married 61 years now, and the love is still there but her knees are gone, bone on bone, and this is a concern. Because who is going to take over as president of the Ladies of Port Richmond? Mary Louise - Mary Lou to friends, or even just Lou - is a two-time breast cancer survivor. She felt so grateful to her doctors and hospital that she wanted to give back.
NEWS
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. "
NEWS
July 7, 2013 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Denise Baron was 9, a fourth grader at St. Adalbert School in Port Richmond, when she and her classmates filed past the man in red robes. She could not pronounce his name, and now, 37 years later, she can't recall whether he touched her head or her shoulders. What she remembers clearly, though, is going home that night knowing she had been blessed by a great man. "Being Catholic and Polish, I knew that being in his presence was pretty cool," Baron said. "As a little kid, you went, 'Wow!
NEWS
June 19, 2013
A 25-year-old man was in critical condition after being stabbed Tuesday evening at a Port Richmond rooming house, police said. The stabbing was reported at 6:19 p.m. in the 2300 block of East Ontario Street, police said. Medics took the victim, who was stabbed in the upper left leg, to Temple University Hospital. Police said two males had been detained for questioning. - Robert Moran
NEWS
June 18, 2013
IF YOU BOUGHT meat Saturday at a ShopRite in Port Richmond, check before taking a bite. ShopRite has recalled its store-made boneless-beef round cube steak after it suspected that some packages sold at the store on Aramingo Avenue near Castor might contain small pieces of metal from the cutting machines. After a customer alerted an employee to a particular package, ShopRite contacted 56 of the 67 customers who bought the meat. All of the customers were part of the Price Plus Club, the company's loyalty program.
NEWS
June 5, 2013 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 21-acre parcel in an isolated industrial section of Port Richmond is under consideration as a potential site for a halfway house. The parcel at 2121 Wheatsheaf Lane, near the I-95 exit to Aramingo Avenue, is owned by Joseph Verne and Louis Vernekoff, brothers who used the site for a furniture business, Homeline Industries, until it closed several years ago, former City Councilman Frank DiCicco said. While on Council, DiCicco said, he advised Verne, a friend, to explore selling or leasing the property to a big-box firm, similar to the Lowe's and Walmart outlets at the nearby Aramingo Crossings shopping center.
NEWS
June 4, 2013
A man was killed in a house fire Monday night, fire officials said. Firefighters responded at 9:28 p.m. to a two-story rowhouse on the 3100 block of Cedar Street, where they found heavy fire on the first floor and heavy smoke on the second, Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said. The front door was held shut by a dead bolt, so firefighters forced their way into the house. Inside, a man was on the floor, already dead, Ayers said. No one else was in the house, he said. The fire was under control by 9:55, Ayers said; firefighters were still at the scene after 11. Several neighbors, seeing flames shoot from the house, tried to kick in the door before firefighters arrived, according to neighbor Justin Haskell.
NEWS
May 31, 2013 | BY JOHN MORITZ, Daily News Staff Writer moritzj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
A PROFESSIONAL photographer with a lengthy rap sheet died last week in a Philadelphia jail cell, and some people close to him are raising questions about the official account of his death. The man, Zakee Vaughn, 29, of Willow Grove, Montgomery County, was shot May 12 by a Philadelphia Police officer on Oxford Avenue near Summerdale, in Northeast Philly's Summerdale section. It was Mother's Day and Vaughn was with the mother of one of his two children. Lt. John Stanford, a police spokesman, said he was shot because he had tried to grab the gun from an officer's holster after cops, responding to the report of a domestic dispute, chased him on foot.
NEWS
May 21, 2013 | By Mike Newall and Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writers
Philadelphia police last year recommended bringing charges of witness intimidation against former Officer Richard DeCoatsworth, once hailed as a hero for his work on the force and charged over the weekend with rape, a high-ranking police official said Sunday. Capt. John Gallagher, a former commander of East Detectives now assigned to the department's Counter-Terrorism Operations, said the recommendation stemmed from allegations that DeCoatsworth, 27, had kidnapped, assaulted, and robbed a Port Richmond man who lived two blocks from him over an unpaid debt.
NEWS
April 18, 2013 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
NO ONE gets out of this life alive. But not everyone thinks about that as often as Linda Belz does. She's the 30-year-old ovarian-cancer patient I wrote about last week, whose doctors can do no more for her. She will die soon. Her final wish is to raise enough money to pay her funeral expenses so that her grieving parents won't have to. When I visited with Linda at Vitas Hospice in Frankford, the bombs were eight days away from exploding at the Boston Marathon. So it was easy to forget, for the moment, that life can end in an instant the way it did for the three Boston victims.
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