November 8, 2015 |
Spacious apartments featuring full kitchens and bathrooms now occupy the hallways and classrooms that used to fill the Nativity B.V.M. School in Port Richmond. Later this month, seniors will move into the four-story brick building at 3255 Belgrade St. that opened in 1916 and shut its doors as a school in 2008. It will have a new name, Nativity B.V.M. Place, and a new mission, to provide low-income seniors with apartments of their own. A partnership of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the city, and the federal government came together to remake this corner of Port Richmond.
October 15, 2015 |
A recent government study that found elevated blood levels of toxic lead in children living near a former lead factory in Port Richmond is renewing concerns about environmental contamination and how to address it. The study, led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, collected soil, tap water, indoor dust, and child blood samples from homes around the former Anzon Inc. plant...
October 5, 2015 |
A development of 36 townhouses for low-income residents being built on a vacant lot in Port Richmond is another sign that the neighborhood where people still order "square cheese" and fish pickles out of a barrel is changing. The development, Grace Townhomes, is being built on the site of a former carpet factory that has been vacant for more than 20 years. It's a joint venture of the Women's Community Revitalization Project and Firm Hope Baptist Church. The property is bounded by Auburn, William, and Janney Streets and Trenton Avenue.
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.
September 3, 2015 |
On East Somerset Street, in a clean and roomy paddock next to a tire shop, in the shade of a giant weeping willow, lives a fat and contented pony - the Pony of Port Richmond. His name is Albert, but everyone calls him Coco. Coco does not bite or kick. He is patient and gentle with the neighborhood children and the many passersby who stop to gawk, who abide by the sign on the tire shop's gate: "Please, do not feed the animal (Horse). Thank You. " He does not flinch even when the cargo trains rumble past, or when the red rooster whose coop abuts his paddock crows.
August 20, 2015 |
He wanted to practice Spanish. She wanted to hone her English. So, using a Skype profile feature that allowed them to text and talk, they got acquainted in two languages. Matt was a senior at Albright College in Reading, a Spanish major with a yen for public service; he'd spent part of junior year tutoring first graders in Nicaragua. Marlene was finishing college in Bolivia and hoped English fluency would boost her chances of landing a job as an environmental engineer. "Neither of us was looking for anything romantic," Marlene recalls.
August 17, 2015 |
Drexel-educated professional engineer Lawrence McKnight was working on Citizens Bank Park in 2003 as a member of the Pennoni Associates staff when he ventured to a home construction site nearby. That was Westrum Development Co.'s Reserve at Packer Park, which was then in the third phase and asking for and getting in the upper $300,000s to low $400,000s. Intrigued, McKnight joined Westrum, and spent the next eight or nine years with the company, "gaining a lot of knowledge about residential building," he said.
August 11, 2015 |
IT WAS OK to be afraid; it was not OK to panic. Fear was natural for the men who flew the bombers over Germany in World War II. It rode with them in their planes like a living entity. But if you panicked, you couldn't do your job. That was the way Joe Blinebury described what it was like in those B-17 Flying Fortresses that carried the war to the enemy with dangerous daylight bombing. Oddly, Joe, who flew 35 missions over Germany, said he calmed down when he slipped into the ball turret, his position under the belly of the plane.
August 10, 2015 |
AS A CHILD in the first Hispanic family on his Fairhill block, Luis Torrado had to street fight to end the ethnic taunts from neighbor kids and gain their respect. As owner of Torrado Construction in Port Richmond, he's spent his adult years fighting negative attitudes toward hiring minority contractors by proving himself over and over again. It's been a long, tough journey since he grew up on Mascher Street near Tusculum in the '70s. "You had a choice," Torrado said. "You could bow down or you could fight.
August 3, 2015 |
CLARISSA Sadowniczak doesn't yet understand the hole some anonymous villain tore through her young life Thursday night. Friday night, the 2-year-old sat wide-eyed as her family wept around her, their tears catching in the light of a dozen flickering candles. She glanced at the bouquet of balloons tied to the railing in front of her Port Richmond rowhouse, the one she shared with her parents. She spotted a pink one and reached for it, her tiny hands grasping at its ribbon. A family member untied it, passed it to her. The little girl released it immediately, shouting "Bye, mommy" as it spiraled up into the night sky. The tears flowed more freely after that.