June 22, 2012 |
FOR PORT RICHMOND neighbors on Mercer Street near Allegheny, warmer weather means facing the prospect of opening their windows to a breeze heavy with the stench of garbage and cat urine. The culprit, neighbors said, is an epic trash heap festering in a privately owned lot that stretches for nearly a block behind a house on the corner. The woman who lives there has been hoarding trash for years, neighbors said. Help might be on the way, says Tom Conway, city deputy managing director — and all it took was a year of complaints from angry neighbors, code violation notices from the Community Life Improvement Program and Licenses & Inspections, and a municipal court hearing.
May 21, 2012 |
In a game-changing move for both the Port of Wilmington and the state of Delaware, officials are pursuing a partnership with a private company or investment group to operate the publicly owned terminal and to expand the port by constructing ship berths on the Delaware River that could cost as much as $500 million. The state-owned Wilmington port touts itself as the largest handler of imported perishable cargo, fruits and vegetables in the United States and as the largest banana port in North America, second only to Antwerp, Belgium, in volume of bananas in the world.
May 10, 2012 |
RUSH-HOUR TRAFFIC on Aramingo Avenue came to a crawl in Port Richmond Wednesday as drivers paused to watch police place yellow evidence markers on a Jiffy Lube driveway where bullet casings landed after a shooting that left a 40-year-old employee dead. The unidentified victim was moving a Ford Focus into the service bay at the shop on Aramingo Avenue near Venango about 5:30 p.m. when a man approached him and the two got into a heated argument, police said. Chief Inspector Scott Small said the gunman fired at least six shots at the victim and fled the scene on foot.
May 5, 2012 |
A former Port Richmond pastor is among the Catholic priests who will be permanently removed from ministry over child-sex abuse allegations, according to a lawyer for a man who said the cleric raped him. Archdiocese of Philadelphia officials notified the accuser on Thursday that Msgr. Francis J. Feret won't be reinstated, attorney Daniel Monahan said. Feret, 75, spent more than a decade as pastor of St. Adalbert in the city's Port Richmond section, and twice as long as a teacher and administrator at Cardinal Dougherty High School.
April 19, 2012 |
REGINA M. Donnelly, a kindhearted and caring woman who delighted in lavishing gifts upon her scores of nieces and nephews, died Sunday of natural causes. The Port Richmond native was 88. "She was everybody's Aunt Jeannie, even if you weren't related by blood or marriage," said a niece, Mary Lee Dougherty. "Aunt Jeannie made everybody she liked a niece or nephew. " And she liked most everybody she met. "A nice guy was called an 'Ace.' A nice gal was called a 'Doll.' She liked her Aces to be sharp dressers, and her Dolls smartly attired," said Dougherty.
April 14, 2012 |
A Port Richmond man found guilty of helping bartender John McLaughlin try to dispose of a body and then elude authorities was sentenced Friday to 11 1/2 to 23 months in prison by a Philadelphia judge. Before he was sentenced, Samuel E. Toy, 48, turned to the family and friends of victim Seamus O'Neill to "offer my deepest sympathy. . . . You are in my prayers. " Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart sentenced Toy to the prison term followed by two years of probation but allowed Toy to be immediately paroled as an inpatient to an alcohol treatment facility for evaluation of a drinking problem and the role it may have played in his conduct.
April 10, 2012
O THER firefighters who have died in the line of duty since 1991: * Tracey Champion, 49, collapsed from a heart attack at a West Philadelphia fire in January 2006. * Capt. John Taylor, 53, died of asphyxiation trying to rescue the fallen Rey Rubio, 42, from a Port Richmond basement-turned-marijuana-greenhouse in August 2004. * Lt. Derrick Harvey, 45, died at Temple University Hospital of burns he suffered after falling through the floor of a rowhouse in Olney, in January 2004.
April 9, 2012 |
HOME-OPENER! The Phillies are back and so is Broad Street Billy, asking my fellow fans to send me your phanatic photos and stories of die-hard devotion - fervent families, geared-up babies and pets, and pinstriped pals! Send your stuff to: email@example.com Broad Street Billy will feature your Phillies fan stories as he stands with you in the howling springtime winds of Ashburn Alley, sits with you in the howling autumn winds of the 400 level and sweats with you through the dog days in between, hoping to turn Broad Street into a Red Sea once again and party like it's 2008.
March 31, 2012
Edward S. "Spike" Danielczyk, 86, of Port Richmond, a former tavern owner and museum volunteer, died of heart failure, Wednesday, March 28, at Aria Frankford Hospital. In 1960, Mr. Danielczyk married Laura Blichasz, a widow with two small children. For the next 30 years, he and his wife operated Laura's in Port Richmond. The popular tavern was "just like Cheers ," Mr. Danielczyk's stepson, Michael Blichasz, said. As bartender, Mr. Danielczyk listened to everyone's stories, passed on messages from one patron to another and accepted deliveries for neighbors who weren't home.
March 26, 2012 |
TWO MEN WERE pulled from the Delaware River near Allegheny Avenue in Port Richmond about 7:50 p.m. Monday, police said. The men jumped into the river around 7:40 p.m. and were chest-deep when police marine units arrived to remove them. Police were unsure of why the men were in the water, but said neither man was injured.