February 16, 2015 |
IN 2011, JOE CALTAGIRONE, a bartender/actor from Port Richmond, was watching TV coverage of angry "Arab Spring" crowds toppling leaders in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, when he suddenly flashed back 30 years. Caltagirone remembered being in a thrift store on Kensington Avenue in the 1980s, browsing through the "All Books 10 Cents" shelves, when he came upon an old Kensington High School for Girls library copy of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar. " Caltagirone, 61, remembers thinking, "When a book's down to 10 cents, it's two feet from the trash can. Caesar and Shakespeare for a dime!
January 14, 2015 |
Philadelphia Gas Works is measuring the market to potentially expand its liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant in Port Richmond. The city utility on Monday announced it is accepting nonbinding proposals for the purchase of LNG. The response will help PGW decide if it wants to expand its capacity to produce LNG, for which there is a growing market as a transport fuel or for use in areas unserved by natural gas pipelines. The deadline for responses is Jan. 23. PGW last year sold the equivalent of 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas to long-haul trucking companies and to companies extracting natural gas in the Marcellus Shale region.
December 28, 2014 |
The only thing riskier than opening a cafe/art gallery in a blue-collar, Maxwell House-coffee-drinking Port Richmond neighborhood is living without health insurance. M.L. Simone has done both and is still around to talk about it. A decade ago, the 46-year-old Delaware native wanted to open a small coffee bar that doubled as a gallery where local artists could display their work. The spillover from the Northern Liberties zip code had already pushed Fishtown rents out of her reach.
December 9, 2014 |
TOM SHERIDAN'S parents separated when he was a child, so he grew up with a dual citizenship in the river wards - splitting every week between his mom in Kensington and his dad in Port Richmond. So last year, when Sheridan had his Do Good Brewing epiphany while eating tomato pie and drinking his homemade beer at Tacconelli's Pizzeria, in Port Richmond, he wasn't shocked to realize that his life's dream was rooted in his childhood streets. "My whole business plan was to be a neighborhood kid with a neighborhood brewery, selling only to neighborhood bars, and donating a percentage of the sales to neighborhood charities," said Sheridan, 26. The Do Good Brewing Co., on Amber Street near Westmoreland, in Port Richmond, produces small batches of cream ale that is on tap from Cheers Cafe around the corner to the Kensington Pub, the Bridesburg Pub and neighborhood bars throughout the river wards.
November 11, 2014 |
RICHARD DeCOATSWORTH, the former hero Philly cop on trial for attacking his girlfriend last year, was acquitted of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment yesterday. The Common Pleas jury of seven women and five men did, however, find DeCoatsworth guilty of simple assault - a misdemeanor - for striking Sadie Martinez, 29, during an argument at the Port Richmond home they shared on May 9, 2013. DeCoatsworth, 28, who survived a gunshot blast to the face as a rookie cop in 2007, faces the possibility of probation to one to two years in jail when he is sentenced by Judge Charles Ehrlich on Jan. 26. When sentenced, DeCoatsworth will be credited with time served after spending 16 months in jail awaiting trial in this case and on unrelated assault and sex-trafficking charges that were dismissed in September.
October 14, 2014 |
JOHN F. DOUGHERTY never lost his zest for life despite a grueling 14-year battle with cancer. "He lived life to its fullest before his illness completely wore him down," said his wife, the former Mary Lee Kaiser. Doc, as he was known to family friends, a former union carpenter and city employee, died Tuesday at age 67. He lived in Bridesburg, but had lived most of his life in Port Richmond. His wife of 36 years remembers him as her "best friend, a loving husband who suffered greatly but rarely complained, and tried to maintain a positive attitude up to the end of his life.
October 14, 2014 |
Weeks after completing its last round of parish mergers and closures, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Sunday that 14 more parishes in Philadelphia, Montgomery, and Delaware Counties could be combined with nearby churches or shuttered. This time, the archdiocese is targeting three clusters of churches for cutbacks: In Delaware County's Springfield Township, the parishes of St. Francis of Assisi, Holy Cross, and St. Kevin. In Montgomery County, the parishes of St. Alphonsus in Maple Glen, St. Anthony of Padua and St. Joseph in Ambler, St. Catherine of Siena in Horsham, St. Genevieve in Flourtown, and Holy Martyrs in Oreland.
June 25, 2014 |
Police are searching for a man who attacked a 65-year-old nun Sunday morning in Port Richmond, then dragged her from a car and drove away with it. The nun, whose name was not released, was wearing her habit and was waiting in the passenger seat of a friend's car outside a Shop Rite store on Aramingo Avenue about 11:15 a.m., police said. The friend was inside and had left the engine on. The man opened the driver's-side door and said, "Tell me wherever you want to go," authorities said.
June 9, 2014 |
Bridge safety can depend as much on what happens under a bridge as on it. A giant pile of dirt stored beneath an I-495 bridge in Wilmington is the chief suspect as the cause of tilting that forced the closure of the span last week. The episode is reminiscent of a 1996 fire in stacks of discarded tires under I-95 in Port Richmond that closed a section of the interstate for a week and forced traffic restrictions for months. In 2012, traffic was restricted for six weeks on I-195 near Trenton after a dump truck on the New Jersey Turnpike struck a pillar supporting an I-195 overpass and burst into flames, killing the driver and damaging the structure.
May 25, 2014 |
FOR THE SECOND year in a row, the Port Richmond Memorial Day Parade has been canceled due to a lack of funding and volunteers, according to a parade volunteer. "Everyone wants to watch the parade but no one understands how much work it takes," said Patty-Pat Kozlowski, former president and current executive director of Port Richmond on Patrol and Civic Association (PROPAC). The organization has helped put on the parade in prior years. Kozlowski said she hopes the 50-year-old hallmark will return next year.