February 24, 2013
Beth Kephart is the author of 14 books, and "Handling the Truth," a book about the making of memoir, is due out in August I take the Blue Route south and I-95 north. The day is gray and bitter, the lanes too aggressively pocked. Beyond me the Delaware River crawls, heavy with the exhaust of bedlam truckers and implacable with its reminisce of pirates, oil tanks, and whale bones. At the Allegheny/Castor Avenues exit I veer right, then left toward the heart of Port Richmond. This was collier country once - home to coal traders, but also shipbuilders, cargo holders, and dockhands.
December 21, 2012 |
The union representing 14,500 dockworkers in East and Gulf Coasts ports, including Philadelphia, and management for shipping lines and port employers are lurching toward a possible crippling strike next week. Negotiations between the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) and employers represented by the U.S. Marine Alliance broke off Tuesday. If the stalemate is not resolved, workers between Maine and Texas could walk off the job Dec. 30. The bargaining is for a new master contract governing containerized cargoes - commodities shipped in 20- or 40-foot containers.
December 10, 2012 |
The state-owned Port of Wilmington took a step Friday toward a partnership in which Kinder Morgan Energy Partners Inc., a publicly traded energy company, would operate the terminal, expand cargoes, and invest $150 million in needed port infrastructure repairs. The Diamond State Port Corp. named Kinder, based in Houston with operations at Tioga Marine Terminal in Port Richmond and Fairless Hills, Bucks County, the "preferred" bidder to lease the port. In coming weeks, Kinder will meet with the port's customers, including Dole and Chiquita, and by the end of March, a "hard"-number proposal should be known, the port's chairman, Alan Levin, told a board meeting in New Castle.
October 26, 2012 |
When Roger Wing showed up with a chainsaw at Port Richmond's leafy Campbell Square in late September, the locals despaired. There goes another tree. But no, Wing was not there to cut down one of the 128 remaining trees in the 2.2-acre square so strikingly tucked in by three soaring copper-topped churches (the Irish one, the Polish one, and the German one, as they're known). Wing, an internationally celebrated ice sculptor (Poland, Finland), locally revered wood carver (Trenton Avenue, Shadfest)
October 10, 2012 |
HUNDREDS OF supporters could help send Samantha Pawlucy back to school in Port Richmond on Tuesday morning, but her father fears that once inside, the sophomore may be on her own. Pawlucy, 16, hasn't returned to Charles Carroll High School since last week, when it was reported that her geometry teacher, Lynette Gaymon, had ridiculed her for wearing a Mitt Romney shirt to school. A rally outside the school in support of Pawlucy is planned for Tuesday morning, during which she intends to recite the preamble to the Declaration of Independence, the First Amendment and the Pledge of Allegiance.
October 5, 2012 |
BLACK BELT taekwon-do instructor. Political activist. High school sophomore. Samantha Pawlucy sure knows how to stand up for herself and stay true to her convictions. A geometry teacher at Charles Carroll High School, in Port Richmond, on Friday ridiculed Pawlucy, 16, for wearing a "Romney/Ryan" T-shirt and told her to leave class, her mother, Kristine, told the Daily News Wednesday night. The teacher told Samantha, " 'Your wearing a Romney shirt is like me wearing a KKK shirt,' " according to her parents, who said they intend to file a formal complaint Thursday with the district and the school.
August 19, 2012
A 55-year-old woman was robbed of $20,000 while she tried to make a night deposit at a Port Richmond bank Friday, police said. The robbery occurred about 9:10 p.m. at the Beneficial Bank branch at 2514 Aramingo Ave., Officer Tanya Little said. An unidentified man came up from behind the woman and grabbed her deposit bag, Little said. He was last seen getting into a dark-colored Chevrolet Suburban. - Robert Moran
July 26, 2012 |
MARIE'S BEAUTY Salon in Port Richmond was the place to go to hear a good story by an expert raconteur, have some laughs and, oh, yes, get your hair done. For more than 50 years, Port Richmond ladies did just that, drawn to the shop at Cedar Avenue and Ann Street not only by the skill of the hairdressers but by the captivating personality of the owner, Marie T. "Nan" Baker. Nan could tell a joke or a funny story — complete with sometimes politically incorrect dialects — to compete with most comics.