November 4, 1987 |
A look at key black divisions and wards where campaign strategists for Mayor Goode expected victories of 95 percent or better show that the vote exceeded their expectations. Many political strategists believed that Goode would receive as much as 98 percent of the black vote. Winning that level of support in the black community was thought to be essential to Goode's chances because of the belief that his Republican challenger, Frank L. Rizzo, would capture the lion's share of the white vote.
August 26, 2013 |
AS HURRICANE IRENE blew toward Philadelphia on Aug. 27, 2011, bringing floods, power outages and property devastation, hundreds of people hurried to the Max Myers Recreation Center in Castor Gardens for the first Northeast Celebration. It was then that Jared Solomon, president of the Take Back Your Neighborhood community association that organized the celebration of all things Northeast Philadelphia, knew he had created something stronger than the approaching storm. No such natural disaster threatens the third annual Northeast Celebration today at Max Myers Rec, on Hellerman Street near Horrocks.
December 11, 2008 |
The double slaying of 15-year-old Timothy Clark and family friend Damien Holloway, 27, on July 13, 2007, was among three deaths and six shootings on an extraordinarily violent evening during one of Philadelphia's most deadly summers. The early-morning execution-style killings in Tacony were particularly puzzling. There was a considerable difference in the victims' ages, and Clark was white and Holloway black. Yesterday, a Philadelphia judge heard witnesses testify that Holloway was shot to death by Gerald Drummond because of his race and because he'd "disrespected" Drummond's sister, with whom Holloway had a child and a volatile relationship.
September 10, 1992 |
The changes time has brought are profound indeed at that historic institution in Northeast Philadelphia that first opened its gates in 1857 as St. Vincent's Orphans Asylum. "St. Vincent's is no longer the traditional orphange where children plant roots, remaining as wards of the orphange through their adolescent years," explained its administrator, Sister Kathleen Reilly. "Children here today, ranging in age from 2 through 12, aren't necessarily orphans. Many are abused, abandoned, the innocent victims of a society which abuses them through drugs and alcohol," continued Sister Kathleen, a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame.
June 6, 2003 |
For years the Philadelphia School District has been plagued by teacher vacancies. But yesterday, as the district presented a spiffy new Teacher Welcome Center, officials declared that an aggressive new strategy to recruit and retain teachers was already showing results. "We are very excited," chief executive Paul Vallas said. "We think we are going to have a banner year when it comes to identifying, securing and recruiting certified teacher candidates. " The city school system seeks as many as 600 teachers and has already received more than 800 applications.
July 12, 1999 |
It is a rainy day in Wissinoming, and there is nothing but mud where a block of houses stood just days ago. City Councilwoman Joan Krajewski watches a bulldozer combing through the dirt. She looks over at an empty orange stuccoed house where lace curtains are still hanging in the windows and small plastic Fourth of July flags are still fluttering outside. "Isn't that pretty?" she asks in her well-known raspy voice. "That has to come down, too. " As the Sixth District councilwoman, Krajewski has spent two decades specializing in providing city services to her constituents - who have always come to her for everything from better police patrols to handicapped parking stickers to zoning changes.
November 11, 1990 |
For once, Democrats have survived an election without losing ground in Northeast Philadelphia. In Tuesday's balloting, the party even managed to pick up two legislative seats covering parts of the Northeast. By a surprisingly comfortable margin, Democrat Michael McGeehan defeated Republican Joseph McHugh for the open House of Representatives seat in District 173. After a bitter, expensive campaign, McGeehan piled up 55 percent of the vote to claim the post that five-term GOP incumbent Frances Weston is vacating.
June 23, 1988 |
If you thought the end of 1987 meant the end to celebrations of the Constitution, think again. In honor of the bicentennial of the Constitution's nationwide ratification - the ninth state to do so, New Hampshire, ratified it June 21, 1788 - the Tacony Civic Association held a parade Saturday from Cottman Avenue to Disston Park. The parade included string bands, marching bands, musket-bearers, a fife-and-drum corps and public officials, including U.S. Rep. Bob Borski and Councilwoman Joan Krajewski.
October 14, 1988 |
A five-alarm fire raged out of control for more than two hours last night at the Donovan Heat Treating Co. in the city's Tacony section, forcing officials to shut down Amtrak's heavily traveled Northeast Corridor through Philadelphia for more than an hour. The fire began at 8:05 p.m. in a three- story, block-long building housing the heat treating company on Tulip Street near Cottman Avenue, fire officials said. It was declared under control at 10:10 p.m. No injuries were reported.
June 14, 1987 |
In the dry, bright light of a full June sun, the shops and businesses along Torresdale Avenue in Tacony look pale and tired. A dried-up cactus is turning brown in the window of La Mode Barbers, which closed about a year ago when its owner died. The Mary Ford Dance Studio has rolled-up rugs in the window; the walls are covered with pictures of little girls in sunny yellow costumes posing before a blue backdrop. Through this bleak, airless window, they look like open buttercups on a breezy spring day. How do they breathe in there?