October 27, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Beatrice Weston's mother claims her daughter was held captive and tortured by her aunt Linda Ann Weston because the City of Philadelphia failed to keep her safe. In a lawsuit filed last week in federal court, the latest installment in the horrific abuse case out of Tacony, Vickie Weston says the Department of Human Services knew her sister was a convicted murderer, but nevertheless gave her custody of 10-year-old Beatrice Weston. Then, social workers failed to check on the girl for a decade as her aunt forced her into prostitution, beat and starved her, kept her out of school, and even made her drink and bathe in her own urine, the suit alleges.
October 25, 2013 |
THE CITY IS to blame for years of torture endured by Beatrice Weston at the hands of her aunt, Linda Ann Weston, according to a civil lawsuit stemming from the nightmarish Tacony dungeon case. The lawsuit, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia on behalf of Beatrice's mother, Vickie Weston, claims that the Department of Human Services took custody of Beatrice, then 10, let the court place her with a convicted murderer and then failed to check up on her. The lawsuit, however, does not mention that Vickie Weston knew about her sister's criminal history and agreed to the placement during a Family Court proceeding in 2002.
October 17, 2013
A column in Sunday's Real Estate section misidentified a parochial school that has closed in Tacony. It was Our Lady of Consolation school. A story Friday about the reopening of two public-school libraries incorrectly reported what the librarian at Masterman School did while she was transferred during the closure. She performed library-related work. A caption for a photo Monday with an obituary for former City Councilwoman Augusta Clark contained an incorrect date.
October 14, 2013 |
Tacony isn't on my list of locales to visit for Town by Town features this year, but thanks to a recent e-mail from This Old House magazine, I think it deserves attention here. The Northeast neighborhood once known worldwide as the place where saws were made is one of the magazine's 61 "Best Old House" neighborhoods in the United States and Canada for 2013. "Best values" and "easy commute" led Tacony past other city contenders, according to the magazine. The designation is just one more positive sign of change in a neighborhood that seems to be making considerable progress in turning itself around, especially in the last three years, improving the Torresdale Avenue commercial corridor.
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.
August 19, 2013 |
A body was found in the Delaware River around 8 a.m. Saturday morning, police said, in front of the Quaker City Yacht Club in Tacony. Police have not yet identified the deceased, whom they described as a black man weighing around 200 pounds. The body was retrieved by the marine unit and taken to the Medical Examiner's office to be identified. Richard Wallace, a club member, found the body when he was storing a small, communal boat used to ferry people to their boats. A worker at Philadelphia International Airport, Wallace, 52, had gotten off work at 7 a.m. and had just tied up the "tender boat" when he spotted the body, hooked on a large tree that had washed up under the dock.
July 21, 2013 |
HANNAH KARENA Jones, 23, still has vivid childhood memories of wondering about Byberry State Hospital when her parents drove her past it on Roosevelt Boulevard as the family headed to the Palace Roller Skating Center. Jones, who grew up in Langhorne, remembers asking about one especially grim-looking building behind the spiked iron fence. Her mother, whose college psychology professor had been a Byberry doctor, told her: "They did lobotomies there. " "I was always interested in what went on with the patients behind those walls," Jones said.
March 20, 2013
Nearly a year after a hit-and-run driver struck and almost killed 17-year-old David Silva in Tacony, the Citizens' Crime Commission of Delaware Valley is offering a $1,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. On the night of April 3, 2012, Silva was struck by a vehicle while riding a bicycle on Tyson Avenue near Ditman Street. Silva suffered a traumatic brain injury. Anyone with information may call the Crime Commission tip line at 215-546-8477 (TIPS)
March 8, 2013
* Defense Terrace near Berkeley Drive A man was shot to death in an East Falls public-housing development Wednesday morning, police said. The victim, who remained unidentified Wednesday night but who is estimated to be in his late 20s or early 30s, was shot several times in the chest and abdomen shortly after 10:30 a.m., investigators said. He was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 11:05 a.m. No arrests were announced in the homicide.
February 8, 2013 |
The door to Anna's Deli was propped wide open Wednesday morning, with the owner of the Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood store behind the counter to greet his regular customers. A little more than 12 hours earlier, the 55-year-old deli owner and his wife were confronted by a 19-year-old armed robber who burst into the small Tacony shop and threatened their lives. But the shopkeeper had a weapon of his own, and returned fire after the gunman shot at him. He struck the would-be robber in the chest, police said, killing him on the spot.