Neighborhood news in brief

Brief news items from around the River Wards.

Fire­bomb­ing in Fishtown in­vest­ig­ated
A va­cant home on Bel­grade Street in Fishtown was fire­bombed last week, ac­cord­ing to the Phil­adelphia Fire De­part­ment.

Fire­fight­ers re­spond­ing to re­ports of a fire around 3:15 a.m. Fri­day in the home on the 2300 block of Bel­grade St. dis­covered what was re­portedly an “in­cen­di­ary device in the home.”

No in­jur­ies were re­por­ted. The Phil­adelphia Fire De­part­ment is in­vest­ig­at­ing the blaze. in­form­a­tion or ques­tions call Samuel at 215-685-1246. ••

Man ar­res­ted for Port Rich­mond hit-and-run
Po­lice re­cently ar­res­ted Robert Sick­man, 26, for a hit-and-run ac­ci­dent that killed Wil­li­am Mc­Cue on April 10, 2011, as Mc­Cue walked home from cel­eb­ra­tions for his 28th birth­day.

Sick­man nev­er stopped driv­ing after he struck Mc­Cue on Rich­mond Street. Mc­Cue was re­portedly on the hood of the car for 50 feet after be­ing hit be­fore fall­ing off. He died on the scene.

Sick­man’s car was re­covered the next morn­ing. Sick­man turned him­self in­to po­lice on March 19 after he was iden­ti­fied as the driver of the car by the Ac­ci­dent In­vest­ig­a­tion Di­vi­sion. He is charged with driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence and caus­ing an ac­ci­dent. ••

First East­er cel­eb­ra­tion at ren­ov­ated church
On East­er Sunday, The Word at Beacon, a new Pres­by­teri­an con­greg­a­tion meet­ing in the his­tor­ic Beacon church at 2364 E. Cum­ber­land St., wor­shipped for the first time in their up­stairs sanc­tu­ary since re­form­ing as a wor­ship­ping com­munity.

The Rev. Kar­en Rohr­er, who led ser­vices on East­er Sunday, helped re­open the his­tor­ic church, which was ori­gin­ally built in 1871 with a 1,200-seat sanc­tu­ary.

The ori­gin­al church con­greg­a­tion was dis­solved in 2011, and Beacon was re­opened with fin­an­cing sup­port from Part­ners for Sac­red Places.

The church of­fers space to com­munity groups as well as art classes for adults and chil­dren.

The sanc­tu­ary was re­cently ren­ov­ated by church mem­bers and vo­lun­teers, and now has mo­bile pews. ••

East­er din­ner giveaway at Liberti Church a suc­cess
The third an­nu­al East­er din­ner out­reach pro­ject at Liberti Church East, 2424 E. York St., was its most suc­cess­ful yet this year.

Church mem­bers and vo­lun­teers gave away 2,000 meals to loc­al fam­il­ies in need throughout Fishtown, Kens­ing­ton and Port Rich­mond all day Sunday.

The church raised $65,000 in dona­tions, and will also use these funds to build three wells in South Su­dan to provide fresh drink­ing wa­ter.  ••

In­vest­ig­a­tion un­der­way for hit-and-run of po­lice­man
Last week, 28-year-old Phil­adelphia po­lice of­ficer Mi­chael Brady was the vic­tim of a hit-and-run ac­ci­dent while walk­ing home from a bar and cross­ing the 2300 Block of E. Cum­ber­land St., near Ce­dar Street, at ap­prox­im­ately 2:07 a.m.

Now po­lice are search­ing for the drivers of a dark-colored, four-door sedan, be­lieved to be a 2010 Ford Taur­us, which hit Brady. He was de­scribed as be­ing in stable con­di­tion after the ac­ci­dent.

Sur­veil­lance foot­age shows the car stop­ping a block-and-a-half away, and a wo­man look­ing out from the pas­sen­ger side of the vehicle to look back at the ac­ci­dent. The car then con­tin­ued driv­ing east.

Brady, a five-year vet­er­an of the force, is as­signed to the Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment’s 3rd Dis­trict in South Philly.

John McNesby, Pres­id­ent of Phil­adelphia Lodge 5 Fraternal Or­der of Po­lice, is of­fer­ing a $10,000 re­ward for in­form­a­tion lead­ing to the ar­rest of the per­son or per­sons re­spons­ible.

Re­port in­form­a­tion to the Ac­ci­dent In­vest­ig­a­tion Di­vi­sion at 215-685-3180. A video can be viewed at philly­po­ ••

Three Fishtown stu­dents re­ceive PTSSD schol­ar­ship
The Penn Treaty Spe­cial Ser­vices Dis­trict (PTSSD) is award­ing $10,000 to­ward mu­sic les­sons for three Fishtown teen­agers at Rock To the Fu­ture, a mu­sic school at 2139 East Cum­ber­land St.

Des­tin­ee Mateo, a sopho­more at Bod­ine High School; Samira Long, an 8th grader at Al­ex­an­der Adaire Ele­ment­ary School, and An­drew Carter, also an 8th grader at Adaire, were se­lec­ted for the fund­ing after they made a present­a­tion in Janu­ary to PTSSD re­quest­ing fund­ing.

Now they will be sponsored for free com­pre­hens­ive mu­sic edu­ca­tion, in­di­vidu­al les­sons on gui­tar, bass, drums or pi­ano, and daily home­work help for the 2012-13 aca­dem­ic year.

PTSSD is fun­ded by Sug­ar­House Casino to sup­port neigh­bor­hood pro­grams. It will dis­trib­ute $500,000 this year. ••

-Com­piled by Sam Ne­w­house

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