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 phillypolice.com. ••
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