Neighborhood news in brief for the week of Dec. 11

A drug bust and armed rob­bery in Fishtown; 26th Dis­trict crime re­port, and a new pub­lic­a­tion from Head & the Hand Press. 

Fishtown drug bust

On Monday, Dec. 2, a joint taskforce of nar­cot­ics unit of­ficers and SEPTA Trans­it Po­lice made a ma­jor drug bust on the 1900 block of E. Dauph­in St. just after 8 p.m., ac­cord­ing to

The bust net­ted more than $6,000 in crack and heroin.

26th Po­lice Dis­trict Cap­tain Mi­chael Cram told that the bust was “huge” for the po­lice dis­trict. Eight ar­rests were made in the bust, a months-long op­er­a­tion, and SEPTA of­ficers joined the ef­fort, the re­port states, be­cause of the block’s prox­im­ity to the York-Dauph­in sta­tion of the Mar­ket Frank­ford line, Cram said. 

26th Dist. crime re­port

For the peri­od of Nov. 27 to Dec. 3, the 26th Po­lice Dis­trict re­leased crime stat­ist­ics for the area of PSAs num­bers 2 and 3. They are:

-Zero hom­icides re­por­ted dur­ing this time peri­od.

-Zero rapes re­por­ted dur­ing this time peri­od.

-Two rob­ber­ies at gun­point; five rob­ber­ies at point of oth­er weapon.

-Three ag­grav­ated as­saults with weapons oth­er than guns. 

-Two ag­grav­ated as­saults with guns.

-Five res­id­en­tial burg­lar­ies.

-Eight thefts from auto­mo­biles.

-El­ev­en stolen vehicles. 

-Nine oth­er thefts. 

For de­tails on these crimes, vis­it

To keep up with the 26th Po­lice Dis­trict, vis­it philly­po­­tricts/26th, and also fol­low @rw­crime­watch on Twit­ter.

Armed rob­bery at Fishtown res­taur­ant

An armed rob­ber held up the Loco Pez res­taur­ant in Fishtown in the early morn­ing hours of Dec. 4, ac­cord­ing to ABC News. The res­taur­ant, on the 2400 block of East Nor­ris Street, is a cash-only es­tab­lish­ment.

Po­lice say a masked man with a sawed-off gun ap­proached two em­ploy­ees and two cus­tom­ers as they were leav­ing the build­ing around 3:30 a.m.

The rob­ber made out with $70 from one cus­tom­er and $1,000 from the res­taur­ant. The sus­pect left the scene and no one was hurt. The rob­bery was caught on sur­veil­lance video, which can be viewed at

Head & the Hand Press rolling out new pub­lic­a­tion

This Fri­day, Dec. 13, is the dead­line for sub­mis­sions for the new­est pub­lic­a­tion of Fishtown’s Head & the Hand Press, 2011 Frank­ford Ave. 

The pub­lic­a­tion, The As­ter­oid Belt Al­man­ac, is the second in­stall­ment of the press’ al­man­ac series. Its first, The Rust Belt Rising Al­man­ac, was re­leased earli­er this year. 

Nic Es­posito, founder of The Head & the Hand, told Star on the phone Thursday that the new­est al­man­ac is sci­ence and tech­no­logy themed, and will be part of a quarterly lit­er­ary journ­al series. 

“It’s been really fun reach­ing out to sci-fi writers and people in the sci­ence field,” Es­posito said. “There’s a cre­at­ive side of sci­ence. It’s cool to see it in a warm, cre­at­ive con­text.” 

The al­man­ac in­cludes sci-fi short fic­tion, es­says, po­etry, sci­entif­ic the­or­ies and ideas, and more. To sub­mit, vis­it

Es­posito said the press is hop­ing to re­lease the al­man­ac in April next year.

The Head & the Hand has a few oth­er things up its sleeve. On Thursday last week, it re­leased its latest ven­ture — books by vend­ing ma­chine.

“My cous­in owns a vend­ing ma­chine com­pany, and I said, ‘How cool would it be if we sold books in vend­ing ma­chines?’ Then he gave me one,” Es­posito said.

That vend­ing ma­chine, at Elixir Cof­fee in Cen­ter City, 207 S. Syden­ham St., will dis­pense “chap­books,” little one-chapter pub­lic­a­tions for two dol­lars each. The books, writ­ten by people all over Phil­adelphia, were prin­ted at Fire­ball Print­ing, in Port Rich­mond, at 3237 Am­ber St.

“If people really like it, if it’s an in­ter­est­ing way to get lit­er­at­ure out to people, we’re go­ing to keep do­ing it,” Es­posito said.

If you pur­chase al­man­acs or chap­books by the press, it will donate books in turn to the Grater­ford pris­on and the Reentry Sup­port Pro­ject. 

“Our thing [at The Head & the Hand] is work­ing with people whose pro­fes­sions, vo­ca­tions and lives af­fect their writ­ing. They’re not just writers, they’re hu­man be­ings. They ex­ist in all these oth­er worlds,” Es­posito con­tin­ued. 

--Com­piled by Mi­kala Jam­is­on

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