Story Archive January 09 2013

Beloved Port Richmond pizza chef passes away

Barbara Cummiskey Tacconelli, 70, the co-owner of Port Richmond’s beloved Tacconelli’s Pizzeria, died on Dec. 22. The cause was heart failure, her family said.

The role of a lifetime

— Peter Lockyer stars as Jean Valjean in ‘Les Miz,’ now at the Academy of Music.

The role of a lifetime

Peter Lockyer, a long-ago young Marius in the original Broadway and touring productions of Les Miserables, has graduated to the role of heroic patriarch Jean Valjean in the new 25th anniversary revised edition of the international hit musical, on stage at the Academy of Music through Sunday.

Focusing on youth, Lincoln builds toward future

At just 2-6, there have been a few more lows than highs thus far for the Abraham Lincoln boys basketball team. Four of the six losses have come by 20 points or more, and the Railsplitters’ most recent game, a 70-28 drubbing at Central on Jan. 2, was especially forgettable.

Okolo, Raiders off to winning start in league play

Bryan Okolo will be the first to admit that the offensive system his Archbishop Ryan basketball team runs hardly resembles the explosive, run-and-gun style of, say, the United States Olympic team.

Philly students of Sandy Hook victims: ‘We still feel their pain’

Newtown, Conn. is more than 170 miles from Philadelphia. And yet, some students from Kensington said that distance didn’t diminish the pain they felt upon learning of the mass school shooting there last month, which left 20 children and six adults dead.

First Impression

If this constituted an off night for Charlotte Kucowski, then the rest of the Catholic League should be put on notice.

A fiery baptism

— Emotions ran smoking hot when Mayor Michael Nutter and Philadelphia Fire Department brass showed up for the dedication of a new firehouse in Tacony on Tuesday.

River Ward events for the week of Jan. 9

Community Group Meetings

Courting success

— Community sports groups in the Northeast are coping with a shortage of playing space and a surplus of user fees the old-fashioned way: They’re improvising.