News in brief for the week of June 19

Loc­al Shop­Rite re­calls meat, new 'spray­ground' foun­tain opens at the Shissler Rec Cen­ter in Fishtown, a fire in Kens­ing­ton and more news in brief.

Shop­Rite of Ara­mingo Ave. re­calls meat

The Shop­Rite of Ara­mingo Av­en­ue, loc­ated at 3745 Ara­mingo Ave. in Port Rich­mond, has ini­ti­ated a vol­un­tary re­call of all store-made bone­less beef round cube steak with a sell-by date of June 18 or June 19, 2013, said the com­pany in a June 16  press re­lease.

There is a pos­sib­il­ity that these products may con­tain small pieces of met­al from the meat-cut­ting ma­chinery.  Only bone­less beef round cube steak with a sell by date of June 18 or 19 are in­cluded. All oth­er meat products sold at Shop­Rite are not af­fected by this re­call. This in­cid­ent af­fects only the Shop­Rite of Ara­mingo Av­en­ue.

“We are ad­vising cus­tom­ers who pur­chased this product at the Shop­Rite of Ara­mingo Av­en­ue to re­turn it for an im­me­di­ate re­fund or re­place­ment,” said Shop­Rite spokes­per­son Kar­en Me­leta. No in­jur­ies re­lated to the re­call have been re­por­ted. ••

De­ceased Nav­al of­ficer’s fath­er files gov­ern­ment ‘spy­ing’ law­suit

Charles and Mary Anne Strange, the fath­er and step­moth­er of a loc­al Nav­al of­ficer killed in Afgh­anistan in 2011, are co-plaintiffs on a law­suit su­ing the U.S. gov­ern­ment and the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion for in­va­sions of pri­vacy, ac­cord­ing to CBS Philly.

The law­suit arose from the re­cent re­lease of clas­si­fied doc­u­ments re­veal­ing that the Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Agency has spied on U.S. cit­izens’ cell phone activ­ity and oth­er private af­fairs.

Charles Strange told CBS that as he in­vest­ig­ated the cir­cum­stances of his son Mi­chael’s death, he be­lieves his phone was tapped. He said he heard strange noises and got strange text mes­sages. When he con­tac­ted Ve­r­i­zon with ques­tions, he says they told him the gov­ern­ment was likely mon­it­or­ing his phone.

U.S. Navy Petty Of­ficer 1st Class Mi­chael Strange, a gradu­ate of North Cath­ol­ic High School in Phil­adelphia, was 25 when he died in a heli­copter crash in Afgh­anistan in Au­gust 2011. 

The Stranges have strong ties to Fishtown and many fam­ily mem­bers there, but reside in Tor­res­dale.

The law­suit claims un­spe­cified dam­ages. The Strange fam­ily, along with at­tor­ney Larry Klay­man, filed the law­suit in fed­er­al court June 10. ••

Shissler Rec. gets ‘spray­ground’

The Shissler Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, at Front and Berks streets in Fishtown, opened its new ‘spray­ground’ last week.. The space is equipped with small foun­tains in pave­ment that spray cold wa­ter on play­ing chil­dren, ac­cord­ing to the blog Plan Philly.

De­veloped as part of the Mur­al Arts pro­gram’s Re­stored Places Ini­ti­at­ive, and fun­ded by the De­part­ment of Parks and Re­cre­ation, the spray­ground is a new at­trac­tion for loc­al par­ents and kids.

This step is part of a plan to turn Shissler Re­cre­ation and the 14 sur­round­ing acres in­to a “Big Green Block.” Oth­er part­ners in­clude the New Kens­ing­ton Com­munity De­vel­op­ment Cor­por­a­tion, Sus­tain­able 19125 and the Phil­adelphia Wa­ter De­part­ment. ••

First seg­ment of Delaware River Trail un­veiled Monday

On Monday morn­ing, the Delaware River Wa­ter­front Cor­por­a­tion opened the first seg­ment of the Delaware River Trail. This first seg­ment is a 12-foot bi-dir­ec­tion­al bike­way sep­ar­ated from a 10-foot ped­es­tri­an walk­way, all buf­fered from the street by plants and a curb, DRWC said Monday in a press re­lease.

The com­pleted trail seg­ment runs for 1400 lin­ear feet, from Spring Garden to El­len Street. The en­tire wa­ter­front trail will even­tu­ally run from Ore­gon Av­en­ue to Al­legheny Av­en­ue. 

The design will in­clude rain gar­dens that will col­lect an inch of storm wa­ter. 

The goal of the Delaware River Trail is to trans­form the Delaware River wa­ter­front in­to a walk­able and bike­able des­tin­a­tion.

May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter was present Monday to ce­re­mo­ni­ously cut the rib­bon on the trail, and said: “We’ve raised the bar for Phil­adelphia by provid­ing a world-class amen­ity for bikers and ped­es­tri­ans.” 

The next seg­ment to be de­veloped will run north from El­len Street to the wa­ter­front at Sug­ar­House Casino, even­tu­ally con­nect­ing to Penn Treaty Park in Fishtown. ••

Fire hits va­cant Kens­ing­ton home

On Thursday, June 13, at 1 a.m., a fire dam­aged a va­cant house on the 2000 block of East Stella Street in Kens­ing­ton, ac­cord­ing to ABC News.

The blaze, on the va­cant build­ing’s second and third floors, was brought un­der con­trol with­in ten minutes by fire­fight­ers.

There was no clear cause of the re­portedly fast-mov­ing fire. The house is be­lieved to have been va­cant for months.

The fire was mis­takenly re­por­ted by ABC News as oc­cur­ring in Port Rich­mond, but took place fur­ther west, in Kens­ing­ton. ••

-Com­piled by Sam Ne­w­house and Mi­kala Jam­is­on

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