Neighborhood news in brief

The River Wards LOVE their parks; St. Ben­jamin Brew­ery in Kens­ing­ton reaches fun­drais­ing goal; wo­man punched by cop gets big re­ward; John Taylor could be­come chair­man of the Phil­adelphia Re­pub­lic­an Party.

Com­munity turns out for LOVE Your Park Week
Des­pite gray skies, neigh­bors across the River Wards put on a pair of gloves, grabbed a shovel, paint-brush and hoe, and put their all in­to clean­ing and re­plant­ing their loc­al parks last Sat­urday.

The bi-an­nu­al “Love your Park!” weeklong cel­eb­ra­tion of com­munity and parks, which con­tin­ues this week­end, gets vo­lun­teers across the city to tidy flower beds in their parks, re­paint signs, plant new flowers, and pick up trash at parks.

On Sat­urday, May 11, vo­lun­teers worked in Powers Park at Ann and Al­mond streets, Pu­laski Park at Delaware Av­en­ue and Al­legheny Street, and Camp­bell Square at Al­legheny Ave and Al­mond Street — all in Port Rich­mond.

In North­ern Liber­ties, vo­lun­teers headed to Liberty Lands at N. 3rd and Wildey streets. In Kens­ing­ton, clean-ups took place at Hart Park, at N. 4th and Mas­ter streets, and Ben­son Park, at N. Lawrence and Jef­fer­son streets. 

In Fishtown, due to rain, the spring clean-up and plant­ing in Kon­rad Square at Dauph­in and Tulip streets was res­ched­uled for next Sat­urday.

More “Love Your Park!” events will take place on Sat­urday May 18, in­clud­ing a fest­iv­al at McPh­er­son Square at Clear­field and F streets, with games, en­ter­tain­ment, and fam­ily events. Penn Treaty Park is hold­ing a flea mar­ket. ••
Kens­ing­ton brew­ery meets fun­drais­ing goal
St. Ben­jamin’s Brew­ing Com­pany can now rest easy, as they cel­eb­rate reach­ing and sur­pass­ing their fun­drais­ing goal of $20,000 to re­build a his­tor­ic brew­ery for their busi­ness. They ended up rais­ing $21,275.

St. Ben­jamin’s Brew­ing Com­pany is build­ing a brew­ery and pub on N. 5th St., in the former car­riage house of the

Theo Finkenauer Brew­ery, a fully op­er­a­tion­al brew­ery un­til the late 1800’s.

The com­pany plans to re­build the facade with his­tor­ic fea­tures to hon­or the rich his­tory of brew­ing in Phil­adelphia. They set up an on­line crowd-sourcing web site of­fer­ing prizes to donors.

In ad­di­tion to brew­ing loc­al beer, Saint Ben­jamin’s plans to open a pub with a 30-seat bar that serves sand­wiches, salads and snacks as well as loc­al beer and wine.

Own­er and brew­mas­ter Tim Pat­ton said he planned to open the brew­ery in the fall, and he’ll be host­ing sev­er­al events dur­ing Phil­adelphia Beer Week, which can be found here: ht­tp://philly­beer­­ue_­code=594.

“I am really floored by the sup­port of fam­ily, friends, com­munity mem­bers and beer fans, the last two days of the fun­draiser where we raised over $8,000 were com­pletely un­ex­pec­ted,” Pat­ton said. ••

City awards wo­man $75k for be­ing hit by of­ficer
Aida Guz­man, who was struck in the head by former Phil­adelphia Po­lice Lt. Jonath­an Jo­sey dur­ing a cel­eb­ra­tion fol­low­ing the Pu­erto Ric­an Day Parade last Septem­ber, will re­ceive a $75,000 set­tle­ment from the city for her law­suit al­leging po­lice mis­con­duct, city of­fi­cials con­firmed last week.

In a con­tro­ver­sial ver­dict, Jo­sey was ac­quit­ted in Feb­ru­ary of simple as­sault charges in crim­in­al court for strik­ing Guz­man in the face.

A video that quickly went vir­al last fall showed Jo­sey punch Aida Guz­man, of Chester, in the head. The in­cid­ent oc­curred dur­ing a street party at 5th Street and Le­high Av­en­ue, fol­low­ing the city’s an­nu­al Pu­erto Ric­an Day parade.

Days later, Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Charles H. Ram­say fired Jo­sey, 39, a 19-year vet­er­an of the de­part­ment.

Guz­man had been charged with dis­orderly con­duct — she ad­mit­ted that she was spray­ing silly string at the cel­eb­ra­tion. Those charges were later dropped, and May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter apo­lo­gized to Guz­man at a news con­fer­ence fol­low­ing the in­cid­ent. ••

Rep. Taylor to head Philly GOP?
Vito Canuso, who has been the chair­man of the Phil­adelphia Re­pub­lic­an Party for al­most two dec­ades, has an­nounced he’s re­tir­ing.

Canuso’s ex­pec­ted re­place­ment, pending ap­prov­al by ward lead­ers, is Rep. John Taylor (R-177th dist.), the only Re­pub­lic­an who rep­res­ents Phil­adelphia in the state House of Rep­res­ent­at­ives.

Taylor won his 15th re-elec­tion last Novem­ber with 57 per­cent of the vote. His dis­trict is re­portedly 68 per­cent Demo­crat­ic, and in­cludes neigh­bor­hoods from Port Rich­mond and Kens­ing­ton to Wissi­nom­ing and May­fair.

Tak­ing on the new role would make Taylor the city’s top Re­pub­lic­an Party lead­er and spokes­per­son.

-Com­piled by Sam Ne­w­house

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