Story Archive May 22 2013

Gault talks about what led to his defeat

Bill Gault would sometimes borrow from The Godfather to illustrate the challenges confronting him as the elected president of Philadelphia’s firefighters union, which is in the midst of a four-year contract dispute with the city.

Port Richmond’s eyes and ears

How the Port Richmond Town Watch contributes to neighborhood safety, in light of concerns about lacking police and abundant crime.

SNAPSHOT: Colorful creativity at the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby

The Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby is a competition of human-powered vehicle floats, which took place Saturday, May 18, this year at Trenton Avenue and Norris Street. Taking place along with with EKNA’s Trenton Avenue Arts Festival the same day, the sculpture derby awards prizes for Best Art, Best Costume and Best Engineering.

Sabatina hopes to increase penalties for home invasion crimes

State Rep. John Sabatina Jr., who has learned of recent home invasions in places like Mayfair, Rhawnhurst and Bucks County, wants to do something about it.

Fishtown entertainment complex, Penn Treaty Village, held up in zoning

The proposal has earned community support, but a group of residents living on Allen Street oppose the project. The ZBA has yet to grant needed variances for the project.

Armed masked man robs Mayfair bank

A masked man armed with a small silver handgun robbed a Mayfair bank May 15, police said.

Hostage might not be a hostage, police say

If somebody tries to convince you that a relative or friend is being held hostage and wants money in exchange for freedom, check with the so-called “hostage.” He or she might be free and unaware of what’s going on.

Neighborhood news in brief

A possible River Wards history museum; 'slumlord millionaire' sentenced to prison, and a former cop from Port Richmond charged with rape.

Several religious facilities are burglarized

It seems nothing is sacred to some crooks.