Story Archive May 29 2013

River Ward events for the week of May 29

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Claiming the crown

Franklin Towne Charter overcame a four-run deficit to claim its first Public League softball championship.

The Art of Golf

When the best golfers in the world gather in Ardmore next month for the 113th U.S. Open, the players, international media and sun-kissed (or rain-drenched) galleries will belatedly commemorate the centennial of a venue steeped in the sport’s illustrious history.

Neighborhood still pays for ‘slumlord’ scams

While infamous River Wards slumlord Robert Coyle is beginning a six-year sentence in federal prison for loan fraud, the neighborhood is still dealing with the aftermath of his rampant row-home fraud, as well as new scammers duplicating Coyle's tactics.

‘I was scared, scared as hell’

Anthony Lapkiewicz of Rhawnhurst recalls fighting in one of the bloodiest battles of World War II.

Small Business Weekend aims to keep it local

Michael Blichasz wants people to think before spending their money shopping this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Neighborhood news in brief

A correction about the Port Richmond Memorial Day parade; armed suspect wanted for two robberies in River Wards, and more neighborhood news in brief.

Boyle hosts fundraiser, gains support in NE

State Rep. Brendan Boyle last week held his first major fundraiser in his campaign for the 13th Congressional District seat.

Firefighters oust union boss

Bill Gault, who was very vocal about perceived mistakes in the handling of the Kensington Buck Hosiery fire, has been voted out of his post as head of Philadelphia's Local 22 firefighters union.

Group says AVI overprices low-cost homes

River Wards neighborhood groups are part of a citizens' coalition that has produced a report claiming the city's AVI plan is flawed and needs more work.