City officials and members of the Puerto Rican community and beyond said they were outraged and disappointed by the Feb. 26 acquittal of the former Philadelphia police officer charged with simple assault. Ex-police Lt. Jonathan Josey had been caught on video striking a woman in the face in Kensington during September’s Puerto Rican Day celebration, at 5th Street and Lehigh Avenue.
Charges were filed in New Jersey against the couple Wednesday, Philly.com reported. Bills is charged with attempted murder, carjacking, eluding, aggravated assault and assault by auto, and Sykes is charged with conspiracy to commit theft of a car and joyriding.
Greg Gillespie is the king of a castle of books — about 200,000 of them, to be exact.
When Jorge Santana moved to Fishtown two years ago, he said he was struck by what he perceived as the lack of many quality schools in the neighborhood.
Last week, Las Vegas casino owner Steve Wynn presented his plans for a $900 million casino and hotel dubbed “Wynn Philadelphia” on the Delaware River waterfront in Fishtown, on land north of the SugarHouse Casino.
Fishtown man Syboll — who has no last name since he legally changed it in 1998 — is nothing if not full of personality.
City Councilman Bobby Henon (D-6th dist.) held the first meeting of a working group to develop a plan for the former Philadelphia Coke Company factory site last Wednesday evening.
Ryan Egli, of Fishtown’s Liberti Church East, said that he meets many people who need help with big problems — parents laid off from full-time jobs, older people living without access to good meals, or single mothers struggling with five or six children.
Liberti Church East is planning its annual Easter outreach program, which raised $40,000 last year to distribute 1,200 Easter meals to River Ward families in need. This year, it plans to raise $50,000 and dig two drinking water wells in Southern Sudan.
He’s putting Fishtown on the map.