Articles by William Kenny

Fighting, beating cancer

For more than three years, Melissa Kartasevich has been in a fight for her life against the nation’s second-leading killer, but cancer isn’t the only challenge facing the Fox Chase native and patients like her.


Two cleanups net big results in Northeast parks

Volunteers took part in two large-scale park cleanups in the Northeast last month involving sections of the Poquessing Creek and Pennypack parks.


SEPTA officer disciplined

SEPTA Police Chief Thomas J. Nestel III said on July 1 that he will not dismiss a transit officer who was recorded on a witness’ cell phone video forcing a handcuffed man to the ground at the Frankford Transportation Center last month.


Search continues for painting

Federal agents and Cherry Hill police haven’t gone to sleep on Taking a Break, the Norman Rockwell painting stolen from a home in the South Jersey community on June 30, 1976, and which is still missing four decades later.


On a roll

The Torresdale Branch Free Library kicked off — or perhaps bowled off — its summer reading program last Friday with free bowling for dozens of local children and teens.


A place to call home

A group of Northeast Philadelphia history buffs obtained a rare glimpse into a local 19th-century landmark last month as the Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity opened the doors of their “generally” residence on Solly Avenue to a public tour.


Stolen flag of fallen sailor returned

Update: On Wednesday, the Press of Atlantic City reported that the missing flag had been returned to the North Wildwood home where the July 4 theft had occurred. The newspaper reported that Patrick Corcoran’s brother, Tom Corcoran, was at his home in Bucks County when he received a telephone call from his neighbor at the shore, Tom Schaefer, alerting him that a woman had returned the missing flag, which was inside a box. Schaefer determined that it indeed was Corcoran’s flag based on the markings on the brass rings used to hang the flag from a pole. North Wildwood police have made no arrests in the case.


Details sparce after NE shooting

Philadelphia police found a 21-year-old man who had been wounded by gunfire in a portion of Pennypack Park near Austin Meehan Middle School on July 5, but investigators have released little information about the incident since it happened.


Bethany A.M.E. Church to host fish fry fundraiser

The 200-year-old Bethany A.M.E. Church, one of the oldest congregations in Northeast Philadelphia, will host a fish fry fundraiser on Friday, July 15, starting at 11 a.m. 


Bank robber sought by police

The FBI last week released surveillance photos of a man who investigators believe robbed one bank in Bustleton and another in Kensington in May.