Articles by William Kenny

Hawthorne Street residents oppose retail project

More than a dozen residents of the 6100 block of Hawthorne St. attended last week’s Mayfair Civic Association meeting to fight a new dollar store and auto parts store proposed for a nearby block of Frankford Avenue. Those neighbors also got a lesson on the sometimes puzzling dynamics of the city’s recently reworked Registered Community Organization regulations.


Gospel of Grace School to find new home after academic year

Leaders of a Fox Chase church may have had a change of heart regarding their effort to prevent the city from shutting down a private secondary school that the church opened last year to the surprise and dismay of neighbors.


Crime log: May 21, 2014

April 21 through May 4


Upper Holmesburg Civic approves used car lot

Automobile sales could be returning to the Holmesburg Shopping Center after the local civic association endorsed a zoning variance sought by the property owner last Thursday night.


Students throughout Northeast named distinguished scholars

Thirty-three students from five Catholic high schools serving Northeast Philadelphia have been named distinguished scholars by Archbishop Charles Chaput, who recognized the honorees during the Academic Honors Convocation last Tuesday at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Prior to the convocation, Chaput was the main celebrant during a Liturgy of the Word.


Target robbers strike again

Police say that a group of unidentified armed robbers has struck twice at Far Northeast businesses since April 19, and committed a third heist in Upper Southampton Township, Bucks County.


Inmate gets more time for ’04 rape

Justice may have been delayed, but it arrived nonetheless for convicted armed robber and rapist Lamar Rayson. On Friday, Common Pleas Court Judge Alice Dubow sentenced Rayson to serve 37-1/2 to 75 years in state prison for the brutal 2004 rape of a Wissinoming woman in her home in front of her boyfriend and two children. Dubow issued the state sentence consecutively to a 32-year federal prison term that Rayson has been serving since 2008 for a series of robberies. 


Mayfair man beaten at home

Two unidentified men invaded a Mayfair home, pistol-whipped the occupant and stole his wallet and cell phone on May 12, according to police.


Three NE residents receive Team Excellence Awards

The Philadelphia Children’s Alliance recognized three Northeast residents during PCA’s annual Bear Affair fundraiser on May 1 at The Crystal Tea Room in Center City.


Archbishop Ryan student wins regatta art contest

Archbishop Ryan High School student Kathy Nguyen earned the grand prize for the second consecutive year in the annual Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta Art Contest. Northeast-based students won seven of 11 total awards.