Articles by William Kenny

Rhawnhurst Civic rejects proposed grocery store

A landlord’s effort to open a grocery store inside a twin house on Bustleton Avenue ran into a roadblock on Jan. 27 as members of the Rhawnhurst Civic Association voted unanimously to oppose the plan.


Pair sought in auto detailer robbery

A Bustleton-based auto detailer found himself in a scene reminiscent of a James Bond film after two men posing as police officers robbed him of $1,200 cash last Saturday night.


Man in underwear struck, killed on Roosevelt Boulevard

There are multiple levels of erratic behavior. First, there’s the basic kind, and then there’s the kind of weirdness that cost an unidentified man his life on Roosevelt Boulevard on Monday night.


Man charged in stabbing on SEPTA bus

Life would have been easier all-around had William Smalls brought a token onto SEPTA’s Route 56 bus last Friday afternoon rather than a blade.


Major expansion possible at Immaculate Mary Home

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia had no problem finding potential buyers when in August 2013 it announced its intention to sell its seven nursing and assisted living homes, including the Immaculate Mary Home in Holme Circle. Some 30 companies reportedly placed initial bids on the properties, with Center Management Group of Flushing, New York, emerging as the successful bidder 19 months ago.


Gunfire, officers assaulted outside Bustleton club

Almost a dozen gunshots were fired and three police allegedly assaulted early last Sunday outside a Bustleton nightclub that neighbors say has been a local nuisance for years.


Former rep of city’s Commerce Department dies at 74

Michael A. “Mike” Kowalski, a former representative of the city’s Commerce Department under two mayors and longtime Northeast Philadelphia resident, died on Jan. 22 following a lengthy illness. 


Former Nabisco bakery may be sold and demolished

The former Nabisco bakery on Roosevelt Boulevard may soon be sold and largely demolished to make room for retail and industrial development, according to a report published by the Philadelphia Business Journal last Thursday.


Community honors officer shot by ‘urban terrorist’

Philadelphia Police Officer Jesse Hartnett has become something of an American cult hero since surviving a Jan. 7 ambush on a West Philadelphia street corner by shrugging off three bullet wounds and prevailing over the so-called “urban terrorist.”


Union hall expansion approved in Parkwood

The Parkwood Civic Association usually likes union halls in the neighborhood. And the neighborhood sure has a lot of union halls.