With this, 2013’s final edition of Star, we present a wrap-up of some of the most engaging, controversial and talked-about news stories in Fishtown, Northern Liberties, Kensington, Port Richmond and Bridesburg. It’s been quite a year.
For Northeast soccer, two Feldman’s are better than one
Like anyone recently retired from a career they spent decades in, Sam Feldman found himself looking for something to do. When he couldn’t come up with anything substantial, the former boys soccer coach at Northeast High School reached for the familiar.
The Port Richmond high school is just one of three schools that will close in the River Wards. Two Fishtown schools will stay open, but will be affected by grade changes and an influx of new students.
Charles Carroll High School freshman Larry Scruggs said that last Friday, it felt like a dark cloud had fallen on top of the school he’s only attended for less than a year — a short time, to be sure, but still enough to become part of a school environment he likened to “a family.”
Samantha Pawlucy told Star last week she didn’t want her teacher, Lynette Gaymon, to be threatened. Now Gaymon has asked the same for her former student, who is reportedly not returning to Charles Carroll High.
Samantha Pawlucy, 16, wore a Romney-Ryan shirt to school one day. After her math teacher mocked her and was removed from teaching that class, Pawlucy’s now the focus of a nationwide discussion on free speech. She returned to school Tuesday for a short time, but will now reportedly transfer.
The Port Richmond sophomore has been the focus of heavy media attention since last week, when her teacher reportedly mocked her for wearing a pro-Mitt Romney T-shirt to school. Pawlucy returned to class today, with supporters rallying around her.