The Philadelphia Fire Department gained a new commissioner on June 14, one day following the retirement of the often-controversial Lloyd Ayers, who served 40 years as a firefighter, including the last decade as commissioner. Mayor Michael Nutter named Derrick Sawyer as Ayers’ successor last month.
The reasons for the enduring popularity of the Dad Vail Regatta should be self-evident to anyone who has ever ventured to the banks of the Schuylkill River on the second weekend of May. With sleek shells slicing through the current on the strength of synchronized oarsmen in their colorful singlets, it’s a spectacular sight to behold.
There are Philadelphia police officers and civilian employees who are sitting in a room in South Philly who can track a smartphone stolen in Oxford Circle, watch what’s going on at Arrott and Griscom streets in Frankford, search for a car believed to be involved in a murder and look for crime patterns.
As if it weren’t hectic, and wet enough on the day before Christmas Eve.
— The park is the first of what is expected to be many along the North Delaware.
William Tyrek Wilkinson made an impression on those who knew him. He gave up his own life while trying to save another’s.