Port Richmond

 By Dan Koob and Josh McAdams

Port Richmond: Three Years Later, Our Lady of Port Richmond Survives

Port Richmond: Three Years Later, Our Lady of Port Richmond Survives

Principal Sister Mary Ripp patrolled the hallways of Our Lady of Port Richmond on her way to  supervise the lunch room. The hallways were alive with second-, fourth- and sixth-graders making their way to the school basement for their lunch period. Addressing every one she passed by name, the principal of one of the three […]

 By Dan Koob and Josh McAdams

Port Richmond: Club Sports Remain a Main Fixture

Port Richmond: Club Sports Remain a Main Fixture

2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the Leprechauns Sports Association, which has provided a variety of sports for local youths in Port Richmond to participate in. Nearly 300 athletes between the ages of 7-18 participate in football, baseball, softball, cheerleading, basketball and T-ball. Leprechauns’ board member Kathy Kehoe insists keeping the kids off the street […]

 By Daniel Koob and Joshua McAdams

Port Richmond: Taste of the Neighborhood

Port Richmond: Taste of the Neighborhood

Located in the heart of Port Richmond, Aramingo’s Best Pizza has been serving up its signature “Sauce on Top” pie for almost 20 years. Created unlike other pies throughout Philadelphia, Aramingo’s Best starts out with a thick layer of cheese before spiraling on a tangy tomato sauce on a thin crust. The result is a […]

 By Chesney Davis and Ashley Huber

Port Richmond: Town Watch Remains Steady in Mission to Protect Neighborhood

Port Richmond: Town Watch Remains Steady in Mission to Protect Neighborhood

In lieu of an unanticipated increase in crime in the neighborhood, residents are now turning to Port Richmond’s Town Watch (PTRW)  group for support, explanations and, above all, solutions. However, PTRW members say that some of the residents do not realize that Port Richmond’s Town Watch does not take the place of the police force. […]

 By Chesney Davis and Ashley Huber

Port Richmond: ‘A Tale of Two Cities’

Port Richmond: ‘A Tale of Two Cities’

There is an invisible line that runs down Aramingo Avenue dividing one neighborhood into two. The west side showcases a mixture of dilapidated houses and blight due to overpopulation with rentals, abandoned cars left in empty lots, and graffiti tags displayed on sides of buildings, signs and even mailboxes. The east side, however, is home […]

 By Chesney Davis

Port Richmond: Lithuanian Festival and Craft Fair

Port Richmond: Lithuanian Festival and Craft Fair

Lietuviu Namai: the “Lithuanian home,” is a cherished notion for a people who for many years  endured occupation and displacement. For those of Lithuanian descent living in Philadelphia and surrounding areas, Port Richmond has become that home. The annual Lithuanian Festival and Craft Fair, now in its 32nd year, is the largest event that brings […]

 By Ashley Huber

Port Richmond: PAL Presents Positive Images

Port Richmond: PAL Presents Positive Images

The Philadelphia Police Athletic League, or PAL as most people identify it, is an independent non-profit organization that began in 1947. Its mission statement is comprised of several ideas revolving around one central theme–making a positive difference in a child’s life. PAL’s Positive Images program is one specific representation of how young children, specifically adolescent […]

 By Ashley Huber and Chesney Davis

Port Richmond: Sarge Speaks Without Words

Port Richmond: Sarge Speaks Without Words

The girls at Rizzo Police Athletic League (PAL) learned how notorious animal abuse has become and the harmful effects that come out of dog fighting through the help of Kim Wolfe, a social worker, and Sarge, her 16-year-old pit bull. “All I knew was that I was going to be speaking to a group of […]

 By Chesney Davis and Ashley Huber

Port Richmond: Rep. John Taylor, More than a Politician

Port Richmond: Rep. John Taylor, More than a Politician

John Taylor, 55, has been serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives since 1984, fighting for unions, voting for smoking bans and voting to raise minimum wage. He also serves as the chair of the Liquor Control Board and secretary of Veteran Affairs and Emergency Preparedness. But this year, the Port Richmond native gets a […]

 By Nicole Saylor and Samantha Richcrick

Port Richmond: A Taste of Poland

Port Richmond: A Taste of Poland

Preserving a culture can be a challenge in a nation that was built on a melting pot philosophy. Throughout the country’s history, families have immigrated to the United States, slowly losing their cultural identity throughout the generations. But the Polish community always finds a way to keep kielbasa, babki, folk dances and an appreciation for Frédéric Chopin close to its heart. The Polish community in Port Richmond is one of the greatest places to witness this cultural preservation firsthand.