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Over the past five years, drug addiction has claimed the lives of more than 4,500 Philadelphians. Since that time, many selfless people in the community have created ways to help those in the thralls of addiction, whether it be...
By Melissa Komar Star Editor If you thought your mind was playing tricks when 3D floral figures sprung up last year in Fishtown at the onset of autumn, they were no optical illusions. And, they’ll bloom once again in a few weeks. Kensington-based...
When Joe Livewell was growing up in Fishtown, getting to Port Richmond was easy.  “You’d come from Girard to Richmond Street and it would be a straight shot on the trolley,” he said. “It's not that easy to get to...
In a world where the American economy seems to be increasingly ruled by big corporate financial institutions, many small community banks have found themselves either struggling financially or out of business. Luckily for the good citizens of Port Richmond,...
The current home of Port Richmond Books, located at 3037 Richmond St., is in danger of being demolished, according to both the building’s owner, Greg Gillespie, and city records. Gillespie, who’s owned the business since 2004, is in talks...
  If you’re going to run an organization as illustrious and long-lasting as Lutheran Settlement House, change is inevitable. Just last month, the River Wards-based nonprofit hired its latest executive director, a man named David Chiles, who has more than...
Susan Ongirski is 59 years old. Ever since she was 25 she’s been disabled, but that hasn’t slowed her down. In fact, Ongirski, born and raised in Port Richmond, just won first place in the 2019 Bayada Regatta, the...
For many kids in the River Wards, the Police Athletic League Junior Golf Program is the highlight of their summer.  “For the past almost 30 years, we've been running this week of golf camp, but over the past 17, 20...
It’s the year 2019, and the music industry ain’t what it used to be. CDs are long gone, vinyl has a niche fanbase, but for the most part is long gone, and Spotify rules all. But it’s not just...
When you ask Jackie Sweeney her favorite part about being a nurse, she doesn’t hesitate to answer. “Helping people,” she’ll tell you, just like she told the Star over the phone in last week’s interview. “If I had a family...
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