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Staff Report March 2020 will forever be known as the month when the coronavirus changed the lives of all Americans, at least for a short period of time. As we head into April, it remains to be seen how much the virus will continue to spread and how it will impact the education, business and social lives of Americans of all ages. The city announced on Saturday it will provide a box of free food to residents on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon at 20 sites. Local sites are Keep the Faith Ministries, 1906 Harrison St.; Iglesia Cristiana Avivamiento, 5500 Tabor Road; and Mizpah SDA, 4355 Paul St. This effort is a partnership with Philabundance and Share Food Program. Deputy Mayor Cynthia Figueroa said, “Providing this service to Philadelphians is critical at a time when many so many people find themselves in a difficult situation. This partnership is another proud Philly moment, reflecting a committed, caring partnership that is dedicated to making sure our neighbors in every part of the city have access to food during these unprecedented times.”

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�Holmesburg resident Cheryl Molle helped launch the Philly Restaurant Server Relief Fund, which has raised over $34,000 in less than two weeks to help restaurant servers. By Logan Krum Northeast Times

Holme Circle resident Brittany Stone knew that when the coronavirus shut down the city, her sense of financial security was gone. She’s a server at Max Brenner in Center City, and like hundreds of other restaurant workers in Philadelphia alone, she lost her source of income during the shutdown. “I only have so much money that can last for so long, not that it’s even that much,� she said. Stone can feel a sense of relief now that she’s one of the recipients of the Philly Restaurant Server Relief Fund, a fundraiser started by Holmesburg resident Cheryl Molle to help workers like Stone. Operated primarily on Facebook, people have donated $34,000 and counting in less than two weeks to provide servers with relief during the shutdown. The fund puts $400 a week in the hands of 18 servers impacted by the shutdown. Molle hopes to be able to help more people as the fund continues to spread on Facebook, surpassing the $34,000 mark on Thursday. The fund began with a $12,000 goal but grew rapidly when people found out about it.


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➤ Continued from Page 1 Dr. Thomas Farley, commissioner of the city Department of Public Health, on Tuesday announced that there have been 1,315 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Philadelphia. Fourteen people have died. In all, 97 people are or have been hospitalized. Of those 1,315 cases, 231 are confirmed to be in Northeast Philadelphia ZIP codes. Statewide, there are 4,843 confirmed cases in 60 counties, with 63 deaths. The city and state have stay-at-home orders, prohibiting all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit. The orders do not apply to activities related to essential businesses and activities or essential personal activities. Federal guidelines stating all Americans should practice safe social distancing and avoid gatherings of more than 10 people have been extended to April 30. All state residents must remain home or at their place of residence unless they are engaged in essential personal activities such as going out to purchase essential goods and food or seeking medical attention. Other permitted activities under the new orders include caring for family

members, friends or a pet in another household, delivering essential goods or obtaining emergency services and attention and reporting to jobs that are related to essential business. Outdoor activities such as walking, running, cycling and operating a wheelchair are permitted under the orders. Food trucks and ice cream trucks are prohibited. The city and state consider the following as life-sustaining businesses or services: Laundromats, veterinary hospitals, pet stores, retail banks, cell phone repair stores and bicycle or motorcycle repair shops. Extermination services are permitted for rodents and pests. Archdiocese of Philadelphia and School District of Philadelphia schools, along with those across the state, are closed through at least Monday, April 6. All non-life-sustaining businesses in the state must stay closed through April 6. Food establishments may accommodate only online and phone orders for delivery and pick up, and cannot allow dine-in service. Non-essential City of Philadelphia government operations are halted, and all city government buildings are closed to the public. Essential operations will include public safety, health and human services, utilities, sanitation and payroll. All recreation centers and their athletic fields are closed. Fox Chase Farm, Pennypack Environmental Center and

Tarken ice rink are closed, too. The Northeast Older Adult Center, 8101 Bustleton Ave., will remain open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for meal service. All Free Library locations will remain closed to the public until further notice. Relatedly, most programs and events scheduled through the end of April will be canceled or postponed. The Delaware River Port Authority has initiated all-electronic (cashless) tolling until further notice. All motorists crossing the Ben Franklin, Walt Whitman, Betsy Ross and Commodore Barry Bridges are instructed to travel through designated E-ZPass lanes. Drivers with an E-ZPass account will not experience any change. Drivers without an E-ZPass account are instructed to drive through an E-ZPass lane. The equipment will capture a photograph of the vehicle’s license plate, and an invoice for the cost of the toll will be mailed to the vehicle’s registered owner. The invoiced amount will be for the toll amount only and will not include any additional administration or violation fees. Cash customers who do not want to be billed can open an E-ZPass account by calling the New Jersey E-ZPass Customer Service Center at 888-AUTOTOLL or by visiting www.ezpassnj.com. Motorists are reminded to continue through the E-ZPass lanes without stopping while obeying the 5 mph posted speed limit.

SEPTA is projecting a $150 million loss for the fiscal year due to steep ridership losses. The agency has made dramatic service reductions. The Philadelphia Parking Authority is not enforcing meters, kiosks and residential parking time limits. It is enforcing safety violations such as double-parking, loading zone violations, blocking wheelchair-accessible curb cuts and parking near fire hydrants and in bus zones. The Philadelphia Water Department has turned water back on for customers who haven’t paid their bills. Philadelphia Gas Works is suspending non-payment terminations and is waiving new late payment charges. This termination moratorium will remain in place until further notice. Regular billing will continue for all customers. PECO Energy is suspending service disconnections and new late payment charges for all customers through May 1. The city recommends using common-sense practices to avoid infection — washing hands, using hand sanitizer, avoiding touching other people and maintaining a safe social distance from others. Philadelphians looking for the latest local information on the coronavirus can visit phila.gov/COVID-19. Residents with questions can call a 24-hour helpline at 800-722-7112. The helpline is staffed by trained healthcare providers. Or, text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive updates to your phone. ••

Henon, Asian-American groups provide FOP with medical supplies By Tom Waring Northeast Times

City Councilman Bobby Henon and the Northeast Philadelphia Development Corporation last week welcomed Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 officials to a news conference, where about $15,000 in medical supplies were donated for use during the coronavirus pandemic. The news conference took place outside 7309 Frankford Ave., where NPDC executive director Keith Xiao owns a check cashing shop. Xiao, a leader in the area’s growing Chinese-American community, also works for Henon. “I couldn’t be more proud of partnering with Keith Xiao and 6

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the NPDC,” Henon said. “The Asian-American community stepped up in a big way.” The March 26 event also included representatives from the Great Philadelphia Asian Lion Club, Hip Sing Association, Chinese Benevolent Association, HK99 Realty, Nini Art Education Center and Mayfair Sino-US Dance Group. Organizers acted, saying personal protective equipment supplies for front line responders are low in Philadelphia and across the nation. In all, more than $20,000 has been raised for COVID-19 relief funding. Henon, in supporting the initiative, said front line responders are putting their health and safety at risk every day to help test and treat those who are

infected with the COVID-19 virus. Donated supplies included hand sanitizer, latex disposable gloves and surgical masks. John McNesby, president of FOP Lodge 5, said he would travel to the moon and back to accept safety equipment for his 6,500 active officers. The FOP hauled away some of the donations, as did two officers from the 15th Police District. “We appreciate the support,” McNesby said. “This is just the beginning,” Henon said. Henon said the kindness and generosity of those making the donations will help replace fear with comfort. He urged everyone to stay home, wash their hands and keep a social NORTHEASTTIMES.COM

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 officials gladly accepted donations of coronavirus-related safety equipment from the Northeast Philadelphia Development Corporation and Councilman Bobby Henon. distance. Anyone with donations can call Henon’s office at 215-

686-3444 or visit phila.gov/ COVID19 and click the “How you can help” button. •• WEDNESDAY APRIL 1, 2020

The learning goes on for Archbishop Ryan High School students By Tom Waring Northeast Times

As students of all ages have been online learning for the last few weeks, how does it compare to traditional classroom learning? “It’s hard to replicate,” acknowledged Archbishop Ryan High School principal Joseph McFadden. Still, McFadden and Ryan president Michael Barnett are pleased with how things are going while the coronavirus has forced the closure of all Pennsylvania schools. McFadden, who teaches an AP English class, was asked to give a grade to Ryan students and staff. “It would be an absolute A+,” he said. Archdiocese of Philadelphia elementary and high schools went to distance learning on March 16. Most local private and charter schools are doing the same thing. Holy Family University students are learning online through the end of the semester, with the May 18 graduation ceremony at the Kimmel Center canceled. Community College of Philadelphia has moved coursework online and closed its main campus and regional centers, including the one at 12901 Townsend Road. As for the School District of Philadelphia, the school board last week approved its request for $11 million to buy up to 50,000 Chromebooks for students who do not have access to technology. Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and his wife, Aileen, will contribute $5 million to that cause. The Chromebooks will be distributed by mid-April. Before that announcement, the school district merely handed out free meals to students and offered optional learning guides that were not graded. Existing Chromebooks have been sitting idle at schools.

The district, it said, has not been providing formal instruction “due to equity and technology considerations. Our students have differing levels of instructional needs, access to the internet and technology, and family responsibilities while schools are closed.” Meanwhile, at schools like Ryan, students are experiencing continuity in learning. The school had a crisis management plan in place in the weeks leading up to the closures so everyone would hit the ground running when online learning started. In general, online learning is the same at each of the 17 high schools in the archdiocese. Students receive an email each weekday morning, and must sign in by 10 a.m. “Attendance is very high,” said McFadden, placing it at 97 to 98 percent. Teachers must be available for a three-hour period from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. They assign work, hold classes and answer student questions. Barnett, a 1990 Ryan graduate, said remote learning teaches structure and discipline. Many colleges today routinely offer some online learning. “Remote working happens every day in the private sector. It’s a nice taste of things to come in college and beyond,” Barnett said of the current online learning. A typical day at Ryan still includes prayer, morning announcements and the Pledge of Allegiance. The Rev. Jason Buck, a theology teacher, celebrates a Mass that can be viewed on Facebook and YouTube. A video of the Stations of the Cross is available, as a way of keeping the school’s Catholic identity. While all or most students have smartphones, they can be used for only so much work. Students who do not have a computer were given Chromebooks. The school uses Schoology, an academic content sharing service, and Zoom video, with a teacher leading a class with

as many as 30 blocks on the screen featuring images of each student. McFadden, a 1997 Ryan grad, is leading a class that is reading the novel Exit West. They try to have some fun, with the class singing Happy Birthday to one Classes continue: An Archbishop Ryan student of the girls who watches a Mass celebrated by the Rev. Jason turned 18. Buck, a theology teacher. Ryan and Archbishop two games in the Class 5A state playoffs Carroll before the tournament was suspended engaged in a friendly competition on Instagram, with students posting pictures three weeks ago. The spring sports season could be in of themselves learning virtually while jeopardy. wearing a school pride shirt. The spring musical has been canWhile online learning doesn’t allow celed, though moderator Kim Williams for the typical give and take of a classhas hosted online singing classes. room, the goal is to replicate as best as Jostens is working to produce a yearpossible. book. For anyone in the class of 2020, “It’s everybody really adapting,” the yearbook pretty much has to contain McFadden said. pictures and information related to the The third quarter ended on March coronavirus-related school shutdown. 27, and report cards will be emailed. Barnett said the school is being While a lot of people think schools transparent with everything it’s doing, will reopen right after Easter, Barnett and that the Ryan community has been said Ryan will be ready for any scenario, giving positive feedback. Some students including the school building to be have even said they miss going to school. closed for the rest of the academic year. “It’s a tremendous group effort,” “This is a very fluid situation. There’s a Barnett said. “We’re doing the right lot of moving parts,” he said. things. We’re constantly collaborating. The ring Mass for juniors has been We really need to have all hands on pushed back to the fall, and the Junior deck.” Prom has been postponed. In general, school presidents, prinThe senior prom is still planned cipals, teachers and departments are for May 1 at Adventure Aquarium in working together, exchanging ideas and Camden. sharing best practices. The May 2 SAT was canceled , with “We’re all in it for the kids,” the next one scheduled for June 6. McFadden said. •• The Ryan boys basketball team won


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Community steps up to help local businesses GNPCC. Another members-only webinar will be held April 2 at 9 a.m. and will feature a roundtable discussion of local businesses on navigating the current coronavirus situation and how to survive the next few months. Meanwhile, local blogger Melissa Matos is creating a directory of local businesses selling gift cards that can be By Logan Krum bought and used once the Northeast Times shutdown is lifted. The growing directory of In a time of uncertainty for businesses can be found on local businesses as coronavirus Matos’s blog, Mom Toast. shutdowns are forced to conThe idea is buying the gift tinue, the Greater Northeast cards now to continue givPhiladelphia Chamber of ing local stores business, Commerce and a local blogger then cashing them in on are using their platforms to “Freedom Day” as she calls it. help them out. “Right now everything GNPCC will be hosting is so confined, so it’s a day virtual informative and netwhere everyone can go out working sessions via Zoom. and enjoy it,” Matos said. The first meeting will discuss She’s also designed human resources challenges Freedom Day-themed in small businesses, and will T-shirts, with funds going feature Brian McLaughlin, SUPPLIED PHOTO toward the PHL COVID-19 Market Leader with My Benefit fund, a citywide fundraiser to Advisor. McLaughlin has over Good cause: “Freedom Day” T-shirts support local businesses. 22 years of industry experience designed by local blogger Melissa Matos, with Local businesses that want proceeds going toward the PHL COVID-19 managing a team of benefits their information to be listed fund. consultants. on the directory should con“Businesses need a support tact Matos at MelissaMomToast@gmail.com or visit system now more than ever,” said Pam Henshall of MomToast.com. ••

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Free Library has extensive online resources Like many other businesses and organizations, the Free Library must remain closed to ensure social distancing during the coronavirus health scare. We will reopen as soon as it is safe but meanwhile all of our digital holdings and online services remain available. At a time when we are forced to live more of our lives through screens, I want to remind community members of the Free Library’s extensive online resources. First of all, if you don’t have a library card number, you can enroll online at freelibrary.org, receive a digital card via email and instantly gain access to all online resources on a smartphone, tablet or personal computer. You can also have your card number emailed if you have an account already but don’t know your library card information. The Free Library no longer charges for late fees and if you owe a fee for lost or damaged materials this will not prevent you from accessing online resources. If you have difficulty accessing your account, you can send us a message by clicking on the “E-mail Us” link at freelibrary. org. While schools are closed, parents are looking for educational resources to keep children learning and academically on track. The library provides access to learning material for all age groups at freelibrary.org/ehomework. If you or your child are working on a research project, access to searchable reference books on all subjects is available through Gale eBooks. Go to our databases page and select “Homework Help Study Aids” to browse a list of other resources for elementary school, high school and adult learners. You can continue to access Tutor.com’s homework help live chat service through our website during the closure. Our “online learning” page also features links to test prep, language and computer tutorials and other free online continuing education courses. For the younger set, you can access Scholastic.com’s Bookflix, a collection of classic storybooks with related nonfiction material. Some of your favor10

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ite library staff members are filming read-aloud sessions and posting them on social media. Check out your local library’s Facebook page to see what your library’s staff has been up to during the closure. Of course we also have a lot of recreational resources online, including a large collection of fiction audiobooks, ebooks and even digital comics and graphic novels through Overdrive and Hoopla. Kanopy.com is a free streaming video service that includes critically acclaimed movies, documentaries and children’s films. There are also numerous streaming music collections accessible through the “Digital Media” link on the homepage. I hope these resources can provide a little help to get you through this difficult period. We very much look forward to serving you again in person in the near future. Peter Lehu Northeast Regional Library

Jefferson Torresdale is wonderful in every way I am writing as a lifelong resident of Northeast Philadelphia to tell you how grateful I am that we have a jewel in the healthcare world right here in our midst. Jefferson Torresdale Hospital scores top notch in my book. So far, in 2020, I have had two family members and two dear friends treated there (three different generations) and I cannot speak highly enough of the special care each of them has received. From the doctors, to the nurses, to the sanitation crew, to the administration, and to the volunteers, all were exceptional in the disposition of their duties. They were comforting, accommodating and understanding. In short, they were wonderful. To the team at Jefferson Torresdale, thank you for all you do. You, and the first responders, are true heroes in my

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Support Wolf’s anti-fracking veto Fracking is responsible for a slew of environmental problems in Pennsylvania. These facilities emit massive amounts of pollution that add fuel to the climate crisis and contaminate local drinking water sources, and they are the driving force behind many of our single-use plastic pollution problems. That’s why it was so disappointing that the state legislature -- including local state Sens. Christine Tartaglione and John Sabatina and Reps. Joe Hohenstein and Martina White -- voted overwhelmingly to give a massive tax break to the fracking and petrochemical industry: House Bill 1100. Pennsylvania’s ongoing reliance on fossil fuels and practices like fracking wipe out any strides taken in recent years to reduce the types of emissions that are driving the climate crisis. Voters expect our elected officials to work to tackle climate change and pollution from plastics, not give huge handouts to polluters. For too long, we’ve propped up industries that harm our health and our environment. It’s time we put Pennsylvanians first. With Gov. Wolf having vetoed HB1100, I hope that Sen. Tartaglione, Sen. Sabatina, Rep. Hohenstein and Rep. White will choose to side with the governor and vote with their constituents’ health and the environment in mind and support this veto. keLLy FLanigan PennEnvironment

Trump doing a great job In the recent letters to the editor, March 25, page 12, I have gotta thank Fred Wollner of Holmesburg for his fantastic opinion on the “do-nothing” Democrats in office for the last four years. No matter which party controls the offices, neither Republicans nor Democrats do anything. The Democrats have promised to work with the Republicans: immigration, healthcare, infrastructure, Social Security, etc. The Democrats for the last 3½ years have been working to get Trump out of office. Enough already. Start working together to continue to make America stay great. Since Donald J. Trump took office, unemployment has dropped, the stock market has gone up like a rocket, old laws have become new again, etc. It’s also time for any lifelong politician to get out of office: Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, etc. We need some fresh, young-blood politicians voted in, as they bring fresh new ideas into the fold. No office should ever be held for life. And once again, we need term limits, including the Supreme Court. Philadelphia is a Democratic city. It takes a lot to pen an article to “Keep On Trumpin’.” stacie ruehLing Somerton

AGee,waste of money Council votes itself a $400,000 slush fund. I’m shocked. Don’t let a disaster pass without making money. Maybe while they are meeting, they can address the concept of “essential employee.” It seems the city has a problem determining who is needed and who is not. So it decided to pay half the workforce time and a half even if they are working from home.

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Funeral Mass pending for Monsignor McGroarty A memorial funeral Mass is planned at a later date for Monsignor Charles E. McGroarty, the longtime pastor of St. Matthew Catholic Church who died on March 17 at Holy Redeemer Hospital. He was 86. McGroarty served as pastor from 1987 to 2014, then held the title of pastor emeritus. McGroarty was the son of the late Edward V. and Margaret M. (nee McBride) McGroarty and brother of the late Jane M. Eret, Edward

V. McGroarty Jr. and William J. McGroarty. He is survived by many nieces and nephews. McGroarty also served as director of the Family Life Bureau for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Matthew. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory can be made to The Friends of St. Matt's, 3000 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19149. ••

Auditions for tuition-free summer music camp for teens begin April 10 Monsignor Charles E. McGroarty

McKenna's pays tribute to police Sgt. James O'Connor McKenna’s, a bar at Frankford Avenue and Aldine Street in Mayfair, is closed due to the coronavirus, but owner Sue McKenna and bartender Denise Jovovich decorated the front window in memory of police Sgt. James O’Connor IV. The window features a blue and white wreath with a “Protect & Serve” shield, blue paper hearts, white lights and No. 8162, which was O’Connor’s badge number. On another window is a “Back the Blue” sign. O’Connor, 46, of Millbrook, was shot to death on March 13. A member of SWAT, he was serving a fugitive murder arrest warrant in Frankford. That fugitive, Hassan Elliott, is charged in O’Connor’s killing. McKenna’s, which closed on March 16, is known for its 80-cent Pabst Blue Ribbon mugs and ladies entrance and as the place where “every hour is a happy hour.” ••

Vote for Philly sports hall of famers The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame has released the ballot for its 17th class of inductees. The ballot is in the hands of the Hall's 236-member voting body. Though not part of the official voting, fans may submit their selections at http://phillyhall.org/fansvoice. Brief career profiles for the 2020 nominees can be found at http://phillyhall. org/profiles.pdf. The induction ceremony and reception is on Thursday Nov. 5. The nominees include Bo Ryan (basketball), Bob Rigby (soccer), Brendan Hansen (swimming), Cherie Greer Brown (lacrosse), Deron Cherry (football), Earl Strom (basketball official), 12

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Musicians in grades six through 12 will have the opportunity to play in a rock band all summer for free. Share the Spotlight is holding auditions this month for its fourth season in Philadelphia. The nonprofit organization offers a tuition-free rock music program where students meet twice a week through June and July and perform an end-of-the-season show in a professional venue. This year, the group is using video auditions, and is planning to begin the program in June as long as circumstances regarding the COVID-19 pandemic allow for students and staff to safely meet. The program is open to musicians anywhere in Philadelphia and is easily accessible via SEPTA. Auditions take place at Keystone Soundworks, 4900 Longshore Ave., beginning on April 10. The deadline to sign up is Sunday, April 5. To audition, students can learn any song by the Beatles, Led Zeppelin or Aretha Franklin on guitar, bass, drum set, keyboard or vocals. They should have some experience on their instrument and be highly motivated to practice and learn new parts. To schedule an audition, visit sharethespotlight.org/ audition. For information, visit sharethespotlight.org, email sharethespotlightinfo@ gmail.com or call 267-2291741. •• WEDNESDAY APRIL 1, 2020



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It wasn’t the sweet 16th celebration that Hailey Goetz-Cantz expected, but it was still a day she’ll never forget. The Morrell Park teenager didn’t think much would be going on last Saturday after plans for a big sweet 16th bash at Santucci’s had to be canceled due to coronavirus. But despite the shutdown, she was still able to see all the family, friends and neighbors she invited that day – they formed a convoy to drive past her home, dropping off birthday cards and wishes one-by-one as they went. “I think this is better than what we had planned,” said her mom, Cathy. It was a total surprise to the Little Flower student, whose family arranged the event in group chats with her friends and family unbeknownst to her. Cathy and her father Lenny saw similar birthday parades on the news and wanted to do the same for their daughter. “I wasn’t expecting anything and with how much I miss everyone, this means so much,” Hailey said. Joining the convoy was an Engine 22 firetruck, which lit up the normally quiet cul-de-sac with bright lights and loud horns. Amidst the worldwide pandemic, the family of five practiced safe 16

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Morrell Park resident Hailey Goetz-Cantz had to cancel her sweet 16th birthday party, so friends, neighbors and family drove by in a convoy to drop off gifts and wish her a happy birthday. social distancing. They stood from the rain under a tent outside their house as cars drove by, with Hailey running up to claim cards as they were handed from the vehicles.

“It was rough at the beginning of the week, but this was great and the support we received from family, friends and neighbors was outstanding,” Lenny said.


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THE CRIME LOG March 16 through 29

As reported by Northeast Detectives. Does not include homicides, sexual assaults, narcotics offenses or other specific crimes investigated by special police units. All locations listed by block, not by exact address.

2nd Police District

There were seven robberies. Incidents on the street happened at 600 E. Cheltenham Ave. (March 16), 300 Magee Ave. (March 19), 4600 Roosevelt Blvd. (March 20) and 6300 Elmhurst St. (March 26), all of which involved handguns, and at the intersection of Castor Avenue and Street (March 17) that did not involve a weapon. Other robberies happened at a food store at 6900 Castor Ave. (March 21) and a chain retail location at 7900 Oxford Ave. (March 22). There were 11 assaults, which yielded two arrests. George Karalias, 20, was arrested March 19 following a domestic assault and an assault on police at an apartment house at 1700 Loney St. Danielle Sharratt, 38, was arrested March 22 following a domestic assault at an apartment house at 7200 Bradford St. Assaults on the street happened at 1000 Benner St. (March 24), the intersection of Algon Avenue and Levick Street (March 29), 6200 Shelbourne St. (March 27) and two assaults on police at 900 Brill St. (March 29). Other assaults took place at apartment houses at 6000 Tabor Ave. (March 22) and 600 E. Godfrey Ave. (March 24), and a mini market at 6600 Castor Ave. (March 29). There were seven burglaries. These took place at private residences at 1500 Lardner St. (March 23) and 1100 Englewood St. (March 28), an apartment house at 7300 Algon Ave. (March 20), food stores at 6700 Rising Sun Ave. (March 25) and 7300 Oxford Ave. (March 19), a department house at 1300 Cottman Ave. (March 25) and a gas station at 400 Adams Ave. (March 19). There was also a burglary attempt at a private residence at 6900 Horrocks St. (March 28). There were 64 thefts, which targeted 33 businesses, 17 vehicles (including a stolen vehicle tag), eight private residences, five street thefts and an apartment house. Six arrests were made. In addition, nine vehicles were reported stolen, and six were recovered.

7th Police District

There were three robberies. Andre Jackson, 25, wasa arrested March 16 following the robbery of an apartment house at 2100 Grant Ave., and Daniel Himes, 25 was arrested March 18 following the robbery of a vehicle parked at 600 Artwood Drive.


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Another robbery took place on the street at 2100 Hoffnagle St. with a handgun on March 24. There were two aggravated assaults. Anthony Dietrich, 33, was arrested March 20 following an assault on the street at 400 Hoffnagle St. Another assault took place at a private residence at 8100 Castor Ave. on March 25. The three reported burglaries took place at private residences at 8500 Summerdale Ave. (March 19) and 2000 President St. (March 28) and at an apartment house at 1500 Stoney Lane (March 28). There were 22 thefts, which targeted 11 vehicles (including a stolen vehicle tag), nine businesses and two street thefts. In addition, a motor vehicle was recovered.

8th Police District

The three reported robberies took place at a drugstore at 4000 Woodhaven Road (March 20), a mini market at 2500 Grant Ave. (March 19) and an unspecified location at 8800 Cottage St. (March 25). There were nine assaults, which resulted in four arrests. Musa A. Turay, 40, was arrested March 27 following three assaults involving a handgun on the street at 4300 Enfield Ave. Nesreen Khalil, 21, and Brianna Rojas, 21, were arrested March 29 following an assault involving a knife on the street at 2800 Tremont St. Korado Salukvadze, 29, was arrested March 19 following an assault involving a handgun on the street at 3200 Willits Road. Other assaults took place on the street at 4600 Kendrick St. (March 21), which involved a handgun, 3900 Red Lion Road (March 18) and 4600 Pennypack St. (March 28), both of which involved knives, and at a private residence at 3900 Fairdale Road (March 23). There were five burglaries, which targeted private residences at 2800 Walnut Hill St. (March 16) and 3400 Arthur St. (March 26), an apartment house at 3200 Morrell Ave. (March 16), a department store at 2400 Welsh Road (March 28) and a private school at 3300 Solly Ave. (March 28). There were 47 thefts, which targeted 23 vehicles (including a stolen car phone and vehicle tag), 18 businesses, four street thefts, a private residence and a park. One arrest was made. In addition, four stolen vehicles were recovered.

15th Police District

There were 14 robberies. Henry Berican, 19, was arrested March 23 following the robbery of a drugstore at 6300 Frankford Ave. Robberies on the street happened at 5300 Glenloch St. (March 19), 6600 Torresdale Ave. (March 19), 6600 Montague St. (March 21), all of which involved handguns; the

intersection of Bridge Street and Frankford Avenue (March 16), which involved a weapon; and 7200 Battersby St. (March 16) and 7200 Hawthorne St. (March 21), which did not involve weapons. A vehicle parked at the intersection of Cottman Avenue and Crispin Street was hijacked March 27, and another one parked at 5200 Oakland St. was robbed with a handgun on March 19. Other robberies took place at food stores at 6500 Frankford Ave. (March 24) with a handgun and 5200 Oxford Ave. (March 26), at private residences at 4700 Howell St. (March 19) and 7200 Brous Ave. (March 25) with handguns, and at a mini market at 6600 Roosevelt Blvd. (March 16). There were 27 aggravated assaults, which yielded eight arrests. Hassan Elliott, 21, was arrested March 18 following five assaults on police at an apartment house at 1600 Bridge St. Nathan Manning, 30, was arrested March 24 following four assaults on the street at 5000 Princeton Ave. Assaults on the street involving firearms happened at 4700 Griscom St. (March 19, Raymond Alexander, 27), 5400 Torresdale Ave. (March 19), 6300 Torresdale Ave. (March 20, Ashyra Allen, 26), 7900 Charles St. (March 21), 1900 E. Cheltenham Ave. (March 22), 7100 State Road (March 25), 4300 Tackawanna St. (March 26), 7200 Charles St. (March 30, Alberto Colon, 36) and 4000 Frankford Ave. (March 26); and domestic assaults on the street happened at 4600 Richmond St. (March 20, Ashlee M. Torpey, 18), 5200 Ditman St. (March 26) and 4400 Cottman Ave. (March 28). Other assaults took place at private residences at 2900 Tyson Ave. (March 19, Eugenio SueroAcosta, 36) and 2200 Kennedy St. (March 20), a retail location at 5200 Torresdale Ave. (March 26), a hospital at 4900 Frankford Ave. (March 22, Haydisha Perea, 45), a mental institution at 4600 Roosevelt Blvd. (March 28, Daquil D. Bush, 23) and Philadelphia city property at 2800 Levick St. (March 20, Raymond Alexander, 27). There were seven burglaries. Kelly R. Hopkins, 45, was arrested March 27 following the burglary of a private residence at 3400 Sheffield Ave. Other burglaries took place at private residences at 1800 Pratt St. (March 23), 5900 Penn St. (March 20), 1800 Fillmore St. (March 25) and 5000 Ditman St. (March 17) as well as on the street at 3200 Ryan Ave. (March 18) and an unlisted location at 7300 Milnor St. (March 23). There were 80 thefts, which targeted 35 vehicles (including two stolen car phones and six stolen vehicle tags), 20 businesses, 12 street thefts, seven private residences, three apartment houses and three SEPTA elevated stations. One arrest was made. ••


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Henon welcomes correspondence from constituents City Councilman Bobby Henon (D-6th dist.) is available to answer questions and connect people with resources on any issue, including ones related to the spread of COVID19. Although city government is largely shut down, Henon’s office is responding to calls, texts, emails and social media messages. People can reach the office at 215686-3444 or bobby@bobbyhenon. com. •• WEDNESDAY APRIL 1, 2020

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Ryan’s behind-the-scenes stars By Joe Mason Times Sports Editor


Doing their part: Luke Arpino and Tyler Paxton (right) have both played key roles in the success of the Archbishop Ryan High School basketball team this year. 20

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You might not know their names, but if you’re a fan of the Raiders, you definitely know their work. If you follow how many points your favorite players on the Archbishop Ryan High School boys basketball team puts up in a game, you’re familiar with what Luke Arpino does. And if you like to scroll through Facebook or Instagram and watch videos of one of the Raiders dunking or swooshing a three pointer, you’ve seen the work of Tyler Paxton. And while neither Arpino nor Paxton are running up and down the court during games, it would be incorrect to say they’re both not a huge part of the team. Both are crucial, and the team lets them know. “I love doing it, I just love being around the team,” said Arpino, a junior who has been the manager of the varsity team for the last two seasons. “I started doing this my freshman year, I did it for the freshman team. I didn’t expect to do varsity my sophomore year, but at the same time, I knew Nick (Taylor, the previous manager) was graduating, so they would need someone. I wanted to do it. I’ve always been a good stat guy, I love basketball, and I wanted to help if they needed me.” Arpino was needed. All basketball teams need a trusted guy to keep points, fouls and work the table. Paxton has been a huge luxury. He’s known as the team’s social media manager, but he gets most of his notoriety from posting videos of big plays. He started doing it last year, and after doing it with his cellphone, he upgraded to a full camera. Now, he posts top plays from the team after games, and some of his videos get more than 4,000 views. “They told me to do it last year, because I love basketball, and after doing it a few times, I would do it with my phone, and I got good at it,” said Paxton, who lives in Parkwood. “It helped me meet a lot of people. I don’t look at it like this, but the guys on the team treat me like I’m on the team. I love being a part of everything. I wouldn’t want to do this for any other team, the guys on this team are the best.” It’s been quite a run for the guys. This year the Raiders have been very successful, making it to the semifinals of the Catholic League playoffs and they’re stuck on the verge of playing in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. The PIAA suspended the tournament two weeks ago as Ryan was preparing to play in the quarterfinals of the Class 5A tournament, so the layoff has been a bummer for players, coaches, managers, videographers and fans alike. But it hasn’t knocked the shine off of the season. And both Arpino and Paxton agree on the best part of the season thus far. The trip to the best arena in the city. Please see RYAN / Page 21 WEDNESDAY APRIL 1, 2020

Sharing his story By Joe Mason Times Sports Editor

Colin Langan has many interests. For his first featured project, he’s able to combine a few of them while honoring his best friend while he was growing up. Langan, a 2013 graduate of Archbishop Ryan High School, loves sports, and like all Philadelphia fans, he was excited when the Eagles won the Super Bowl in 2018. But at the time, it was hard to celebrate because he just went through a personal tragedy that impacted his life far more than Philly’s huge victory over New England. On Jan. 31, Langan’s friend and longtime classmate Army Ranger Devin Kuhn died in an accidental shooting at Camp Rilea in Oregon. While the area was buzzing about the Super Bowl, Langan had other thoughts. “It was hard to celebrate, I was so sad, but everyone was all about the Eagles,” Langan said during a telephone interview from Los Angeles. “It would have meant a lot to me. Football isn’t my top sport, but I love sports. I would have been celebrating, but I was thinking about Devin.” He kept Kuhn in his thoughts and it was the inspiration for his new venture. Langan is producing a film based on what he went through when everyone else was celebrating, but he was mourning the loss of his best friend. The short film, which he estimates will be about 15 minutes, isn’t a recreation of what he went


➤ Continued from Page 20 “Making it to the Palestra was incredible, it was the best,” said Arpino, who lives in Chalfont. “We played in the second game against Neumann-Goretti, and during the first game, it was Roman and Wood, I was on the floor just looking up at the stands. I had been to a lot of games there, but being on the floor is something I’ll never forget.” “Last year, I went to a game at the Palestra between Roman and NeumannGoretti, just to watch,” Paxton said. “This year, I was sitting underneath the basket watching us play. I really couldn’t believe it. I was right there on the floor. It was incredible.” While the duo have had more than

through, but it’s based on what he went through. And it’s a great way to honor his longtime friend. “He would have loved it, he loved sports,” said Langan, who went to St. Anselm and Ryan with Kuhn. “We grew up together. We were best friends. So I thought this would be a good way to honor him.” It’s also a huge step for Langan and his producer Mohab Abou-Elalla, a fellow Temple graduate. The duo needed to raise money, so they did a Kickstarter and recently raised the $5,600 they needed to shoot. Both are in Los Angeles, and the plan was to come back to Philadelphia to do the shoot, but travel restrictions thanks to the coronavirus have put those plans on hold. They’ll wait it out and see what happens. “We want to do it in Philly because that’s where it’s from,” Langan said. “It might take a little longer than we thought, but we’ll be safe. We want to do it, but we’ll do it when the time is right.” Langan is obviously excited to do the project, especially since he’s been preparing for this his entire life. As a kid, he was very interested in movies, but he wasn’t sure how to get involved in it. “I thought I had to be an actor, I didn’t know there were so many other things you could do,” said Langan, who is working cleaning sets for extra money in Los Angeles. “I was always interested in it. It was something I really liked.

Picture this: Colin Langan moved to Los Angeles to work in film, but will return home to make a movie that’s very dear to his heart. “But when I went to Temple, I didn’t me, my family is so supportive,” Langan even think to go into it. Then I decided said. “I can’t wait to do the project. We to switch my major, I figured I’d try it for raised the money, we have a really good a semester and see how I liked it. It was my story to tell. It would have started sooner best time in school. I really enjoyed it and if it wasn’t for everything that’s going on, I was pretty good at it, so I went with it. I but when this ends, we’ll do it. I think people will really like it. followed my dream.” “It means a lot to me because it’s perHe admits it’s hard. He also knows that it helps to have sonal. It’s inspired by my friend. I think people supporting him, especially his fam- people will really like it. People in Philly ily and friends. They’ll be a huge part of love sports, they love the Eagles. It has everything with that, but it also has a great his success when he makes the film. “I’m lucky to have great people helping story.” ••

their fair share of fun, they also have helped the squad and made a great year that much more memorable. During a recent game, Gediminas Mokseckas threw down a monster dunk in the first half. By halftime, it was all over the Far Northeast on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook thanks to Paxton’s shooting. “I knew after he did it, I had to have it, and I did get it, I checked immediately to make sure,” Paxton said. “That was the best play of the season. That got like 2,500 views. “Some of the bigger games got a lot of views. The Judge game, highlights of that got 4,000 views. Some just do great. The bigger games do great.” While Paxton’s work is on full display for all to see, Arpino’s work is more geared toward the players. “Usually the seniors ask me about

their points first,” said Arpino, who is a member of the Ryan golf team, which is also on hiatus due to the coronavirus. “After some games, like if Luke (Boyd) drops 30, he’ll come up after a game and I’ll say, ‘Want to guess how many you had?’ Then I’ll tell him. “I’m learning so much. At first I did the JV games, too, but we have a fan Billy Zeits do those games, he helps us all the time now. I set the gym up before the game, then I just stay with the team the whole game, do the book. Mostly just points and fouls, but people will ask about blocks and assists. I help wherever I can.” And while both guys are doing this to help the team and have fun, it is giving them a glimpse at what they could do in the future. Both are leaning toward studying



accounting, but it’s possible they stay in the game after Ryan. “I do pretty well in school, but I think I would like to stay involved, maybe do this on the side,” Paxton said. “It’s been great for me. It’s so much fun. Now when I go to the park, everybody talks to me about it. I’m really glad I started doing it.” “I’ve learned so much from (Coach Joe Zeglinski),” Arpino said. “I had two brothers play here before, my dad coached me at Calvary and my younger brother is on the team, so I thought I had a good basketball IQ. But just watching Coach, I learn so much. Sometimes my head starts spinning, I’m learning so much. “It’s been great. I am learning a lot. I definitely think I’d like to coach or stay involved. The more I’m around this team, the more I want to stay involved.” •• NE 1-7


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Cassidy Ruk loves to be in charge. And not just on the basketball court. Ruk is a senior at St. Hubert High School, and this year she was the starting center on the basketball team. And when she wasn’t leading the Bambies, she was running the show at Fresh Works, a pizza and sandwich shop in the Far Northeast. “I’m a manager there,” Ruk said. “I like it. I do everything there. I like doing everything. My favorite is working the grill. But I like doing everything. I try and know how to do everything.” Just as she does on the court. Ruk stands just 5 feet 8, and every inch of her is heart, which allowed her to be the team’s starting center. And she didn’t just hold her own. She was one of the top players in the Blue Division. Ruk scored more than 12 points per game while pulling down better than 5.5 rebounds per game. And that doesn’t even account for the tough defense she played against some girls who had a few inches on her underneath. It’s safe to say she excelled. She was named co-Most Valuable Player of the division along with Riley DeVitis, of Lansdale Catholic. Other locals who made the team include first teamer CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Natalie O’Neill, of Little Flower; second On the move: Cassidy Ruk scored more than 12 points per game and grabbed 5.5 rebounds for St. Hubert. teamers Payton Pugh, of St. Hubert, and Mikyla Grant, of Little Flower; and third teamers Mackenzie McLaughlin and Ruk is a talented player, she credits the and that was evident by the better record. year. Ruk shadowed her before makMia Tobin, both of Hubert, and Little hard work she puts in as the biggest reaThe Bambies even made the playoffs, ing the decision to go to Hubert, and it Flower’s Kelly Bauer. In the Red Division, son for her success. but fell to Lansdale Catholic in a firstcouldn’t have worked out better. Archbishop Ryan’s Tori Nigro was a “I try to use my strength and try to round game. “I love St. Hubert’s, everything about member of the second team. be quicker than the bigger players to “It was fun to have a much better it,” she said. “I’ll miss everything. Playing “I didn’t expect, really,” said Ruk, who help cover the bigger players,” Ruk said. senior year,” said Ruk, who became a with this team. The games, I’ll miss that lives in Millbrook. “I saw it online first. I “When I’m playing defense, I just try to full-time starter late in her freshman year. a lot. And I’ll really miss my coaches and called my mom and then I told people all my friends. I love everything about the put as much effort in as I can. That’s “We were happy to make the playoffs. at school. I was really excited. I didn’t school, I’ll miss everything.” how you do well on defense, you have to That was important to us. It was imporexpect it, so it was really nice. Next year, Ruk will continue her educawork.” tant for the seniors, but it was really “I try to play and be a leader. I’m tion, but she’s unsure if she’ll play basketRuk wasn’t the only hard worker on important for the younger players, too, always loud, I guess, I try to keep everyball. Right now, she’s deciding between the Bambies, and that’s why the team getting that experience.” one’s spirits up. But it’s not hard with Holy Family and Temple. If she becomes showed so much improvement. A year The experience was fun for Ruk, but this team. We all are like that.” a Tiger, she will likely play, however, if she after finishing 4-18 overall, 3-10 in the also for her entire family. Especially her While Ruk is demonstrative on the goes to Temple, she’ll focus on her school Catholic League, the Bambies reboundgrandfather, who never misses a game. court, she also does a great job leading work. Just as she is at Fresh Works and in ed under coach Dave Schafer to go 14-8 “They all support me, but he’s always by example. This year, that meant a nice overall, 8-2 in the Blue Division. Some of there,” Ruk said. “He usually just watches basketball, she’ll be all business. honor for her and a great season for the “I’m going to study business or accountthe improvement was due to the Catholic and tries to keep to himself, but someBambies. ing,” she said. “I like numbers and I like League breaking it down in the Blue and times he lets his opinions be known. I There are players who score more being in charge of things. I like doing it Red Division, and Hubert was with the think I get some of that from him.” than Ruk in the Blue Division, but few at work, it’s something I’m good at and I other smaller schools in the Blue. But the She also owes a debt of gratitude to had a better all-around game. And while think it would be a good career.” •• team also showed a lot of improvement, her sister, Jessica, who graduated last 22

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