Port Richmond woman opens Fishtown’s first cycle studio

Ciclo at 2040 Frankford Ave. is Fishtown’s first cycle studio. ALI EAVES / STAR PHOTO Fishtown’s first cycle studio had its inaugural ride on Saturday, March 8. Not only was it Ciclo’s opening day, but it was the first class that studio owner Mina Carroll ever taught—not that you could tell.  Carroll, a 38-year-old accountant …

New Port Richmond group opposes Grace Townhomes

A brand-new Port Richmond community group, Port Richmond Action Community Association West, voted 22-2 against the proposed Grace Townhomes development at its first meeting on Wednesday, March 12. The group, called PACA for short, is the first registered community organization to oppose the project.  The development would turn a vacant block at 2201 E. Auburn …

River Wards events for the week of March 26

Caregiver support  The first lecture in the CARES (CAregivers REducing Stress) caregiver support program lecture series will be on Wednesday, March 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at Lutheran Settlement House, 1340 Frankford Avenue. The topic is advanced health care planning: attendees will learn about the new Pennsylvania advance health care decisions law, advance …

Battle of the brains

AJ Thompson, the director of the competition, addressed students and spectators before the event kicked off. CAROLAN DIFIORE / STAR PHOTO A different type of March Madness took place in Fishtown last Friday afternoon at Shissler Recreation Center on the 1800 block of Blair Street. Hundreds of students traded basketballs for books at the 13th …

Nativity BVM case presented to state Supreme Court

Gloria Marshall, the project’s sole appellant, has concern with the lack of parking that may result from the new housing units. CAROLAN DIFIORE / STAR PHOTO Oral arguments were presented to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court last week in Gloria Marshall v. Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Zoning Board of Adjustment, the case concerning a proposal to …

Bicentennial

A postcard from the 100th anniversary in 1914 shows the original steeple. PHOTO COURTESY OF SHAWN HYSKA Reverend Shawn Hyska stood at the pulpit in front of a large pipe organ that is the focal point of the sanctuary inside First Presbyterian Church of Kensington. “My dream is for this entire room to be packed,” …

Neighborhood news in brief for the week of March 19

Senate democrats unveil pension reform proposal Senate democrats presented a three-point pension reform proposal last week. The proposal would refinance $9 billion of the State Employees’ Retirement System and the Public School Employees’ Retirement System’s almost $50 billion in underfunding, according to a press release. It would also reform the state pension law to stop …