Looks like this one is on us — When our back alley light was out, it was repaired by the city. I was extremely happy because a dark alley is a breeding ground for the wrong people. When I walked up my street and saw our alley gate ripped off the wall I thought, holy crapola! This definitely is an invitation for the wrong people to stroll through our alley no matter how well lit up it is. A look on the Streets Department website has them denying this is their responsibility. It is the homeowners’ responsibility. AARGH! So, here’s my request: Once we get a few estimates, I guess I’ll be knocking on doors for donations. But, who do we call? Is a handyman capable of doing this, or is it a fence guy, or just a handy and concerned neighbor? The gate is there, it just needs to be secured. If you are reading this and can help out here without knocking our socks off, I personally would deeply appreciate it and I know my fellow neighbors would, too. I’ll be putting out some feelers with the neighborhood contractors, but if you can fix this, please shoot me an email. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org Having the gate back up and secured will make the 31xx block of Livingston Street feel so much better.
Stopped in because the door was open — Since before Christmas, Bridesburg Pizza has been closed for renovations. Well, when I stopped in last Saturday, I could not believe my eyes. New paint job, new floor and the grill and ovens sparkling made it very inviting. What even makes it more appealing is the original owner, Billy Fuss, is back behind the ovens. A few years off doing all kinds of odd jobs made Billy realize his real calling was making pizzas and firing up the grill. “I didn’t realize how happy and comforting pulling out one of my pizzas was ’till I opened the oven door and there it was, just like I did back in 2008. I knew I was home”. Billy kept the same number (215-288-7292), is now open, and looking to see old friends and make new ones. Stop in and say hello and like me, marvel at the way it looks. Welcome back, Billy. You did a heck of a job.
It’s dinner and music with our string band — Nothing excites me more then spreading the word on family outings that happen right in our neighborhood. Events like these are walkable, have the family spend time together and become memorable. St. Adalbert Parish is having a fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. It will have the fine foods of the Dinner House Restaurant located on Allegheny Avenue and the Polish American String Band will provide the entertainment. Tickets are $25 for adults and children up to 12 are $10. Why, they will even deliver the tickets to your door. Either stop by the rectory after Sunday Mass or call Janice at 215-634-1930.
What a welcome sight you are — is just how I greeted Jaizelle Hanna-Stendardo when she opened her new storefront location at 3044 Richmond St. Jaizelle is known for her expert bridal and alterations along with her custom bridal, jewelry and accessory designs among her friends and family, but now she taking it a step further with opening her store for the neighborhood. It’s always so hard to find an expert seamstress who not only listens to your ideas but makes the magic happen. Welcome Jaizelle and thank you for bringing your creative talent to Richmond Street. You truly are one of a kind!
Last names, I’m lucky I remember first names — but, I remember the warm smile and shout out I always got when I drove pass the water ice stand at the Thompson and Ontario location. It was none other than Water Ice Terry. Terry hasn’t lost any of her wonderful personality and I was very impressed how she made the lobby of the Nativity Senior Apartment Center look so festive at Christmas time. Terry told me she now has taken on the secretary post for the Friends of Campbell Square. Congratulations and I know you will do your best along with the other volunteers to keep our park looking inviting and spectacular.
Until next time, stay reachin’ for the stars!