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Spector yearning to 'Keep the Home Fires Burning'

Like any ardent artist, Shelley Spector loves the lessons that she can acquire when crafting a body of work, contending that compiling her ideas certainly breeds individual growth and looks to foster communal camaraderie.

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Posted Aug. 28, 2015

FOOD & DRINK > FEATURES

By Joseph Myers

Paesano’s Philly Style’s Diavlo Sandwich

Robert Fulghum rose to fame in 1988 with the publication of “All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” If one looks at that from a professional point of view, Nathan Baynes could win acclaim as an overachiever since his acute devotion to food became apparent at age 4.

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Posted Aug. 28, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Pushing buttons

Police arrested a local woman who supposedly swiped a cell phone from a Bella Vista business.

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Posted Aug. 20, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Pursuing a predator

Authorities are hoping the supplied image and video footage can lead to the capture of a man who sexually assaulted a woman in Bella Vista.

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Posted Aug. 13, 2015

Market Value

Celebrating a century as a neighborhood icon, the South 9th Street Italian Market looks alluring at any time of day, but evenings offer subtler inspections, especially at the intersection and Ninth and Christian streets.

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Posted Jul. 23, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

A furtive fugitive

Police are seeking a man who lifted items from a vehicle in Bella Vista.

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Posted Jul. 16, 2015

FOOD & DRINK > RESTAURANT REVIEWS

By Phyllis Stein-Novack

Monsu

I joined Twitter more than six years ago because I learn much about the city’s ever-growing restaurant scene from those who tweet. I also visit culinary websites and The Passyunk Post.

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Posted Jul. 17, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Hold the hostility

Authorities are hoping surveillance footage can help them to track down six males who assaulted a delivery man in Bella Vista.

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Posted Jul. 10, 2015

A barrage of fromage

From 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Whole Foods Market, 929 South St., will host the inaugural Cheesemonger Throwdown on its rooftop. T

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Posted Jul. 9, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Persistent pilferer

A man became a victim of a gun-toting figure in Bella Vista.

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Posted Jul. 2, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

A brush with the law

Police are searching for a man who rid a Bella Vista store of electronic toothbrushes.

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Posted Jun. 25, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Transgression tracker

Police arrested a man for allegedly robbing a woman in Bella Vista.

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Posted Jun. 18, 2015

» COMMUNITY PROFILE

Bella Vista


Boundaries: South Street to Washington Avenue, Sixth to 11th Street

 

Origin of Name: The name is Italian and means “pretty view.” Real-estate agents dubbed it Bella Vista as a selling point because many dwellings have views of the Center City skyline and Ben Franklin Bridge.

 

Brief History: Many Italian immigrants who entered Philadelphia via Washington Avenue gravitated to the neighborhood because it had become a settlement for natives of Spadafora, Italy. The Palumbo family, for one, built boarding homes for immigrants. The first Italian immigrant bathhouse later became the Fante-Leone Pool at Montrose and Darien streets.


Alfred “Freddie” Cocozza, better known as opera legend Mario Lanza, grew up at Sixth and Christian streets and made his first public appearance at 19, singing “Ave Maria” at St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi Church, 714 Montrose St., where he was an altar boy.


Bella Vista has lost some of its treasures: Verdi Hall, 713 Christian St., which opened in 1905, and later became an Italian cinema, and Fabiani Italian Hospital, 10th and Christian streets, which was founded by Vincent Fabiani in 1904.

 

Famous Residents: Mario Lanza; “father of jazz guitar” Eddie Lang, born Salvatore Massaro in 1902, who was a Bing Crosby accompanist; author/lecturer and social activist Frances E.W. Harper, who devoted her life to championing the rights of slaves and free blacks; Edwin Forrest, the most famous American tragedian actor of his time; Illustrator Charles Santore resides at Seventh and Catharine streets; "American Bandstand" producer, Tony Mammarella, of the 800 block of South Ninth Street.

 

Major Landmarks: Italian Market, said to be the country’s oldest open-air market; South Street; the former Fante-Leone Pool; Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine; Mario Lanza Museum, 712 Montrose; Palumbo’s Restaurant, Ninth and Catharine streets, which burned down in 1994.

 

U.S. Congressional District: 1st, Bob Brady (D)

U.S. Senators: Bob Casey (D); Pat Toomey (R)

Pennsylvania Governor: Tom Corbett (R)

State Senate District 1st, Lawrence M. Farnese Jr. (D)

State House District: 175th, Michael H. O'Brien (D); 182nd, Brian K. Sims (D); 186th, Jordan Harris (D)

City Council District: 1st, Mark Squilla (D)

Ward: 2nd

Police District: 3rd, Capt. Michael Ryan; Community Relations Officers Ace Delgado and Gary Harkins;

Civic Groups: Bella Vista Town Watch; Bella Vista United Civic Association

Libraries: Santore, 932 S Seventh St.

Schools: Christopher Columbus Charter School, 916 Christian St. and 1242-46 S. 12th St. in Passyunk Square; Fleisher Art Memorial, which teaches art classes; George W. Nebinger School, 601 Carpenter St.

Places Of Worship: Christian Street Baptist Church, 1024 Christian St.; The Church of the Crucifixion, 620 S. Eighth St.; Christ's United Presbyterian Church, 1020 S. 10th St.; Church of the Living God, 801 S. 11th St.; synagogue Lubavitch House, 754 S. Ninth St.; New Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 919 S. 13th St.; St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 808 S. Hutchinson St.; Waters Memorial AME Church, 609 S. Clifton St.

Rec Centers: Palumbo Rec Center, 10th and Fitzwater streets

Parks/Gardens: Bardascino Park, 10th and Carpenter streets; Cianfrani Park, Eighth and Fitzwater streets; Palumbo Park, 723 Catharine St.; Triangle Park, Sixth and Christian streets; Bel Arbor, 10th and Kimball streets

 




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