Public Information: The teen lounge students at Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St., teamed with visiting artist Alison Dilworth to complete “status update,” which through yesterday reflected the youngster’s enthusiasm for expression via social media.
If he continues to keep coming through with his promises, Christopher Bernard soon might have relatives and friends persuading him to enter politics. Having vowed to his teammates at The Academy at Palumbo, 1100 Catharine St., that he would emerge as a scholarship victor at Nov. 2’s Seventh Philadelphia Metropolitan Grade/High School Chess Championship, the 17-year-old claimed three victories and a draw to earn a seat at the Drexel University-situated Lebow College of Business Summer Economics Institute and lead his Bella Vista squad to third place at Montgomery County’s The Meadowbrook School.
During his Jan. 20, 1961 inauguration as the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy encouraged civic engagement by declaring “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”
Changes in weather often affect my appetite. It was quite warm last Saturday when suddenly, overnight, the temperature dropped and I immediately wanted warm, comforting food.
Percy Street Barbecue, 900 South St., is again offering its take-out catering services for Thanksgiving.
Police arrested two males Tuesday morning for their alleged role in a Bella Vista robbery.
Bella Vista’s Le Viet, 1019 S. 11th St., is offering patrons a Halloween-themed Hell Night menu Oct. 29 through Oct. 31
A Bella Vista altercation left a complainant bewildered last week.
A Bridesburg teen was arrested for prostitution at a man’s Queen Village residence.
An unknown man broke into a Bella Vista café and fled on his moped early Tuesday.
A North Philly CVS security guard spotted an alleged burglar who threatened an employee with a syringe while trying to shoplift hair regrowth treatment at one of the store’s South Philly counterparts.
I never cook the night before a holiday. My favorite pre-Thanksgiving dinner is pizza and a beer. But since my family is Jewish, we have extra observances and celebrations centered on food. I always do all of the cooking myself.
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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)
Pennsylvania Governor: Tom Corbett (R)
State Senate District 1st, Lawrence M. Farnese Jr. (D)
City Council District: 1st, Mark Squilla (D)
Police District: 3rd, Capt. Michael Ryan; Community Relations Officers Ace Delgado and Gary Harkins;
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