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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

NEWS > FEATURES

By Bill Chenevert

Ralph’s and Vetri conjure culinary philanthropy

The Dispigno Family founded Ralph’s Italian Restaurant in 1900 at 901 Montrose St. in the heart of a bustling Italian Market.

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Posted Jun. 18, 2015

Reliable Ruth

Ruth Duink, 8, of the 700 block of Montrose Street is a strong student, athlete, and artist.

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Posted Jun. 15, 2015

Finishing strong

Jahlive Alexander Boyd, 11, excels in academics, citizenship, and athletics.

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Posted Jun. 15, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Forcible action

Two men combined to rob a woman in Bella Vista.

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Posted Jun. 4, 2015

Al Zaytouna’s Branzino

Blessed with a gregarious personality and an acute culinary personality, Koubeil Ben Ayed has enjoyed many fruitful friendships in his 40 years, with Tunisia and the United States each fostering two decades of his journey.

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Posted May. 21, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Absorbed in the task

Police arrested a man for his alleged robbery of a Bella Vista establishment.

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Posted May. 15, 2015

La Fourno’s Bourbon Seafood Pizza

How creative can one get with pizza?

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Posted May. 18, 2015

NEWS > FEATURES

By Bill Chenevert

Nebinger School receives Earth Day aid

Bella Vista got a little greener this spring. On Earth Day, April 22, George W. Nebinger School, 601 Carpenter St., held a ribbon-cutting ceremony honoring the launch of its new stormwater management system and green education programming efforts.

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Posted May. 8, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

A daring delinquent

Police released the image of a man wanted for a robbery of a Bella Vista haunt.

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Posted Apr. 30, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Losing ground

Police are searching for a man who assaulted an individual in Bella Vista.

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Posted Apr. 30, 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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