By Joseph Myers
Being 52 years old, Louis Sarcone has lived long enough to have numerous adjectives applied to his personality, and if one were to engage him in a conversation about the most fitting modifier, he would reply with “loyal.”
By Phyllis Stein-Novack
Thanksgiving is one week away. You have three options to consider: going out for dinner; cooking dinner; or hoping someone will invite you for the feast.
Friday the 13th did not prove ominous for this dog, who showed off his photogenic nature while waiting outside Gleaner’s Cafe, 917 S. Ninth St.
By Phyllis Stein-Novack
I learned everything I know about the cuisine of Morocco from my friend Esther Press McManus. She was born in Marrakech and traced her Sephardic Jewish family back to the Inquisition.
Situated amongst Latin groceries and cafes with Anastasi Seafood, 1101 S. Ninth St., at its northwestern most corner, the former home to a massive American Coal and Ice warehouse is finally getting the development that it deserves.
History and cultural significance are pesky details that stand in the way of diocesan transactions, turning old buildings into millions of dollars.
Emilio Mignucci, third-generation owner of Di Bruno Bros., 930 S. Ninth St., showed Saturday that he is a good sport as well as a curd connoisseur.
As the Producing Artistic Director of InterAct Theatre Company, Seth Rozin does more than direct and guide plays to production.
By Joseph Angelo Fontanazza
While it may not be a documented statistic, South Philadelphia seems to have the highest amount of happy pets in the city.
The sun made its presence known on the 1200 block of Carpenter Street at 6:43 a.m. Sept. 17.
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.
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.
» COMMUNITY PROFILE
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