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FOOD & DRINK

By Phyllis Stein-Novack

Blizzard Dream Food

A few days after the massive blizzard of January 1996, I wrote a column called “Blizzard Dream Food.” I had been snow-bound for days when all of a sudden who should appear in my kitchen but Julia Child. “Phyllis, dearie, you have been cooking and running the dishwasher day and night. You need a break. Just click your heels together three times and all your favorite dishes from Philadelphia restaurants will appear on your kitchen table,” she said.

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Posted Feb. 4, 2016

Krosnick engaging in stretches of the imagination

The constant commotion that so often permeates our personal lives can confound most plans to center oneself, but Allison Krosnick deems diligence the crucial counteragent to a stress-filled existence. An ardent admirer of various forms of expression, the 33-year-old has meshed her enthusiasm for art and fitness to craft Hand-Painted Yoga, her two-month-old business that gives homage to creativity and elevated consciousness.

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Posted Jan. 21, 2016

Gemmell to help to build bridges to everywhere

January always amplifies calls for stress mitigators, as resolute individuals emphasize alterations as keys to improved enjoyment of life. Anne Gemmell is not beholden to a calendar, however, and can count herself among those who are constantly courting considerations of how to enhance personal and communal growth, with a particular penchant for the welfare of youths.

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Posted Jan. 14, 2016

FOOD & DRINK

By Joseph Myers

Thoughtful to the Coeur

Each Sunday, Coeur, 824 S. Eighth St., peddles 25-ounce bottles of Virtue’s 2013 barrel-aged, Normandy-style cider Percheron for $10.

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Posted Dec. 10, 2015

NEWS

By Bill Chenevert

A tough triangle to build

Here is another tale in a series of development clashes between developers and neighbors, and this lot in question is a rather unique one – the triangle plaza at the intersections of South Sixth Street, East Passyunk Avenue and Christian Street.

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Posted Dec. 4, 2015

FOOD & DRINK

By Joseph Myers

Sarcone’s Bakery

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.”

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Posted Nov. 25, 2015

FOOD & DRINK

By Phyllis Stein-Novack

Thanksgiving 2015

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.

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Posted Nov. 20, 2015

OPINION

By Tina Garceau

A patient pooch

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.

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Posted Nov. 19, 2015

FOOD & DRINK

By Phyllis Stein-Novack

Neuf

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.

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Posted Nov. 12, 2015

NEWS

By Bill Chenevert

Impending Italian Market makeover

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.

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Posted Nov. 6, 2015

NEWS

By Bill Chenevert

Luna Theater losing to Diocesan demands

History and cultural significance are pesky details that stand in the way of diocesan transactions, turning old buildings into millions of dollars.

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Posted Nov. 6, 2015

OPINION

By Tina Garceau

Pie it; you'll like it!

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.

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Posted Oct. 22, 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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