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NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Raw aggression

A Center City sushi deliveryman became a robbery victim in Bella Vista Friday.

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Posted Mar. 28, 2014

NEWS > FEATURES

By Joseph Myers

Completeness through sweetness

Having invested more than six decades into preaching excellence as a component of sustenance, Gus Isgro seems to grow more passionate about the creation of each treat at Isgro Pastries, 1009 Christian St. The third-generation employee and store owner has never wavered from his commitment to high-quality offerings, and readers have reserved rich regard for his Bella Vista labor of love, endowing it with best cannoli and bakery distinction.

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Posted Mar. 14, 2014

NEWS > FEATURES

By Bill Gelman

Say cheese!

Before walking into DiBruno Bros., in the Italian Market, 930 S. Ninth St., it’s a good idea to prepare the taste buds for a culinary journey across the Atlantic Ocean. On many days, including a recent springlike Saturday, customers were lined up from one end of the store to the other getting a crash course sampling a wide variety of products. After all, the establishment that dates back to 1939 bills itself as being “culinary pioneers.”

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Posted Mar. 14, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Supposed slasher busted

Police arrested a South Philly resident for his alleged knife use against another man in Bella Vista.

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Posted Mar. 7, 2014

FOOD & DRINK > FEATURES

By Thomas Conway

Literary servings

DiBruno Bros. has taken a new step in its ever expanding presence on the local and national food scene — it now boasts a literary accompaniment. In the recently published “DiBruno Bros. House of Cheese: A Guide to Wedges, Recipes, and Pairings,” author and Philly’s resident cheese courtesan Tenaya Darlington delivers an approachable and enjoyable ride through the culinary possibilities offered by the iconic neighborhood cheese shop.

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Posted Mar. 4, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Bella Vista blaze

A Friday morning fire in Bella Vista claimed no lives but caused structural and water damage.

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Posted Feb. 27, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Archdiocese removes priest

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput announced Sunday that Rev. James J. Collins is “not suitable for ministry” after a substantiated allegation that the priest sexually abused a minor more than 40 years ago.

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Posted Feb. 27, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Popular eatery burglarized

The Bainbridge Street Barrel House, 625-27 S. Sixth St., became a burglar’s playground Monday.

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Posted Feb. 20, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

A saucy move

Another Bella Vista experienced a similar incident Monday.

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Posted Feb. 20, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Restaurant vandalized

A Bella Vista establishment suffered exterior and interior damage last week.

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Posted Jan. 30, 2014

Bainbridge Street Barrel House’s Foie Gras Bon Bons

One of the advantages of getting an education from the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College is a trip to France is included in the curriculum.

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Posted Jan. 23, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joe Myers

Residence ransacked

Bella Vista homeowners could not prevent a burglar from making off with valuable possessions Saturday night.

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Posted Jan. 23, 2014

» 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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