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Setting the course

Townsend, 1623 E. Passyunk Ave., will be hosting a five-course “Three-Way” dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. tonight.

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Posted Jul. 17, 2014

SPORTS > FEATURES

By Joseph Myers

Neumann-Goretti alum swinging for success

As a newly minted graduate of Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St., Mike Riverso enrolled at Widener University four years ago eager to accumulate more athletic and academic accomplishments.

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Posted Jul. 10, 2014

Smith to play vibrant Viola in 'Twelfth Night'

Though she will never jeer her genetic makeup, Angela Smith revels in theatrical explorations of androgyny, deeming them helpers in honing her craft. Beginning tonight, the actress will couple femininity and masculinity as Viola, the protagonist in William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Nigh

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Posted Jul. 10, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Leaky plot

Two impostors made off with a radio after conning their way into an East Passyunk Crossing woman’s home.

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Posted Jul. 3, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Suspected rapist detained

The Philadelphia Police Department’s Special Victims Unit on Tuesday announced the arrest of Milton Garcia, of the 1800 block of South Eighth Street, in conjunction with a Saturday sexual assault.

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Posted Jun. 27, 2014

SPORTS > FEATURES

By Joseph Myers

Boston Red Sox select Josh Ockimey

Success can prove a sordid or splendid blessing, as it often sucks up many individuals’ humility while compelling other figures to consider themselves fortunate. Josh “Ock” Ockimey situates himself among the latter set, as he has always used any prosperity to proffer thanks to those who have joined his journey.

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Posted Jun. 19, 2014

FOOD & DRINK > RESTAURANT REVIEWS

By Phyllis Stein-Novack

Townsend

Chef Townsend Wentz is one of “Papa’s Boys.” “Papa” was the affectionate nickname given to chef Jean-Marie LaCroix by his brigade when he opened The Fountain in the Four Seasons Hotel 31 years ago. During the long tenure, he trained, in his gentle and perfect way, many chefs.

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Posted Jun. 19, 2014

Plenty Café’s Lima Sandwich

One’s eyes will take a culinary journey across the world when glancing at the chalkboard-style menu inside Plenty Café, 1710 E. Passyunk Ave. There is the chorizo breakfast sandwich representing Spain, the Norwegian-inspired smoked salmon sandwich and the baja salad representing Mexico.

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Posted Jun. 16, 2014

NEWS > COVER STORY

By Bill Chenevert

Filitalia International celebrates cultural site's commencement

Filitalia International’s annual La Festa della Repubblica on June 1st, otherwise known as the Italian Street Festival on East Passyunk Avenue, was far more significant this year.

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Posted Jun. 16, 2014

Vegan Commissary’s Biscuits in Gravy

Many chefs shut their ears to inquiries on exploring various cuisines, but 26-year-old Damian Patterson Jr. retains the same loyalty to novelty he possessed as a high schooler.

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Posted Jun. 10, 2014

SPORTS > FEATURES

By Joseph Myers

Neumann-Goretti continues diamond dominance

First-year coach Kevin Schneider needed very little time to deem the baseball players from Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St., difficult to defeat, as the teenagers instantly divulged a desire to sustain their reputation as worldbeaters.

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Posted May. 30, 2014

Townsend’s Stinging Nettle Soup

May is becoming a very busy month for Chef Townsend (Tod) Wentz, as his long anticipated East Passyunk Crossing culinary destination finally opened its doors May 1.

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Posted May. 16, 2014

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East Passyunk Crossing


Boundaries: Tasker to Snyder Avenue, Eighth to Broad streets.

 

Origin of Name: Spelled in deeds and records a variety of ways, including Perslajingh, Passayunk, Passyonck, Passajon, Passajungh, Passaming and Paisajungh.
Passyunk had its roots as an Indian village; Queen Christina later bequeathed the area as a 1,000-acre parcel to Lt. Swen Shute in return for important services rendered to the King of Sweden. The northeastern boundary fell around the parallel of 12th Street. It became a township at a very early period of Western settlement.

 

 

Brief History: Passyunk Avenue from Tasker to Broad streets got its start as an upscale shopping mecca. Restaurants, specialty food stores, pharmacies, furniture shops, clothing, shoe and jewelry stores dotted the avenue. In 2002, a city ordinance created the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District, which was modeled after merchant-funded initiatives in Center City and Manayunk. Changing demographics have cause some to deem the area South Philly's "Gayborhood."

 

Famous Residents: Angelo Dundee: of Eighth and Morris streets, trained Muhammad Ali for 21 years; Charlie Gracie, a rock 'n' roll pioneer from Eighth and Pierce streets appeared on "American Bandstand" and the "Ed Sullivan Show;" Domenico Santo Maida, a native of Satriano, Italy, made his reputation for watercolors of Philadelphia's City Hall

 

Major Landmarks: East Passyunk Avenue; Joey Giardello statue, Mifflin Street and East Passyunk Avenue; Artist Isaiah Zagar's studio, 1002-12 Watkins St.; Marra's, 1736-38 E. Passyunk Ave.

 

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); 184th, William F. Keller (D)

City Council District: 1st, Mark Squilla (D)

Ward: 1st; 39th

Police District: 3rd, Capt. Michael Ryan; Community Relations Officers Ace Delgado and Gary Harkins

Civic Groups: East Passyunk Crossing; South Broad Street Neighborhood Association

Library: South Philadelphia, 1700 S. Broad St., in Newbold/Point Breeze

Schools: Edward W. Bok High School, 1901 S. Ninth St.; Neumann-Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St.; Southwark School, 1835 S. Ninth; St. Anthony of Padua Regional Catholic School, 913 Pierce St.

Places Of Worship: Abundant Life Chinese Mennonite Church, 1731 S. Broad St.; Bethany Indonesian Church of God, 1709 S. Broad St.; First Christian Assembly, 1900 S. 11th St.; Indonesian Full Gospel Fellowship Church, 2026 S. 13th St.; International Bethel Church, 1619 S. Broad St.; Jemaat GPDI South Philadelphia, 1900 S. 11th St.; Prophetic Church of Christ, 1826 S. Sixth St.; St. John's Baptist Church, 1232 Tasker; St. Nicholas of Tolentine, 1718 S. Ninth; Successful Bethany Family, 2019 S. Juniper St.

Rec Centers: Houston Center, 2029 S. Eighth St.; Tolentine Community Center, 1025-33 Mifflin St.





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