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NEWS

By Bill Chenevert

Isaiah Zagar’s warehouse comes alive

Ben Miller and his wife Christina Martinez have been running Barbacoa South Philly at the corner of Eighth and Watkins streets on weekend mornings since 2012.

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Posted Mar. 5, 2015

FOOD & DRINK > FEATURES

By Joseph Myers

Ristorante Tre Scalini’s Halibut Acqua Pazza

Hailing from a land well-versed in the joys in independence, Franca DiRenzo loved the liberty involved in opening Ristorante Tre Scalini in 1994.

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Posted Feb. 27, 2015

NEWS

By Bill Chenevert

Neumann-Goretti keeping the faith

Desperate times call for desperate measures. While Ss. John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St., isn’t necessarily desperate, it’s close.

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Posted Feb. 27, 2015

SPORTS > FEATURES

By Joseph Myers

Saints are Catholic League champs, again

Momentum makes a mighty fine gift for delirious basketball fans, especially ones who want an upset. Just as supporters of Archbishop Wood High School sensed their Vikings could vault past Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St., at The Palestra Monday night, Sianni Martin, determined to deny their wishes, converted what proved to be the game-deciding three-point play, guiding the Saints to a 50-45 win that secured their second-straight Catholic League championship.

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Posted Feb. 27, 2015

Moving movies

One of the best kept secrets, it seems, in the heart of East Passyunk Crossing is the weekly invitation to attend free Italian cinema at the headquarters of the Sicilian Association of Philadelphia at 1614 E. Passyunk Ave.

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Posted Feb. 26, 2015

Hodge happy to hype 'Private Lives'

Acknowledging acting as “a mercenary profession,” Dan Hodge has derived dollars and distinction for diligently delighting audiences.

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Posted Feb. 27, 2015

SPORTS > FEATURES

By Joseph Myers

Cahillites halt Saints' streak

One could devote days to pondering “could have” scenarios from Monday’s Catholic League boys’ basketball championship game at The Palestra, which Roman Catholic High School, won, 64-59, over Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St.

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Posted Feb. 26, 2015

EPRW: Dinner options

The third annual East Passyunk Restaurant Week is in full swing - taking place through Saturday — and patrons have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious three-course meal for $15, $25 or $35 per person.

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Posted Feb. 24, 2015

Filios steps 'Into the Woods' as Cinderella

Liz Filios has long regarded risk-taking as a requisite to promoting artistic growth. Recently endowed with two enviable accolades for her acting acumen, the 31-year-old is again courting complexity by playing Cinderella in “Into the Woods.”

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Posted Feb. 19, 2015

Bing Bing has arrived

After much anticipation, Bing Bing Dim Sum, 1648 E. Passyunk Ave., opened Monday. To get the low down on the second venture from the Cheu Noodle Bar crew, I chatted with chef/owner Ben Puchowitz.

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Posted Feb. 19, 2015

FOOD & DRINK

By Bill Gelman

Will BYOB’s Pumpkin and Pear Soup

Chef/proprietor Christopher Kearse has a will, but we aren’t just talking about his 28-seat East Passyunk Crossing-based Will BYOB, 1911 E. Passyunk Ave.

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Posted Feb. 23, 2015

Palatable polenta

Appreciators of polenta can sate their passion for the porridge at Le Virtu, 1927 E. Passyunk Ave., who, through chef Joe Cicala, introduced a rustic, daily-changing selection complete with housemade ragus earlier this month. The Abruzzese cuisine staple is available through family-style platters or as an individualized plate, with lamb and rabbit, tomato and wild mushroom ragus as complements for $15. Call 215-271-5626, visit levirtu.com or follow @Joe_Cicala on Twitter. Submit food events and restaurant specials to the South Philly Review at editor@southphillyreview.com....

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Posted Feb. 19, 2015

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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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