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EPRW menus are online

Running from Feb. 22 to 28, the third annual East Passyunk Restaurant Week will feature 28 establishments, including seven first-time participants, offering three-course meals, with many providing drink pairings, seasonal cocktails and new desserts.

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Posted Jan. 29, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Overnight frustration

A thief made off with merchandise from an East Passyunk Crossing store.

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Posted Jan. 29, 2015

SPORTS > FEATURES

By Joseph Myers

Saints' Kimble keys comeback against Wood

For more than a decade, fans have worn few frowns when supporting the boys’ basketball team at Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St., so their sad countenances as Sunday’s first-half tilt against Archbishop Wood unfolded seemed as out of place as laughter at a funeral.

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Posted Jan. 23, 2015

SPORTS > FEATURES

By Joseph Myers

Neumann-Goretti's Cryor reaches 1,000 points

When she transferred from Prep Charter High School, 1928 Point Breeze Ave., to Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St., in 2013, Ciani Cryor brought a revered pass-first mentality to the basketball team. Discovering the fun of complementing teammates’ buckets with her own, the gutsy guard began to shoot more, with proof of her respectable range coming Jan. 7 when she reached 1,000 career points. “It’s definitely not something I had thought of years ago because as a leader, I saw myself as someone who needed to set people up,” the 17-year-old said Tuesday at her East Passyunk Crossing-based school. “I learned to like scoring and now that I have started to shoot the ball more, I feel I’m more of an asset.” The Southwest Philly inhabitant hit the four-digit milestone in the Saints’ 78-15 home court annihilation of Little Flower. Needing 18 points for the mark, she generated them in the frenetic first quarter, with the historic figure coming via a fastbreak layup. “I have to confess that even though scoring isn’t my main thing, I wanted to hit 1,000 that game because I wanted it out of the way so I could focus on team goals,” Cryor said. “I feel...

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Posted Jan. 15, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Costly caper

Police are searching for a man who robbed an East Passyunk Crossing monetary location.

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Posted Jan. 8, 2015

Blouch doing triple duty for People's Light

Upon his 2009 graduation from the University of the Arts, Jake Blouch adopted a see-what-happens approach to procuring approval as a Philadelphia-based thespian

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Posted Jan. 8, 2015

Impromptu performance

With Christmas carols offering seasonal satisfaction Friday, the corner of South Broad Street and East Passyunk Avenue was the perfect place to catch an unexpected concert from this bagpiper who also happens to be a patient advocate for Kindred Hospital South Philadelphia, 1930 S. Broad St.

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Posted Dec. 24, 2014

Palladino’s grand arrival

East Passyunk Avenue’s foremost stretch, and its most visible, has finally joined the culinary party. Palladino’s, 1934 E. Passyunk Ave., plugged in the bright lights and rolled out the red carpet last week to welcome guests to the Italian steakhouse.

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Posted Dec. 24, 2014

Bundles of Joy

South Philadelphians have spent plenty of dollars to enjoy the scents of Christmas trees, such as these offerings at Broad and McKean streets, and finally the woody wonders will welcome the giddy eyes of local children as they open their gifts.

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Posted Dec. 24, 2014

Conallen comedic in 'The Santaland Diaries'

Keith J. Conallen considers himself “a huge Christmas fan,” even confessing that he owns 62 albums of seasonal tunes.

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Posted Dec. 19, 2014

Paradiso’s Warm Octopus Salad

Lately, the news along East Passyunk Avenue seems to be all about who, what and when, referring to the next highly anticipated restaurant opening.

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Posted Dec. 11, 2014

FOOD & DRINK > RESTAURANT REVIEWS

By Phyllis Stein-Novack

Danté Espresso Bar Cafe

Nestled among Laurel, Townsend and Paradiso on East Passyunk Avenue is Danté Espresso Bar Cafe.

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Posted Dec. 11, 2014

» COMMUNITY PROFILE

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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