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NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Hoodlums’ harassment

Two males robbed a pair of women in Girard Estate last week.

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Posted Jul. 24, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Hoodlums’ harassment

Two males robbed a pair of women in Girard Estate Sunday.

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Posted Jul. 17, 2014

FOOD & DRINK > RESTAURANT REVIEWS

By Phyllis Stein-Novack

Taproom on 19th

The tradition of the American taproom harks back to colonial times when men sought a pint of beer after a long day of work. Although our Founding Fathers found refuge in the City Tavern or at Ben Franklin’s dining table where spirits flowed freely, the ordinary lads drank in simple surrounding

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Posted Jul. 10, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Father absolved

More than three years after his placement on administrative leave, a priest with ties to a Girard Estate parish can return to ministry.

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Posted Jun. 13, 2014

NEWS > COURT REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Mob soldier sentenced

Through an investigation involving multiple law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, the Philadelphia Police Department and the Pennsylvania State Police, the United States Attorney’s Office last week sentenced Eric Esposito to a 27-month prison stay for participation in a Girard Estate-based illegal gambling business.

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Posted Jun. 6, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Inconvenient occurrence

Authorities headed to CVS, 1901 Oregon Ave., at 11:05 p.m. Saturday to handle a complaint. Meeting with staff and a witness, they learned two males entered the site and used handguns to make demands for cash, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said.

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Posted May. 29, 2014

SPORTS > FEATURES

By Joseph Myers

GAMP registers romp in postseason tilt

Jacob Kurtz entered Girard Academic Music Program, 2136 W. Ritner St., nearly eight years ago with immense interest in mastering the violin. Fortunately for the site’s baseball team, the West Philly inhabitant soon showed a propensity for propelling and smacking fastballs, too

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Posted May. 23, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Faulty wiring

Two men remain on the loose after robbing a Girard Estate establishment Monday.

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Posted May. 23, 2014

FOOD & DRINK > RESTAURANT REVIEWS

By Phyllis Stein-Novack

Cousin’s Grubhouse

Like baseball and jazz, Sunday brunch has become a tradition in America. It is almost unheard of in other countries. The options for this meal run the gamut from coffee and a croissant to high end fancy buffets served in hotels. There is always a line at Sabrina’s, Morning Glory, The Side Car and Hawthorne’s, and I have never been disappointed with my meal at these South Philly restaurants.

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Posted May. 8, 2014

NEWS

By Bill Chenevert

Kenyatta Johnson, Felicia Punzo target bullying

Felicia Punzo asked an auditorium full of fifth through eighth graders all kinds of questions Friday afternoon at the Girard Academic Music Program, 2136 Ritner St.

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Posted Apr. 3, 2014

SPORTS > FEATURES

By Joseph Myers

Dundovich prepping Rizzo Rink netminders

As a nimble netminder, Peter Dundovich has thwarted thousands of shots over the last two decades, finding favor with numerous clubs, including his beloved Philadelphia Flyers. Believing the art of stopping rubber to be the marriage of a flexible frame and a malleable mind, the 29-year-old has commenced coaching young goaltenders, with Rizzo Rink, 1101 S. Front St., his local location for bestowing education.

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Posted Mar. 20, 2014

NEWS > FEATURES

By Bill Chenevert

Hometown hoagie heroes

For some South Philadelphians, best hoagie could be considered the Holy Grail of Readers’ Choice Awards. For the people to speak and shout PrimoHoagies, 1528 W. Ritner St., as their favorite has got to be why Primo’s has become what we’ve seen it become over the past 15 years. The original location on an unassuming strip of Ritner that’s dotted with savory and sweet foods, has been the anchor of a business that’s blossomed into a 90-shop franchise.

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Posted Mar. 14, 2014

» COMMUNITY PROFILE

Girard Estate


Boundaries: Passyunk to Oregon avenues, 17th to 25th streets. The Girard Estate historic district — the only one in South Philly — is roughly bounded by 17th to 22nd streets, Porter to Shunk streets and 21st to 22nd streets, Passyunk to Shunk.

 

Origin of Name: The area was established by the deed of Stephen Girard, a French merchant.

 

Brief history: Stephen Girard landed in Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War. In 1797, he purchased a farm  he named "The Places" at the southern end of Philadelphia County, an area known as Passyunk Township. The original farmhouse, along with the two later additions built by Girard, still stand today at 21st and Shunk streets. Although Girard never lived in the farmhouse, his daily regimen included visits to the farm where he would perform much of the manual labor himself.

In 1830, the Horticulture Society of Pennsylvania recognized the farm for being among the best in the country noting the orchard included Seckel pears that were “second to none,” and the gardens included America’s first artichokes as well as a variety of other fine vegetables. Fruits, lemons, mandarin oranges and the only known citrons grown in this country filled his greenhouse while the land was profuse with jasminion bushes and 20-foot high Marseillaise fig trees.

Girard and his attorney, William Duane, spent many hours at the farmhouse composing Girard's will. When he died in 1831, most of his $6-million estate was left to the City of Philadelphia. Girard’s will stated; however, the city must establish a college for poor white boys in his name, and his house must not be sold. In response to the second stipulation, the Board of Recreation Tours of City Trusts developed Girard Estate, which initially were all rental homes, between 1907 and 1916. The planning of these homes was loosely based on the "Garden City" concept by Ebenezer Howard and were designed by the father-and-son team of James and John Windrim. Envisioned as a low density, semi-suburban setting with modest lawns and cottage-like twin houses, the Girard Estate homes reflect the popular styles of the early 20th century. In 1950, the city received permission to sell all 481 homes to private owners. Within two years, all were sold.

 

Famous Residents: Stephen Girard

 

Major Landmarks: Donatucci Library (formerly Passyunk Library), 1935 Shunk St., was constructed in 1914 through a grant from railroad tycoon Andrew Carnegie; Girard Park, site of Girard’s farm and house, between 21st and 22nd streets and Porter and Shunk; Quartermaster Plaza, 23rd Street and Oregon Avenue.

 

Architecture: Outside of the Girard Estate historical district, two-story brick rowhomes built in late 1910s and ’20s are most prevalent. Within the district, architect James H. Windrim, along with son John, built semi-detached homes from 1906-16 in many styles, including bungalow, prairie, mission, Jacobean revival and Colonial revival. Homeowners must follow guidelines set by the Philadelphia Historical Commission to preserve the aesthetics of the homes.

 

U.S. Congressional District: 2nd, Chaka Fattah (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: 185th, Maria Donatucci (D)

City Council District: 2nd, Kenyatta Johnson (D)

Ward: 26th

Police District: 1st, Capt. Louis Campione; Community Relations Officer Paul Bryson

Civic Groups: Broad Street West Civic Association; Girard Estate Area Residents; Girard Estate Neighbors' Association

Libraries: Donatucci, 1935 Shunk St.

Schools: St. Monica Junior School, 17th and Ritner streets, and Senior School, 16th and Porter streets; Girard Academic Music Program (once Edgar Allen Poe School), 22nd and Ritner streets; Philadelphia Job Corps, 2810 S. 20th St., Building 12

Places Of Worship: Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church, 2310 S. 24th St.; Monica Roman Catholic Church, 1714 W. Ritner St.; St. Edmond's Church, 2130 S. 21st St.; and Trinity Lutheran Church, 2300 S. 18th St., and

Rec Centers: Guerin Recreation Center, 16th and Jackson streets in Newbold.

Parks: Girard Park, 21st and Shunk streets.





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