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NEWS

By Bill Chenevert

Tariq 'Black Thought' Trotter kickstarts memorial at Audenried

Last year at the BlackStar Film Festival, Mark Ah Savage screened “From Man to Man: The Legacy of Air Smooth – Reflections on the Life of Dr. Shawn L. White.” It’s a 22-minute film that distilled the South Philadelphian’s legacy into four distinct categories: “The Beginning,” “Musician,” “Educator” and “Health.”

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Posted Apr. 18, 2014

NEWS

By Joseph Myers

Potent rodents

At 10:55 p.m. April 2, police took a call for a vandalism in progress on the 1200 block of South 28th Street, learning from the complainant that another woman and a group of unknown females smashed her windows, damaged her screen door and heaved a box of live rats into the house, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said.

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Posted Apr. 11, 2014

NEWS

By Joseph Myers

Body issues

Shortly after 8:45 a.m., authorities extracted the body of a white man from the body of water, having learned of its placement near the 3000 block of Penrose Avenue, Officer Tanya Little of Police Public Affairs said. Officials had not released the identity of the deceased figure as of press time and are investigating the cause of death. To report information, call Public Affairs at 215-686-3388, text PPDTIP (773847) or visit phillypolice.com/forms....

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Posted Apr. 7, 2014

NEWS

By Joseph Myers

Grays Ferry mystery

Police lack a motive and suspects in the Sunday shooting death of a man in Grays Ferry. A little before 3 a.m., the victim, 28-year-old Rashul Isaacs, of 18th Street near Morris Street, absorbed shots to his neck, arms and legs while in a parking lot across from Club 121 on the 1200 block of South 35th Street, Officer Christine O’Brien of the Police Public Affairs Unit said. He died 15 minutes later at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. A stray bullet struck an unidentified 27-year-old man outside the establishment. To report information, call South Detectives at 215-685-1635, text PPDTIP (773847) or visit phillypolice.com/forms....

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Posted Apr. 7, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Doctor’s charges dropped

Four months after his arrest in a Grays Ferry home, orthopedic surgeon Andrew Collier Jr. had charges against him dropped, according to a Tuesday release by the District Attorney’s Office.

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Posted Mar. 28, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Not loving it

Police arrested a North Philly resident for his alleged aggressive behavior at a Grays Ferry McDonald’s Sunday.

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Posted Mar. 28, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Double-teamed

A man fell prey to two offenders in Grays Ferry Saturday night.

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Posted Feb. 27, 2014

NEWS > FEATURES

By Bill Gelman

Bottom Dollar opens in Grays Ferry

The North Carolina-based discount grocer held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday morning at 3000 Grays Ferry Ave.

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Posted Jan. 30, 2014

SPORTS > FEATURES

By Joseph Myers

Prentice a master for Audenried basketball

Regine Prentice prides herself on providing whatever basketball roster she joins with hard work and great expectations. A key contributor to successful squads at Prep Charter High School, 1928 Point Breeze Ave., the 19-year-old senior guard last year sought a chance to change Universal Audenried Charter High School, 3301 Tasker St., into a contender and has reveled in the Rockets’ ascent, a climb that includes Friday’s 57-15 home triumph over the A. Philip Randolph Raptors

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Posted Jan. 29, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Unwarranted incident

Authorities busted a man in Grays Ferry after he pointed a rifle at them.

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Posted Jan. 16, 2014

Depressed male missing

A non-English speaking male suffering from depression and schizophrenia went missing early Sunday morning in the vicinity of the South Street Bridge.

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Posted Jan. 9, 2014

Principled Pronouncement

Merriment mattered most Saturday at Universal Audenried Charter High School, 3301 Tasker St., as revelers united for Kwanzaabration, a festival promoting the seven-day examination of cultural integrity among African Americans.

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Posted Jan. 2, 2014

» COMMUNITY PROFILE

Grays Ferry


Boundaries: Grays Ferry to Passyunk avenues, 25th Street to the Schuylkill River

 

Origin of Name: The area was named after George Gray who operated a ferry there in 1747. He and his familial descendants were in charge of this ferry until the American Revolution. Then, it became a floating bridge.

 

Brief history: The economic development of local mills and factories started attracting master craftsmen to the neighborhood in the 1860s. Earlier in the 19th century, the Schuylkill Arsenal, which has a historical marker at Washington and Grays Ferry avenues, is where Meriwether Lewis bought supplies in preparation for the Lewis and Clark Expedition from 1803-'06. The factory also supplied military goods for the Civil War and the two World Wars.

 

Famous Residents: Jerry Rullo, who played pro basketball with the 1947 Philadelphia Warriors; Former Pennsylvania Secretary of State Basil L. Merenda of the 1900 block of South Hollywood Street; John Wanamaker was born in Grays Ferry in 1838; Joseph Brown created the statues of the athletes outside of Veterans Stadium.

 

Major Landmarks: Conrail Bridge, aka 25th Street Bridge; Audenried High, 33rd and Tasker streets; the former St. John Neumann High, 26th and Moore; Philadelphia branch of the Trigen Energy Corp., 3501 Grays Ferry Ave.; Sunoco Refinery, 3144 W. Passyunk Ave., and a quirk: A tiny area called The Forgotten Bottom in the refinery’s shadow on 34th Street.

 

Architecture: Brick rowhomes; several blocks have elevated front lawns.

 

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 8th, Anthony H. Williams (D)

State House District: 182nd, Brian K. Sims (D) and 186th, Jordan Harris (D)

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

Ward: 30th and 48th

Police District: 1st (south of Moore), Capt. Louis Campione and Community Relations Officer Paul Bryson; 17th (north of Moore), Capt. Martin Derbyshire and Community Relations Officer Freddie McCrea

Civic Groups: Grays Ferry Community Council

Libraries: Queen Memorial, 1201 S. 23rd St.

Schools: James Alcorn School, 32nd and Dickinson streets; Charles Y. Audenried High, 3301 Tasker St.; St. Gabriel, 2917 Dickinson St.

Places Of Worship: Assumption of the Holy Virgin Orthodox Church, 2800 Snyder Ave.; Butler Memorial Baptist Church, 1210 S. 35th St.; Consolation Baptist Church, 2500 Wharton St.; Greater Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 1219 S. 26th St.; Hope Presbyterian Church, 33rd and Wharton streets; John Chambers Memorial Presbyterian Church, 28th and Morris streets; Light of the World Chapel, 1256 S. 31st St.; The Lighthouse Christian Center, 30th and Wharton streets; Memorial Chapel of Holy Communion Rectory, 2631 Wharton St.; Miracle Temple of Christ, 2600 Tasker St.; Peoples Mission Church, 2536 Wilder St.; St. Aloysius Church, 2600 Tasker St.; St. Gabriel’s Roman Catholic Church, 2917 Dickinson St.; Williams Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 3133 Reed St.; Zion Hill Memorial Baptist Church, 2702 Ellsworth St.

Rec Centers: South Philadelphia Rainbow Community Center, 2632 Reed St.; Vare, 26th and Morris streets; Wilson Park Senior Center, 2508 Jackson St.

Parks: Donald P. Finnegan Playground, 30th and Oakford; Lanier Playground, 30th and Tasker streets; Stinger Square Playground, 32nd and Reed streets.





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