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NEWS

By Anthony Maiorana

A source of solace

On the morning of March 3, students gathered in the library of St. Gabriel School, 2917 Dickinson St., and listened to Chief Inspector Joe Sullivan of the Philadelphia Police Department read Dr. Seuss' "Green Eggs and Ham,' a childhood favorite of the guest.

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Posted Mar. 5, 2015

NEWS

By Joseph Myers

In a pickle

Police are looking for a man who threatened to shoot up a Grays Ferry eatery.

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Posted Mar. 5, 2015

NEWS

By Joseph Myers

Grays Ferry grief

Law enforcement agents responded to a 2:15 a.m. person-with-a-gun call on Feb.26 and reported to the 2700 block of Latona Street, finding the aforementioned males unresponsive on the highway, Officer Christine O'Brien of the Police Public Affairs Unit said.

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Posted Mar. 5, 2015

SPORTS

By Joseph Myers

Audenried's Tucker desiring state basketball distinction

When she tore a knee as freshman at the now-shuttered Germantown High School, Romeira Tucker feared she might never play basketball again,

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Posted Mar. 5, 2015

NEWS > COVER STORY

By Bill Chenevert

Universal’s Down with the King

“I was that little nerdy weird kid that wore the glasses, and I had A’s across the board, but my world was comic books,” Darryl “DMC” McDaniels said last week to an eager audience of junior and senior scholars at Universal Audenried Charter High, 3301 Tasker St.

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Posted Feb. 26, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Boulevard of broken lives

The Homicide Warrant Unit detained a Grays Ferry resident last week for her alleged role in a vehicular death.

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Posted Feb. 26, 2015

NEWS > COURT REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Hearing continued

Grays Ferry resident Gilbert Bates, who had a Feb. 4 preliminary hearing scheduled, will instead have his date in court April 7 for allegedly shooting a Point Breeze man.

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Posted Feb. 19, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Hold the drama

At 12:35 p.m. Friday, the complainant was at Snyder Supermarket, 2700 Snyder Ave., when an employee accused him of stealing, leading to an argument, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said.

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Posted Feb. 19, 2015

NEWS > COURT REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Court hearing continued

Grays Ferry resident Gilbert Bates, who had a Feb. 4 preliminary hearing scheduled, will instead have his date in court April 7 for his alleged shooting of a Point Breeze man.

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Posted Feb. 12, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Shooter at large

Authorities are looking for help in solving the Jan. 22 shooting death of a Grays Ferry resident.

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Posted Jan. 29, 2015

NEWS > FEATURES

By Bill Chenevert

Rec Center accounting 101

On Jan. 7, City Controller Alan Butkovitz released an audit of the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department’s advisory council and its bank accounts.

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Posted Jan. 16, 2015

Inquiry precedes injury

A teenager received a stab wound from an at-large figure in Grays Ferry.

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Posted Jan. 15, 2015

» 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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