By Bill Chenevert
When Philadelphia rapper and South Philly favorite Meek Mill decided he wanted to give back to his city, he came to the mayor’s office. Tumar Alexander, the Mayor’s Deputy Director of Legislative and Community Affairs, connected the dots and put Mill in the capable hands of one of South Philly’s biggest community heroes – Anton Moore and his philanthropic organization, Unity in the Community.
By Joseph Myers
Entering a Grays Ferry rowhome at around 4:40 p.m. Nov. 26, police supposedly encountered Dr. Andrew Collier Jr., whom the website for the Philadelphia Orthopaedic Associates, 2410 S. Broad St., has listed as a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, writing prescriptions, Officer Jill Russell of the Police Public Affairs Unit said.
At the corner of the 2600 block of Morris Street Saturday, the Vare Recreation Center hosted an afternoon of free Thanksgiving food, vaccinations, health screens including rapid Hep C and HIV tests, flu shots and entertainment, all made possible by a collaboration between the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School’s Management 100 class and the local organization, BEBASHI.
Authorities are seeking information leading to the arrest of two males involved in a Grays Ferry burglary.
On November 22, 1963, I was in first grade at St. Gabriel’s Parochial School, 2917 Dickinson St., being taught by the Sisters of Immaculate Heart of Mary.
A woman became involved in a scuffle over her purse in Grays Ferry Saturday, leading to the arrest of an alleged thief.
An aggressive purse pursuer left a woman injured last week in Grays Ferry.
A cigarette-seeking man robbed a woman Monday morning in Grays Ferry.
Deeming polo his “passport to the world,” Kareem Rosser has seen his commitment to becoming an accomplished competitor yield journeys to Asia and Africa. While international travel has proven enlightening, the ex-Grays Ferry dweller also enjoys treks throughout America to tout the “sport of kings” and will revel in another trip Nov. 1 to 2 when he captains the Work to Ride squad at the Scottsdale Ferrari-Maserati Polo Championships.
Two digits have played sad parts in the life of Tyrique Glasgow, 11, the amount of gunshot wounds he has received, and five, the total years he spent incarcerated for drug distribution. The resident of the 1500 block of South Etting Street, however, seems destined to focus on the number one, as that will teach everyone about each individual’s potential.
Harry McKay has grappled with serious emotional and physical pain over his 66-year existence, the latest example being the task of recovering from a broken neck suffered in July. No matter the amount of anguish heaped upon him, he has preached the power of God’s love, encouraging other Grays Ferry dwellers to see sobriety as a key means to realize that gift.
As a former Philly school teacher, Megan Rosenbach has firsthand knowledge of the obstacles inside the classroom; therefore, she had a plan when she and husband Ben bought a house on the 1500 block of South 15th Street.
» COMMUNITY PROFILE
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)
Pennsylvania Governor: Tom Corbett (R)
State Senate District 8th, Anthony H. Williams (D)
City Council District: 2nd, Kenyatta Johnson (D)
Ward: 30th and 48th
Civic Groups: Grays Ferry Community Council
Libraries: Queen Memorial, 1201 S. 23rd 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.