By Bill Chenevert
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.”
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.
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....
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....
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.
Police arrested a North Philly resident for his alleged aggressive behavior at a Grays Ferry McDonald’s Sunday.
A man fell prey to two offenders in Grays Ferry Saturday night.
The North Carolina-based discount grocer held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday morning at 3000 Grays Ferry Ave.
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
Authorities busted a man in Grays Ferry after he pointed a rifle at them.
A non-English speaking male suffering from depression and schizophrenia went missing early Sunday morning in the vicinity of the South Street Bridge.
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.
» 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.