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By Joseph Myers

Tripling the trouble

The employee of the Get-A-Cab taxi company, told authorities that at 3:26 a.m. Saturday, two males and a female flagged him at the corner of Broad and Wharton streets, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. Upon taking them to 28th and Tasker streets, the motorist had guns pointed at him, with the lead offender telling him to give him his money.

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Posted Feb. 11, 2016

NEWS

By Joseph Myers

No sureties in shooting

A drive-by shooting left a teen boy and an adult male injured in Southbrook Park last week.

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Posted Feb. 4, 2016

NEWS

By Joseph Myers

Hitting “reset”

A man who robbed a Grays Ferry residence remains on the loose.

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Posted Jan. 21, 2016

NEWS

By Joseph Myers

Running on empty

Police are after three men who sought to rob a man in Grays Ferry Monday.

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Posted Jan. 21, 2016

NEWS

By Joseph Myers

Counting on confounding

A man remains on the run following his Monday robbery of a Grays Ferry business.

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Posted Jan. 7, 2016

NEWS

By Joseph Myers

No respect for the law

A police officer arrived on the 2600 block of Wharton Street at 6:40 p.m. Dec. 14 for a person-with-a-weapon call and met with a witness who told him the gun-carrying individual was at the intersection of 27th and Earp streets.

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Posted Dec. 17, 2015

NEWS

By Joseph Myers

Dangerous duo

Authorities are seeking the public’s help in detaining two men who attempted to rob a Grays Ferry business.

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Posted Dec. 3, 2015

NEWS

By Joseph Myers

Going after Gilliam

The United States Marshals Service is looking for the public’s input in securing a Grays Ferry man wanted for attempted murder.

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Posted Nov. 25, 2015

NEWS

By Joseph Myers

The younger they are...

Police detained four minors for supposedly robbing a delivery man of his automobile and cash in Grays Ferry.

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Posted Nov. 25, 2015

NEWS

By Joseph Myers

Not under wraps

Police hope this image will lead to the capture of the perpetrator of a Grays Ferry-based theft.

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Posted Nov. 12, 2015

NEWS

By Bill Chenevert

Bridging gaps in Grays Ferry

In the waning days of October, Philadelphia got great news with the announcement of federal funding awarded to three projects via Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant money from the Department of Transportation.

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Posted Nov. 13, 2015

NEWS

By Joseph Myers

Late-night lunacy

A man robbed a Grays Ferry-situated watering hole last week.

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Posted Nov. 5, 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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