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Academy Park High graduate and resident of the 1400 block of South Taylor Street Nahkera Ffrench embarks on her collegiate journey to East Stroudsurg University with a full scholarship and a decorated scholastic career.

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Posted Aug. 26, 2014

Tith’s pith

A recent graduate of Universal Audenried Charter High School, Monica Tith will be attending Neumann University in the fall.

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Posted Aug. 14, 2014

Brazenly burned

A Grays Ferry-based attack left a man with serious burns Friday.

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Posted Aug. 1, 2014

Grays Ferry Gloaming

A splendid sunset appeared on the South Philly horizon at Grays Ferry and Washington avenues July 24.

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Posted Jul. 31, 2014

Martorano’s Bucatini Carbonara

Stepping into the newly opened Martorano’s at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, guests quickly notice this is not the typical upscale Italian restaurant, as disco balls dangle from the ceiling and unedited clips of “Casino” and “The Untouchables” play on the screens.

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Posted Jul. 31, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Jeremiah Jakson detained on murder charge

The Philadelphia Police Department’s Homicide Division confirmed Tuesday that personnel located a Toyota RAV4 belonging to Laura Araujo on the 1600 block of South Bambrey Street. The vehicle’s whereabouts had been a mystery since Monday’s announcement of her death in North Philly.

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Posted Jul. 17, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Shooting for the bars

Police detained a Grays Ferry resident for his alleged involvement in a spring shooting.

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Posted Jul. 3, 2014

Kickball signups

Don’t Shoot...I Want a Future is taking registrations for its kickball season, which will Saturdays from June 28 to August 23 at Donald Finnegan Playground, 30th and Oakford streets.

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Posted Jun. 26, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Painful pedaling

Authorities are seeking a pair of men who shot at three teenagers in the Grays Ferry/Southbrook Park section Friday.

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Posted Jun. 13, 2014

NEWS > FEATURES

By Bill Chenevert

St. Gabriel learners sampling Healthy Futures

Lisa Mollure’s fourth-grade class at Saint Gabriel School, 2917 Dickinson St., is one of the lucky groups of kids targeted by the Independence Blue Cross Foundation’s Healthy Futures initiative. This year and for the next two, they’ll be subject to a three-pronged wellness effort that takes aim at childhood health.

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Posted Jun. 6, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Duo sought

Authorities are hoping to obtain two figures for their robbery of a Grays Ferry business.

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Posted Jun. 5, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Bill Gelman

Incendiary matter

A Grays Ferry learning institution sustained smoke and soot damage due to a Saturday fire.

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Posted May. 29, 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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