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By Joseph Myers

Closing crime

Police are looking for a man who assaulted a fast food employee in Grays Ferry.

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Posted Nov. 21, 2014

NEWS

By Joseph Myers

Creamy badness

At 10 p.m. Sunday, the complainant was unloading his vehicle on the 1600 block of South 31st Street when a group of five to six unknown individuals approached him, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said.

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Posted Nov. 7, 2014

NEWS

By Joseph Myers

Alleged burglar caught

Authorities arrested a Southwest Philly man for supposedly burglarizing a Grays Ferry car facility.

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Posted Oct. 30, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Breaker, breaker

The Philadelphia Police Department is looking for two suspects who burglarized a Grays Ferry car facility.

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Posted Oct. 23, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Who shot me?

A Grays Ferry man suffered a gunshot wound to the head from an unknown figure Sunday.

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Posted Oct. 23, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Crash course

A man attempting to fend off a gun-toting individual crashed into a light pole in Grays Ferry Friday.

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Posted Oct. 23, 2014

NEWS > FEATURES

By Amanda L. Snyder

Kicking healthy beats at Audenried

A study conducted by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program, deemed Philadelphia the least healthy county in the state this year, with 31 percent of adult Philadelphians considered obese and 29 percent tabbed physically inactive.

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Posted Oct. 23, 2014

SPORTS

By Joseph Myers

Bubba Baseball Academy is a hit

Growing up as a fan of the New York Yankees, Kevin Schneider fostered fascination with classy competitors such as Derek Jeter, Don Mattingly, Paul O’Neill and Bernie Williams.

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Posted Sep. 18, 2014

No Pressure at all

A new year commenced at Universal Audenried Charter High School, 3301 Tasker St., with learners and staffers picking up additional novelty in the form of the Grays Ferry site’s recently formed health-care program.

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Posted Sep. 18, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Out of order

Police are seeking three males for robbing a deliveryman in Grays Ferry Sunday.

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Posted Sep. 11, 2014

Full Ride Provided

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. 14, 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

» 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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