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By Joseph Myers

Taking a stab

Authorities are searching for clues in a stabbing that occurred in Grays Ferry Friday.

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Posted Jul. 23, 2015

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By Joseph Myers

A shot at redemption

Authorities are trying to track down a male who shot another male in Grays Ferry.

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Posted Jul. 16, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Childhood trauma

At 11:37 a.m. Friday, police responded to a person-with-a-gun call on the 2700 block of Earp Street and encountered a hysterical complainant, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said.

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Posted Jul. 16, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Confusing catastrophe

Gunfire in Grays Ferry left one man dead and two others injured Tuesday.

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Posted Jul. 9, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Mayhem on Mifflin

A teenager suffered two gunshot wounds in Grays Ferry last week.

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Posted Jul. 9, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Shooting pain

At approximately 11:10 p.m. Monday, 17th District police officers responded to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for the report of a shooting victim, Officer Christine O’Brien of the Police Public Affairs Unit said.

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Posted Jul. 9, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Arrest that man!

Police detained a Grays Ferry man for allegedly stabbing a male in their neighborhood.

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Posted Jul. 2, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Incapacitated

A man lost consciousness from a chokehold applied to him during a Grays Ferry robbery.

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Posted Jun. 29, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Clear and present strangers

An older adult escaped injury in Grays Ferry Friday after two at-large figures accosted him.

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Posted May. 21, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

A second opinion

Authorities arrested a Grays Ferry man for supposedly burglarizing a nearby establishment.

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Posted May. 21, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Un-fare practice

Authorities are seeking a man who assaulted a taxi driver in Grays Ferry.

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Posted May. 15, 2015

Rev. Douglas McKay named St. Rita Peace Award Winner

With Jesus Christ as his magnanimous model, Rev. Douglas McKay likewise looks to let lost sheep know they have immeasurable value to the world. For his efforts to help Grays Ferry’s harried herd, the 64-year-old founder and chaplain of Our House Ministries Inc, 1439 S. 29th St., will receive the St. Rita Peace Award, becoming the first locally-based honoree of The National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia, 1166 S. Broad St.

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Posted May. 1, 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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