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By Bill Chenevert

Music’s march back to Southern

“Today I want to tell the city of Selma, today I want to say to the state of Alabama, today I want to say to the people of America and the nations of the world, that we are not about to turn around. We are on the move now,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said on the steps of the Montgomery, Alabama state house on March 25, 1965.

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Posted Jan. 22, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Witnessing the wickedness

Authorities are seeking the man who tried to rob an automatic teller machine in Lower Moyamensing.

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Posted Jan. 22, 2015

Boarding the L-Train

As part of his jersey retirement ceremony Saturday at South Philadelphia High School, 2101 S. Broad St., Lionel Simmons, second from left, fraternized with teammates who helped the Rams to claim the 1986 Public League championship.

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Posted Dec. 24, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Warding off woe

A woman escaped a touchy situation in Lower Moyamensing last week.

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Posted Dec. 24, 2014

SouthHouse’s Whole Roasted Cauliflower

Thomas Day III will undoubtedly deem 2014 a seminal year, as March marked his graduation from The Art Institute of Philadelphia and Dec. 5 initiated his executive chef sojourn at SouthHouse, 2535 S. 13th St.

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Posted Dec. 24, 2014

SPORTS > FEATURES

By Joseph Myers

Lionel Simmons immortalized at Southern

Lionel Simmons scored 1,539 points when hitting the hardwood for South Philadelphia High School, 2101 S. Broad St., making him the site’s all-time leading marksman, but the Queen Village product produced a different sort of point at his alma mater Saturday, one that has helped his evolution from eminent athlete to humble humanitarian.

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Posted Dec. 24, 2014

NEWS > NEWS BRIEFS

By Joseph Myers

Collecting holiday wishes

Cookie Bocchino is once again ready to deliver holiday cheer to area children as part of the South Philly Review’s annual Toy Drive.

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Posted Dec. 19, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Losing his nerve

A man remains at large after gaining access to a home in Lower Moyamensing.

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Posted Dec. 18, 2014

Expanding the Maglio’s legacy

A South Philly stalwart started a new chapter last week as Maglio Sausage Co. opened up a deli-style destination dubbed The Market at Maglio’s at its warehouse location on 3632 S. Third Street.

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Posted Dec. 11, 2014

NEWS > NEWS BRIEFS

By Bill Gelman

South Philly Review's annual Toy Drive

Unwrapped items are being collected through Dec. 19.

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Posted Dec. 5, 2014

NEWS > NEWS BRIEFS

By SPR Staff

Highlight of the day

NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, best known as the “Human Highlight Film,” visited the South Philly Review office last week as part of his campaign to promote Diabetes Awareness Month.

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Posted Nov. 20, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Devilish duo

Two males assaulted and robbed a man in Lower Moyamensing two weeks ago.

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Posted Nov. 14, 2014

» COMMUNITY PROFILE

Lower Moyamensing


Boundaries: Snyder to Oregon avenues, Broad to Eighth streets

 

Origin of Name: Moyamensing Avenue crosses diagonally through the neighborhood’s boundaries from northeast to southwest. Although situated on the east side of Broad, the postal designation for Moyamensing Avenue, south of Snyder Avenue, is “West.” Since this is confusing, the designation “Lower” was chosen. Soon after, “LoMo,” an abbreviation of Lower Moyamensing, became a common term.

 

Brief History: Moyamensing Township included ground turned over by the Dutch to the English and Wicaco, except such parts of the latter that were in Southwark. Its northern boundary was South Street and below the existing parts of Southwark; its eastern boundary was the Delaware River, and its western boundary was Schuylkill Sixth, now known as 17th Street.

In 1816, Moyamensing was estimated to be 3 miles by 2 miles over 2,560 acres. By act of March 24, 1812, its inhabitants were incorporated as “the township of Moyamensing.”

In April 4, 1831, the township was divided into East and West. It was one of the earliest created after the settlement of Pennsylvania, and became part of Philadelphia in 1854.

Moyamensing Prison was built between 1822-35 at 10th and Reed streets. A portion of it also housed a Debtors Prison. The structure was demolished in 1967.

 

Famous residents: Robert Marcucci, of 10th and Porter streets, discovered and managed Frankie Avalon of 10th Street and Moyamensing Avenue and Fabian of 11th and Shunk streets; Bobby Rydell is a singer from the 2400 block of South 11th Street

 

Major Landmarks: The Brush Factory; Epiphany of Our Lord Church, 1144 Jackson St., which was established in 1889; Methodist Hospital, Broad and Wolf streets.

 

U.S. Congressional District: 1st, Bob Brady (D)

U.S. Senators: Bob Casey (D); Pat Toomey (R)

Pennsylvania Governor: Tom Corbett (R)

State Senate District: 1st, Lawrence M. Farnese Jr. (D)

State House District: 184th, William F. Keller (D)

City Council District: 1st, Mark Squilla (D)

Ward: 39th

Police District: 3rd, Capt. Michael Ryan; Community Relations Officers Ace Delgado and Gary Harkins

Civic Groups and Town Watches: Lower Moyamensing Civic Association; South Broad Street Neighborhood Association; South Philadelphia Communities Civic Association

Library: Fumo Family Branch, 2437 S. Broad St.

Schools: Our Lady of Hope Regional Catholic School, 1248 Jackson St.; Abram S. Jenks School, 2501 S. 13th St.; Francis Scott Key School, 2230 S. Eighth St.; Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School, 2407 S. Broad; South Philadelphia High, 2101 S. Broad St.

Places of Worship: City Church of Philadelphia, 2311 S. 13th St., and Epiphany of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church, 1121 Jackson St.

Recreation Center: Ford P.A.L. Center, 609 Snyder Ave.

Parks: Mifflin Square Park, Sixth and Wolf streets; Weinberg Park, Sixth and Jackson streets; and Marconi Plaza, Broad Street and Oregon Avenue.