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By Joseph Myers

Louis "Red" Klotz passes

Many observers dub the Chicago Cubs lovable losers since they have gone 106 years without winning the World Series, but the Illinois-situated athletes have nothing on the Washington Generals, who, under the guidance of Louis “Red” Klotz, dutifully dueled against the Harlem Globetrotters for decades. No matter how many losses he and his charges endured, the coach maintained a persistence-pays-off mentality consistent with his South Philly upbringing. The 93-year-old pioneer, who inspired so many cheers, prompted the flow of tears Saturday, as he died at his Margate, N.J. home. “The Harlem Globetrotters organization is extremely saddened by the passing of Red Klotz, and our deepest sympathies go out to his entire family,” CEO Kurt Schneider said in a press release of the figure’s clan, which includes wife Gloria, six children, 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. “His love of the game — and his love of people — will certainly be missed.” Mr. Klotz honed his hoops passion at South Philadelphia High School, 2101 S. Broad St., leading the Rams to city titles in 1939 and ’40 while twice claiming Player of the Year honors. He furthered his fascination as a Villanova University registrant and a member of the American Basketball League-based...

Posted Jul. 17, 2014

Performing at Awesome Fest

As a coveter of creativity, Ang Bocca has always enjoyed marching to her own tune but never to the detriment of collaboration and camaraderie.

Posted Jul. 17, 2014

Criniti Ristorante Italiano’s Veal San Filippo

Many people hold professional positions that impinge upon their enjoyment of their non-business hours existence. Massimo Criniti, however, lets his job inform his courtship of contentment.

Posted Jul. 10, 2014

Khalil captivates in 'Ritu Comes Home'

Endowed with enviable mental equilibrium, Rebecca Khalil has made the majority of her 19 years a quest to balance expectations and has fervently fought to emerge with a commendable combination of outlooks.

Posted Jun. 19, 2014


By Joseph Myers

NBA immortalizes Eddie Gottlieb

’Tis the season for thrilling slam dunks and adrenaline-inducing three-point shots, as the National Basketball Association nears the crowning of its next champion.

Posted May. 30, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Fighting words

Bickering over parking skills led to a man’s arrest in Lower Moyamensing Monday.

Posted May. 23, 2014

A rewarding occasion:

For achieving impressive results on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, the pupils at Francis Scott Key School, 2230 S. Eighth St., flocked to their site’s library May 8 to pick out rewards.

Posted May. 15, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Crime spree halted

At 11:40 p.m. Saturday, Third District officers stopped 29-year-old Walter Johnson on the 2200 block of South 11th Street and observed gloves; a pry bar; a flashlight bearing the engraving of an East Passyunk Avenue-situated eatery he supposedly entered illegally; and a screwdriver protruding from his back pocket. They had first observed him at 10:15 in the area of the 800 block of Wolf Street and believed he looked similar to the man sought for committing multiple burglaries in the area.

Posted May. 9, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Southern making Public League playoff push

Upon nodding to coach Frank “Roscoe” Natale’s encouraging sentiments Monday at the South Philadelphia super site, 10th and Bigler streets, juniors David Destouet and David Russino rushed to the field to helm their shortstop and second base duties.

Posted May. 8, 2014

Rizzo's burning passion

“Unlike with Police Department people, nobody gets mad at Fire Department personnel because they’re always there for you,” Joseph R. Rizzo said last week of what partially prompted him to join the latter group though the former contained his father and brother Frank. “I loved serving this city and its residents for as long as I did, and I’m proud of what I accomplished.”

Posted Apr. 24, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Within striking distance

Authorities arrested a Northeast Philly man for his alleged attack on another male in Lower Moyamensing Saturday.

Posted Apr. 24, 2014

Jeering Johnny’s

I feel inclined to write on behalf of Johnny Chang’s located at the corner of Broad and Shunk streets.

Posted Apr. 17, 2014


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.