ldle hands are definitely not the devil’s workshop as far as Anthony Renzulli is concerned. Finding himself mostly unoccupied one day four years ago, the Passyunk Square occupant took to the kitchen at Grumpy’s Bar, 1525 S. Ninth St., and initiated his culinary journey, a blessing that has led to his ownership status at Antney’s Grub, 2655 S. Juniper St.
By Joseph Myers
Four men robbed a man in Lower Moyamensing Monday.
By Joseph Myers
If you have walked by the South Philly Review office within the last week, your eyes have met this sign. The publication will be moving soon, but rest assured that we will retain our presence in South Philly and will continue to chronicle the issues that are of the utmost importance to you and yours.
South Philly is still digging itself out of Winter Storm Jonas several days after snowfall ceased. And there was a lot: at the Philadelphia International Airport, the official measurement was 22.4 inches; the Lehigh Valley Airport recorded nearly 32 inches of snowfall; and most reports are declaring Jonas the fourth-biggest snowfall in 132 years of record-keeping.
On a cold Monday, there’s much warmth in the small first-floor room of what’s known as Southeast by Southeast, 2106 S. Eighth St., where the Philadelphia Refugee Mental Health Collaborative (PRMHC) offers all kinds of services to engage the robust immigrant communities in South Philly.
Stuffed peppers have long enjoyed status as global goodies, with numerous cultures crafting delectable versions. Anyone familiar with South Philly knows how much locals love fulfilling their vegetable needs through these offerings, so give a nod to Melissa Rivera for going green.
Have you had a rough go of it lately? Are you finding yourself wondering why so many people are ultra excited about a new year while you cannot muster a smile?
In a few different ways, “Nikki” is what Jason Douglas calls “so South Philly.” The 46-minute film that he produced and directed with the help of James Daly and screenwriter Steven Ziegler tells the story of Nikki Milano, a dancer with Down syndrome and indomitable spirit.
New Jersey has won over the will of numerous South Philly natives, leading them to purchase homes and/or establish businesses within its expanse. As tempting as The Garden State often proves, it could not convince Nick Maiale Jr. to abandon his abode, and since 1997, locals have loved reaping the rewards of his decision, consistently courting the wares at Lil’ Nick’s Deli, 1311 W. Moyamensing Ave.
Now through Christmas, Bomb Bomb BBQ Grill & Italian Restaurant, 1026 Wolf St., is holding its CalamariFest, with numerous entrees and appetizers available, including stuffed calamari and calamari and peas.
In May 2004, then-South Philly Review editor Sandra Pilla wrote a very touching tribute to Sherwood Baker, the foster son of Al Zappala. Zappala grew up on the 2500 block of South 12th Street and moved back into the house where he was raised with his second wife, Joan Kosloff, almost 16 years ago to take care of his ailing mother.
By Joseph Myers
With the big 4-0 a little under 10 months away, Charlie Gagliardi knows the value of constantly striving to better oneself and of not succumbing to the pressure that external factors love to place on one’s resolve.
» COMMUNITY PROFILE
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)
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)
Police District: 3rd, Capt. Michael Ryan; Community Relations Officers Ace Delgado and Gary Harkins
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.