By Joseph Myers
A Lower Moyamensing home invasion left a resident minus $12,000 last week. The property owner told authorities that at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 26, he heard a knock on the door of his abode on the 2500 block of South Jessup Street and glimpsed outside to see a man holding a package, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. When he opened the door, the complainant soon found himself under attack, as the package-bearing individual and another figure, whom he believed to be a woman, knocked him to the ground, smashed his face into the floor and started to tie him up with rope. The second offender eventually went to the second floor for an instant, with the first demanding that the victim not look up, Tolliver said, and the two fleeing soon after. The intruders were clad in dark clothing and wore black ski masks, leading the complainant’s being able only to presume the second was a woman. Sustaining minor injuries to his face, the homeowner also reported the aforementioned sum missing. To report information, call South Detectives at 215-685-1635, text PPDTIP (773847) or visit phillypolice.com/forms....
A few blocks of Oregon Avenue were blocked off Sunday, with Cookie’s Tavern, 2654 S. Alder St., seated at the heart of the event as hundreds of Marines marked their birthday. Beer flowed into yellow plastic mugs, with attendees smoking cigars and consuming hot dogs en masse, and a marching and rock band entertaining in the early afternoon chill.
Four hundred kindergartners, first- and second-graders packed into the gymnasium at the Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School, 2407 S. Broad St., Tuesday morning to get a tutorial on standing up to bullying. The Harlem Globetrotters sent one of their stars, a Pennsylvania hero, to give them easily digestible and highly repeatable mantras for making their school a better social environment and to work towards making the building bully-free.
By Joseph Myers
A longtime fan of William Shakespeare, Akeem Davis can especially appreciate Polonius, the “Hamlet” character who tells his son Laertes “To thine own self be true.” Fascinated with being honest to himself and his craft, the Lower Moyamensing actor is baring his soul for Simpatico Theatre Project as Oshoosi Size, a parolee seeking redemption and rejuvenation in Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “The Brothers Size.”
By Lauren Hertzler
For many recent immigrants in South Philly, being able to acquire the news in their native language is a difficult, yet very necessary, task. Chris Randolph, of 11th and Shunk streets, is hoping to bridge that barrier through the South Philadelphia Community Radio, a new project he started for the area.
Commencing an Oct. 10 rally outside A.S. Jenks Academics Plus School, 2501 S. 13th St., home and school association president Kimberly Moore tabbed the location “a gem in South Philadelphia.”
With assists from the Sixers Flight Squad and Dream Team, students at South Philadelphia High School, 2101 S. Broad St., enjoyed a back-to-school prep rally Tuesday afternoon.
Jason Douglas DanceAdelphia, 1100 Snyder Ave., will host a Party in Pink Zumbathon 11:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Oct. 13, with proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s battle against breast cancer. Registration begins 10:30 a.m., with a raffle and awards ceremony recognizing the individual who sold the most tickets lasting from 3:15 to 5 p.m.
Three months into his time in the United States, then-freshman Wei Chen became a victim of violence at South Philadelphia High School, 2101 S. Broad St.
Principal Otis D. Hackney III and colleagues welcomed learners Monday morning at South Philadelphia High School, 2101 S. Broad St.
The vandalism was reported at 7:45 a.m. on the 2600 block of South Juniper Street, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. A 76-year-old man’s 2000 Dodge, a 23-year-old man’s 1993 Ford, a 42-year-old woman’s 2000 Toyota, a 42-year-old man’s 2005 Chevrolet and a 53-year-old man’s 1999 Ford had one or both of its passenger side tires cut.
Upon providing his final bit of pre-game advice Friday morning, football coach Frank “Roscoe” Natale reminded the South Philadelphia High School Rams, 2101 S. Broad St., to support one another so as not to give themselves two foes.
» 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.