By Tina Garceau
Celebrating its 16th year, ShopRite Partners in Caring ventured to Philabundance, 3616 S. Galloway St., Nov. 18 to help the fellow crusader against hunger by donating more than 7,000 pounds of frozen turkeys.
By Joseph Myers
Like any teenager with a tenacious attraction to an endeavor, Alexis Santarelli knows that practitioners must make certain sacrifices to bolster their chances of succeeding.
The South Philly Tennis Association held an Adult Play Day/Tiebreaker Tournament at Barry Playground, 1800 Johnston St., Oct. 25.
By Tina Garceau
Frank Talamo, a third grader at St. Pio Catholic Regional School, beamed Oct. 21 as part of his Marconi-based institution’s pumpkin decoration contest.
By Mark McCormick
Every weekend morning for the last two years, Nina Spagnoli leaves an open schedule to devote her time to the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society.
By Joseph Myers
People can flex their vocabulary muscles and load sentences with lengthy words to explain their consideration for their communities, but Frank Genzano, of the 2600 block of South Colorado Street, prefers to be blunt when briefing anyone on his motivation. “It’s nice to be nice,” the 40-year-old said of his enthusiasm for spreading positivity, the biggest example of which comes through his presidency of the Melrose Civic Association. “I want to spot needs and make my neighborhood as communal as possible.” Genzano enjoyed the genesis of his duties to others as a West Passyunk-reared boy, with adulthood yielding the key to perpetual progress. “The best way to give back to the community is by staying here,” the husband to Andrea and father of Nicholas and Marisa said. “I had chances to leave here for career purposes, but this is my home, and I’m dedicated to strengthening it.” Locals residing between Oregon Avenue and Wolf Street between Broad and 19th streets reap the rewards of his regard for their situations, with the third-year civic association, which he helped to found, especially concerned for crestfallen denizens. Their plight and potential inspire Genzano to encourage the suppression of sadness and the rise of respect. “Deep down, everyone needs...
Because of the World Meeting of the Families and the Papal Visit, local students had a break from school Sept. 23-25, with many heading to Barry Playground, 1800 Johnston St., to participate in the South Philly Tennis Association’s special camp.
By Joseph Myers
Police are searching for the man who struck another male with his car in Marconi.
Any investigation into the history of cheesecake will leave researchers stuffed, as the sweet dish has won worldwide renown as a meal capper.
On Tuesday, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania announced it is pursuing a case against Michael Sullivan of the Fireside Tavern, 2701 S. Marshall St. In a three-page release, the entity states the individual operated the space under the corporate name 2701 Oregon, Inc.
Sure, classrooms may be the logical environment and normal way of teaching things in school. However, what if that space extended out to the schoolyard and included comfortable benches where students could experience a scenic, outdoor learning environment? Well, at the Marconi-based F. Amadee Bregy Elementary School, 1700 Bigler St., this is no longer a what-if thought thanks to the recent efforts of 17-year-old Jarod Roman, who spent the month of August building benches for his Eagle Scout project. The resident of the 1700 block of West Passyunk Avenue worked at the garden by building seating and repainting a map of the United States located in the schoolyard. Roman, who is a member of Troop 176, which is based at Old Pine Presbyterian Church, drew inspiration on this project through his scoutmaster, Karen O’Hara, who is a teacher at Bregy. She told him about the few benches in the garden and how she would like to teach classes outside if she had more space to do so. Roman was excited to use the skills he acquired during his years as a Boy Scout to help his community, particularly the students at the public school, to improve the neighborhood overall. Roman’s additions to...
By Joseph Myers
One cannot contemplate competition without looking at loss, but while many consider that concept a negative, when the topic includes parting with pounds to enhance performance, Dino Cattai can count himself an advocate of being fine with falling.
» COMMUNITY PROFILE
Boundaries: Marconi: Broad to 20th streets, Snyder to Packer avenues; Stella Maris: Broad to Seventh streets, Oregon Avenue to I-76.
Origin of Name: Designated, however informally, for the neighborhood’s centerpiece, Marconi Plaza, which was named for Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi, and to the east for Stella Maris Parish.
Brief History: Marconi was once a rural community, with farms occupying the land where houses and businesses now stand. In the 1960s and ’70s, Fairmount Park Rangers, in gray uniforms and white caps, were regular sights at Marconi Plaza, which flanks the 2800 block of South Broad. The west-side park also had a helicopter landing area until just a few years ago. Today, Marconi and Stella Maris are close to the sports complex.
Famous Residents: Former Mayor Frank Rizzo spent a few years of his childhood living on the 2300 block of South Rosewood Street, which residents informally renamed “Rizzo Street”; former Maryland's Mount St. Mary's college basketball coach Jim Phelan is a native of 1700 block of Ritner Street; Frankie Avalon, of 13th and Bigler streets and "T.J. Hooker" actor James Darren hail from the east side of the community.
Major Landmarks: Marconi Plaza, Oregon Avenue to Bigler Street, from 13th to 15th streets; supersite, 10th and Bigler streets
Architecture: Brick- and stucco-finished rowhomes, with some of the biggest on the 2900 block of South Broad.
U.S. Congressional District: 2nd, Chaka Fattah (D)
Pennsylvania Governor: Tom Corbett (R)
State Senate District 1st, Lawrence M. Farnese Jr. (D)
Ward: 26th for Marconi; 39th for Stella Maris.
Police District: 1st (west of Broad), Capt. Louis Campione and Community Relations Officer Paul Bryson; 3rd (east of Broad), Capt. Michael Ryan and Community Relations Officers Ace Delgado and Gary Harkins
Civic Groups:Broad Street West Civic Association; Marconi Area Residents Civic Organization; South Broad Street Neighborhood Association; South Philadelphia Communities Civic Association; Sports Complex Special Services District
Schools: F. Amedee Bregy School, 17th and Bigler streets; D. Newlin Fell School, Ninth and Oregon; Fifth Stone Music School, 2829 S. 18th St.; Mastery Charter Thomas Campus, 927 Johnston St.; Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School, 2600 S. Broad; St. Monica Junior School, 17th and Ritner streets, and Senior School, 16th and Porter streets; St. Pio Regional Catholic School, 1826 Pollock St.
Places Of Worship: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1401 W. Moyamensing Ave.; Lighthouse Baptist Church, 2400 S. Broad St.; Stella Maris, 814 Bigler St.; St. Richard of Chichester, 18th and Pollock streets;
Parks: Marconi Plaza, Oregon to Bigler Street, from 13th to 15th streets.