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By Bill Chenevert

Pope Francis is (probably) coming!

Perhaps it was his own unique experience as a young Polish man during World War II that inspired Saint Pope John Paul II to conceive of the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) in 1992.

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Posted Oct. 17, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Pursuing a puncher

On Friday, the Philadelphia Police Department released an image of a man wanted for perpetrating an attempted robbery in Marconi East last month.

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Posted Oct. 16, 2014

NEWS > FEATURES

By Christopher Isaac

Friendly neighbor

Time changes everything, and in many instances, things can’t be changed back.

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Posted Oct. 10, 2014

South Philadelphia Tennis Association news

The South Philadelphia Tennis Association offers after-school and junior team tennis programs for ages 14 and younger, 10 and younger and 8 and younger.

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Posted Oct. 7, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Cab conundrum

A taxicab passenger robbed his driver in Marconi Saturday.

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Posted Sep. 11, 2014

Headhunters owner to host HopeCuts event

Following through with altruistic aspirations can prove a tough task because of copious commitments or fervent fears that one’s efforts will not succeed.

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Posted Sep. 12, 2014

T&N’s Chicken Florentine with Mushroom Risotto

Certain employment stops possess a knack for helping a person to discover the full extent of his or her talent.

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Posted Sep. 11, 2014

Worth waiting for

Julia Miller was hoping to get into Center City-based Julia R. Masterman as a fifth grader, but instead started the year on the waiting list.

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Posted Aug. 15, 2014

A is for Alexander

Outstanding may not begin with the first letter of the alphabet, but in the eyes of nominator Deanna Rey, the word is very fitting when describing her former Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School, 2407 S. Broad St., second-grader Alexander Mattei

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Posted Aug. 14, 2014

SPORTS > FEATURES

By Joseph Myers

DV's Messina stars at National Youth Baseball Championships

Joseph Messina derives pride from consummately committing himself to his academic responsibilities and athletic duties.

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Posted Aug. 14, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

An inside job

Police arrested a Marconi man for allegedly trying to burglarize a Lower Moyamensing location.

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Posted Aug. 8, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Vacationer violated

Police are looking for tips that can help to solve a Marconi East residential burglary.

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Posted Jul. 10, 2014

» COMMUNITY PROFILE

Marconi and Stella Maris


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)

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); 185th, Maria Donatucci (D)

City Council District: 2nd, Kenyatta Johnson (D) , for Marconi; 1st, Mark Squilla (D), for Stella Maris.

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

Libraries: Donatucci, 1935 Shunk St., in Girard Estate; Fumo Family Branch, 2437 S. Broad St., in Lower Moyamensing

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;

Rec Centers: Barry Playground, 18th and Johnston streets; Fels South Philadelphia Community Center, 2407 S. Broad, in Lower Moyamensing; Guerin Rec Center, 16th and Jackson, in Newbold

Parks: Marconi Plaza, Oregon to Bigler Street, from 13th to 15th streets.



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