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Sweet cause

Philabundance, 3616 S. Galloway St., is throwing the fourth annual Cupcake Smash 2 to 5 p.m. April 26 in the Piazza at Schmidts.

Posted Apr. 18, 2014

Tennis news

The South Philadelphia Tennis Association will oversee junior team tennis for boys and girls ages 6 to 14 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays April 22 to May 29 at Barry Playground, 18th and Johnston streets.

Posted Apr. 17, 2014

Cheery and cherry

The U.S. National Park Service states cherry blossoms symbolize “friendship between nations, the renewal of spring and the ephemeral nature of life,” with these specimens at Marconi Plaza, 2700 S. Broad St., certainly affirming the middle element of that description. Visit subarucherryblossom.org to learn of events, lasting through Sunday, that pay tribute to the flowers. ■...

Posted Apr. 11, 2014

Tennis Playday

The South Philadelphia Tennis Association will hold a playday festival 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 29 at Barry Playground, 18th and Johnston streets.

Posted Mar. 14, 2014


By Bill Gelman

A fine pairing

When it comes to the Readers’ Choice Awards, it’s not uncommon to see Scannicchio’s Italian Restaurant, 2500 S. Broad St., towards the top of the multiple winners list. Two years ago, the popular Marconi eatery walked away with “The fantastic four” collection of honors.

Posted Mar. 14, 2014


By Alexis Abate

Family gatherings

With multiple funeral homes spanning the length of Broad Street, Monti Rago Funeral Home, Inc., 2531-35 S. Broad St., was chosen as the go-to place for funeral arrangements.

Posted Mar. 14, 2014


By Amanda L. Snyder

Lap it up

After a brutally cold and snowy winter, residents are looking forward to the start of summer and jumping right into the pool at Barry Playground, 1800 Johnston St., which they named as the top community pool.

Posted Mar. 14, 2014


By Joseph Myers

DeRosa Lukaitis envisions a ‘Gemini’ dream

Nicole DeRosa Lukaitis has derived much personal and professional pleasure from her maturation in South Philly and growth as an arts advocate in New Jersey. The 43-year-old is combining the contributions from her most prominent geographic locations for the South Camden Theatre Co., Inc. production of “Gemini,” the lauded 1976 play by fellow South Philly native Albert Innaurato.

Posted Mar. 6, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Alleged thief captured

Authorities on Tuesday announced the Jan. 8 arrest of 18-year-old Kenneth Rogers, of North Philly, for his alleged robbery of a Marconi East business.

Posted Feb. 20, 2014


By Joe Myers

Marconi madness

Two offenders inflicted head injuries to a man in Marconi Saturday night.

Posted Jan. 23, 2014

Missing man alert

Police are looking for help in returning a 53-year-old male to his Marconi residence.

Posted Jan. 9, 2014

Fraternal Formality

Friends of Edward “Babe” Heffron gathered Saturday along the 1100 block of Mollbore Terrace to commemorate the South Philly native and World War II veteran who died Dec. 1 at age 90.

Posted Dec. 26, 2013


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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