Please join us on May 18 at Marconi Plaza (east side) for the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life.” There will be food, a disc jockey, yoga and zumba classes, raffles, arts and crafts, and games. A walk will also be held, rain or shine, to raise funds for cancer research. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Although eighth-grader Austin Nguyen is 14 years old, he has succeeded in school and has a variety of aspirations for his post-middle-school years.
An alleged robber attacked a man as he entered his Marconi home.
The South Philly Tennis Association will hold team tennis intramurals for 10 and younger, 14 and younger and 18 and younger 2 to 4 p.m.
A man was robbed at gunpoint in Marconi Monday.
The South Philadelphia Sabres are seeking teams for competition and tournament play.
The Delaware Valley Youth Athletic Association, 2840 S. 18th St., is accepting registrations for its spring baseball season 6:30 to 8 p.m. weeknights and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
By Joseph Myers
Jennie DiGiandomenico bore a radiant smile Monday morning as she fraternized with friends during a nutrition workshop at the Marconi Older Adult Program, 2433 S. 15th St. The ladies delighted in having the chance to chat, a custom they had enjoyed at their former haunt, the Samuel S. Fels South Philadelphia Community Center, 2407 S. Broad St.
Music filled the hall at Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School, 2407 and 2600 S. Broad St., and if one listened closely, he or she may realize the first-graders were singing in French. To some this may seem like a challenge, but to enrollees it is just another day of class. Lessons such as these earned the Lower Moyamensing and Marconi facilities the title of No. 1 South Philly school.
Many sons seek to emulate their patriarchs, and John Lerro fulfilled his desire to do so, working with his father, Pasquale, as second- and third-generation overseers of Lerro Candy Co., 2434 S. Broad St.
With Cristina Benigno continuing to make her father’s recipes and husband Matty Benigno starting a line of gourmet cupcakes recently, readers voted Potito’s Bakery, 1614 Ritner St., as top cupcake and co-winner for cannoli.
» 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. Richard, 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.