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.
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.
Two offenders inflicted head injuries to a man in Marconi Saturday night.
Police are looking for help in returning a 53-year-old male to his Marconi residence.
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.
At 6:53 p.m. Friday, authorities ventured to the complainant’s house on the 1700 block of Bigler Street, where they learned that at 11:30 a.m. that day, she had given entry to an unknown white male with an identification card on his chest, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said.
A victim’s wherewithal helped authorities to nab an alleged aggressor in a Marconi-situated incident. Venturing to the 2400 block of South 15th Street 8:20 p.m. Friday, police learned a woman was walking southbound on 15th Street from Ritner Street when someone ran up behind her, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. As she turned, an unknown male punched her eye and jaw before taking her tan pocketbook from her.
A would-be customer became a definite thief Monday afternoon in Marconi East. The complainant stated he was ringing up items for a patron of City News and Tobacco, 2655 S. Franklin St., at 12:14 p.m. when the prospective purchaser jumped over the counter and started to fight him, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. Knocking the worker to the ground, he took approximately $300 from the register before fleeing on foot in an unknown direction. The victim described the offender as black, in his mid-20s; having a medium build and light complexion; and wearing a dark hoodie and similarly colored pants. To report information, call South Detectives at 215-685-1635, text PPDTIP (773847) or visit phillypolice.com/forms. ■ Contact Managing Editor Joseph Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 124. Comment at southphillyreview.com/news/police-report....
Matters of the heart led to an altercation in Marconi Friday.
A Marconi store employee absorbed blows from a quartet of attackers Saturday in Marconi.
Michael Christaldi loves landing opportunities to advance the future of cinema but not at the expense of its voluminous past. Accustomed to contributing as an actor, the 48-year-old figure has become a scribe, too, teaming with two colleagues to devise “Early Paramount Studios,” a well-received book documenting its titular California entity’s first three decades.
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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.