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By Joseph Fontanazza

Doubly delicious

There may be older eateries in South Philadelphia, but since 2003 few restaurants have garnered more acclaim than Scannicchio’s, 2500 S. Broad Street.

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Posted Mar. 16, 2015

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By Anthony Maiorana

Masterful milk

For more than a century, Lerro Candy Co., 2434 S. Broad St., has been based in the same Broad Street building that Giovanni Lerro started in back in 1916.

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Posted Mar. 16, 2015

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By Antony Maiorana

Cold comfort

In 1932 Filippo “Pop” Italiano started selling an authentic Italian summer treat from a cart in his South Philadelphia neighborhood.

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Posted Mar. 16, 2015

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By Bill Gelman

Catering to his customers

Lou Galdo Sr., who is entering his 40th year in the hospitality industry, knows how to host an occasion — ranging from wedding receptions to funeral luncheons to corporate functions.

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Posted Mar. 16, 2015

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By Bill Chenevert

Relaxation station

Marconi Plaza could be considered the epicenter of South Philly south of Washington Avenue. Stretching from 13th to 15th streets and spanning from Oregon Avenue to Bigler Street, it’s huge.

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Posted Mar. 16, 2015

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By Amanda L. Snyder

Going strong

It’s hard enough to find time to work out, so Planet Fitness makes it simple with 24-hour access to its gym. And that’s just one of the reasons readers voted the Marconi locale at 2350 Oregon Ave. as top gym/health club for the second straight year.

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Posted Mar. 16, 2015

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By Joseph Fontanazza

Primo pride

If a person listened to Philadelphia sports talk radio the past few years, it would be impossible to miss personality Anthony Gargano bellow the words “It’s not just a hoagie, it’s a Primo.” While outsiders may not understand Gargano’s exclamation, residents south of City Hall know the saying by heart.

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Posted Mar. 16, 2015

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By Joseph Myers

The hole truth

Law enforcement officials are hoping to capture a person who used a hole in a wall to burglarize a Marconi East business.

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Posted Feb. 19, 2015

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By Joseph Myers

Tully missing

Authorities and loved ones are seeking the public’s assistance in determining the whereabouts of a Marconi man.

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Posted Jan. 13, 2015

Chitwood marks his fifth decade collaring 'Scumbags'

Surplus responsibilities often render tireless energy a rarity for most individuals, but Mike Chitwood counts as an admirable anomaly.

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Posted Dec. 24, 2014

Ziegler offers 'Musings on the Mundane'

Many regard writing as strictly a personal pursuit, and although Steven M. Ziegler acknowledges the endeavor’s individual elements, he also concentrates on its communal qualities

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Posted Dec. 11, 2014

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By Joseph Myers

Chemical reaction

The complainant was walking along the 2000 block of South Darien Street at 3:30 a.m. Nov. 22 when an unknown male approached her from behind, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said.

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Posted Dec. 4, 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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