By Joseph Myers
Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring Feb. 2, but do not let the state’s most famous groundhog hinder your plans to enjoy your winter comfort foods. Marlene Tenuto might revere the rodent, but she also loves staying true to seasonal delights, as evidenced by her Chicken Tortilla Soup submission.
By Joseph Myers
Hearts seem to grow warmer when temperature become colder, but Kevin Isaacs never contemplated the calendar when considering how to comfort the crestfallen. On Sunday, his patriarch, Gary, on what would have been the young man’s 28th birthday, will oversee the second Homeless for the Holidays 5K Run/2K Walk, the chief fundraising endeavor for the Pennies From Kevan Foundation.
By Tina Garceau
A gorgeous Sunday made Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park, Broad Street and Pattison Avenue, a popular location for all sorts of recreational pursuits and a haven for lovers of nature’s bounty.
By Bill Chenevert
Gina Rucci, the co-owner of Popi’s Italian Restaurant, 3120 S. 20th St., is being lauded as a Stormwater Pioneer by the Philadelphia Water department.
By Joseph Myers
On account of her Catholic faith, Kim Milano believes God puts people in one’s path for a reason.
By Lou Ragone
I would like to congratulate Joseph Myers on his promotion to the editor of the South Philly Review.
By Joseph Myers
Over their decade-long tenure helming Pastificio Homemade Pasta Co., 1528 Packer Ave., Anthony Messina and Frank Sangiuliano have found themselves blessed in attracting faithful followers. With the impending arrival of Pope Francis, another figure well-renowned for drawing crowds, as part of the World Meeting of Families, the proprietors decided to unite nutrition with religion by introducing the Pope Cheese, a now-week-old offering proving immensely popular among devout devourers. “We create mozzarella shapes for holidays, so this is an extension of that practice,” Messina said from their Packer Park business. “Everyone’s excited that he is coming, and we thought we’d have a little fun with this concept.” The co-owner cooked up the idea in December, with mold work commencing in June. Thanks to the handiwork of ceramic artist and Queen Village resident Larry Buss, he and his brother-in-law have capitalized on the fervor that the Holy Father’s visit has generated. “So many people are finding themselves inspired over this trip,” Sangiuliano said of the pontiff’s Sept. 26 and 27 venture to the City of Brotherly Love. “We found it, too, by doing what we do best, and the response has been terrific.” Already the recipient of local and national praise, the latter through a Wall...
By Bill Gelman
A Packer Park resident is putting together Saturday’s Back to School bash in hopes of raising awareness for a national issue while mixing in five hours of entertainment and fun.
One need not reach a particular age to possess a profuse appreciation for the potential of a passion. Felicia Punzo has spent 18 of her 22 years living a performance-packed existence, yearning not only to forge a prolific singing profile but also to inspire the pursuit of any dream.
“I met John as an incoming ninth grader and from day one, he has always exhibited respect, compassion, and courteousness to everyone he interacts with”.
Hailing from the 3100 block of South 18th Street, Senior Vincent Amorosi is described by his nominator Vince Tarducci, an Honors Psychology instructor as ‘one of the hardest working individuals I’ve ever come into contact with in my nine year career,” and his personal academic achievements reflect this.
» COMMUNITY PROFILE
Boundaries: Broad to 20th streets, Packer to Pattison avenues.
Origin of Name: “Packer” comes from the avenue and “Park” because, when the neighborhood was being developed in the late 1950s, much of the area was green and untouched.
Brief History: The area was swampy and undeveloped, but eventually Packer Avenue became the site of railroad tracks. Stores and a bank eventually opened at 15th and Packer.
Famous Residents: Lisa Peluso, former soap star who played Tony Manero’s little sister in “Saturday Night Fever;” award-winning documentary filmmaker Tina DeFeliciantonio; reputed mob boss Joey Merlino of Brinton Estates
Major Landmarks: American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Ave.; the 15-story Naval Hospital, which opened in 1935 and was imploded in 2001; Eagles’ practice facility The NovaCare Complex, Broad and Pattison; Packer Park Swim Club.
Architecture: Rowhomes and townhouses.
U.S. Congressional District: 1st, Bob Brady (D)
Pennsylvania Governor: Tom Corbett (R)
State Senate District 1st, Lawrence M. Farnese Jr. (D)
State House District: 185th, Maria Donatucci (D)
City Council District: 2nd, Kenyatta Johnson (D)
Police District: 1st, Capt. Louis Campione and Community Relations Officer Paul Bryson
Libraries: Donatucci, 1935 Shunk St., in Girard Estate.
Parks: FDR Park, Broad Street and Pattison Avenue