“We have some people that eat here three times a day,” said Bill Dovas, a Packer Park resident and the manager of his family’s Penrose Diner, 2016 Penrose Ave., a perennial Reader’s Choice winner for best diner. “You know their order before they even sit down.” The anchor of the neighborhood, the diner’s been in business for over 60 years but has lived in the space that used to be a gas station for about 16 years. They redid the outside’s facades about 5 years ago and continue to expand, now capable of seating almost 250 diners at once.
Barbara Capozzi still has found memories of hanging out with her father Ludwig S. Capozzi Jr., who built the original Packer Park, as a child. At the age of 6, she was hanging out in the sample homes that sold for $11,000. Several years later, in 1992 to be exact, she got married and officlaly moved into the neighborhood. Capozzi also started working for her dad on Packer Avenue. It was just the latest chapter in this lifelong love affair with the community where she has served as president of its civic association since ’94. Readers’ Choice voters seem to share a similar passion as they crowned it with the top neighborhood honor.
It’s possible that the number one reason Anthony Lombardi and his dad, Vince, won for best butcher shop is tradition. They run a shop that has been serving Packer Park fine quality proteins for 13 years and often speaks to the nostalgia that creates cravings born of memories around a dinner table, or in a noisy kitchen.
When someone typically mentions the name Frank in these parts, the first assumption is that they may be referring to the chairman of the board, Frank Sinatra. However, as much as people wanted the late legendary crooner to be from South Philly, Hoboken, N.J. was his town.
A Packer Park homeowner lost a fortune in jewelry during a burglary last week.
Having resided in the Federal Detention Center since May 2011, 74-year-old Joseph “Uncle Joe” Ligambi made his way back to his Packer Park abode after two juries could not convict him in a sprawling racketeering matter.
The Philadelphia Police Department announced Tuesday they are seeking leads in determining who burglarized the 3200-block-of-Pietro-Way home, located in The Reserves section of Packer Park, belonging to Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson between Jan. 6 and 10.
Upon making his initial trip to Positive Force Karate, 1704 Jackson St., then-6-year-old Reno Dagostino could not convert his enthusiasm for watching karate into the conviction to practice it.
Lynn Oakes West knows a little something about winning. All it takes is one look at her record as the sideline general for the St. Richard, 1826 Pollock St., Catholic Youth Organization girls’ basketball team (now St. Pio Regional Catholic School) in which she compiled a 68-0 mark over four seasons. The tally includes winning four-straight Region Six championships.
Police officer Dan Pignataro is sitting at a long rectangular table inside the 17th District, 20th and Federal streets, with his right hand wrapped, covering the stitches that he had received a week ago. Sitting next to him was police officer Bryan Sullivan, who had suffered some minor injuries to his right shoulder from the same incident.
The Kicking Cancer Foundation will hold its fifth Philly Kicking Cancer kickball tournament Aug. 10 at FDR Park, Broad Street and Pattison Avenue, with proceeds going to the Fox Chase Cancer Center.
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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