When someone has devoted 33 years to extolling excellent food, as Richard Torelli has through numerous professional opportunities, one can expect little novelty to remain, but since June, the chef has experienced newness at MO Joe’s BBQ, 2020 Penrose Ave.
Danika Elican excels academically as an honor roll student at Calvary Temple Christian Academy, but this is only a small snippet of the incoming fifth grader’s story.
Don’t be fooled by Gabrielle Browne’s young age.
In “Meditation XVII,” English poet John Donne opined “No man is an island.” Thanks to more than 100 relatives and friends, Anthony DeAngelo could count himself a supporter of that notion Friday during the National Hockey League Draft.
The Philadelphia Catholic League, featuring five Neumann-Goretti Saints, dropped Saturday’s Carpenter Cup game versus Tri-Cape 6-4 at Richie Ashburn Field, 20th Street and Pattison Avenue.
The 29th annual Carpenter Cup will run June 12 to 17 at Ashburn Field, 20th Street and Pattison Avenue, with the semifinals and championship game to occur June 19 and 20 at Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way.
Louis “Bent Finger Lou” Monacello, who had been facing more than five years in prison based on 2011 guilty pleas for loan-sharking and racketeering conspiracy, had his assistance in the prosecution case against reputed mob boss and Packer Park resident Joseph “Uncle Joe” Ligambi rewarded, as U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno sentenced him to time served. Published reports contend that the 47-year-old will receive his release for testifying before a grand jury and in two federal trials. According to the grand jury testimony, Monacello, who lived in a former vacation home on the Jersey Shore prior to the matter, revealed that over a seven-year period, he delivered as much as $40,000 in yearly proceeds through deposits to a prison commissary account for George Borgesi, a Ligambi nephew on whose prosecution he also provided help, or through car glove-box-left endowments of cash-stuffed envelopes. He added the money came from his heading an illegal gambling and loan-sharking operation for Borgesi, who, like Ligambi, earned his release in January after authorities failed to secure convictions on gambling, loan-sharking, obstruction of justice, racketeering conspiracy and theft of medical benefits claims. To report information, call South Detectives at 215-685-1635, text PPDTIP (773847) or visit phillypolice.com/forms....
“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.
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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