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By Michael Carey

A selfless star student

“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”.

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Posted Jun. 15, 2015

NEWS > FEATURES

By Michael Carey

All-around Amorosi

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.

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Posted Jun. 15, 2015

NEWS > FEATURES

By Joseph Myers

A perfect practice

Hailing from Packer Park, Anthony Messina and Frank Sangiuliano, whose clans co-own Pastificio Homemade Pasta Co., have always felt focused on providing provisions that will delight their neighbors.

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Posted Mar. 16, 2015

NEWS > FEATURES

By Joseph Fontanazza

No finer diner

Whether serving the morning rush or catering to late night patrons, Penrose Diner, 2016 Penrose Ave., continues to be a favorite among South Philly residents, and it shows through the streak of Readers’ Choice Awards the establishment has earned since 2006.

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Posted Mar. 16, 2015

NEWS > FEATURES

By Bill Gelman

A meaty return

When Anthony Lombardi picks up the phone at Lombardi’s Prime Meats, 1801 Packer Ave., there is no need for phone introductions or order specifications. It’s that family-friendly touch that has earned the Packer Park-based business a repeat appearance as the Readers’ Choice for butcher. “We are very honored,” Anthony Lombardi, who opened the current location in 2001, said. “We try to provide a consistent, friendly service and offer the highest quality of meats that you can buy.” Saturdays, which Anthony said is like “two days combined into one,” tend to be the craziest. The chicken cutlets with the homemade breadcrumbs are one of the biggest sellers. Today the business that Vince Lombardi started in 1960 continues to provide customers with a variety of tasty offerings. Seventeen years later, he purchased a space at 20th and Jackson streets, and opened Al’s Meat Market. After Anthony branched out with his own operation, the family consolidated the business. The entire staff remains passionate about the day-to-day routine, which includes sharing plenty of laughs. “I think we have fun in here,” Anthony Lombardi said. “The phone will ring, and I know who they are. It’s a very specialized occupation.” Dad’s Stuffing took a slice of second while Canulli’s...

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Posted Mar. 13, 2015

NEWS > COURT REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Nicodemo pleads guilty

Anthony Nicodemo, instead of facing a retrial that would have begun Monday, pleased guilty Friday to third-degree murder and related offenses in the slaying of Gino DiPietro.

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Posted Feb. 15, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Cashed out

On Nov. 18, Steven Martorano turned himself in to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Public Corruption Task Force following a grand jury investigation centering on the disappearance of 13 bank deposit bags.

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Posted Nov. 25, 2014

NEWS > FEATURES

By Bill Gelman

Team leader

There’s not doubt that Marie DiStefano loves sports, but we aren’t just talking about her Philadelphia Phillies through whom she has witnessed the up-and-down times first-hand while working in one of the retail locations at Citizens Bank Park.

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Posted Oct. 9, 2014

NEWS > FEATURES

By Bill Gelman

Service calling

“If you want to meet a person who puts her community’s needs before her own, you need to meet Barbara. There isn’t a day that goes by that Barbara doesn’t spend doing her civic duties, including weekends and while she runs her real estate business,” is just a small sampling of how the nominator described Packer Park resident Barbara Capozzi.

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Posted Oct. 9, 2014

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By Joseph Myers

Agnes of God

Following in the focused footsteps of grandfather Pellegrino and father Louis, L. Jay Agnes has nurtured a healthy professional and amicable identity, the former helping him to make P. Agnes, Inc., 2101 Penrose Ave., a thriving construction manager and builder and the latter ingratiating him with numerous neighborhood entities and organizations.

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Posted Oct. 9, 2014

MO Joe’s BBQ’s Smoked Salmon Cakes

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.

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Posted Sep. 4, 2014

Model student

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.

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Posted Aug. 26, 2014

» COMMUNITY PROFILE

Packer Park


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)

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: 185th, Maria Donatucci (D)

City Council District: 2nd, Kenyatta Johnson (D)

Ward: 26th

Police District: 1st, Capt. Louis Campione and Community Relations Officer Paul Bryson

Civic Groups: Packer Park Civic Association; Stadium Complex Special Services District

Libraries: Donatucci, 1935 Shunk St., in Girard Estate.

Schools: Calvary Temple Christian Academy, 3301 S. 20th St.; St. Pio Regional Catholic School, 1826 Pollock St.

 

Places of Worship: Calvary Temple of Philadelphia; Faith Independent Baptist Church, 3117 S. 22nd St.; Holy Spirit

Parks: FDR Park, Broad Street and Pattison Avenue



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