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NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Burglary at DeSean Jackson's home

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.

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Posted Jan. 13, 2014

SPORTS > FEATURES

By Joseph Myers

Positive Force Karate produces a winner

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.

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Posted Jan. 2, 2014

NEWS > FEATURES

By Bill Gelman

Passion for the game

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.

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Posted Oct. 10, 2013

NEWS > COVER STORY

By Joseph Myers

Chaucer Street fire produces a pair of heroes

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.

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Posted Oct. 3, 2013

Philly Kicking Cancer

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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Posted Jul. 30, 2013

NEWS > NEWS BRIEFS

By Alison Vayne

Crushed troubles

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson will host a meeting 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at St. Richard Church, 3010 S. 18th St., to inform the community of recent developments regarding “the Car Crusher.”

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Posted Jul. 25, 2013

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Amanda L. Snyder

After-hours ruffle

A man was attacked as he walked to his car in Packer Park early Saturday.

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Posted Jun. 27, 2013

Youth Appreciation Award: Pursuing education

Like many second-graders Anjolia Amicone balances schoolwork with play, but the engaged learner hopes to return to the classroom for her career.

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Posted Jun. 3, 2013

Police Athletic League honors Rabena

A member of a large family committed to caring for communities, Ronald Rabena sees his altruistic actions as products of his upbringing.

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Posted May. 23, 2013

NEWS > FEATURES

By Joseph Myers

Anna Verna

Having spent more than 60 years as a City employee, Verna serves as a testament to putting one’s all into a passion.

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Posted May. 16, 2013

NEWS > FEATURES

By Amanda L. Snyder

Unveiled for playtime

While the weather was chilly with spurts of light rain Monday afternoon, City officials were cheery unlike the last time they gathered at the FDR Park playground, Broad Street and Pattison Avenue.

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Posted Apr. 18, 2013

Youth Appreciation Award: Going the distance

Nicholas DiVirgilio, 18, equally devotes himself to academics and extracurricular activities.

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Posted Apr. 1, 2013

» 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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