A member of a large family committed to caring for communities, Ronald Rabena sees his altruistic actions as products of his upbringing.
Having spent more than 60 years as a City employee, Verna serves as a testament to putting one’s all into a passion.
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.
Nicholas DiVirgilio, 18, equally devotes himself to academics and extracurricular activities.
It’s a phrase Philadelphians very rarely hear when talking about their pro sports teams: Defending champion. The Eagles were once described as the “gold standard” of the NFL but have yet to win Super Bowl. The current Phillies were built to win multiple World Series titles, but failed to make the playoffs last season.
If there were a category for restaurant with best parking, Popi’s Italian Restaurant, 3120 S. 20th St., would likely be a serious contender.
Who won for best diner? Sorry folks, you’ll have to wait for that answer, as the category committee decided to have the popular, any-time-of-day eateries battle it out over one menu item: The waffle.
After an extensive search, Lower Merion and Philadelphia police departments located an officer of the former unit in FDR Park, Broad Street and Pattison Avenue.
When going to the Penrose Diner for a meal, whether it be breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert, one of the toughest decisions is deciding what to eat. Some take the simple route by ordering a short stack of pancakes or a burger and fries while others crave something heartier and filling.
Like all machines, even the best brains can prove faulty, especially during grocery shopping, when failing to purchase a needed item can send someone back to a site in disgust.
A man was assaulted outside of an Italian restaurant-turned-club early Sunday.
By Bill Gelman
Back in 2009, I remember sitting at a local diner with my fellow staffers brainstorming about recognizing local residents and workers who are making a difference in South Philadelphia. More than three years later, Monday night to be exact, 17 of this year’s Difference Makers were honored while some of the winners from the previous two years joined in the celebration.
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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