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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

NEWS > FEATURES

By Bill Gelman

Defending champion 


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.


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Posted Mar. 14, 2013

NEWS > FEATURES

By Bill Gelman

Getting down to business

If there were a category for restaurant with best parking, Popi’s Italian Restaurant, 3120 S. 20th St., would likely be a serious contender.

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Posted Mar. 14, 2013

NEWS > FEATURES

By Bill Gelman

Buttering it up

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.

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Posted Mar. 14, 2013

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Amanda L. Snyder


Tragedy at FDR


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. 


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Posted Feb. 14, 2013

Penrose Diner's Beef Pot Pie

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. 


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Posted Jan. 24, 2013

NEWS > COVER STORY

By Joseph Myers


Shop24 Global makes Philly debut

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. 


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Posted Jan. 10, 2013

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Amanda L. Snyder

Combative encounter

A man was assaulted outside of an Italian restaurant-turned-club early Sunday.

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Posted Nov. 21, 2012

» 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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