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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
A man was attacked as he walked to his car in Packer Park early Saturday.
Like many second-graders Anjolia Amicone balances schoolwork with play, but the engaged learner hopes to return to the classroom for her career.
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.
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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