The 3rd Police District, 1300 S. 11th St., released its latest community crime bulletin on Monday.
Tomorrow through Monday, Devil’s Den, 1148 S. 11th St., will honor the Year of the Monkey with monkey-themed beers and Chinese-inspired fare.
Police are hoping to detain the driver of a vehicle that struck a woman and two children in Passyunk Square Tuesday.
By Bill Chenevert
Before Lisa Kaplan can pull up the School District pie chart that lays out her building’s ethnic diversity, she has to fill out quickly the details for a grant she’s received for Blended Learning. That’s her. The Andrew Jackson School, 1213 S. 12th St., principal and 21st and Ritner streets native is a master at attracting help from outside of her K-8 building when budgetary times are tight.
By Bill Chenevert
Almost exactly two years ago, South Philly Review reported on the meeting at Columbus Square Park, between 12th and 13th and Wharton and Reed streets, and the nearly $3-million renovations that the Columbus Square Advisory Council was proposing for the park. At the time, $3 million seemed like a massive amount of money to raise. But this week, the Council is pleased to report, the sum has been entirely collected.
We could surely use a dose of welcoming weather akin to what we received late last month, couldn’t we? The Philadelphia International Airport reported that 22.4 inches of snow ensnared us over the weekend, and though we are unlikely to have to contend with another storm of that caliber, we should always make dietary preparations that include more than feverish trips for bread, milk, and eggs.
Due to their amazing track records as restaurateurs, including ownership of Cantina Los Caballitos, 1651 E. Passyunk Ave., and Royal Tavern, 937 E. Passyunk Ave., Ashley Thomas had long yearned to open a location with Dave Frank and Stephen Simons, deeming that possibility “a one-of-a-kind learning experience.”
By Tina Garceau
A sign of a good time: The reinstallation of the neon sign at Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., occurred Jan. 9, nearly eight months after its removal.
Franco’s High Note Cafe, 1549 S. 13th St., will offer a dinner and concert combination at 6:15 p.m. Jan. 13, with Giuseppe Verdi’s “La traviata” (“The Fallen Woman”) as the latter element.
As a Lancaster-schooled adolescent thinking of theater’s enduring offerings, Brian Ratcliffe, though thrilled to tackle any work, saw forging friendships with fellow performers as more educational and inspirational than obsessing over his execution.
The Philadelphia Police Department will honor the memory of Gary Harkins, a 2011 South Philly Review Difference Maker who served as the 3rd District Community Relations Officer, from 7 to 11 p.m. tomorrow at the Stadium Holiday Inn, 900 Packer Ave.
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Boundaries: Washington Avenue to Tasker Street, Sixth to Broad streets.
Origin of Name: Spelled in deeds and records a variety of ways, including Perslajingh, Passayunk, Passyonck, Passajon, Passajungh, Passaming and Paisajungh. Passyunk’s roots are as an Indian village and Queen Christina later bequeathed the area as a 1,000-acre parcel to Lt. Swen Shute in return for services rendered to the King of Sweden. The northeastern boundary fell around the parallel of 12th Street. It became a township very early during Western settlement, with Federal Road (later Federal Street) a major thoroughfare.
Brief History: Passyunk Square traces its roots to Colonial times, when Gen. George Washington housed many of his soldiers on the 800 and 900 blocks of Federal. Passyunk Avenue from Tasker to Broad got its start as an upscale shopping mecca. Restaurants, specialty food stores, pharmacies, furniture shops, clothing and shoe and jewelry stores dotted the avenue, just as they do now. In 2002, a city ordinance created the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District, which was modeled after merchant-funded initiatives in Center City and Manayunk.
Famous Residents: Major league catcher John Marzano was a native of 12th and Wharton streets; Willie Mosconi, child prodigy/pool champion, of Ninth Street and Passyunk Avenue
Major Landmarks: East Passyunk Avenue; the Lower Italian Market, said to be the country’s oldest open-air market, Ninth from Washington to Wharton; Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks, Ninth and Passyunk; the fountain at the junction of Passyunk, 11th and Tasker.
Architecture: Large brownstones dating back to the 1870s and ’80s dot main streets like Federal and Wharton. Trinities built as early as the 1880s line smaller streets and alleys. Some of these homes have been combined to form single-family dwellings.
U.S. Congressional District: 1st, Bob Brady (D)
Pennsylvania Governor: Tom Corbett (R)
State Senate District 1st, Lawrence M. Farnese Jr. (D)
City Council District: 1st, Mark Squilla (D)
Ward: 1st; 2nd
Police District: 3rd, Capt. Michael Ryan; Community Relations Officers Ace Delgado and Gary Harkins
Library: South Philadelphia, 1700 S. Broad St.
Schools: Christopher Columbus Charter School, 1242-46 S. 12th St. and 916 Christian St. in Bella Vista; Andrew Jackson School, 1213 S. 12th St.; Eliza B. Kirkbride School, 1501 S. Seventh St.; The Rock School, 1101 S. Broad St.;
Places Of Worship: Annunciation B.V.M. Church, 1511 S. 10th St.; Bo De Buddhist Temple, 1114-20 S. 13th St.; Calvary A M E Church, 604 Dickinson St.; Emmanuel Chapel, 835 Reed St.; The First Indonesian Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Gereja Protestan Indonesia, 1127 S. Broad St.; Freedom Church, 1400 S. Columbus Boulevard; Grace Settlement House, 1032 Federal; Movimiento Iglesia Christiana Pentecostal Church, 617-619 Reed St.; Maron's, 1010 Ellsworth St.;
Parks and Playgrounds: Capitolo Playground, Ninth and Federal; Gold Star Park, Sixth and Wharton; Jefferson Square, Fourth Street and Washington Avenue; Paolone Park, 718 Sears St.; Sacks Playground, Fourth Street and Washington Avenue; Washington Avenue Green, Columbus Boulevard and Washington Avenue