By Bill Chenevert
Hundreds attended the Green Roof Garden Fall Festival at Andrew Jackson School, 1213 S. 12th St., Saturday afternoon, including parents, neighbors, neighborhood civic organizations and even Mayor Michael Nutter himself. The highlight of the event was the unveiling and ribbon-cutting of an empty roof space that has been converted into a functional roof garden full of planters and laid with pavers. The event was the culmination of many months of effort on the behalf of a few dedicated parents driven to give back to their school and improve the lives of the site’s nearly 400 students. With the idea that students will benefit from lessons on sustainability, agriculture, and biology, the project has turned an otherwise unused space into a point of pride for the public school. During Nutter’s brief speech before cutting the green ribbon with garden shears, he stressed the importance of projects like these and how inspiring it is to see parents and neighbors giving back to schools that, across the city, are struggling with dwindling resources. “Our number one concern is the future of our children,” the second-term mayor said. “Folks are not going to be distracted or deterred” from doing good and that we simply must “put politics...
A devotee of authentic, craft-infused storytelling, Ben Kalina last year felt his next project would meditatively and poetically look at barrier islands and the contention-causing discussion of beach replenishment along the New Jersey Shore.
Law enforcement figures arrived on the 1200 block of East Passyunk Avenue at 2:10 a.m. Sunday and met two male complainants, who were suffering from head lacerations, the Police Public Affairs Unit said. Three New Jersey inhabitants allegedly confronted the victims over an issue with the amount of space they had to travel along the sidewalk, with witnesses saying they used their fists and the complainants’ bicycle locks to strike them before fleeing.
An early morning pedestrian ended up robbed last week in Passyunk Square.
A quintet of offenders rid a Passyunk Square-situated pedestrian of valuables two weeks ago.
A Passyunk Square pretzel peddler endured a bizarre incident involving a patron two weeks ago
Owing to a devout religious upbringing that yielded a call to the priesthood and a recently completed career as a psychotherapist, Joseph F. Ruggiero revels in rearing positivity.
Frank “Franco” Borda literally is the singing chef. Tuesday afternoon, the Passyunk Square-based Francoluigi’s High Note Cafe, 1549 S. 13th St., may have been closed to patrons, and the stage may have been vacant, but the tenor was proudly crooning from the kitchen as he prepared mussels.
Ilene Wilder is a self-proclaimed “uber multitasker” with a constant drive to help her community.
A surprise display of aggression at a Passyunk Square pizza shop left a worker with screwdriver-induced injuries.
A Passyunk Square steak shop will celebrate its 47th anniversary by offering a $9 price reduction for its signature sandwich.
When the Bitars came to Philly in 1972, the northeast part of what is now Passyunk Square was predominately Lebanese and Syrian emigrants, so Amin Bitar’s family baked authentic Middle Eastern pita bread for friends and neighbors, but the demand quickly rose.
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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