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By Joseph Myers

Mayfield a striking presence for Roman Catholic

Many children attend birthday parties hoping they will find diverse diversions to help them to experience a few hours of fun.

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Posted Jan. 29, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

The safe is sound

Police arrested two men for their alleged invasion of a Passyunk Square home.

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Posted Jan. 22, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Possessive case

A forceful individual robbed a man in Passyunk Square two weeks ago.

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Posted Jan. 22, 2015

Theresa Rose blooming at Fleisher Art Memorial

For Theresa Rose, South Philly exists as an ever-blossoming expanse where those keen on creating camaraderie can consider themselves spoiled.

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Posted Jan. 23, 2015

NEWS > COVER STORY

By Bill Chenevert

Tom Wyatt making run for City Council

“I’m running because I’m a dad. I’m running because I love this city. And I’m running because my wife and I want to raise our kids in this city,”

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Posted Jan. 15, 2015

august’s Roasted Peppers with Anchovies and Capers

Though her genes would suggest comfort with cooking thanks to her parents’ culinary mastery, Maryann Brancaccio had not known that meal preparation was truly in her blood until October 2003 when she and spouse Maria Vanni opened august, 1247 S. 13th St. Fast forward more than a decade, and the surefire chef has established a lauded location for lovers of Italian fare. “I just had a feeling we would work out well here,” the Bella Vista inhabitant said of the 34-seat Passyunk Square-based restaurant’s success. “It’s our home and it helps us to show our dedication to knowing this neighborhood.” Brancaccio and Vanni acquired the space through a friend and combined their knowledge of nutrition to actualize their vision for an homage to their Italian roots. The former figure, a 1997 alumnus of The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, initially saw the site as a reflection of her rebellious identity and has come to value it as a venue for sharing well wishes and delicious dishes. “I knew I wasn’t a 9-to-5 person, so the appeal right away was working for myself,” Brancaccio said. “Years have passed, and I’ve really enjoyed interacting with people and preparing these items for them.” An old Roman...

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Posted Jan. 15, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Deli dilemma

Police arrested a Passyunk Square resident for his alleged burglary of a delicatessen.

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Posted Jan. 15, 2015

A French twist

Accustomed to catering to cravings for Italian delights, Franco’s High Note Cafe, 1549 S. 13th St., will prove its affinity for a European neighbor by presenting French composer George Bizet’s “Carmen” at 6:15 p.m. Jan. 14.

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Posted Jan. 8, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Doubly devious

A pair of at-large men assaulted two males in Passyunk Square.

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Posted Dec. 19, 2014

Toying Around

Dante Coletti, a junior at Prep Charter High School, 1928 Point Breeze Ave., is helping the South Philly Review’s annual toy drive through tomorrow at La Casa Dei Pazzi Social Club, 1143 Federal St.

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Posted Dec. 19, 2014

SliCE’s Pizza of the Seven Fishes

Believe it or not, Marlo Dilks, one half of the mastermind creation team behind SliCE, wasn’t a big fan of pizza growing up in South Philadelphia.

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Posted Dec. 18, 2014

The Gaslight’s Polish Style Meatball Sauce

Day off? These days, those words really don’t exist in Jason Cichonski’s weekly routine.

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Posted Dec. 4, 2014

» COMMUNITY PROFILE

Passyunk Square


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)

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: 175th, Michael H. O'Brien (D); 182nd, Babette Josephs (D); 184th, William F. Keller (D); 186th, Jordan Harris (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

Civic Groups: Passyunk Square Civic Association; South Broad Street Neighborhood Association

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.;

Rec Centers: Columbus-DiProspero Square, 12th and Wharton; South Philadelphia Older Adult Center, 1430 E. Passyunk Ave.

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





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