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NEWS

By Joseph Myers

Bad for business

A burglar compromised operations at a Passyunk Square site Tuesday morning.

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Posted Apr. 18, 2014

NEWS

By Joseph Myers

October surprise

The Philadelphia Police Department arrested an officer last week for allegedly threatening a man, among other charges, last fall.

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Posted Apr. 11, 2014

NEWS

By Joseph Myers

Zabel case update

The District Attorney’s Office announced Monday that a grand jury has indicted Marcellus Jones on charges of murder, conspiracy, robbery, firearms violations, possession of an instrument of crime, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property for the June 15, 2008 killing of Passyunk Square resident Beau Zabel.

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Posted Mar. 28, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Owners, keepers

Thanks to help from his friends, a man was able to reclaim stolen possessions in Passyunk Square Friday.

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Posted Mar. 20, 2014

NEWS > FEATURES

By Amanda L. Snyder

Sunny-side up

South Philly can’t get enough of Green Eggs Cafe, 1306 Dickinson St., with readers honoring it with tastiest brunch menu.

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Posted Mar. 14, 2014

NEWS > FEATURES

By Bill Gelman

It’s in the name

Do a quick review of this year’s Sweet Tooth runners-up, and excluding the water ice category, there is a common theme: Termini Bros., 1523 S. Eighth St. and 1538 Packer Ave., appears in each one.

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Posted Mar. 14, 2014

NEWS > FEATURES

By Amanda L. Snyder

Core commitment

After having three children, she joined a gym. When an instructor was going to get fired if she couldn’t find a substitute, she begged Renzi to cover her class. The rest was history. Renzi obtained certifications and experience.

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Posted Mar. 17, 2014

In the Swing of It

Oh, happy day! Delighted denizens took to the grounds of Passyunk Square’s Capitolo Playground, 900 Federal St., Monday afternoon to enjoy the lack of cold and abundance of sunshine

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Posted Mar. 13, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Headed for trouble

Authorities are looking for a man who struck a woman’s head in order to take her purse last month in Passyunk Square.

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Posted Mar. 7, 2014

NEWS

By Joseph Myers

Beschler helps 'The Lady from the Sea' float

As a Rowan University adjunct professor, Ross Beschler strays from being pedantic, preferring for his theatrically-inclined pupils to pursue their own sense of excitement as text appreciators and interpreters.

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Posted Feb. 27, 2014

A Heavy Feeling

arly three years after the issue of interior demolition permits, a building at 848 Wharton St. succumbed to the abundant snowfall and ice accumulation Friday morning.

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Posted Feb. 21, 2014

NEWS > FEATURES

By Bill Chenevert

Free For All Comedy hits Passyunk Square

On a brutally cold and snowy Saturday afternoon at the corner of East Passyunk Avenue and Dickinson Street, a group of about a dozen comics convened on the sidewalk to tell jokes. The Free For All Comedy team, assembled by Aaron Hertzog and Alison Zeidman last summer, was there to promote a renewed comedic presence in South Philly with an upcoming showcase at Boot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St.

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Posted Feb. 20, 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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