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NEWS

By Joseph Myers

A Pennsport pursuit

At 8:40 p.m. Sunday, police responded to a person-with-a-gun radio call on the 1800 block of South Columbus Boulevard and met with the second complainant, learning that while he sat in his 2013 Ford Escape with the other victim, a man approached the vehicle and began taking pictures and tried to open the doors, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said.

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Posted Feb. 4, 2016

SPORTS

By Joseph Myers

Soccer Shots helping EOM registrants to get their kicks

As she watched sons M.J. and Max prepare to participate in Saturday’s Soccer Shots program for 3-5-year-olds at the Edward O’Malley Athletic Association, 144 Moore St., Stacy Koilor noted her offspring mainly feel attracted to the game because they love to run. Minutes later, with coach Samuel Faulkner cheering their efforts, the siblings connected for a beautiful goal that relied heavily on their focused footwork.

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Posted Jan. 21, 2016

NEWS

By Joseph Myers

A package deal

Police are searching for a man and a juvenile female who teamed up to steal a package from a Pennsport home.

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Posted Jan. 14, 2016

FOOD & DRINK

By Joseph Myers

Over the hump

From 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, Warmdaddy’s, 1401 S. Columbus Blvd., offers a $15.95 Mardi Gras-inspired hump day menu, with Bourbon Street drinks, comedy routines, and movie screenings accentuating the evening offerings.

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Posted Jan. 14, 2016

NEWS

By Joseph Myers

Technologically unsound

A man used a gun to rob a Pennsport store.

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Posted Jan. 7, 2016

NEWS

By Joseph Myers

Schoolyard blues

A teenager lost his left ear lobe in a Pennsport-situated altercation.

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Posted Dec. 23, 2015

NEWS

By Joseph Myers

Call hating

A man swiped a shopper’s phone inside a Pennsport business.

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Posted Dec. 17, 2015

NEWS

By Joseph Myers and Mark McCormick

Rooted in rudeness

Authorities released the image of two of the three men sought in a November robbery of a Pennsport eatery.

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Posted Dec. 10, 2015

NEWS

By Joseph Myers and Mark McCormick

Double arrest

Authorities arrested two Pennsport residents for allegedly impersonating police officials.

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Posted Dec. 10, 2015

OPINION

By Tina Garceau

Tree-ting us well

’Tis definitely the season to be jolly, with ample spots for Christmas tree purchases popping up in South Philly, including outside Rizzo Rink, 1101 S. Front St.

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Posted Dec. 3, 2015

NEWS

By Joseph Myers

Hold the violence

At 11:50 p.m., authorities ventured to Burger King, 1521 S. Columbus Blvd., for a robbery in progress.

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Posted Nov. 20, 2015

FOOD & DRINK

By Mark McCormick

Debbie’s Chicken Stir Fry

There’s nothing more satisfying than cooking a quick-and-easy meal after arriving home from a long day of work.

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Posted Nov. 19, 2015

» COMMUNITY PROFILE

Pennsport


Boundaries: Fourth Street to the Delaware River, Snyder to Washington avenues

 

Origin of Name: “Pennsport” was coined decades ago when the federal government was spending money on urban renewal. As boundary lines were drawn, the city named certain communities.

 

Brief history: As early as 1638, the area was a Swedish and Dutch settlement and later became an English settlement by William Penn. Following the Revolution, the first ship of the U.S. Navy was built here and the area was a key supply and transportation hub for Civil War troops.

Even though some homes date back to the 18th century, Pennsport was mostly developed during the Colonial period and is considered one of the oldest sections of South Philadelphia.

Jefferson Square Park, Third and Federal streets, is an historic landmark. Originally constructed in early 19th century, it had star-like patterned walkways. During the Civil War, it was renamed Camp Jefferson and was deeded to the Union Army for use as an encampment site and parade grounds.

The neighborhood later became the city’s manufacturing sector. It now houses a host of retail centers including Pier 70 and Columbus Commons along Columbus Boulevard.

The first official Mummers’ Parade in 1901 brought something unique to the community. String bands joined marchers a year later. A century later, Mummer mania still grips the area and many of the clubs are headquartered in the area. The New Year’s Parade returned to South Broad, but the “Two Street” march never left.

 

Famous Residents: Rob McElhenney, creator, writer and star of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia;” Community activist and former Republican state Rep. Connie McHugh; Quaker City Capt. Bob Shannon

 

Major Landmarks: Mummers Museum, 1100 S. Second St.; Jefferson Square Park; the former Mount Sinai Hospital, Fourth and Reed streets.

 

Architecture: The dominant façade in the neighborhood is red brick. Colonial- and Federal-style homes can be found and formstone finishes, popular in the 1950s and ’60s, remain on many properties. Experts believe some homes between Washington Avenue and Manton Street as well as a few on the 100 block of Alter Street date to the early 1700s, but their construction dates have not been confirmed.

 

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); 184th, William F. Keller (D)

City Council District: 1st, Mark Squilla (D)

Ward: 1st and 39th

Police District: 3rd, Capt. Michael Ryan; Community Relations Officers Ace Delgado and Gary Harkins

Civic Groups: Pennsport Civic Association

Libraries: Santore, 932 S Seventh St., in Bella Vista; Whitman, 200 Snyder Ave., in Whitman.

Schools: Horace Furness High, 1900 S. Third St.; Abigail Vare Elementary, 1198 S. Fifth St.

Places Of Worship: Chambers John Memorial Presbyterian Church, 28 E. Morris St.; Congregation Shivtei Yeshuron-Heysiner-Esras Israel, Fourth and Emily streets; Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1332 S. Third St.; Freedom Church, 1400 S. Columbus Boulevard; Mount Moriah Temple Baptist Church, 410 Wharton St.; Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 1329 E. Moyamensing Ave.; Snyder Avenue Congregational Church, 300 Snyder Ave.; St. Casimir’s Catholic Church, 324 Wharton St.; and St. John’s Evangelist Church, 1332 S Third St.

Rec Centers: Columbus Square Rec, 12th and Wharton streets in Passyunk Square; Ford P.A.L. Center, 609 Snyder Ave.; Murphy Rec, Fourth and Shunk streets, in Whitman; Rizzo Rink, 1001 S. Front St.; Southwark House, 101 Ellsworth St.; 

Parks: Dickinson Square Park, Fourth and Tasker streets; Grable Post, 3rd Street and Moyamensing Avenue; Herron Playground, Second and Reed streets; Jefferson Square Park, Fourth Street and Washington Avenue; Washington Avenue Green, Columbus Boulevard and Washington Avenue





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