By Kathryn Poole
Blind and visually impaired youths and adults gathered at The Waterfall Room, 2015 S. Water St., Tuesday for their annual Christmas luncheon. With accompaniment from South Philadelphia Lions Club members and master of ceremonies Jason Douglas, owner of DanceAdelphia, 1100 Snyder Ave., attendees also belted out seasonal tunes at the Pennsport location. ■...
By Joseph Myers
A blunt thief made off with cash and a cell phone Monday night in Pennsport. Walking up the steps to a residence on the 1800 block of East Moyamensing Avenue at 11:50 p.m., the complainant stated an unknown male approached him from his right side, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. He came to believe the foreigner had a gun when he observed his hand in his hoodie’s pocket, tossed $65 to the ground and handed the interloper his cell phone after the offender barked “This is a robbery; don’t make it a homicide; empty your pockets.” The offender gave the victim to the count of “5” to go inside the home, Tolliver said, threatening to shoot him if he did not. Following instructions, he was unable to tell in which direction the attacker fled. He described him as black, 5-foot-10; having a medium build and a dark complexion; and wearing a red hoodie, blue jeans and red and white sneakers. To report information, call South Detectives at 215-685-1635, text PPDTIP (773847) or visit phillypolice.com/forms....
Reverent residents displayed their appreciation Monday by placing flags at the Pennsport Veterans Memorial on East Moyamensing Avenue and Earp Street.
Police arrested a patron at a Pennsport gentlemen’s club Saturday morning for her alleged aggression against an employee.
For many, Black Friday officially kicks off the holiday shopping season. For Pennsport resident Robert Legget, the day marks a much more special occasion: The one-year anniversary of his Guerrilla Ultima Food Truck.
Lou Berman often cries when he ponders what his autistic son’s life might never include. Rather than resorting to negativity over the probable absences, the resident of the 100 block of McClellan Street is heading Louie’s Voice, an organization that derives its name from his 14-year-old descendant and focuses on what special needs individuals should never be without, love and hope.
Philly is Kat Kendon’s adopted home. Her family hails from Boston, but she had moved around, mainly along the East Coast, until she landed on the 400 block of Emily Street two years ago. In addition to her photography work, she made a commitment to herself to make volunteering a priority — that’s where Red Paw Emergency Relief Team came into play.
When Dan Stevenson suffered spinal difficulties a few years ago, he could have chosen to be bitter and back away from fulfilling any communal commitments. Instead of succumbing to sadness, the resident of the 1900 block of South Second Street elected to redevelop himself and strengthen his engagement, with Pennsport benefiting from his allegiance to altruism.
By Bill Gelman
The Mummers Parade might be a once-a-year event, but a small, multi-colored brick building that sits on the corner of Second Street and Washington Avenue keeps the story line flowing with a treasured collection of Mummers’ paraphernalia and memorabilia, including some costumes dating back to the turn of the 20th Century.
The South Philadelphia Business Association will honor John Murawski Jr., president of Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St., with its Person of the Year commendation Oct. 10 at Galdo’s Catering and Entertainment, 1933 W. Moyamensing Ave. The Pennsport resident graduated from the East Passyunk Crossing-situated school in 1996 and added a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from West Chester University and a master’s in educational administration from Gwynedd Mercy College.
With recycling and repurposing still all the rage, artist Arleen Wolf uses castoff metal to inspire designs, including a piece on the 100 block of Wilder Street.
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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)
Pennsylvania Governor: Tom Corbett (R)
State Senate District 1st, Lawrence M. Farnese Jr. (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
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