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By Joseph Myers

Risky situation

Police are looking for the man who assaulted two males outside a Pennsport establishment.

Posted Aug. 6, 2015

Puck pluck

Already a local star for her feats through the Edward O’Malley Athletic Association, 144 Moore St., and Rizzo Rink, 1101 S. Front St., Alexa Davis recently realized a huge goal by playing for the Delco Phantoms Ice Hockey Club as part of the Summer Sizzle Tournament.

Posted Aug. 6, 2015


By Phyllis Stein-Novack

Fourth & Cross

Sunday brunch has become my favorite restaurant meal. Daylight affords us the chance to read the menu and actually see the food on the plate.

Posted Aug. 3, 2015


By Joseph Myers

EOM Angels to compete in Little League Softball World Series

Grace Matthews has never needed to question the camaraderie or the conviction of her softball teammates at the Edward O’Malley Athletic Association, 144 Moore St.

Posted Jul. 16, 2015

Amped for Camp

Registrants at the Rizzo Rink Summer Day Camp enjoyed their inaugural outing at the host site, 1101 S. Front St., on Monday.

Posted Jul. 9, 2015


By Richard Barnes

Rising Stars celebrate at South Bowl

Joseph Messina, back left, Jahlive Alexander Boyd, from left to right, James Joseph Fratantoni III, Henry Nguyen, Vincent Amorosi and Jeremy Lutz are some of the 2015 Rising Stars who attended Friday’s event hosted by South Bowl, 19 E. Oregon Ave. Contact the South Philly Review at editor@southphillyreview.com....

Posted Jul. 2, 2015

Shipshape State

The SS United States has rested at Pier 82 for 19 years, but changes could soon be coming for the vessel, whose initial jaunt in July 1952 set a record for fastest westbound crossing of the Atlantic Ocean.

Posted Jul. 2, 2015

Penn Museum's Monge tidily wraps the past

Dr. Janet Monge has merited much acclaim for her professional proficiency, but unlike many scientists who have castigated the carefree components of their careers, the 61-year-old contends that true success comes from never abandoning one’s inner child.

Posted Jul. 2, 2015


By Joseph Myers

Car trouble

Authorities arrested a Pennsport man for supposedly stealing an auto not far from his residence.

Posted Jul. 2, 2015


By Michael Carey

Skating towards success

“He is a gentleman and a scholar and many faculty members of Roman Catholic High School have shared they are impressed with his academic achievement within their courses” is how Adam Gault of Roman Catholic describes senior Jeremy Lutz.

Posted Jun. 12, 2015


By Joseph Myers

A layered incident

Law enforcement officials are hoping to collar two women who robbed a Pennsport beauty supply store.

Posted May. 28, 2015


By Bill Chenevert

Nutter’s Centenarian Salute

Some fun facts: there are 174 Philadelphians turning 100 this year; 506 centenarians in Philly; and 5,140 centenarians in Pennsylvania.

Posted May. 28, 2015



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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