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NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Office tension

Authorities arrested a woman for allegedly striking an employee of a Pennsport rehabilitation site.

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Posted Mar. 26, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Woes for a woman

A female required a hospital trip after an attack in Pennsport Sunday.

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Posted Mar. 26, 2015

Filling the roles

Several of the South Philly’s best hoagie, cheesesteak, and sandwich stops will be back at the Mummer’s Museum for the 2nd Annual South Philly Sandwich Review on March 26 from 6 to 9 p.m.

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Posted Mar. 19, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Showing his handgun

A teenager remains at large after robbing a fellow adolescent in Pennsport.

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Posted Mar. 13, 2015

FOOD & DRINK

By SPR Staff

Helping the helpers

Every Monday evening, Café Valentino, 1245 S. Third St., celebrates "In the Biz Night."

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Posted Mar. 5, 2015

NEWS > FEATURES

By Bill Chenevert

Cameron Kline named new District Attorney spokesman

A Pennsport resident on the 100 block of Emily Street, Cameron Kline has broken a new glass ceiling barrier in City Hall.

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Posted Feb. 12, 2015

SPORTS

By Joseph Myers

Biddy basketball

The Edward O’Malley Athletic Association, 144 Moore St., is accepting basketball registrations for ages 3 to 7

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Posted Feb. 10, 2015

SPORTS

By Joseph Myers

EOM news

The Edward O’Malley Athletic Association, 144 Moore St., will hold signups for girls’ fast-pitch softball from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 23 and 25 and March 3 and 5.

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Posted Feb. 10, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Expecting justice

At 9:15 p.m. Dec. 22, the complainant was walking on the 100 block of Manton Street when a gray SUV, possibly a 2004-’09 Dodge Durango, sped past and stopped in the middle of the street, police said.

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Posted Jan. 8, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Touch and go

Police are hoping surveillance footage can capture a woman wanted for robbing a Pennsport store

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Posted Dec. 19, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Theory of relativity

Authorities arrested a Pennsport man for allegedly attempting to injure two strangers.

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Posted Dec. 11, 2014

NEWS > COURT REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Mulgrew sentenced

U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Stengel last week sentenced a Pennsport resident to an additional 18 months in prison for lying about ticket fixing.

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Posted Dec. 11, 2014

» 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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