Police arrested a Whitman resident for her alleged robbery of a Pennsport store last week.
After a gun could not convince a pedestrian to give up his property, a thief used a knife to score cash in Pennsport Saturday.
On the second day of Chinese New Year, I switched on PBS and watched Martha Stewart prepare pho. She filled a big stockpot with marrow bones, ox tails, fatty brisket, spices and stock and allowed it to simmer for several hours.
Mother Nature must have a love-hate relationship with romantic gestures, as she has spent a great portion of the last three weeks dumping snow on this Pennsport-situated heart.
A popular Pennsport shopping destination dealt with a bomb threat last week.
The Greenwich Street Church, 240 Greenwich St., soon will give way for the construction of a pair of single-family homes.
New Year’s Day festivities found costumed revelers taking all kinds of steps to secure judges’ positive evaluations.
Santa’s big white beard flowed over his shoulders as he sprinted on hockey skates from one end of Rizzo Rink, 1001 S. Front St., to the other, ice shavings flying into the boards as he came to an abrupt stop. A couple dozen skaters parted the ice to encourage the race and cheer on old St. Nick.
Chef Matt Fein settles into a seat by the front window at the Rittenhouse Square location of Federal Donuts. He hasn’t had much time to sit down and talk on this extremely busy Friday morning in which the establishment had sold more than 1,000 donuts in less than four hours.
It was a sight to behold. Five drag queens and a drag king shared the stage with Scott Brown, the director of tourism for the Fancy Brigade Association; 1st District Councilman Mark F. Squilla; Leo Dignam, the Mummers Parade director; Bill Burke, vice president of the Philadelphia Fancy Brigade Association; and Councilman-at-Large Jim Kenney. Everyone was in attendance Tuesday morning at the Mummers Museum, 1100 S. Second St., to announce that the “Miss Fancy” Brigade, comprised of the city’s leading female impersonators, will be marching along South Broad Street on New Year’s Day for the second year in a row.
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....
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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