By Corey Carter
Driving along South Columbus Boulevard can become a battle for positional supremacy, with viewers of this image sure to surmise that the motorists across the tracks mean business.
Burgeoning Pennsport will continue its culinary growth, as a new bistro is set to open next spring in the old Bell’s Delly space at 1527 S. Fourth St.
The South Philly Review and the Mummers Museum are hosting the second annual gathering presented by Jefferson's Methodist Hospital 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
The Edward O'Malley Athletic Association, 144 Moore St., holds football practice and signups 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays 5 to 15.
EOM will also be holding softball signups from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight, July 29 and 30.
A minor became a victim of an aggravated assault by a vehicle in Pennsport Friday.
The sixth annual tasting extravaganza returned to Penns Landing Caterers July 17 as samplers voted on their favorites.
Contrary to what musician Eddie Cochran felt in 1958 when singing of his mid-year misery, there are plenty of cures for the summertime blues, with physical activity a reliable remedy. Eager to engender enjoyment as analyzing textbooks becomes a distant endeavor, youths yearned to learn of their options in experiencing June 19’s Philly Play signup session at Herron Playground, 250 Reed St.
By pretty much all accounts, Furness is a family. And the principal is living proof.
Responding to a report of a large fight in front of Cookie’s Bar, 2026 S. Third St., just before midnight, authorities took testimony from the quartet of complainants and a pair of witnesses.
Arleen Race Wolf would likely lambaste English poet William Wordsworth, who in “The Tables Turned” posited “Our meddling intellect/Mis-shapes the beauteous forms of things/We murder to dissect,” for failing to forge fascination with alteration. For more than four decades, the artist has excelled at crafting new identities for found items, receiving regard and encouraging the enhancement of creative merit.
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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