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By Joseph Myers

Furness feasts on first diamond foe

Friday’s forecast called for occasional gusts of wind to cause challenging conditions, but the lone sort of whipping that occurred resulted in happy athletes and not harassed hairdos.

Posted Apr. 18, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Older adult bound

Two males tied up an elderly gentlemen to make off with his possessions in Pennsport last week.

Posted Apr. 11, 2014

Meaty competition

More than 200 carnivores congregated at The Mummers Museum, 1100 S. Second St., March 27 for the South Philly Sandwich Review. Ten vendors helped the attendees of the Pennsport-based event to enjoy three hours of feasting and fraternizing. Museum CEO Rusty Martz, former Philadelphia Eagle Hollis Thomas and media personality Steve Highsmith (left) judged the offerings, with Liscio’s Bakery and Conestoga Bank serving as sponsors. The night also featured an appearance by Ryan Hewitt (right, second row) a freshman at Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School, who is raising funds for his impending journey to the Australia-situated People to People Student Ambassador delegation. SPR...

Posted Apr. 7, 2014

Major depression

As any motorist or cyclist knows, South Philly sinkholes can ruin tires and rouse tempers like few other annoyances. This gaping monstrosity, on the 200 block of Tasker Street, has actually become worse within the last couple days, so let us hope that able bodies replace these Water Department barriers immediately. ■...

Posted Apr. 7, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Childish action

Police are seeking two males for their attempted robbery of an 11-year-old in Pennsport.

Posted Mar. 28, 2014

Sampling stations

Hungry for another food event? The tables are being set for the South Philly Sandwich Review taking place 6 to 9 p.m. March 27 at the Mummers Museum, 1100 S. Second St., and sponsored by Liscio’s Bakery and Conestoga Bank.

Posted Mar. 20, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Reported robber caught

Police arrested a Whitman resident for her alleged robbery of a Pennsport store last week.

Posted Mar. 7, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Blade runner

After a gun could not convince a pedestrian to give up his property, a thief used a knife to score cash in Pennsport Saturday.

Posted Mar. 3, 2014


By Phyllis Stein-Novack

Pho Saigon

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.

Posted Feb. 6, 2014

Cold-hearted case

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.

Posted Feb. 6, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Threat to society

A popular Pennsport shopping destination dealt with a bomb threat last week.

Posted Jan. 30, 2014

Rites of passage

The Greenwich Street Church, 240 Greenwich St., soon will give way for the construction of a pair of single-family homes.

Posted Jan. 17, 2014



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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