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'Dear Diary, Bye' addresses youth's lessons

As an oft-commended visual artist, Ellie Brown has used myriad means to reveal the interplay between life’s complex components and simple sides. Primarily gaining renown as a photographer, the 39-year-old has traded the power of a lens for that of pens, transforming her girlhood reflections into “Dear Diary, Bye,” her debut play running through Sunday.

Posted Apr. 10, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Needing godliness

A Point Breeze church parted with property and received damage in a weekend burglary.

Posted Apr. 11, 2014

Mildred’s Raisin Carrot Salad

Everybody has those mornings when they oversleep, and in the mad rush to get to work, don’t have time to make lunch. That’s when one of those five-ingredient recipes with very little prep time comes in handy.

Posted Apr. 7, 2014

Lending Time for Lent

Enrollees at the St. Thomas Aquinas Mission School, 1631 S. 18th St., focused on their faith Saturday in staging live Stations of the Cross.

Posted Mar. 28, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Home invaders sought

Police are looking to bring two home invaders to justice for an incident in Point Breeze.

Posted Mar. 28, 2014


By Alexis Abate

Fresh possibilities

n a neighborhood not necessarily known for cuisine popped up the latest best new restaurant – Breezy’s Café, 1200 Point Breeze Avenue. Partners Scott Harnish and Kristin Wolak, both residents of Point Breeze, opened this novel spot simply because they wanted more nutritional options and variety in their own community. And, the result has been described as nothing short of perfection.

Posted Mar. 17, 2014

Fiery dragon

Mariah Moore played the hero March 4, as she hit a game-winning three-pointer to help the Freire Charter School Lady Dragons to capture the league championship versus Girard College.

Posted Mar. 13, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Hellesten update

The District Attorney’s Office announced Monday that 15-year-old Amber Hellesten will have a preliminary hearing March 12

Posted Feb. 27, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Examining the charge

Sunday morning, five days after he suffered a puncture to the heart, 14-year-old Azim Chaplin died at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Officer Tanya Little of Police Public Affairs said.

Posted Feb. 20, 2014

Breezy’s Cafe’s Vegan Thai Coconut Soup

Eager to help his Point Breeze neighborhood to evolve as a culinary and communal haven, Fred Muser became one of the first customers when Breezy’s Cafe debuted last March on 20th and Reed streets.

Posted Feb. 6, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Mosco, Wood look to upset Saints

Upon accepting the boys’ varsity basketball coaching position at Archbishop Wood High School in August, John Mosco immediately imagined bringing to the Warminster site a culture akin to that of Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St., where he had helped to transform the Saints into a national powerhouse.

Posted Feb. 6, 2014

Two-week special

Kermit’s Bake Shoppe, 2204 Washington Ave., is offering chef Brian Lofink’s 18-inch General Tso’s Chicken Pizza through Feb. 14 —the end of the 15-day Lunar New Year.

Posted Feb. 6, 2014


Point Breeze

Boundaries: 25th to Broad streets, Washington Avenue to Mifflin Street.


Origin of Name: The earliest references to Point Breeze date to 1895. Point Breeze Avenue became the road that cut southwest to provide access to the spot on the west side of the Schuylkill River from what was at the time Philadelphia proper. The avenue is a major artery for the community now known as Point Breeze.


Brief history: Prior to World War II, Point Breeze’s thriving business district was filled with restaurants and stores. As the decades went on, the businesses suffered from neglect and Point Breeze’s population dropped, losing 10 percent of residents between 1990 and 2000. Lacking enrollment, St. Charles Borromeo School, 2019 Montrose St., closed.

Universal Companies, based at 15th and Catharine streets, took on the mission of revitalizing the blighted areas in the mid-’90s. Universal founder Kenny Gamble’s Point Breeze Estates offered 18 single-family homes for low- to moderate-income buyers and it replaced four vacant properties and 35 blighted lots on the 1500 and 1600 blocks of Federal Street.

Universal also oversees West Passyunk's Edwin H. Vare and South of South's Edwin M. Stanton and Universal Institute Charter School.

The Point Breeze Performing Arts Center opened at 1717-21 Point Breeze Ave. 20 years ago and has professionally trained scores of dancers. The Point Breeze Youth Development Educational Center, 1530 Point Breeze Ave., opened in 2009.


Famous Residents: Chicago Bulls forward Rasual Butler, from 20th and Manton streets; dancer Anthony Burrell, 22nd and Dickinson streets, is a product of the Point Breeze Performing Arts Center; jazz musicians the Heath Brothers — tenor saxophonist Jimmy, drummer Albert and bass player Percy; community activist Mamie Nichols; Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, lead vocalist/rapper of Grammy-winning band The Roots, from 23rd and Watkins streets; H. Patrick Swygert, former president of Howard University, from 15th and Wharton streets; Anna Verna, a native of the 2200 block of Dickinson Street; Dwight Grant aka Beanie Sigel, from 22nd and Sigel streets; Williard Carr, Philadelphia jazz legend and composer, of 23rd and Tasker streets; Richard Rome, music arranger and conductor as well as Paramount Films assistant music director, 20th-and-Tasker-streets native; Gene Perret, of Sigel Street, Emmy Award-winning comedy writer for the "Carol Burnett Show"


Major Landmarks: The Point Breeze Performing Arts Center; the Mamie Nichols Center, 1529 S. 22nd St.


Architecture: Rowhouses and townhouses.


U.S. Congressional District: 2nd, Chaka Fattah (D)

U.S. Senators: Bob Casey (D); U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R)

Pennsylvania Governor: Tom Corbett (R)

State Senate District 1st, Lawrence M. Farnese Jr. (D), 8th, Anthony H. Williams (D)

State House District: 184th, William F. Keller (D); 186th, Jordan Harris (D)

City Council District: 2nd, Kenyatta Johnson (D)

Ward: 36th

Police District: 1st (south of Moore), Capt. Louis Campione and Community Relations Officer Paul Bryson; 17th (north of Moore), Capt. Martin Derbyshire and Community Relations Officer Freddie McCrea; 17th District Police Advisory Council


Civic Groups: Concerned Citizens of Point Breeze; Neighbors In Action; Point Breeze Civic Association, Point Breeze Avenue Business Association; Point Breeze Community Development Coalition; Point Breeze District Alliance; Point Breeze Pioneers; South Philly HOMES Inc.

Library: Queen Memorial, 1201 S. 23rd St.

Schools: Delaplaine McDaniel Elementary, 1801 S. 22nd St.

Places Of Worship: Bible Way Missionary Baptist Church, 1705 Point Breeze Ave.; Christian Compassion Baptist Church, 1608 Point Breeze Ave.; Christian Fellowship Baptist Church, 1925 Tasker; Church of the Redeemer, 1440 S. 24th St.; El Shadai Church, 2019 S. 19th St.; Faithful Few United Baptist Church, 1326 S. 21st St.; First Pentecostal Church, 1505 S. 20th St.; Friendship Baptist Church, 18th and Wharton streets; Galilee Community Baptist Church, 1164 S. 18th St.; Gospel Temple Baptist Church, 1327 S. 19th St.; Grace Covenant Community Fellowship Church, 2413 Wharton St.; Grace Harvest Christian, 1841 S. 21st St.; Greater Bethlehem Baptist Church, 2300 Tasker St.; Greater Deliverance Temple, 1333 S. 21st St.; Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church, 2310 S. 24th St.; Holy Ground Church 1426 S. 23rd St.; Indonesian Christian Church, 1738 S. 19th St.; King David Baptist Church, 1133 S. 20th St.; Martin Isaiah Revival, 2221 Pierce St.; Mount Olive Primitive Baptist Church, 2061 Mountain St.; Mount Zion, 1224-26 Point Breeze Ave.; Mount Sinai Baptist Church, 1228 S. 21st St.; New Antioch Baptist Church, 1244 S. 22nd St.; New Bethany Baptist Church, 1415 S. 23rd St.; New Birth Baptist Church, 1710 S. 20th St.; New Gethsemene Baptist Church, 2301 Wharton St.; New Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church of South Philly, 1639 S. 20th St.; 19th Street Baptist Church, 19th and Titan streets; People's Mission Church, 2356 Wilder St.; Point Breeze Cong-Jehovah’s, 2037 Ellsworth St.; Second Nazareth Missionary Baptist Church, 1800 Tasker St.; Solid Rock Baptist Church, 1836 Federal; St. Edmond's, 2130 S. 21st St.; St. James AME Zion Church, 2001 Reed St.; St. Mark's Baptist Church, 1238 S. 23rd St.; St. Paul Chapel Baptist Church, 1217 S. 21st St.; St. Simon the Cyrenian Church, 1401 S. 22nd St.; St Stephen’s Baptist Church, 1627 S. 21st St.; Tasker Street Baptist Church, 2010 Tasker St.; Trinity Lutheran Church, 2300 S. 18th St.; True Way of Jesus Christ, 1254-56 S. 18th St.; Twentieth Street Baptist Church, 1215 S. 20th St.; Unity Baptist Church, 1522 S. 22nd St.; Word of Life Church Ministry, 1208-14 S. 23rd St.; Word of Truth Christian Church, 1414 S. 22nd St.; Zion AME Church, 1600 S. 21st St.

Rec Centers: Dixon House, 1920 S. 20th St.; Mamie Nichols Center; Point Breeze Performing Arts Center; Marian Anderson Rec, 17th and Fitzwater streets, in South of South; Vare Rec, 26th and Morris, in Grays Ferry

Parks/Playgrounds: Chew Playground, 19th Street and Washington Avenue; Wharton Square, 2300 Wharton St.; Warringer Post, 24th Street and Snyder Avenue.

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