A woman affiliated with Point Breeze’s 36th Ward received probation for having pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of violating the state’s election code.
On Jan. 21, police detained Jalonnie Gentry, of the 1800 block of South Bancroft Street, and charged him with multiple counts of criminal mischief, burglary, criminal and defiant trespassing, theft by unlawful taking, and theft by receiving stolen property.
By Bill Chenevert
Cory Espinosa was dutifully drawing The KIND Institute’s charming smiley face splat logo on the floor, music playing and the doors open to Point Breeze Avenue, when a curious pair of children stopped to stare.
By Joseph Myers
Second District Councilman Kenyatta Johnson presented a $5,000 check to the Point Breeze-headquartered Nu Sigma Sharks football program Jan. 6. Photo Provided by Byron Barnes Adult karate lessons Southwark House, 101 Ellsworth St., offers Shotokan karate instruction for ages 14 and up 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit karatephiladelphia.org. Bowling update St. Monica Lanes, 1601 W. Shunk St., seeks bowlers for its Monday night league. Contact Kathy, 215-468-6520 or Justin, 215-465-1645. Capitolo softball Capitolo Playground, 900 Federal St., is looking for teams to join its Sunday co-ed softball league for spring play. Contact Donny, 215-685-1883, or Eddie, 215-817-0837. EOM Soccer Clinic Through Soccer Shots, the Edward O’Mally Athletic Association, 144 Moore St., hosts Saturday soccer clinics for ages 2 to 7 through March 19. Visit philadelphia.ssreg.org/?sitename=EOM&input_address or philadelphia.ssreg.org/index.php. EOM Softball The Edward O’Malley Angels Softball program will be holding registrations for its spring in-house season from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 26 and 7 to 9 p.m. March 2 and 9 at 144 Moore St. The season will begin the first week of April and run until the first week of June. Registration is for the 6-8-year-old instructional league at a cost of $30, and the 9-10 and 11-14-year-old instructional and competitive leagues, which run $35. Call Shawn...
Detectives interviewed the complainant at Pennsylvania Hospital on Friday, learning that at 3:50 p.m. he found himself engaged in a verbal dispute with his lover, with the partner supposedly punching him, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. He stated she retrieved knifes from the kitchen and threatened to cut him following his instructing her to leave.
A purse snatcher made off with a woman’s possession in Point Breeze.
Authorities last week released an image of the teenager responsible for robbing a man in Point Breeze.
By Bill Chenevert
Mike Farulo often goes to bed thinking “Is tonight going to be the night? Any day now my life could change for the better.” Farulo suffers from Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), a genetic disease that fills one’s kidneys with cysts and zaps their functionality. Dialysis and donations-turned-transplants are the only solution.
By Tina Garceau
An en-door-ing gesture: As an element of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the National Shrine of St. Rita of Cascia, 1166 S. Broad St., opened a Holy Door Dec. 16 to encourage parishioners and visitors to become more apt to forgive and more committed to spiritual conversion.
Conflict compels every plot, and Campbell O’Hare received reminders of doubt’s diligence as a teenager with intense interests in softball and theater.
By Joseph Myers
November and December always inspire calls for individuals to conduct themselves more cordially and to consider the concerns of others more consistently.
» COMMUNITY PROFILE
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)
Pennsylvania Governor: Tom Corbett (R)
City Council District: 2nd, Kenyatta Johnson (D)
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.