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Darby delighting in Walnut Street Theatre opportunity

Upon commencing his Philadelphia crusade as a Dorothy Haas Acting Apprenticeship participant for the Walnut Street Theatre, Langston Darby yearned to create connections with established performers, figuring their focus could help him to forge more fascination for the stage. Six years into his local journey, the resident of the 1900 block of Latona Street has come to count many heavy hitters as colleagues and has begun to command consideration as one such colossal presence, with his starring turn in the playhouse’s “Schoolhouse Rock Live! JR.” marking his fourth 2015 endeavor. “It was definitely an education to come to this city,” the 28-year-old Mississippi native said of propelling his professional aspirations here. “I find there’s so much energy within the community, so I’m looking to share that with my peers and audiences.” Beginning tomorrow and lasting through June 6, the Point Breeze inhabitant will be capping the Walnut Street Theatre for Kids season slate by portraying a timid teacher who is facing his first day of instruction. The show, which includes tunes from the Emmy Award-winning series “Schoolhouse Rock,” finds him interacting with characters from the vastly popular brainchild to build his confidence, with art imitating life for Darby, who as a Walnut...

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Posted May. 29, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

A vexing vehicle

A Point Breeze man suffered a gunshot wound while sitting in a friend’s car.

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Posted May. 28, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Calling the shots

The FBI, the Philadelphia Police Department and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday announced the charging of a West Oak Lane resident for allegedly robbing a trio of Metro PCS stores, including a Point Breeze operation.

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Posted May. 21, 2015

Black bolstering Azuka's Speech & Debate

When his native Colorado could not captivate Bryan Black enough to commence his college journey there, the theater practitioner chose the City of Brotherly Love to enhance his gregarious nature and professional presence.

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Posted May. 21, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Repairing the damage

At approximately 2 p.m. Monday, police reported to the 1400 block of South 18th Street for a report of a stabbing, learning that the victim had received transport to Methodist Hospital, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said.

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Posted May. 7, 2015

Tia Johnson pens 'To Be Goddess'

Two-thirds of the way through her debut book, “To Be Goddess: Every Woman Is A Goddess Discover Your Domain In Which You Reign Supreme,” Tia Johnson, well aware of all the factors frustrating females from finding fulfillment, suggests being an eternal seeker of serenity, stating “... you never know whose life you may affect with your positive attitude.

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Posted May. 7, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Mysterious motivation

Authorities are looking to solve a Point Breeze-based mystery that left a burgeoning construction project damaged.

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Posted May. 5, 2015

Arciero an ardent Penelope for Inis Nua

At just 23, Adair Arciero has ample time to consider what types of acting projects can best inspire her spirit, but no matter the endeavor, she has deemed her love for theater unconditional.

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Posted Apr. 23, 2015

SPORTS

By Joseph Myers

Nu Sigma Sharks earn fin-tastic news

“To be one of the few to have that recognition surprised me,” the 14-year-old said Monday at Chew Playground, 18th Street and Washington Avenue. “I’m very happy with my selection because I know it’s difficult to win the honor.”

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Posted Apr. 16, 2015

NEWS

By Joseph Myers

Jailing Jimerson

Authorities arrested a West Oak Lane man for allegedly robbing a Point Breeze store. As first reported in the April 9 South Philly Review as “Gall waiting,” police reported to Metro PCS, 1414 Point Breeze Ave., at 5:28 p.m. April 6.

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Posted Apr. 16, 2015

NEWS

By Joseph Myers

Gall waiting

A daring male robbed a Point Breeze phone provider of $1,500 Monday.

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Posted Apr. 9, 2015

NEWS

By Joseph Myers

Gone from Grays Ferry

Authorities are hoping to return a missing woman to her Grays Ferry home.

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Posted Apr. 9, 2015

» COMMUNITY PROFILE

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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