The District Attorney’s Office announced Monday that 15-year-old Amber Hellesten will have a preliminary hearing March 12
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.
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.
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.
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.
Police arrested two men for their alleged invasion of a Point Breeze home last week.
Already in trouble for his alleged Christmas Day burglary of a Point Breeze location, a Grays Ferry man received additional charges last week in connection with four other heists.
A man suffered an abrasion to his chin after receiving a punch in Point Breeze last week.
For repeatedly beating and starving their 6-year-old son Khalil Whimes, actions that led to his March 19, ’12 death, Point Breeze dwellers Tina Cuffie and Floyd Wimes will serve as many as 60 years in a sentencing issued Nov. 26.
By Kathryn Poole
The South Philadelphia Branch, 1700 S. Broad St., closed New Year’s Eve as part of a plan that will see The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia demolish it and the adjacent recreation center.
Police are hoping surveillance footage can help them to nab a Point Breeze bank robber.
A cashless man ended up injured after denying a money-seeking figure last week in Point Breeze. While in the area of the 1300 block of South Capitol Street at 9:28 p.m. Jan. 2, the complainant had an unknown male approach him from behind to demand cash, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. The armed stranger moved in front of the older adult when hearing he had no funds and again barked for money. The complainant began to yell, leading the offender to put away his weapon, Tolliver said. He soon punched the figure in the head, causing a fall that made him drop his glasses, keys and cell phone. He could not tell in which direction the aggressor fled. He described the perpetrator as black, 25 to 30 years old and 5-foot-11; having a medium complexion and a slender build; and wearing a 3/4-length dark-colored coat with light-colored fur around the hood and a white knit-type scarf that covered his face. To report information, call South Detectives at 215-685-1635, text PPDTIP (773847) or visit phillypolice.com/forms. To report information, call South Detectives’ tip line at 215-685-1635 or visit www.phillypolice.com/forms. Contact Managing Editor Joseph Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 124....
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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.