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NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Cycle swiper

The Central Detective Division last week announced it is seeking William Mack as the suspect in four gunpoint robberies of food delivery persons, with two of the incidents occurring in South Philly. They identified the 43-year-old Camden resident after analyzing the details of 12 such crimes since March 21. In each matter, authorities determined that someone would call a restaurant whose delivery person uses an electric bicycle, which, their report notes, tends to retail for nearly $1,200, then rob the worker of the ride, a cell phone and cash by administering threats with a firearm. Officials released dates and locations for the dozen complaints, with the 10th, details of which they have not released, occurring July 15 on the 600 block of Catharine Street. In the most recent documented case, the victim was set to drop off food on the 1700 block of Catharine Street when an unknown offender approached from behind and pointed a black gun at him, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. When the motorist said he had no money on him because the customers had paid online, the supposed gunman allegedly demanded his iPhone 5, grabbed his electric mountain bike and fled eastbound on Catharine Street....

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Posted Jul. 24, 2014

McPheeters focused as Candy Darling

Scott McPheeters needs novelty to thrive, with meeting people a captivating component of his curiosity.

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Posted Jul. 24, 2014

FOOD & DRINK > RESTAURANT REVIEWS

By Phyllis Stein-Novack

Third of July

Tomorrow, Americans will celebrate the Fourth of July with parades, barbecues and fireworks. For those hosting a party or invited to one, hot dogs, hamburger, chicken, fish and grilled vegetables will take center stage along with classic sides dishes and a red, white and blue flag cak

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Posted Jul. 3, 2014

Meritage’s Grilled Bavette Steak with Chimichurri

Michele DiPierto and Irene Landy Michele DiPierto and Irene Landy have a long history together dating back to their days at the former St. Maria Goretti High School (now Ss. Neumann-Goretti), 1736 S. 10th St. The best friends graduated from the school in 1988, and at the time, owning a restaurant together wasn’t part of their career plans. “We both worked in the restaurant business,” DiPietro, a Queen Village resident, said. “My intention was to be a teacher and bartend in the summer. “I was drawn to the business and ended up not leaving.’” Landy seems to prefer keeping restaurant hours. “I had a lot of 9-to-5 jobs, but I realized 9 to 5 wasn’t for me,” the Queen Village resident, who now oversees a 55-seat establishment that is open 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and 5 to 11...

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Posted Jun. 26, 2014

SPORTS > FEATURES

By Joseph Myers

Ewald setting pace through ODDyssey Half Marathon

His time as an attorney gives Carl Ewald plenty of interior occasions in which to excel, but he deems the outdoors an equally outstanding setting for thriving. The Queen Village dweller will welcome the latter option Sunday, as he will mark his fifth year of overseeing the ODDyssey Half Marathon

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Posted Jun. 10, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

The best defense

A woman kept an attacker from taking her possessions in Queen Village.

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Posted May. 29, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

New Jerseyan nabbed

Authorities arrested a Cherry Hill man who allegedly assaulted another male in Queen Village Saturday.

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Posted May. 23, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Constructing a mystery

Police are hoping to track down the perpetrator of a Queen Village burglary

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Posted May. 23, 2014

NEWS

By Joseph Myers

Stanton-Ameisen stars in EgoPo's 'Gint'

Griffin Stanton-Ameisen has accentuated accountability as a stage presence since middle school, believing he can command considerable sway in touting theater’s thrills. Balancing loves for established and newfangled works, the 28-year-old has become a coveted performer and is meshing the canonical with the contemporary by handling seven roles in “Gint,” Romulus Linney’s adaptation of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s “Peer Gynt.”

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Posted May. 9, 2014

NEWS > FEATURES

By Bill Chenevert

Weccacoe Playground’s future sparks debate

In the ongoing debate that has unfolded after the discovery of the Mother Bethel Burial Ground underneath the Weccacoe Playground between Catharine and Queen streets and Lawrence and Leithgow streets, a full meeting room at the African American Museum saw residents, advocates and City officials engaging in the fate of the site Monday night.

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Posted May. 9, 2014

NEWS

By Joseph Myers

Explosive development

At approximately 6 p.m. Monday, a witness on the 700 block of South Fourth Street detected a strong scent of gasoline, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said, leading her to check with neighbors to determine its source.

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Posted Apr. 17, 2014

Cookie Confidential’s Strawberry Shortcake Cookies

As the owner of Cookie Confidential, 517 S. Fifth St., Melissa Torre uses a mix of mental acuity and digital dexterity to produce perpetual and seasonal delights for discerning patrons.

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Posted Apr. 10, 2014

» COMMUNITY PROFILE

Queen Village


Boundaries: Lombard Street to Washington Avenue, the Delaware River to Sixth Street.

 

Origin of Name: William Penn called it Southwark because it reminded him of a similar neighborhood on the south bank of the Thames River in London.

In the late 1970s, it was renamed Queen Village after Queen Christina of Sweden to recognize her role in promoting the original settlements. Although some say Queen Village encompasses Southwark, the latter is still used for the adjacent neighborhood.

 

Brief history: Settled by the Swedes in the 1600s and originally named Wicaco, it was deemed a “peaceful place” using the Lenni Lenape tribal word. William Penn changed the name to Southwark.
The Swedes mostly lived along Christian Street. In 1699, they built a wood-framed church at Front and Christian streets. The following year, it was consecrated Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church, and exists today at 916 S. Swanson St.

Commercial activities were very prominent and maritime jobs were plentiful. Residents worked as shipbuilders, rope- and sail-makers, sailors, dock workers, carpenters and craftsmen.
Southwark was officially recognized as a community in 1854.

Spanish-speaking immigrants arrived in the 19th century, and found housing and work in this neighborhood.

Members of the Cuban Revolutionary Party also lived in Southwark, and a cigar-making industry thrived. The Bayuk Brothers Tobacco Co., for example, was the largest cigar producer in Philadelphia in the early 20th century.

One beacon of the nautical era still stands in Queen Village. It is the steeple of the 158-year-old Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1001 S. Fourth St., which guided ships across the Delaware River. During the late 1950s, the church became an unofficial community center, offering its facilities to neighborhood groups, youth workers and civic-betterment organizations.

In 2000, the Courtyard Apartments at Riverview, Fifth Street and Washington Avenue, replaced the two towers at Southwark Plaza. When the old housing development was imploded, neighbors worried about damage to Emanuel Church’s steeple, but it survived unscathed.

Another old building, Mount Sinai Hospital, Fourth and Reed streets, and its surrounding blocks also have undergone a conversion. The hospital closed in 1998, and construction on the Jefferson Square housing complex began soon after, spanning mostly neighboring Pennsport but also part of Queen Village.

 

Famous Residents: Twist originator Chubby Checker, formerly of the 500 block of Christian Street; Brother Bill McDonald, who worked with the Servants of the Poor to provide food and clothing to the neighborhood needy, was locally well-known; painter/sculptor/filmmaker/photographer Man Ray, who participated in the Cubist, Dadaist and Surrealist art movements;  Sacramento Kings and La Salle University basketball star Lionel “L-Train” Simmons; and the first mayor of Philadelphia, William Shippen; Larry Fine, born Louis Feinberg, one of the Three Stooges, of Third and South streets

 

Major Landmarks: Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, formerly at 1001 S. Fourth St., and its steeple; the former Southwark Towers; Sparks’ Shot Tower, the first shot tower built in the United States and one of only three remaining, is surrounded by a playground at Front and Carpenter streets; Betsy Ross was married at Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church, now a National Historic Landmark; Theatre Of Living Arts, 334 South St.; Jefferson Square, Mummers Museum, 1100 S. Second St.; South Street

 

Architecture: Single-family units, townhouses

 

U.S. Congressional District: 1st, Bob Brady (D)

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

Pennsylvania Governor: Tom Corbett (R)

State House District: 175th, Michael H. O'Brien (D)

City Council District: 1st, Mark Squilla (D)

Ward: 2nd

Police District: 3rd, Capt. Michael Ryan; Community Relations Officers Ace Delgado and Gary Harkins;

Civic Groups: Queen Village Neighbors Association, Queen Village Town Watch.

Libraries: Santore, 932 S Seventh St.

Schools: William Meredith Elementary, 725 S. Fifth St.; Settlement Music School, 416 Queen St.

Places of Worship: Emanuel Lutheran Church, Fourth and Carpenter streets; Gloria Dei Old Swede's Church, 916 S. Swanson St.; Greater Mount Olive AME Church, 19 Fitzwater St.; Nazareth Baptist Church, 1009 S. Third St.; Phillips Temple Christian Methodist Church, 754 S. Third St.; Sayers Memorial United Methodist Church, 61 Catharine St.; St. John the Evangelist, Third and Reed streets; St. Phillips Neri Church, 218 Queen St.; St. Stanislaus, 242 Fitzwater St.

Rec Centers: Palumbo Rec, 10th and Fitzwater streets, in Bella Vista; Rizzo Rink, 1001 S. Front St., in Pennsport

Parks/Gardens: Mario Lanza Park, Second and Catharine streets; Moyamensing Point, Second and Christian; Shot Tower, Front and Carpenter streets; Weccacoe, 405-25 Queen St.; Bodine Street Community Garden, 914 S. Bodine St. and 939-941 S. Third St.; Southwark Queen Village Community Garden, 311-15 Christian St.; Washington Avenue Green, Columbus Boulevard and Washington Avenue

 


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