By Joseph Myers
Those who rely on their voice to fulfill their vocation often fall victim to histrionics, believing heightened execution of their lines, scripts, or the scenes before them will further their plans for glory more than they will delight observers. With respect to sports announcers, this scribe could easily offer the names of a few figures who, it seems, prefer hearing themselves to communicating thoughtfully, but Philadelphia personnel would not appear on that list. Residents have regarded many voices as reliable sources of insight, with Merrill Reese among the most revered. The 73-year-old Eagles’ play-by-play radio announcer will score a prestigious prize Monday as the inaugural recipient of the Bill Campbell Broadcast Award.
The Philadelphia Navy Yard could technically be one of South Philly’s most exciting and rapidly-developing neighborhoods. If anyone lived there. As we enter into 2016, it may be the last year that Philadelphians can’t both work and sleep south of the Broad Street and Pattison Avenue subway stop.
On Tuesday morning, nearly 2,000 middle schoolers packed the Philadelphia 76ers courtside seats. Bussed in from 27 area schools, they were lured in by the promise of Sixers excitement (via their Phlight Squad, especially) and likely blindsided by financial education.
In goes a loaf of bread, a bag of stuffing, a 15- to 18-pound turkey, a can of jellied cranberry sauce, a pair of oranges, a bottle of Pepsi, a can of collard greens and an apple pie. In two shifts at the Shoprite on Oregon Ave., 2301 Oregon Ave., more than 100 volunteers came out early Saturday morning to man a box-packing operation that filled nearly 2,000 boxes with the basic necessities for a Thanksgiving feast.
By Joseph Myers
Jason Cichonski happily tabs himself an impressionable individual, with his receptivity to sage advice helping to make him one of the city’s prominent food preparers.
By Phyllis Stein-Novack
When I was a girl, my favorite lunch was soup and sandwich. If I brought a sandwich and a piece of fruit to school, I always bought a half-pint of milk and a bowl of soup to round out a hearty lunch.
After Live! Hotel and Casino submitted a master plan to the City of Philadelphia Planning Commission in mid-September, Cordish Companies were forced to tweak a few design elements and got an approval on Oct. 6, with Johnson’s zoning bill setting the wheels in motion for construction.
By Joseph Myers
Already well-renowned for its location at 1219 S. Ninth St., Geno’s Steaks increased its portfolio Friday by opening a second site within XFINITY Live!, 1100 Pattison Ave.
Aramark executive chef James Hennessey really cannot be concerned about the on-the-field performances when he has 60,000-plus fans coming through the turnstiles for eight regular season games and possibly the postseason.
By Joseph Myers
While Philadelphia, especially South Philly, has produced enough famous residents that it will never need to defend its reputation as a source of greatness, it has also come to adopt many individuals as its own even though their birth certificates say otherwise.
“I don’t agree with all of them, so if [head coach] Chip Kelly’s personnel changes work out, they will do fine.” Ralph Lowman, Sixth and Jackson streets “ "They have to back up their defense and build up the offense a bit. If they duplicate their preseason success, their confidence is going to grow.” Chad Ferguson, Fifth and Reed streets “They will definitely need to put in hard work. They’ll also have to stay healthy and rely on some old-fashioned good luck.” Michael Calvarese, New Jersey Contact the South Philly Review at firstname.lastname@example.org....
With City and local leaders surrounding him for the Aug. 31 dedication of the Ralph Brooks Tot Lot, 20th and Tasker streets, Connor Barwin drew tremendous applause when stating “If you really want to grow in life, you have to realize that you can never do anything alone.”
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Bounadries: Sports Complex: Packer Avenue to Geary Street, Broad to Seventh streets; Navy Yard: South of I-95. Southern Boulevard comprises 13th to Broad streets, Packer Avenue to Geary Street.
Origin of Name: After formally referring to itself as the Vet Stadium Neighborhood, residents of this area changed the name to the Stadium Complex Neighborhood after the Vet's destruction to reflect all of the arenas nearby, including Citizens Bank Park and Lincoln Financial Field.
Brief History: It's difficult to look at the north lot of Citizens Bank Park and visualize what was there before the Vet went up: A valley nine stories deep, and home to farms, crops and shanty towns. A drive-in movie theater also was behind what are now the Geary Street homes. A bowling alley and an aquarium that doubled as a dance hall rounded out the neighborhood entertainment venues. People began moving into the neighborhood in 1951.
Famous Residents: Singer/actor Frankie Avalon, formerly of the 3200 block of South 13th Street
Major Landmarks: Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way; Lincoln Financial Field, 1020 Pattison Ave.; The Spectrum, known as America's Showplace, which is currently being demolished; Philadelphia Technology Park, 4775 League Island Blvd.; Tasty Baking Co., 3 Crescent Drive; Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St.; Veterans Stadium, longtime site of the Army-Navy Game, formerly at Broad Street and Pattison Avenue
Architecture: Rowhomes, mostly built in the 1950s.
U.S. Congressional District: 1st, Bob Brady (D)
Pennsylvania Governor: Tom Corbett (R)
State Senate District 1st, Lawrence M. Farnese Jr. (D)
City Council District: 2nd, Mark Squilla (D)
Ward: 26th and 39th
Police District: 3rd, Capt. Michael Ryan; Community Relations Officers Ace Delgado and Gary Harkins
Civic Groups: Sports Complex Special Services District, Stadium Community Council Inc.
Libraries: Fumo Family Branch, 2437 S. Broad St., in Lower Moyamensing
Parks: FDR Park, Pattison Avenue and South Broad Street; Southern Boulevard, Broad Street near Curtin.