By Bill Gelman
Though he has spent most of his existence outside of its environs, Avalon has become synonymous with South Philly because of his upbeat personality and boundless ambition.
Janayah Hayes is committed to the Center-City-based Independence Charter School where she attends regularly. She also goes beyond the classroom to make a difference in the lives of those around her.
By Amanda L. Snyder
Antonio Jeffcoat, 25, of North Philly, now is being held on $750,000 bail stemming from his Monday arrest for a pharmacy robbery in West Passyunk.
A West Passyunk pharmacy was held up for drugs Tuesday afternoon.
A student that thrives not only in academics but in music as well, 13-year-old Yovani Suyanto remains determined to follow her dreams of one day attending a high-level music program.
By Amanda L. Snyder
A West Passyunk man was arrested for a summer homicide.
By Joseph Myers
The calendar declared Monday April Fools’ Day, but the baseball players from Prep Charter High School, 1928 Point Breeze Ave., devoted the afternoon to being serious.
Police released surveillance video of the men who robbed a West Passyunk business and held two girls at gunpoint.
Two men robbed a West Passyunk store, holding two 12-year-old girls at gunpoint in the process Saturday afternoon.
Celebrating its 75th anniversary Oct. 17, Nick’s Old Original Roast Beef , 2149 S. 20th St., has sated appetites since Nick DeSipio founded the West Passyunk eatery in 1938. Its longevity has helped it to win the top roast beef prize.
By Alexis Abate
The inside of Universal Vare Middle Charter School, 2100 S. 24th St., resembled the pages of a Dr. Seuss book Feb. 27 as Principal Taryn Roane — accessorized in The Cat in the Hat’s white gloves and red-and-white-striped hat — walked down her institution’s marble staircase alongside Philadelphia Eagles’ cornerback Brandon Hughes.
» COMMUNITY PROFILE
Boundaries: 18th to 25th streets, Mifflin Street to Passyunk Avenue
Origin of Name: Native-American in its roots, but later settled by Swedes.
Brief History: The well-traveled West Passyunk Avenue has long been a draw for business owners. Auto mechanics, lawyers, realtors and hairdressers are among those hanging out their shingles.
Major Landmarks: Holy Ghost Byzantine Church, 2310 S. 24th St., founded in 1891
Architecture: Mostly rowhouses that many residents use a part of for office space.
U.S. Congressional District: 2nd, Chaka Fattah (D)
Pennsylvania Governor: Tom Corbett (R)
State Senate District 1st, Lawrence M. Farnese Jr. (D)
City Council District: 2nd, Anna Verna (D)
Police District: 1st, Capt. Louis Campione
Civic Groups: West Passyunk Point Neighborhood Association
Schools: Edwin H. Vare Middle School, 2100 S. 24th St.; Stephen Girard Elementary School, 1800 Snyder Ave.; The Preparatory Charter School of Mathematics, Science, Technology & Careers, 1928 Point Breeze Ave.
Parks/Playgrounds Smith Playground, 24th and Jackson streets.