South-Whit Shopping Center Associates is marking the $8-million renovation of Whitman Plaza with the “Brand New You! Makeover” Sweepstakes. Five people will earn a $1,500 prize package that will include a style consultation, wardrobe additions, grooming assistance and a one-year fitness membership.
An attacker used a metal rod to pull off a Whitman-based robbery Oct. 18. Walking along the 2100 block of South Fourth Street at 10:52 p.m., the complainant crossed Winton Street when an offender wielded the weapon to deliver a from-behind blow to his head, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said. Falling to the ground after receiving numerous punches to his head, the victim suffered another blow from the rod and more punches. The unknown male rummaged through his pockets, taking $400 before fleeing westbound along Winton Street, Tolliver said. Experiencing bleeding, swelling and head pain, the complainant received a transport to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Tolliver said. He described the aggressor as black, 18 to 25 years old, 5-foot-10, 150 pounds, with a thin build, round face, light facial hair; wearing a dark green hoody and black jeans and possibly being nicknamed “Drizzel.” 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....
Numerous anonymous tips led to the arrest of a pair of suspects from a Whitman-situated theft.
Police are seeking assistance in identifying two thieves who broke into a woman’s car in a Whitman shopping center’s parking lot.
Six weeks after an explosion rocked Whitman, causing three residences to collapse, The Philadelphia Fire Department issued the cause for the unfortunate occurrence.
A Whitman-based restaurant owner parted with $400 after an Aug. 30 confrontation inside his establishment.
Police had a warrant for Dennis Woods’ arrest for almost two months when they arrested him in North Wildwood, N.J. Friday.
A trio covered their victim’s head with a sweatshirt before beating and robbing him last week in Whitman.
As authorities continue to work to identify a homicide suspect, the victim’s family has added a $5,000 reward to the City’s $20,000 posting.
Investigators believe about six people have been working together to break into banks and pharmacies across the city, with the most recent incidents occurring in Packer Park and Whitman Monday.
“My recliner shook and I heard a bang. I thought a truck hit a house,” Vera Fee of the 300 block of Daly Street said Monday afternoon.
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Boundaries: Snyder Avenue to Bigler Street, Sixth to Lee streets.
Origin of Name: When the neighborhood was declared an urban-renewal area in the mid-1950s, the nearby Walt Whitman Bridge also was being constructed. The great poet¹s name was transferred to the burgeoning neighborhood.
Brief history: During the 1950s, the construction of Whitman Park, a low-income housing development, created quite a stir. Whitman Council (formerly the Whitman Area Improvement Council) was established partly to fight a proposal for the three high-rise apartment complexes. The issue gained national attention and, through negotiations and the courts, the plan was modified to instead include 120 low- to moderate-income houses.
Famous Residents: Joey Coyle, who stole $1.2 million that fell from an armored truck and had his story made into a 1993 movie starring John Cusack; crooner Eddie Fisher, a Fifth-and-Porter-Streets native; "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back" director Irv Kershner; Comedian and actor Joey Bishop, of Fourth Street and Snyder Avenue, was a member of Frank Sinatra's Rat Pack; "The Odd Couple" actor Jack Klugman, of Fourth Street and Snyder Avenue
Major Landmarks: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 2329 S. Third St., which is more than 100 years old; Mifflin Park, Fifth and Wolf streets; Whitman Library, 200 Snyder Ave.; shopping areas Whitman Plaza and Columbus Commons
Architecture: Mostly two-bedroom brick rowhomes that were expanded.
U.S. Congressional District: 1st, Bob Brady (D)
Pennsylvania Governor: Tom Corbett (R)
State Senate District 1st, Lawrence M. Farnese Jr. (D)
State House District: 184th, William F. Keller (D)
City Council District: 1st, Mark Squilla (D)
Police District: 3rd, Capt. Michael Ryan; Community Relations Officers Ace Delgado and Gary Harkins
Civic Groups: Pennsport/Whitman Town Watch and Whitman Council Inc.
Libraries: Whitman, 200 Snyder Ave.
Places Of Worship: Galilee Christian Hope Baptist Church, 2113 S. Sixth St.; Mount Enon Baptist Church, 500 Snyder Ave.; New Greenwich Light Baptist Church, 121 Oregon Ave.; Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 2319 S. Third; Phra Buddha Ransi Temple, 2400 S. Sixth St.; Snyder Avenue Congregational Church, Third and Snyder Avenue; Spirit and Truth Apostolic Church, 440 Snyder Ave.