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NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

No-no

A drug-seeking male punched and robbed a woman in Whitman.

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Posted Feb. 19, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Under the influence

A drug-seeking male punched and robbed a woman in Whitman last week.

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Posted Feb. 12, 2015

SPORTS > FEATURES

By Joseph Myers

Friends of Beast commend Christopher Gedraitis

According to acquaintances, Christopher Gedraitis could captivate quite easily, which made the 30-year-old’s March 23, 2006 death from an undiagnosed heart condition a wrenching reminder of the brevity of life.

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Posted Feb. 12, 2015

NEWS > COVER STORY

By Bill Chenevert

Jim Kenney begins mayoral run

It’s been a slow but steady last eight days of fanfare leading up to a son of South Philadelphia’s bid for the highest office in the City of Philadelphia.

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Posted Feb. 9, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Driven to drama

Two men robbed a cab driver in Whitman last week.

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Posted Feb. 5, 2015

NEWS > FIRE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

House fire proves fatal

Just before 2 a.m. Jan. 29, an inferno broke out on the 400 block of Daly Street, leading, despite intervention from two police officers, to the deaths of Michael McGoldrick and Marsha Shear, long-established residents of the Whitman block

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Posted Feb. 5, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Crime doesn’t pay

Authorities ventured to Toys “R” Us, 2703 S. Third St., at 8:21 p.m. Tuesday, meeting with a loss prevention worker who reported the at-large figures entered the store, chose merchandise, passed all points of purchase and attempted to leave the establishment without paying, Detective Danielle Tolliver of South Detective Division said.

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Posted Jan. 22, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Fools rushed in

Four males made threats against a Whitman man and his family Monday.

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Posted Jan. 15, 2015

Hanukkah helper

Through Dec. 24, Federal Donuts, which has a local location at 1219 S. Second St., is offering a Hanukkah special.

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Posted Dec. 18, 2014

SPORTS > FEATURES

By Joseph Myers

St. Joe's Prep notches another PIAA crown

Owing to their physical and mental maturation, Joe DuMond, Ed Mooney and Ed Rementer have come to love late fall, as the period has produced their best football.

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Posted Dec. 18, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Delinquent duo

Two teenagers assaulted and robbed an older adult in Whitman.

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Posted Dec. 18, 2014

Depicted depravity

On Friday, the Philadelphia Police Department released footage of two men sought in a Whitman burglary.

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Posted Nov. 14, 2014

» COMMUNITY PROFILE

Whitman


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)

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

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)

Ward: 39th

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.

Schools: George Sharswood Elementary, 2300 S. Second St.; John H. Taggart Elementary, 400 W. Porter St.

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.

Rec Centers: Ford P.A.L. Center, 609 Snyder Ave.; Murphy Rec, Fourth and Shunk streets

Parks: Burke Playground, Second and Jackson streets; Mifflin Square, Fifth and Ritner streets; Weinberg Park, Sixth and Jackson streets




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