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NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Vice bust

The Philadelphia Police Department’s Vice Enforcement Unit arrested a Whitman man for his alleged solicitation of an undercover officer for sex.

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Posted Oct. 23, 2014

NEWS > FEATURES

By Bill Chenevert

A library’s best friend

Laura McColgan has a cool story that she gets to tell.

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Posted Oct. 9, 2014

NEWS > FEATURES

By Bill Gelman

Feeling at home

How much does Richie Lazer love his neighborhood? Well, the fact that he never really left his Whitman roots behind pretty much tells the story. He calls Front and Ritner streets home — a hop, skip and a jump from his childhood roots on the 100 block of Wolf Street.

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Posted Oct. 9, 2014

SPORTS > FEATURES

By Joseph Myers

Bernie Parent feted at Flat Iron

In his storied stints with the Philadelphia Flyers, Bernie Parent won 232 games and millions of hearts, including that of John Moser, who, as a festive first-grader, rode on the hood of a car to glimpse the goaltender and his teammates during their 1974 Stanley Cup championship parade.

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Posted Oct. 2, 2014

SPORTS > FEATURES

By Joseph Fontanazza

Penn Charter's Matt Gorman ups his baseball bravado

The stress of reaching expectations raised by others often withers the most promising players, and being the younger brother to one of the most successful Philadelphia Catholic Baseball players definitely sets those lofty anticipations. But William Penn Charter School’s Matt Gorman not only showed the potential reminiscent of his brother Joey Gorman, he is creating his own legacy.

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Posted Jul. 17, 2014

NEWS > FEATURES

By Bill Chenevert

St. Monica Manor receives new owner

On June 30, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced an agreement of sale with Center Management Group, a company that owns 15 nursing and assisted living facilities in New York and New Jersey.

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Posted Jul. 10, 2014

NEWS > FEATURES

By Bill Chenevert

Exciting developments in Southeast Philly

If people have any doubt that South Philadelphia is growing and booming, they need only count the construction fences. The projects keep coming south of South Street and in varied forms.

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Posted Jul. 3, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Cheesy choice

Police busted a North Philly man for his supposed robbery of a Whitman eatery.

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Posted Jul. 3, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Rallying for revenge

Community members gathered to beat a man who had presumably pointed a gun at a boy in Whitman

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Posted Jun. 26, 2014

Celebrating Sinatra

Flat Iron, 26 E. Oregon Ave., hosts a “Sunday with Sinatra” brunch service beginning at 10 a.m

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Posted Jun. 26, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Felonious fellows

Authorities arrested two out of three suspects in a Whitman robbery.

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Posted Jun. 13, 2014

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Violent vengeance

An upset man attacked another male whom he suspected of moving in on his mate in Whitman.

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Posted Jun. 6, 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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