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SPORTS > FEATURES

By Joseph Myers

Gorman goes to bat for Losing Is Not An Option

Joey Gorman likes lauding the wisdom within Jackie Robinson’s assertion that “A life is not important except in the impact it has on others,” meaning the students whom the eventual educator will instruct will find before them a champion for enacting positive change.

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Posted May. 21, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Unconscionable act

Authorities are looking for two individuals who assaulted a male in Whitman.

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Posted May. 15, 2015

SPORTS > SPORTS BRIEFS

By Joseph Myers

Sticking by Alynn

Following their April 24 home duel against Lansdale Catholic, the John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School lacrosse players honored Whitman inhabitant Alynn Phelan, holding sign, for scoring her 100th career goal.

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Posted May. 12, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Broadcast news

A man parted with a pair of flat-screen televisions he had been holding a Whitman facility.

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Posted Apr. 30, 2015

SPORTS > FEATURES

By Joseph Myers

Carlos Ruiz, Phillies assist Philadelphia Futures

Carlos Ruiz has grown accustomed to calling for strikes over his nearly nine-year tenure as the Philadelphia Phillies’ starting catcher, so when the backstop hosted April 23’s Get in the Game tournament at South Bowl, 19 E. Oregon Ave., he had no trouble encouraging friends and supporters of Philadelphia futures to register strikes of a different sort.

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Posted May. 5, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Home restoration

Authorities arrested a woman for her alleged burglary of a Whitman home.

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Posted Apr. 23, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Hailing authorities

Police are looking for a man who forced a cab driver out of his automobile.

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Posted Apr. 2, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Invasive presence

Police are looking for a man who pulled off a Whitman home invasion March 23.

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Posted Apr. 2, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Invasive presence

Police are looking for a man who pulled off a Whitman home invasion Monday.

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Posted Mar. 26, 2015

NEWS > POLICE REPORT

By Joseph Myers

Getting the jump

Authorities busted a Southwest Philly resident who allegedly robbed a Whitman bank.

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Posted Mar. 19, 2015

NEWS > FEATURES

By Bill Chenevert

Good to the bone

There is an absolutely massive menu at Mr. Wings, 500 W. Oregon Ave. From hoagies, cheesesteaks, wraps, shrimp to strombolis and pizza, this is a menu that basement-dwelling bros and fraternities dream of.

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Posted Mar. 16, 2015

NEWS > FEATURES

By Joseph Fontanazza

A thoughtful arrangement

While putting a loved one to rest is a hardship that we will all endure, the services that Murphy Ruffenach and Brian Donnelly Funeral homes, 2239 S. Third St., offer look to placate the feelings of grief. The business has existed since 1915 residing on the corner of Third and Wolf streets and though Murphy Ruffenach and Brian Donnelly Funeral Homes are nearly a century old, they still look to advance with the times.

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Posted Mar. 16, 2015

» 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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