Tony Coletti runs a small produce and fruit stand outside of his social club, La Casa di Pazzo, 1143 Federal St. He sells fruits and vegetables during daylight to neighborhood denizens and, often, students at Andrew Jackson School, 1213 S. 12th St., just across the street. On a chilly afternoon in mid-November, one such student was trying to help his mother by sneaking an eggplant to bring home, but it wasn’t for the thrill. It was because times are tight, groceries can become tough to come by at times and children of parents who struggle to feed their kids often want to help but don’t know how.
When Philadelphia rapper and South Philly favorite Meek Mill decided he wanted to give back to his city, he came to the mayor’s office. Tumar Alexander, the Mayor’s Deputy Director of Legislative and Community Affairs, connected the dots and put Mill in the capable hands of one of South Philly’s biggest community heroes – Anton Moore and his philanthropic organization, Unity in the Community.
Having pondered a life as an actor and a lawyer, Andy Kahn can certainly claim his third vocational choice has proven the charm. The pulsating-with-positivity pianist garnered his initial success more than three decades ago and is reveling in a much-appreciated encore with friends as The All-Star Jazz Trio, performing weekly shows at a pair of Center City restaurants.
n 3rd Police District, 1300 S. 11th St., holds a town watch community meeting, 10 a.m. and an...