Scared straight

Traffic Court has become a popular place this summer. Thanks to the city’s Live Stop program, which took effect July 1 and allows police to confiscate cars operated by unlicensed, unregistered drivers, people queue up outside the court as if waiting for concert tickets.

It was no different last Thursday, when the line along Eighth Street stretched half the length of the court building at 800 Spring Garden St. during the peak of the day’s heat.


Sweating it out

It has been hot — asphalt-boiling, rubber-sole-melting hot. Thermometer readings have topped 90 so many times this summer, the 76ers ought to be jealous.

Despite the heat, it is no mirage that a couple of South Philly public pools never opened this summer.


Sideline activity

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park has been home to more than picnickers, sunbathers and flocks of birds this summer.

Joining the regular park guests have been dump trucks, backhoes and bulldozers hauling tons of dirt and rocks.


Support from the home front

Tech. Sgt. Frank Dragon (left) and Staff Sgt. Richard Scavola, both St. John Neumann alums from South Philadelphia, recently crossed paths in the Middle East, where both are serving in the Air Force.


War in the ward

Flying in votes on plane tickets bought with campaign funds, committee people registered to vacant lots, allegations of meddling politicians, goons with tattoos …

Looks like Buddy Cianfrani left control of his ward in capable hands.


Hospital gets a patron saint

After several weeks of mystery, St. Agnes Medical Center revealed the name of its “Broad Street buddy” during a press event yesterday at the hospital.

St. Agnes is teaming with Comcast-Spectacor to create a new surgical center at the hospital’s Broad and McKean streets location. It will be called Comcast-Spectacor Surgical Services.


Growing peace

What was once an uninspiring vacant lot in Grays Ferry is becoming a cheery urban oasis, thanks to the efforts of a few youths who care about sprucing up their community — and who have an artistic touch.

A summer’s worth of work is almost complete on the “art garden” at Peace Plaza, 29th and Wharton streets.


Somebody’s watching you

During the Revolutionary War, town criers would walk the streets at night to make sure everything was in order.

“The town crier historically went around Philadelphia saying, ‘All is well, all is well,’” noted Anthony Murphy of Philadelphia Operation Town Watch.