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RIM Café Makes French Chocolate Dreams Come True

by Cassie Hepler Business dreams can come true. Especially if you have lots of them. René Kobeitri came to Philadelphia in July 2005 from Nice, France, where the French Riviera sprawls beautifully. “Everything changed in my life,” he said. “I fell in love with America. I met an American lady in Paris, for two days. […]

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20 Years Later, Sports Arena Still the ‘Center’ of Attention

by Eldon Graham In August 1996, Bill Clinton was President, Ed Rendell was Mayor of Philadelphia, and cellphones were primarily used for calling people. And people had a new place to see concerts, sporting events and other entertainment in South Philadelphia. Since opening its doors, the building first known as the CoreStates Center, now called […]

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Showing Our Servants in Blue Who Cares

by Eldon Graham All across the city, Philadelphians have strong beliefs and they follow them to the end, no matter where that may take them. South Philadelphia residents took that to heart Monday evening, and it took them on a march to City Hall and to the Frank Rizzo statue across the street. The march […]

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John’s Roast Pork Wants Your Bone Marrow!

by Cassie Hepler Everyone in the city knows John Bucci, Jr. Maybe not personally, but you’ve at least tried his delicious pork sandwiches in South Philly on Snyder Avenue. Well, there was a point in time where the company might have needed a new name when Bucci came down with a potentially fatal diagnosis of […]

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9th Street Eyes A Bid

by Maria Merlino Some 9th Street business folks are bidding to have a BID, a Business Improvement District. They believe by spending a little money to spruce up the street, its businesses will prosper. Is everyone on board? Not really. Some merchants are culturally wary of bureaucracy, while others are ready to retire without taking […]

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How Delegates Experienced the DNC

by Eldon Graham Electricity filled the air as delegates, reporters, out-of-town visitors, celebrities and politicians packed inside the Wells Fargo Center for the Democratic National Convention, where Philadelphia played host to its 48th incarnation. On the first day, no one could deny the amount of enthusiasm inside the building. The noise on the convention floor […]

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This South Philly Film Is No Turkey

by Maria Merlino For two glamorous days, the 1900 block of Jessup Street was transformed into a Hollywood set that was pure South Philadelphia. Turkey’s Done is a short comedic film that tells the story of Peaches Brocco, played by Upper Darby native and SNL alum Cheri Oteri. Brocco discovers that being loyal to her […]

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New Kids’ Joint Is Jumping In South Philadelphia

by Monica Robinson Kids now have a new place to play in South Philadelphia. Jump To It Family Fun Center opened this weekend featuring an inflatable sports arena, arcade games and even a mechanical bull. But the best part is— parents get in free! There was a steady stream of parents and children on Saturday […]

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In Our Back Yard Under I-95 Thrives A Lucrative Nonprofit

by Eldon Graham Tens of thousands of people drive alongside ILMAC’s work every day — or even park on it – without really noticing it. Some Philadelphia-based organizations do more business behind the scenes than many people realize. Among them is Interstate Land Management Corp., a nonprofit joint venture between the City and State located […]

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Positive Force Offers Free Self-Defense Classes For Women

By Maria Merlino Who trained with Chuck Norris? 6th Degree Master Joe Pennisi did. 6th Degree Master Hugo Armando said the class teaches women how to identify and prevent dangerous situations. Women will also learn hands-on defense training in the two-month weekly course. The course has foundations in education and awareness that also includes lecture, […]

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