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South Philly POPS With Jazzy Pop Up

by Maria Merlino The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s East Passyunk Pop Up Garden at 9th & Wharton Streets was the location for the Philly POPS kick off for the new program that reinvents music education through a pilot program at South Philadelphia HS. The “POPS in Schools” program was launched in June to supplement and enhance […]

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Melissa Bailey Shows off South Philly Roots

By Maria Merlino Republican Mayoral candidate Melissa Murray Bailey is proud of her South Philadelphia roots. “My grandparents lived at 17th and Fitzgerald streets, right off of Wolf Street,” she said. “Their parents came from Italy. Yes, I have an Irish name but I know all about the Italian culture, especially how to make gravy […]

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SEAMAAC Names Andy Toy To Key Post

SEAMAAC, the Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations Coalition nonprofit organization serving immigrants and refugees in the Philadelphia region since 1984, has announced the appointment of Andy Toy as its new development & communications manager. SEAMAAC has been searching for a DCM for over a year to focus on new grant opportunities, build new collaborative efforts […]

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SOUTH PHILLY: Enjoying National Night Out

by Maria Merlino The kickoff rally celebration in Marconi Park for the 8th annual Philadelphia National Night Out is an opportunity for police, the community and businesses to come together and renew their relationship, and their efforts, to make all of Philadelphia neighborhoods safe. Monday, Aug. 3, was the official kickoff rally celebration in Marconi […]

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SOUTH PHILLY: Sweet Rides Cruise Into “Avenue”

by Jean Donohue From Ford Model T’s and Thunderbirds to the newest Ferrari model, East Passyunk Avenue’s 10th annual Car Show on Sunday lived up to its reputation. Hosted by the Northeast Muscle Car Club, the free festival took place right on the Avenue, between Broad and Dickinson streets. To kick it off, South Philly […]

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SOUTH PHILLY: Filitalia Celebrates Italy

by Jean Donohue Italian influence and charm distinguishes South Philly culture. Family owned restaurants line the streets where pasta sauce is referred to as “gravy,” its trademark misnomer. As a whole, Philadelphia is known for its mix of cultures with different ethnic groups boasting a center of pride. There’s the African American Museum on Arch […]

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A Superstar In The Making: FDR Park Golf Prodigy!

by Jean Donohue Alex Durelli first held a golf club when he was three years old. He was introduced to the sport by his grandfather, Sonny Durelli, who took him to FDR Park in South Philly to learn the game. At age 16, Alex maintains a daily presence at the club. From 8 a.m. to […]

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South Philadelphia Opens Homes, Hearts

by Tony West This September, South Philadelphia will be greeting a throng of out-of-towners the likes of which they will never have seen before. The draw is the Catholic World Meeting of Families, which is expected to bring up to 2 million visitors to metropolitan Philadelphia, which has a resident population of 6 million. Since […]

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Make Money With Airbnb Through Philly’s ‘Papal Weekend’

by Jean Donohue With the “Papal weekend” approaching in September, Philadelphia homeowners and tenants are becoming acquainted with a way to make quick money from what is usually one of their greatest expenses. Many Philly residents will be leaving the city during the Pope’s visit in September and leaving their homes to renters who turned […]

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SOUTH PHILLY: Tolentine Community Center Opens Doors For Summer

by Jean Donohue The cadence of sneakers sliding across a basketball court is the backdrop of summer days at the Tolentine Community Center on 10th and Mifflin streets. The nonprofit organization boats a summer camp for kids in kindergarten to eighth grade. The camp’s hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but additional before […]

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