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Unveiling Our Lady: Guadalupe Statue Revealed!

by Maria Merlino The dream of Sister M. Paula Sister Paula Beierschmitt, IHM president and founder of The American Academy of the Sacred Arts, came true as the huge bronze statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe was installed on the left hand side of the church at Basilica of SS. Peter & Paul. She died […]

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SOUTH PHILLY: Have A Beef With Parking?

Could Building Plan Hurt Beef Trust? Bella Vista may be getting more than just cheesesteak tourists. The developer of a property at 9th & Wharton streets, Paul Mirabello, proposes building a four-story, 18-unit apartment complex with five commercial stores… with no on-site parking. As everyone knows, it’s rough to find parking in South Philadelphia as […]

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SOUTH PHILLY: Russell Shoemaker Joins Public Record

Police Activist To Expand Coverage They call him Mr. South Philly. And there are few contenders who dare challenge this title. Russell Shoemaker, Sr. was formerly employed with the South Philadelphia Review for a year, which has undergone a major change and is being taken over by a firm not located in South Philadelphia. Broad […]

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The Waffleman: Flashbacks To South Philly’s Past

Yo! Here we go again. I awoke early one morning to the sound of silence. In this utter silence I thought I heard a sound from outside my window. It resembled the clip-clop of the milkman’s horse. This sound stirred up some very strong memories. It brought to mind the sound of the milk bottles […]

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SOUTH PHILLY: St. Rita Rescue Rose In Full Bloom

by Maria Merlino I remember when I was in kindergarten at Jenks School, a long time ago, before color TV. Mrs. Sherr would take us to Marconi Park. At the time, the playground had monkey bars and a sandbox. We thought it was a lot of fun to bury the teacher’s purse in the sand. […]

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SOUTH PHILLY: Kickball, Soccer Takes Over Marconi Park

PSN (Philadelphia Sports Network) and PSSC (Philadelphia Sport & Social Club) are the two primary for-profit organizations that dominate most of the fields and facility permits in the city’s parks. However, for the next 9 weeks, Stonewall Kickball secured a permit to take over Marconi Plaza at Broad Street and Oregon Avenue. On Sunday, April […]

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‘Sal’ Picked For Pinnacle Man Of The Year

by Maria Merlino The Millay Club Alumni Association of Neumann-Goretti has announced Salvatore J. Patti as its 2015 Pinnacle Award Man of the Year. Growing up, Patti was fascinated by successful people, what they did to achieve success by owning their own businesses or being part of a bigger business. He was highly influenced by […]

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SOUTH PHILLY: Tasting South Philly

by Maria Merlino The May 4th A Taste of South Philly Fundraiser, held at the Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School’s Goretti gym was a rousing success, as the crowded gym took on a festive air. The hosts, WOGL-98’s Bob Pantano, a Bishop Neumann graduate, and his beautiful wife, Debbie, provided the finest […]

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Fixing An Eyesore

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Fixing An Eyesore

Multi-Million Dollar Improvement Plan Launched For 25th Street Viaduct Rail Bridge by Cassie Hepler Long-awaited repairs to South Philly’s aging, crumbling railroad viaduct are soon to begin. “Following extensive discussions and coordination between my office, the City of Philadelphia and CSX Transportation, I am pleased to announce CSX will make a multi-million dollar investment to improve […]

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Little Girl Fighting For Her Life

by Maria Merlino Francesca DePasquale, or Fran as everyone knows her, was disturbed by the black and blue marks that would suddenly and randomly appear on her daughter, Vienna Ivy Accardo, who is now 3 years old. “This was three weeks before she was diagnosed,” said DePasquale, the head teller at Prudential Bank. “She was […]

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