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SOUTH PHILLY: Rocky Digs Deep To Find Roots

by Maria Merlino If you Google “Rocky DeGregorio Pacifico Ford,” www.dealerrater.com comes up first. The page has more than 200 five-star ratings for this salesman. No negatives! Buying a car can be hazardous to your mental health, but DeGregorio has a certain knack that puts people at ease, saves them money and instinctively knows what […]

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Bringing The Mummers Back To South Philly?

Do Any Of You South Philadelphians And Former Devotees Really Care? This is something that I wanted to put out there for everyone to take a look at. It’s my suggestion, but I think this is something worth considering for the 2016 Mummers Day Parade. Let’s try this for the march back up Broad Street […]

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SOUTH PHILLY: Business Association Honors Persons Of Year

by Maria Merlino Last Thursday, Mar. 12, Galdo’s Entertainment & Catering Complex at 20th & Moyamensing Avenue was bustling with dignitaries, family, friends and colleagues of 2nd Dist. Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, State Rep. Maria Donatucci and businessman Jay Agnes. The South Philadelphia Business Association honored each of them as Person of the Year. An open […]

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OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE: Dream, Vision Come True In South Philadelphia!

Our Lady Of Guadalupe Unveiling by Maria Merlino The vision and dream of the deceased founder of the Academy of Sacred Arts, based in South Philadelphia, is coming true. Sister Paula Beierschmitt, a renowned painter and sculptor, who was the only nun to ever be accepted into the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Art, attracted attention […]

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SOUTH PHILLY: Councilman Kenyatta Johnson Fuels Stinger Square

by Maria Merlino “This project exemplifies what makes Philadelphia great!” enthusiastically explained 2nd Dist. Councilman Kenyatta Johnson as he heralded the beginning of a half-million-dollar renovation of Stinger Square, at 3200 Dickinson Street, last week. Included in the renovation is total concrete replacement, replanting entry beds, planting a rain garden, refurbished seating, the insertion of […]

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SOUTH PHILLY: Cookie’s Tavern Kicks Off ‘Daddy Wags’ Memorial

by Maria Merlino It’s a February military tradition in South Philadelphia to gather at Cookie’s Tavern on 10th & Oregon to celebrate the birthday of the late Marine Sgt. James “Daddy Wags” Wagner. The noted veteran of the Vietnam war died of a brain tumor when he was 57. He would have been 70 last […]

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Mark Squilla’s Mom, Aunt Graduate High School

by Maria Marlino It was the 1930s in the city of Philadelphia. Rosina Squilla and Rickie Descano, Mark Squilla’s mom and aunt, had yet to arrive. The first experimental television station, W3XE, was founded by the Philco Corp. The cheesesteak was just created. Over 135,000 Philadelphians were jobless due to the Great Depression. And numerous […]

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Judge Vincent Melchiorre’s Sword of Justice

by Maria Merlino Common Pleas Court Judge Vincent Melchiorre, 57, struggled as a child with learning. “I flunked the 4th grade at St. Edmond’s School,” he admits. “I couldn’t read or write. I was dyslexic. I got jumped a lot.” By the time Judge Melchiorre got to Bishop Neumann HS, “it was an all-boys’ school, […]

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Me ’N’ Mo Meatballs rolling to South Street

By Cassie Hepler There’s was one thing that South Street in Philadelphia was missing. And Chef Sandro Frusone and brother Giancarlo found and filled that void. The same gregarious chef who used to own several Italian spots including Gnocchi on lower East Passyunk just opened South Street’s first meatball restaurant, Me ’N’ Mo Meatballs and […]

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Taking Back South Philly Streets

by Maria Merlino Eighteen months ago, Carol Lanni was a typical South Philadelphia working mother with a couple of teenagers to look after. Then came the fateful day when her son was robbed of his phone and other personal items in broad daylight by teen thugs who were dropped off in her neighborhood by adult […]

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