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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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SOUTH PHILLY: Markets ‘Bringing Farm To City’

by Maria Merlino Now you can pick up local produce every Tuesday and Wednesday in South Philadelphia. The Food Trust Farmers’ Market at Broad Street & Snyder Avenue is the Tuesday venue as the Solly Bros. Farm will be bringing in fresh picked vegetables, fruits and greens. Find them there from 2-6 p.m. now through […]

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SOUTH PHILLY: Tables Overflow At Police Banquet

by Maria Merlino The annual 1st Police Dist. Banquet was so well populated that owner Lou Galdo had to add several additional tables of 10 in his banquet hall to accommodate the crowd. Three officers who gave up their lives in call of duty and two officers who miraculously recovered were honored on May 28, […]

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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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