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Donate to the many food drives around South Philly this holiday season

The holiday season is a special time to decorate the house, be thankful for and spend time with your loved ones and take the time to help someone in need.

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Here’s the haul from Second Street Irish Society’s Annual Canned Food Drive in 2013

While our schedules may be jam-packed with plans, work and other life happenings, something as simple as donating a single can of food can make a huge difference. We all know the South Philadelphia community loves to help out, so we’ve compiled a list of food drives and donation opportunities for you to provide for someone in need.

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What's Happening in:  Dickinson Square West :  Pennsport 

Do you have any info about this package-stealing Grinch?

It’s the holiday season. The time for family get-togethers, over-eating and, sadly, stolen packages.

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Do you recognize this person? Help a neighbor out and call the cops.

A reader sent us this video that depicts a woman walking up to a house on the 500 block of Reed St. and nicking a package that USPS left wedged in the screen door. Here’s the video.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Early Bok plans call for innovative maker space and ‘public living rooms’

An info-only presentation about the redevelopment of Bok Technical High School at 1901 S. 9th St. took place last night in front of a packed house at Southwark Elementary School.

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Edward Bok Technical High School, via Wikipedia

Developer Lindsey Scannapieco of Scout LTD. was on hand to create an open dialogue with the community at a “very early stage” in the “multi-phase” redevelopment process. Early phases would look to “activate” various spaces in and around the property for a variety of uses including making, recreation, community and possibly even grocery (more on that a little later).

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What's Happening in:  Packer Park 

Spotted: Pastificio is selling turkey shaped balls of mozzarella for Thanksgiving

Yes, we’re serious and here’s proof!

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Gobble! (via Instagram)

Eater Philly found out that Pastificio, a favorite deli/sandwich shop located next to Chickie’s and Pete’s at 1528 Packer Ave., is selling the glorious gobs of turkey-shaped mozzarella cheese this Thanksgiving season. Now, for the important question: How much does one cost?

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista :  East Passyunk Crossing :  Hawthorne :  Passyunk Square :  Queen Village 

South Philly dominates Zagat’s list of Philly’s Top 50 Restaurants

With staples and standouts up and down E. Passyunk Ave., it’s no secret that South Philadelphia is rapidly becoming the place to dine in the city.

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The foie gras helped push Bibou all the way to #4 on the list. (Photo: Serious Eats)

Zagat just released their list of the Top 50 Restaurants in Philadelphia and South Philly takes up 30%, 15 out of 50 spots, on it. Let’s see the results.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

First Pics: Eastern Pass Tattoo opens above Era Atomica

Eastern Pass Tattoo is now open above Era Atomica at 1835 E. Passyunk Ave.

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The new tattoo shop is run by Scott Bakoss and Mike Hooligan. Both artists worked together at Kadillac Tattoo Deuce in Northeast Philly. Hooligan still works at Kadillac after more than 10 years as an artist there, but Bakoss now tattoos full time at their new spot on E. Passyunk Ave.

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What's Happening in:  Hawthorne 

Blatstein unveils preliminary plans for Broad and Washington project

Nearby neighbors and concerned residents packed a room last night at the Hawthorne Cultural Center to hear the development plans for the long-vacant corner of Broad and Washington Ave. straight from the man himself, Bart Blatstein.

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NE Corner of Broad and Washington (Renderings via Beyer Blinder Belle, Photos: James Jennings)

Early reports had this development as a “vertical Piazza” type project packed with one million square feet of space. What we learned last night is that the plans have changed just a little bit.

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What's Happening in:  West Passyunk 

A-Number-1: Gennaro’s Tomato Pie takes the title as ‘Best Pizza in Pennsylvania’

The good news just keeps on a-rollin’ in for Gennaro’s Tomato Pie at 1429 Jackson St.

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A-number-1 in the entire state.

While you already know they’re moving into a bigger, more prominent space at the former Da Vinci spot at 1533 S. 11th St. sometime within 2015, Thillist recently named Gennaro’s the Best Pizza in the entire state of Pennsylvania. Considering they’ve only been open for about two years, that’s some lofty recognition.

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