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What's Happening in:  Marconi 

David the Goliath

Melaragni in his Cowichan Valley Capitals uniform. Photo provided by David Melaragni.

Having scored MVP honors for his Canadian junior team, a Marconi East ice hockey star will soon enter the college ranks.

By Joseph Myers

This Post sponsored by the Triangle Tavern

When preparing for a new challenge, some athletes might find themselves hesitant to hold great expectations for obtaining immediate success. Thanks to his recent commendation as the Most Valuable Player for the Cowichan Valley Capitals, and distinction as the third-leading scorer among British Columbia Hockey League defensemen, David Melaragni is not in that league.

“I want to dominate,” the 21-year-old product of Marconi East said of his next stop, Canisius College, to whom he committed in the winter. “I want to dedicate myself to becoming better every day and further my goal to play professional hockey.” Continue Reading →

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Will BYOB on East Passyunk to close

Chef Christopher Kearse will open a new restaurant in the former Capofitto space in Old City.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Chhaya Cafe has a new owner

Chhaya’s current home at 1819 E. Passyunk Ave.

Marc Grika has bought Chhaya Cafe at 1819 E. Passyunk Ave. from its founder

Coffee & breakfast spot Chhaya originally opened at 1823 E. Passyunk Ave. In 2014 it moved to larger digs at 1819 East Passyunk.

Michael Klein reports that owner Vernana “V” Beuria has relocated to Washington, D.C. and sold the business to Philadelphia restaurant veteran Marc Grika.

Grika told Klein, “No immediate changes are expected,” though he hopes to “add dinner in September as well as special events, including pop-up dinners from guest chefs.”

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What's Happening in:  Stadium District 

In case you missed it: Fusion Arena coming to Sports Complex

Fusion Arena entry. Rendering: Comcast Spectacor

Comcast Spectacor will bring the nation’s first purpose-built gaming arena to South Philly

Construction will begin this summer on a new type of venue in the Sports Complex. The Fusion Arena will just to the east of Xfinity Live! The venue, billed as the first-of-its-kind. According to promoters, it will seat up to 3,500 guests and “stand as the largest new-construction, purpose-built esports arena in the Western Hemisphere.”

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing :  Lower Moyamensing 

A Measured Approach

An East Passyunk Crossing poet will appear at a favorite haunt to celebrate National Poetry Month.

By Joseph Myers

Maria Famà is a nationally-renown poet who has read pieces across the country. This Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m., she’ll celebrate National Poetry Month with a reading at the Fumo Family Branch of the Free Library, 2437 S. Broad StreetFamà has participated in more than 10 readings at the Lower Moyamensing-based library. She enthusiastically accepted the invitation of Fumo Branch Manager Abbe Klebanoff. “It’s such a wonderfully inviting space,” she said of the site, where she also enjoys yoga lessons and meditation instruction. “I’m thrilled to be able to present some of my work there for this celebration…because of the sense of belonging that the Fumo Branch exudes.” Continue Reading →

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Get saucy this weekend!

Ten homemade gravies (that’s red sauce, to you) from South Philly home cooks will be available for tasting at the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association’s fifth annual Red Gravy Cook-off. The tasting, followed by a pasta dinner, takes place this Sunday, March 31st, 2019, from 4-6 p.m. at Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School, 1736 South 10th Street. A $20 ticket gets you entry to this popular local event celebrating the Italian-American heritage of the neighborhood.

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