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Coming next week: Readers’ Choice Ballot Vo l . 6 4 N O. 4 Eternal reward A Girard Estate civic group and school honored a late politician for his community contributions. By Joseph Myers r e v i e w s ta f f w r i t e r T wo weeks after he would have begun his 16th term in Harrisburg, Robert Donatucci received posthumous plaudits Jan. 19 from a saddened, yet appreciative crowd at the Girard Academic Music Program, 2136 Ritner St. The evening accolades for the deceased state representative occurred in the school’s auditorium, one of numerous projects he made possible in his 30 years of assisting multiple South Philadelphia communities. Doubling as a meeting for the Girard Estate Area Residents civic group, the 45-minute gathering balanced somber moments with warm tributes and featured See DONATUCCI page 9 Sports Young man advantage A Marconi hockey prodigy will join an international program that will take him to two European capitals. By Joseph Myers................Page 38 w w w. s o u t h p h i l l y r ev i ew.c o m A. Rahim Islam served as the master of ceremonies for Monday’s celebration. The impassioned speaker wants to eliminate blight in a pair of downtrodden areas. s ta f f p h o t o b y greg bezanis JA N UA RY 27, 2 0 1 1 Full dream ahead A South of South corporation announced its revitalization plans for two sagging communities. By Joseph Myers r e v i e w s ta f f w r i t e r “D ysfunctional families lead to dysfunctional communities,” A. Rahim Islam said Monday at Charles Y. Audenried Sr. High School, 3301 Tasker St. Fed up with both, the president and CEO of Universal Companies, 800 S. 15th St., united with community leaders and elected officials to celebrate the organization’s receipt of a $500,000 Promise Neighborhoods Initiative grant that will enable Islam and Universal’s founder, Kenny Gamble, to enhance the academic, aesthetic, communal and economic identities of Grays Ferry and Point Breeze. Audenried’s auditorium served as the location for the 90-minute explanation of Universal’s desire to engender pride in the communities, which the Philadelphia City Planning Commission in September 2009 recertified as blighted and needing revitalization. “These areas have many challenges,” Islam said. With Census Bureau and School District of Philadelphia statistics guiding him, Islam revealed that 15 to 17 percent unemployment levels dog the two sections, whose combined See NEIGHBORHOODS page 12

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