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Neighborhood Chatter: Back in Philly

By Bill Gelman

When talking about the all-time great performers to ever come out of South Philly, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell and Fabian, aka Dick Fox’s Golden Boys, are typically included in the conversation. Several decades later, the trio maintains their close ties, and continues to perform together in reunion-like tour fashion. No, they are not going to sell out the Wells Fargo Center like Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen, but they still have a strong following back home. Fans looking to enjoy a trip down memory lane, the Golden Boys will be performing near their home turf at SugarHouse Casino on July 21. Showtime is 9 p.m. Tickets are $65-$75. For more information sugarhousecasino. com. …

Rasual Butler, the former Roman Catholic and La Salle University standout, may be done with the NBA, but he is far from finished with basketball. Sunday night (July 16) the native of 20th and Manton streets will be back in his familiar South Philly surroundings as his Ball Hogs take the court as part of The Big 3 pro basketball league currently touring the country. Week Four games will be taking place at the Wells Fargo Center. Butler’s teammates include Brian Scalabrine, Josh Childress, Derrick Byars and Dominic McGuire. His NBA career included stints with the Miami Heat, New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clip- pers and San Antonio Spurs. …

Sticking with the pro basketball theme, Prep Charter High School product Marcus Morris will becoming back to South Philly several times during the 2017–18 NBA season as a result of last week’s trade to the Boston Celtics. The 6-foot-9 forward is a six-year veteran with career averages of 10.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. He spent the last two seasons as a starter for the Detroit Pistons. The league has yet to release the regular-season schedule. Morris won Philadelphia Public League and Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association titles as a member of the Huskies. …

The Dunkin’ Donuts Joy in Childhood Foundation presented a $100,000 donation to Philabundance on Wednesday to help support hunger relief efforts in Philadelphia. The funds will directly support Philabundance’s Backpack program, which provides hungry children with nutritious and easy-to-prepare food to take home on weekends and school vacations when other resources are not available. …

The Triangles Summer Music Series is taking place on Sundays through Aug. 20, with a different group performing each week. Luigi Mazzocchi will take the stage on Sunday (July 16). The weekly event takes place at the Triangles Plaza on Grays Ferry Avenue. For more information, visit southofsouth.org/events. …

Hard to believe July is almost at the mid- way point. For those planning ahead, East Passyunk Avenue’s 12th annual Car Show and Street Festival is two weeks from Sun- day (July 30). The event is taking place on the avenue between Broad and Dickinson streets. There will be live music and DJs, kids entertainment, craft show, food and drinks and more than 140 classic and cus- tom cars. Free to attend. For more details, see visiteastpassyunk.com.

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