Neighborhood Chatter: March news and notes

Young Young Wang

By Bill Gelman

The Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St., all-class reunion is on the move. Instead of the normal weekend summer outing in Wildwood, N.J., like previous years, the event will be taking place in Philadelphia, more specifically SugarHouse Casino on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 4 to 8 p.m. Former Southeast Catholic, Bishop Neumann, St. John Neumann, St. Maria Goretti, as well as Neumann-Goretti students — we’re talking Pirates, Lambs and Saints — are invited. Tickets are $30 and include buffet and live music. Beer ($1 each), wine and mixed drinks ($3 each) will be available for purchase. There will be a 50/50 raffle and prizes. Free self or valet parking. Reward card holders will receive $10 free casino play. For more information, call the Millay Club, 215–389–0925, or email

There is no doubt students in the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra have talent, including one student from South Philadelphia who is the first-place winner of the 2018 School District of Philadelphia All-City Concerto competition. Young Young Wang, 17, is a cellist in PYO and a senior at the Creative and Performing Arts High school. He will perform the first movement of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto at the All-City Concert on Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m. in Verizon Hall of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

The All-City Music Program, consisting of a full symphonic orchestra, concert band and choir, is audition-based and includes the top performing student musicians within The School District of Philadelphia. Louis Scaglione, president and music director of the PYO organization, was thrilled to learn many PYO students were honored.

“We are always proud of the students in our PYO ensembles who participate in the School District of Philadelphia’s All-City Music Programs, and this year even more because the first-place winner and all finalists are current members of the PYO organization. Our students are very dedicated to music and I am always impressed by their motivation to succeed. I congratulate all of this year’s participants and extend an extra salute to first-place winner Young Young Wang,” he said.

CAPA junior Marquise Lindsey Bradley, who plays the clarinet, finished in fourth place while honorable mention nods went to CAPA students Malique Bennett, trombone; Gregory Padilla, double bass; and Derrick Pondextex, violin.

The Lower Moyamensing Civic Association is in the process of finalizing the date for its annual Spring Flea Market, with vendor spaces located on South Broad Street between Jackson Street and Snyder Avenue (street side of South Philadelphia High School, 2101 S. Broad St.). In the past years, the event has included more than 60 vendors and 1,600 shoppers. The proceeds benefit the civic association. Neighborhood residents, professional vendors, crafters and artists interested in reserving a table should visit

The Methodist Hospital Foundation is hosting its 10th annual Fashion Fundraiser supporting health care in South Philadelphia on Sunday, April 29. The event is once again taking place at the Crystal Tea Room in the Wanamaker Building, 1300 Market St., with a cocktail reception, raffle and silent auction beginning at noon. The day will also include a plated brunch and fashion show. James E. Robinson, president of the Methodist Hospital Foundation, will be presented with the Dr. Scott Stewart Founder’s Award. Tickets are $125. Call 215–952–9006 or visit

A beef-and-beer benefit will be held for the planned Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial on Saturday, March 31, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Pennsylvania National Guard Armory, 2700 Southampton Road. Tickets cost $35. The evening will include raffles, baskets and music.

Proceeds will go toward the construction of a memorial to honor the 288 men and women from Pennsylvania killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in the Global War on Terrorism since 2001. The site will be in the waterfront area of Penn’s Landing, just yards away from the Korean and Vietnam war memorials.

For tickets, call Tim Wynn at 267–591–3314 or visit

To make a tax-deductible donation, send checks to PA GWOT Memorial, P.O. Box 14554, Philadelphia, PA 19115.

For more information, go to or visit the PA Iraq and Afghanistan Memorial Beef and Beer Benefit page on Facebook.