Celebrating lifelong dedication to Bridesburg

More than one hun­dred people came out to Brides­burg Re­cre­ation Cen­ter to hon­or Jac­queline De­S­anc­tis, known to many as simply, “Miss Jack­ie,” for her ser­vice to the com­munity for more than half a cen­tury.

  • The children and teachers at Bridesburg Recreation Center’s Tot Program gathered to honor Miss Jackie. CAROLAN DIFIORE / STAR PHOTOS

  • (From left to right) Councilman Bobby Henon, Miss Jackie, State Representative John Taylor, and Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources Michael DiBerardinis are presented with the “Miss Jackie’s Way” street sign to be placed on the 4600 block of Richmond Street in front of the Bridesburg Recreation Center. CAROLAN DIFIORE/STAR PHOTOS

  • Santa Claus himself escorted DeSanctis from inside Bridesburg Recreation Center through the crowd to the site where her street sign would be hung. CAROLAN DIFIORE/STAR PHOTOS

  • Patty-Pat Kozlowski awards Miss Jackie with the “keys to Bridesburg,” a compilation of old keys bought by local residents with tags recounting fond memories of Jackie’s time at Bridesburg. CAROLAN DIFIORE/STAR PHOTOS

The 4500-4600 block of Rich­mond Street was of­fi­cially dubbed “Miss Jack­ie’s Way” on the morn­ing of Dec. 18. Said Bar­bara McNally, of Brides­burg: “She just smiles all the time. Everything she does for the com­munity, it all comes easy to her.”

John McBride, the su­per­visor of the Brides­burg Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, said, “This is a token of how many lives she’s touched through her ded­ic­a­tion and love of the com­munity. If any­one de­serves this, she does.”

Patty-Pat Kozlowski, who works for in stew­ard­ship for the city’s De­part­ment of Parks and Re­cre­ation, awar­ded Miss Jack­ie with the “keys to Brides­burg,” a com­pil­a­tion of old keys bought by loc­al res­id­ents with tags re­count­ing fond memor­ies of Jack­ie’s time at Brides­burg. Kozlowski said she heard from people as far as Flor­ida call­ing to hear more about De­S­anc­tis’s block ded­ic­a­tion. “We got calls from all over from people who heard about it on­line and wanted to call and con­grat­u­late her,” she said. 

You can reach at cdifiore@bsmphilly.com.

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