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Neighborhoods by Tom Gralish - BELLA VISTA - On any given hot summer day, some 30,000 swimmers and waders fill the 82 city pools run by the Philadelphia Department of Recreation. In the heart of Bella Vista's Italian Market, sandwiched among the three story row house walls on Montrose St. between Ninth and Darien is the city's oldest (opened in 1924) and smallest (only 65 x14 feet) public pool. The Fante-Leone pool, named for community leaders Dominic L. Fante, a merchant and Anthony Leone, a plumber, can only hold 50 bodies at a time. Eight-teen year old Michael DeLuca grew up around the corner and swam in the pool as a kid. Last year he was a life guard, but this year he is a part-time maintenance worker (more time for American Legion Baseball).