Rising Sun Health Center, a program of Public Health Management Corporation and one of five nurse-managed federally qualified health centers in the PHMC health network, opened the doors of their new health center this fall at One & Olney Square.
The 7,500 square foot facility is three times larger than Rising Sun’s previous area location, allowing for expanded services including primary care and social services, along with elder-friendly facilities and 12 state-of-the-art exam rooms. It’s more than what they had at their previous site.
“We’ve been getting a lot of people,” said Mariam Salahou, a nurse practitioner at Rising Sun. “People will be like, ‘Oh yeah, I go to that place.’ ‘You guys moved here?’ ‘I live back there.’ ‘I live next door.’ We’ve been getting a lot of them.”
Data from PHMC’s 2012 Pennsylvania Household Health Survey indicated that last year, more than 30,000 residents in the community surrounding Rising Sun Health Center utilized a community health center or public clinic…. Read the full story
This year marks the fifty-fifth anniversary of the opening of Settlement Music School‘s (SMS) Germantown branch. The Settlement community as a whole has been operating for more than 100 years. The school serves as an educational institution dedicated to bettering musicians of all ages, talent levels and instrument interests. Students can begin classes after completing pre-registration forms, specifying their desired location and paying their tuition fees.
Students who don’t have the means to attend the prestigious music school need not worry. There are financial aid plans for those who qualify. Each year the school distributes nearly $2 million in financial assistance.
“We offer an extensive program of financial aid that’s based solely on financial need,” said Germantown branch director Eric Anderson. “Settlement has a modest endowment program. The majority of it comes from donations from individuals and other organizations.”
While students learn from the best faculty the country has to offer they enhance social skills, cognitive ability and confidence…. Read the full story
The property at Leiper and Arrott streets will soon be put to use as the Northwood Frankford Community Y building.
The Y has been closed since 2009. The main issue to opening the place back up has been the lack of money – there is a $175,000 mortgage and various other debts.
The mid-19th century mansion will be turned into law and real estate offices, according to board members who spoke at a meeting at the Y last month. The other section of the Y, which was built in the 1970s, will be renovated and used as it was previous used before – as a fitness center with basketball courts and swimming pool.
Much of the financial problems were removed, said attorney Frank Bennett. He will restore the mansion, the Y’s original building, using his own funds. Many of the financial debts have been forgiven when Beneficial Bank and its holding company agreed to forgo the mortgage and about $225,000 in delinquent payments, interest and penalties…. Read the full story
They pick up trash. They sweep the streets. They turn vacant lots in to community gardens, organize block parties, and keep crime in check on more than 6,000 blocks throughout the city.
And they don’t get a dime.
They’re title holders of one of Philadelphia’s more underrated – and one of its most important- roles that flies close to the ground and keeps the city’s smallest unit of community in check. It’s the role of the block captain, and it’s become one of the city’s last hopes for clean, community-oriented neighborhoods.
“Even though we have more organizations that will go above and beyond to get people to volunteer or just simply to participate, I think it’s a bigger challenge now than it has been in the past,” said Dawn Woods, administrator of the Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee, which oversees the block captain program.“Block unity, and overall community was a lot bigger back (when the block captain program started in the 1930s).”
The city doesn’t have an organization specifically devoted to block upkeep, said Woods…. Read the full story
Food enthusiasts got their fill while on the Ethnic Eats Food Tour as they tasted the unique flavors that make up the Bella Vista neighborhood.
Run by City Food Tours, the tour took hungry attendees on an adventure of Asian and Mexican cuisine. Aside from filling their plates, they learned a thing or two about the history and culture of the neighborhood on the way…. Read the full story
As Temple University’s students have continued to move further into the area around the college’s North Philadelphia campus, residents have increasingly complained about the constant noise and trash generated by students and developers.
In response, Councilman Darrell Clarke – now the council president – who represents the area where Temple is located, introduced the North Central Neighborhood Improvement District, or NID, to improve the quality of life of residents in the area…. Read More
An immigration boom in 2000 helped turn the Baltimore Avenue corridor into a hub for African businesses. Spruce Hill has dozens of restaurants while Woodland and Chester avenues are peppered with African and Caribbean grocery stores.
While no exact census data exists, in Philadelphia, the four largest communities are in order Nigerian, Liberian, Ghanaian and Ethiopian…. Read More
On the exterior, Wilson Park Apartments may not look any different than the dozens of other project housing units owned by the Philadelphia Housing Authority but as the saying goes, looks can be deceiving.
During after-school hours, from three to six, sounds of sung harmonies and rhythmic raps being composed can be heard coming from the youth center…. Read More
Big 5 Hall of Famer and current Saint Joseph’s Prep boy’s basketball coach William “Speedy” Morris will receive the Eastern College Athletic Conference Lifetime Achievement Award on December 7th at Madison Square Garden
“Anytime you get an award of this nature, it’s an honor,” Morris said…. Read More
In August of 2010, the Leonard family was dealt a blow that nobody had seen coming. Jeffrey, who graduated from Lower Moreland High School in 2002, had been diagnosed with a brain tumor and needed surgery right away.
Now, more than three years removed from that surgery and taking part in his third Race for Hope, sponsored by the National Brain Tumor Society, Leonard continues to have a positive outlook on life…. Read More