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Strawberry Mansion: Therapist Offers Alternative Form Of Therapy

Strawberry Mansion: Therapist Offers Alternative Form Of Therapy

Ronald Crawford sat at his desk in his office at Stop and Surrender, an alcohol and drug treatment facility, as he gathered his curriculum for his latest group therapy session. The difference with this session is he needed his black Logitech speakers. The reason? Crawford uses hip-hop therapy. Hip-hop therapy consists of analyzing rap lyrics […]

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Strawberry Mansion: Shoe Drive Campaign Makes Environmental and Economic Impact

Strawberry Mansion: Shoe Drive Campaign Makes Environmental and Economic Impact

Irvin B. Shannon, executive director of the Harmonious Volunteer Center (HVC), walked into Wash-n-Dry Laundromat at 26th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue on Wednesday, Dec. 2. He greeted the laundry attendant, opened the lid of a large trash bin, and reached his arm all the way to the bottom. This particular trash bin wasn’t […]

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Strawberry Mansion: Recreation Center Helps Children Learn and Grow

Strawberry Mansion: Recreation Center Helps Children Learn and Grow

Children gathered their backpacks and lunches as they got ready to leave the Cecil B. Moore Recreation Center. The recreation center, located near the corner of 22nd Street and Sedgley Avenue, provides children with a safe learning environment where they can take part in various activities. C.B. Moore, a three-floor facility, sits on 6.2 acres […]

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Strawberry Mansion: Drug and Alcohol Treatment Facility Helps Build Better Community

Strawberry Mansion: Drug and Alcohol Treatment Facility Helps Build Better Community

Rochelle Amos sat nervously at a desk in a conference room at Stop and Surrender Inc., a substance abuse treatment provider located at 2522 W. Huntingdon St. In a shaky voice, she talked about what she does for the organization. “I’m the administrative coordinator,” Amos said. “I basically am responsible for all data, all paperwork, […]

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Strawberry Mansion: Widener Library Block Party Teaches Vocabulary

Strawberry Mansion: Widener Library Block Party Teaches Vocabulary

It was a sunny and cool afternoon for the Widener Branch Library’s first Words at Play Vocabulary Initiative block party. Words at Play, hosted by PNC, is a community-wide initiative to show the importance of learning vocabulary at a young age through playing, singing and reading. “It helps families teach their children how to learn new […]

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Strawberry Mansion: Resident Teaches Responsibility Through Horses

Strawberry Mansion: Resident Teaches Responsibility Through Horses

Al Lynch was born to be a horseman. Almost literally. He was born at a horse stable at 27th and Dauphin streets while his father was feeding horses. Lynch developed his love of horses while growing up in Strawberry Mansion. His father had his own horses and would also utilize them for jobs such as hauling, […]

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Strawberry Mansion: Catholic Church Incorporates One Of Pope Francis’ Key Themes Into Mass

Strawberry Mansion: Catholic Church Incorporates One Of Pope Francis’ Key Themes Into Mass

The Rev. Stephen Thorne began Mass at Saint Martin de Porres Catholic Church Sunday, by asking the congregation to move up to the first few pews. Hesitantly, people rose and moved closer to the front. “Thank you for listening to your pastor,” Thorne said as the crowd laughed. About half of the regular churchgoers were missing […]

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Strawberry Mansion: Q&A with Lawrence Battle

Strawberry Mansion: Q&A with Lawrence Battle

Lawrence Battle, a Strawberry Mansion native, has been volunteering at the Strawberry Mansion Neighborhood Action Center (SMNAC) for more than two years. The center is one of more than 50 KEYSPOTS in the city dedicated to offering free Internet access and helping community residents learn how to use a computer. The SMNAC has 18 computers, […]

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Strawberry Mansion: Five Public Resources

Strawberry Mansion: Five Public Resources

Since the late 1880s, Strawberry Mansion has been a residential neighborhood. There are many row homes and people sitting and talking to one another on their front steps. In addition to residential spaces, Strawberry Mansion is home to public places that serve as helpful and beneficial resources for the community. Mander Recreation Center The children […]