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Somerton: Looking Back, Byberry “Got Twisted Along The Way”

Somerton: Looking Back, Byberry “Got Twisted Along The Way”

It has been a decade since the 2006 demolition of much of what was once the Philadelphia State Hospital, more commonly known as Byberry. The mental health institution, established in 1906, quickly found itself in constant battle for funding among the city of Philadelphia, the state and the hospital’s staff — all, many said, at […]

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Somerton: Philadelphia State Hospital Leaves Mark On The Far Northeast

Somerton: Philadelphia State Hospital Leaves Mark On The Far Northeast

Philadelphia State Hospital, once located in the far Northeast, was built on more than 1,000 acres of land that already had a rich history. In the 1600s, the unmarked land was settled upon by English families and named it after a town in England called Bibury. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, the area’s inhabitants […]

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Somerton: Lt. Joe Sroka Keeps Watch Over Engine 58 Crew

Somerton: Lt. Joe Sroka Keeps Watch Over Engine 58 Crew

Fighting fires isn’t for everyone and it wasn’t something Lt. Joe Sroka imagined himself doing. As his career approaches three full decades on the job, Sroka has spent the past 20 years as an officer in the Philadelphia Fire Department. His hard work and leadership earned the respect of his crew at Engine 58 in Somerton. “One […]

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Parkwood: Aid For Friends Shares Compassionate Cause with Community

Parkwood: Aid For Friends Shares Compassionate Cause with Community

Cooking, cleaning and running errands are all routine tasks many people accomplish every day. But for some, those tasks can’t be done without assistance. Aid For Friends is an organization that helps those who cannot do these responsibilities on their own by providing meals, companionship and transportation. Steven Schiavone is the executive director of AFF and […]

 

Fox Chase: Ryerss Mansion Preserves History Through Close Community Ties

Fox Chase: Ryerss Mansion Preserves History Through Close Community Ties

Sometimes historic sites hide within their neighborhoods. That’s been the case for Ryerss Museum & Library at 7370 Central Ave. in Burholme Park near the Fox Chase section of the city. Built and donated to Philadelphia by the Ryerss family, the mansion served as a summer home until Joseph Ryerss passed away and his son Robert moved in with […]

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Northeast Philadelphia: Five Places Food Lovers Might Have Missed

Northeast Philadelphia: Five Places Food Lovers Might Have Missed

Northeast Philadelphia is a unique part of the city that lends itself to a suburban feel. Somerton, Bustleton and Fox Chase businesses promise great food for people throughout the area. From Somerton’s Polish roots to Fox Chase’s German deli and Bustleton’s legendary diner, take a look at these five tasty treasures you might have missed in the […]