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South Philadelphia: After-School Engagement is Combatting Youth Violence

South Philadelphia: After-School Engagement is Combatting Youth Violence

A bell rang in the distance. The neighborhood was quiet at first, a cool breeze rustling fallen leaves through Stinger Park. Within minutes, the dynamic changed. Children and young teens came barreling through the quaint park from Alcorn Elementary across the street and their high school counterparts strolled casually down the sidewalk. School was out, and the not-so-subtle […]

 

Grays Ferry: Priest Offers Faith-Based Alternatives For Recovering Addicts

Grays Ferry: Priest Offers Faith-Based Alternatives For Recovering Addicts

Father Douglas McKay buries too many bodies. He received a call after mass on an October morning. It was regarding a 52-year-old woman; she passed unexpectedly in her sleep. As a priest in his home parish, not all the bodies McKay blesses pass so peacefully. “My brother Anthony died in a crack house when he was only 30,” McKay […]

 

Grays Ferry: Gym Stands To Box Out Violence

Grays Ferry: Gym Stands To Box Out Violence

Sweat trickled down muscled backs, down onto the blue canvas stretched over a wooden frame which was pieced together by a carpenter from down the block. Fluorescent lights flickered over the glory of former champions pasted across the walls, under the watch of a small wooden cross. Sgt. Mike Rafferty leaned lightly on the ropes, […]

 

East Passyunk: After Success In South Philly, Brothers Expand Grocery Business

East Passyunk: After Success In South Philly, Brothers Expand Grocery Business

More than six years ago, two brothers dove into their savings and maxed out their credit cards to follow their passion and share it with the people around them. “There was a demand for a store specializing in this (local and organic) kind of food, and we thought if we don’t do it, someone else […]

 

Point Breeze: CDC Executive Director Strives to Revive His Neighborhood

Point Breeze: CDC Executive Director Strives to Revive His Neighborhood

Steve Sabo is the executive director of Point Breeze Community Development Corp. (CDC). Sabo has worked for over a year-and-a-half at the CDC, starting there in August 2014. A graduate of LaSalle University, Sabo not only works in Point Breeze, but he has also lived in the neighborhood for nearly seven years. How did you […]

 

Grays Ferry/Point Breeze: Five Restaurants To Explore

Grays Ferry/Point Breeze: Five Restaurants To Explore

The Grays Ferry and Point Breeze areas – located between the Schuylkill River, Broad Street, and Washington and Snyder avenues – are home to not only an eclectic group of people, but also an array of churches, recreation centers and restaurants. The area has some of the most diverse culinary options in the city. Here […]

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Amateur Sports: Nonprofits Help Homeless Beyond Athletics

Amateur Sports: Nonprofits Help Homeless Beyond Athletics

Street Soccer USA On any given night in the United States, there are approximately 564,708 people who are counted as homeless. On any given night in this country, there are also 39,907 unaccompanied youth between the ages of 18-24. As of 2014, at a local level, between 30 and 40 percent of Philadelphia’s youth live […]

 

Grays Ferry: Low-Cost Animal Care Serves Those in Need

Grays Ferry: Low-Cost Animal Care Serves Those in Need

With a total intake of 27,990 animals last year, Philadelphia ranks above the national average of cats and dogs brought in to animal control. Allison Lamond (below), community outreach and volunteer coordinator for the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), doesn’t see that number decreasing anytime soon. “Life happens,” the eight year volunteer said, “people move […]

 

Grays Ferry: Salvation Army Reopens Its Doors

Grays Ferry: Salvation Army Reopens Its Doors

This past Thanksgiving, despite near-freezing temperatures, Cynthia McQueen stood outside. She watched as families, consisting of as many as 22 members, filed into her work location – a humble building on the 3200 block of Reed Street. The families showed up for a bagged meal full of many Thanksgiving staples including turkey, corn and peas. […]

 

Amateur Sports: Parks and Recreation Looking to Make the City a Better Place

Amateur Sports: Parks and Recreation Looking to Make the City a Better Place

Located at the intersection of S. 32nd and Dickenson streets in Grays Ferry sits Stinger Park. It has the appearance of many neighborhood parks throughout the city – old and worn from decades of use, with a touch of nostalgia. The park has the look and feel of an area that is in constant use. […]