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Kingsessing: Bartram’s Garden Serves Community For Centuries

Kingsessing: Bartram’s Garden Serves Community For Centuries

In Southwest Philadelphia is something beautifully unexpected: the nation’s oldest surviving botanic garden. Bartram’s Garden is a 45-acre national landmark and public space, sprawling along the Schuylkill River in the Kingsessing neighborhood. The Garden is owned by the city but is operated by the John Bartram Association, a nonprofit and namesake of the founder’s historic […]

 

Kingsessing: African Cultural Alliance Pushes For Small Businesses

Kingsessing: African Cultural Alliance Pushes For Small Businesses

As a young child in Liberia helping her mother and aunt in the kitchen, Nafisa Sillah stumbled upon her passion for cooking. “I would mess up the food but I would fix it, cook, cook, and then, I just enjoyed it,” Sillah said. “I would cook and feed everybody, even if I don’t eat.” Once […]

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City Politics: Larry Krasner Campaigns For District Attorney In North Philadelphia, Kingsessing

City Politics: Larry Krasner Campaigns For District Attorney In North Philadelphia, Kingsessing

Nearing the end of his campaign for the November 7 election of new district attorney in Philadelphia, Larry Krasner doesn’t get a day off. The long-time defense attorney is recognized in Philadelphia and beyond as a man who has sued the city’s police department a whopping 75 times, representing individuals and groups including ACT UP, […]

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Kingsessing: Through Teamwork, Coach Teaches More Than Football To Youth

Kingsessing: Through Teamwork, Coach Teaches More Than Football To Youth

As a sixth grade student, Dontae Privette walked by the Kingsessing Recreation Center every day to get to school. “I’ve always just been connected to Kingsessing and this neighborhood,” said Privette, who grew up nearby in West Philadelphia. Now he’s constantly at the center, where he works as the executive director of the Kingsessing Roadrunners, […]

 

Kingsessing: Seniors Find Creative Outlet At Open Mic

Kingsessing: Seniors Find Creative Outlet At Open Mic

Poems about New York and chapters from a romance novel echoed through the Kingsessing Library’s sunlit basement. On Sept. 28, the library hosted an open mic poetry night for older adults— the first of many, Rachel Hayes hopes. “I think it’s important for the community,” Kingsessing Library Supervisor Hayes said. “Anything positive, anything that builds […]

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Kingsessing: Returning Home To Bring The Block Together

Kingsessing: Returning Home To Bring The Block Together

On a Saturday afternoon in mid-September, a block in Kingsessing thrived. Music blasted from speakers as neighbors danced, played cards and delved into home-cooked food. It’s not the first time that Gregory Benjamin— the block captain who organized the celebration— has brought his community together. Benjamin grew up on the 5000 block of Springfield Avenue […]

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Kingsessing: AFRICOM Serves As Center Of African Immigrant Community

Kingsessing: AFRICOM Serves As Center Of African Immigrant Community

Eric Edi arrived in the United States in 1999 from his native Ivory Coast during a turbulent time in many West African countries. Conflicts in countries such as Liberia, Sudan and Eritrea left many refugees seeking shelter in the United States. Edi was attending Temple University on a Fulbright scholarship when he found out about […]

 

Kingsessing: West Philly Waste Opens 2017 Season

Kingsessing: West Philly Waste Opens 2017 Season

It was a mild Wednesday night at Kingsessing Park in West Philadelphia when a group of friends and nearby residents gathered to play a game of softball, thus beginning their weekly summer tradition. Ten years ago, a group of punk rock die-hards bonded over the passion that they shared outside of music: baseball. The group […]