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Kensington: Galaei Philly Empowers The Lives Of Latino LGBT Youth

Kensington: Galaei Philly Empowers The Lives Of Latino LGBT Youth

Right across the street from Norris Square Park, at 149 West Susquehenna Ave., sits a small but powerful organization dedicated to helping residents in Philadelphia’s LGBT community. Galaei Philly provides health services such as HIV testing, counseling and sexual health education with a special focus on those of Latin origin. The organization’s mission is to […]

 

Point Breeze: New Initiatives At Veolia Call For Better Community Engagement

Point Breeze: New Initiatives At Veolia Call For Better Community Engagement

Veolia Energy, a French electric utility company, recently created a new business plan in its Philadelphia branch to push for stronger engagement with the surrounding communities. To kick off Veolia’s new initiative, account manager Daryl Landgraf was a guest speaker at the Sept. 27 Police Service Area One [PSA1] meeting at the South of South […]

 

Immigration: For Those Who Move To Philadelphia, The Mental Health Journey Is Often Far From Over

Immigration: For Those Who Move To Philadelphia, The Mental Health Journey Is Often Far From Over

UPROOTING Born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia, Carolina Coronado never thought she’d leave her native country. But one day in the mid-2000s she received a phone call from a Colombian guerrilla group — part of a rebellious anti-government movement — threatening her family. “We moved immediately from Barranquilla,” Coronado said. “I left everything behind. Dog, […]

 

Immigration: Familial Experiences Adjusting to United States Culture Differ Between Generations

Immigration: Familial Experiences Adjusting to United States Culture Differ Between Generations

In the middle of Northeast Philadelphia’s Mayfair neighborhood, the Rodriguez family retains their Colombian heritage by speaking Spanish in the house, listening to Colombian music and cooking traditional Latin American foods like arepas, sancocho soup and rice and beans. Julieth Rodriguez, 22, immigrated to Philadelphia from Bogotá in 2016 with her now 7-year-old daughter Maria […]

 

Hunting Park: Esperanza’s Gabriella Gabriel Paez Uses Trees To Connect Community

Hunting Park: Esperanza’s Gabriella Gabriel Paez Uses Trees To Connect Community

On the blacktop next to McClure Elementary School, Gabriella Gabriel Paez (above) stood in front of what looked like a forest-in-the-making — rows of short and sparse baby trees in planters. She gave them out, free of charge, to families as they left parent-teacher conference night at the school. Gabriel Paez organized the yard tree […]

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Fairmount Park: Rep. Donna Bullock Convenes Panel On Environmental Gentrification At Newly Opened Discovery Center

Fairmount Park: Rep. Donna Bullock Convenes Panel On Environmental Gentrification At Newly Opened Discovery Center

At the end of September, Fairmount Park unveiled the newest addition on the East side of the park, The Discovery Center, located at 3401 Reservoir Drive. The center is established as a nature sanctuary around a hidden reservoir near Strawberry Mansion and Brewerytown. It was open to the public until the 1970s, but closed off […]

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Mill Creek: Building And Serving The Community Through Art

Mill Creek: Building And Serving The Community Through Art

Every Saturday this past October, children and residents have gathered at the Mill Creek Recreation Center, 4700 Brown St., for art classes hosted by the community group Fine Art Through Our Eyes (FATOE). The classes run through the beginning of December, This past week, the class celebrated the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, which translates to […]

 

Podcast: Visit Philadelphia Founder Talks About The City Tourism Industry’s Impact On Under-Served Communities

Podcast: Visit Philadelphia Founder Talks About The City Tourism Industry’s Impact On Under-Served Communities

After decades of promoting the city of Philadelphia to both tourists and locals, Meryl Levitz says the time has come to retire as CEO of Visit Philadelphia, the tourism booster she founded in the ’90s. The longtime founding president of Philadelphia’s leisure tourism agency is retiring after serving 22 years. We spoke to Levitz and she […]

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Hunting Park: First Haunted Hayride Brings Together Community And Police

Hunting Park: First Haunted Hayride Brings Together Community And Police

The 25th Philadelphia Police District and Hunting Park United (HPU) partnered to host the first Haunted Hayride event on Oct. 30 in Hunting Park. The Halloween event, created by Ryan Barksdale and Albert Cruz, the 25th District community relations officers, Captain Javier Rodriguez and HPU President Leroy Fisher, featured an inflatable corn maze, trailer hayrides, […]

 

East Falls: EFCC Zoning Committee Tests Out New Meeting Spot And Timmons House Spared

East Falls: EFCC Zoning Committee Tests Out New Meeting Spot And Timmons House Spared

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, community members gathered at Billy Murphy’s Irish Saloon for an East Falls Community Council’s (EFCC) zoning meeting. Presenters at the meeting included representatives from William Penn Charter School and the Kelly House. Murphy’s remained open for business while welcoming attendees of the zoning meeting. A projector screen was set up for […]

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