All Special Reports and Partnerships

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Comedy: Laughing Matters

Comedy: Laughing Matters

“I was wondering why stand-up is good,” said Shane Gillis, a stand-up comedian who has been performing for about six years. “It’s just because you get to pay money to sit in a room and hear a guy tell the truth and you don’t see that anywhere else.” When people go to a comedy show […]

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Fishtown: Pastor Eric Dorsey Treats The Person, Not The Issue

Fishtown: Pastor Eric Dorsey Treats The Person, Not The Issue

Pastor Eric Dorsey is the director of the Philadelphia Brotherhood Mission Ministries shelter project at the corner of Columbia and East Girard avenues in Fishtown. For the past four years, Dorsey has continued an endeavor originally founded by a Temple University contributor over a century ago. What is the goal of your organization? Back in […]

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Brewerytown: Residents Adapting Alongside New Developments, Businesses

Brewerytown: Residents Adapting Alongside New Developments, Businesses

Brewerytown is an attractive neighborhood to people looking for the cool, new hot spot to live. Its accessibility by public transportation and its proximity to Center City and Fairmount Park have made it an enticing area for developers and new residents. It’s no question that Brewerytown has seen changes in recent years. New apartment buildings […]

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Comedy: Chris Wood Makes Fun of Life

Comedy: Chris Wood Makes Fun of Life

Chris Wood is a 31-year-old stand-up comedian that grew up in West Deptford, New Jersey and has been making a name for himself in the Philadelphia comedy scene. While working in an auto body repair shop during the day, he performs as a stand-up comedian at night at open mics and showcases around the city. […]

 

Comedy: Using Improv To Improve Your Mental State

Comedy: Using Improv To Improve Your Mental State

Improv comedy is a relatively new art form in which many of its performers advocate the benefits which extend far beyond the stage. The National Alliance on Mental Illness indicates that one in five American adults experience mental illness every year. While improv comedy has become therapeutic to many, role play wasn’t officially established in […]

 

Brewerytown: Local Business Owner Embraces Changing Landscape

Brewerytown: Local Business Owner Embraces Changing Landscape

Max Ochester, owner of Brewerytown Beats at 27th Street and Girard Avenue, moved to Brewerytown in 2010, a few years before it became the “up-and-coming” neighborhood that it is now. In late 2014, Ochester’s developer friends bought a property in Brewerytown and asked if he would like to open a small business in the location. He […]

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Fox Chase: How A Hockey Coach Intertwines Sport And Family

Fox Chase: How A Hockey Coach Intertwines Sport And Family

Lawncrest resident Rick Heydt is entering his 11th year coaching in the Fox Chase Roller Hockey league. He currently coaches the Under-16 team, but he previously directed the Under-10 and Under-8 teams as well. Although Heydt has spent most of his time behind the bench, his love for hockey goes much deeper than coaching. Heydt grew […]

 

Comedy: Former Ohio Comics Now Contributing To Local Communities

Comedy: Former Ohio Comics Now Contributing To Local Communities

Dorian Vasquez and Setoiyo Ekpo are both Philadelphia-based comedians by way of Columbus, Ohio. Each giving back to North Philadelphia residents in their own way, they just happen — by coincidence — to be helping people on different ends of the age spectrum. Vasquez is as a career specialist, helping find jobs for graduates at […]

 

Allegheny West: Creative Program Helps Bridge Generation Gap

Allegheny West: Creative Program Helps Bridge Generation Gap

The Senior Partnership Initiative is one of several community outreach programs run by the Center For Emerging Visual Artists. The program creates an environment for fourth- and fifth-grade students to participate in the creative arts alongside senior residents at Newcourtland Life Senior Services.  The program has several sources of funding, including The William Penn Foundation, […]

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Strawberry Mansion: For Students at Hank Gathers Center, Success is Top Priority

Strawberry Mansion: For Students at Hank Gathers Center, Success is Top Priority

It’s 10 a.m. Saturday when the young, aspiring basketball players of Hank Gathers Recreation Center trickle into the gymnasium. By 11 a.m., practice has started. The gym is full as coaches Rodney Richardson and George Major order push-ups and suicides to warm up. The Hank Gathers basketball program has seen its successes including participants and […]

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