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Politics: Committee Of Seventy Works to Improve City Government

Politics: Committee Of Seventy Works to Improve City Government

It is no secret that Philadelphia has been marred by political scandals and corruption throughout its storied past. From the Abscam sting to the controversies surrounding Mayor Street’s administration, from Vince Fumo’s conviction to current allegations against State Senator Larry Farnese and Congressman Chaka Fattah, the city of Philadelphia does not have a great record when it comes to government […]

 By Alexis Wright-Whitley and Nia Prater

Germantown: Local museum explores Germantown’s Christmas past

Germantown: Local museum explores Germantown’s Christmas past

Saturday, Nov. 23 marked the official unveiling of the Woodmere Art Museum’s newest exhibition, entitled “A Christmas Past in the Pennsylvania German Tradition.” The exhibit joins four others currently on display, just in time for the holiday season. “A Christmas Past” is intended to shed light upon the Christmas traditions of the early German settlers of […]

 By Nia Prater and Alexis Wright-Whitley

Germantown: Two day symposium discusses education in Philadelphia

Germantown: Two day symposium discusses education in Philadelphia

Germantown was recently the host of two days’ worth of events that revolved around the theme of education. The symposium, titled “Equally Entitled to Freedom: Benezet Now, Benezet Then” focused on the works of Anthony Benezet, an abolitionist and educator. The conference featured many lectures and other activities that sought to connect Benezet’s teachings and […]

 By Alexis Wright-Whitley and Nia Prater

Germantown: SW Germantown Neighborhood Defies Outside Opinion

Germantown: SW Germantown Neighborhood Defies Outside Opinion

Like with almost any neighborhood, there are people that have an initial impression of Germantown without even stepping into the area. But such opinions fall flat in the face of real-life residents of the Southwest section of Germantown. “It’s definitely different,” said Millen Gebreselassie. “Germantown tends to be a lot more mixed, socioeconomically. So, we have […]

 By Marian P. Dennis and Desiree M. Disney

Roxborough: Roxtoberfest Aids Local Businesses

Roxborough: Roxtoberfest Aids Local Businesses

Hoards of people recently bustled down Lyceum Avenue in Roxborough for the first ever Roxtoberfest. With dunk tanks, face painting, live music and a moon bounce, the event was suited not only to adults over 21, as the name suggests, but to people of all ages. While adults stood by the beer garden tasting a […]

 By Aaron Stevens and Christine Mattson

Chestnut Hill: Wellspring at Saint Martin-in-the-Fields

Chestnut Hill: Wellspring at Saint Martin-in-the-Fields

[vimeo 75819579] The Church of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields in Chestnut Hill is reviving spirituality in the community with its new program, Wellspring. The program’s intent is to provide an outlet for a less structured religious experience. “Wellspring is an attempt to offer [inner spirituality] to more people so they don’t have to leave the church to find inner […]

 By Alexis Wright-Whitley

Germantown: Storytellers Emphasize Importance of Culture During Day of Peace

Germantown: Storytellers Emphasize Importance of Culture During Day of Peace

Children and adults gathered at the playground of the Lonnie Young Recreation Center to hear storytelling that promoted creating a culture of peace, as a part of Peace Day Philly. Observed on Sept. 21, Peace Day Philly urges both members and leaders of the Philadelphia community to participate in the United Nations International Day of […]

 By Nia Prater and Alexis Wright-Whitley

Germantown: Circus performers travel through time in the Funicular

Germantown: Circus performers travel through time in the Funicular

Circus arts performers and fans gathered last Sunday at the Funicular Railway Station in Germantown. Nine members of Charm City Movement Arts, a circus school based in Baltimore, presented “Cultivate,” a story about a time traveling circus, as part of the annual Fringe Festival. The show had a fusion of performances by a tightrope walker, […]

 By Kayla R. Cook and Sean Michael Smith

Roxborough: Historic Parade of Sunday Schools and Churches Celebrate America, Faith and 183 Years of Tradition

Roxborough: Historic Parade of Sunday Schools and Churches Celebrate America, Faith and 183 Years of Tradition

For many in our area, the Fourth of July is traditionally celebrated with afternoon backyard barbecues and nights spent gazing upward as fireworks illuminate the night sky. But for the residents of the 21st ward, they have another tradition that has become just as much a part of their Fourth of July celebrations as grilling […]

 By Elizabeth Diane Sim and Brianna Michelle Bosak

Mount Airy: Diverse Neighborhood Maintains Community Connections

Mount Airy: Diverse Neighborhood Maintains Community Connections

Mount Airy always seemed homely and quaint to Iman Marcano-Sowell. That’s why when she decided it was time to find a home for Calypso – the Trinidadian restaurant she runs with her mother, Claudette Campbell – she knew it had to be in Mount Airy. “I just felt like our style of food, our commitment […]

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