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Hunting Park: Family Fit Program Helps Reduce Obesity Through Education and Fitness

Hunting Park: Family Fit Program Helps Reduce Obesity Through Education and Fitness

Young children and their guardians watched as a big blue, red and white volleyball went back and forth over a volleyball net which signified the beginning of another family fit class at the Esperanza Center on 4417 N. 6th St. in Hunting Park. The children and their parents smiled as they began the 90 minute session that […]

 

Chestnut Hill: Proposed Expansion of Firehouse Remains a Hot Topic

Chestnut Hill: Proposed Expansion of Firehouse Remains a Hot Topic

The proposed expansion of the Engine 37 firehouse (above) in Chestnut Hill remains a burning topic in the local community as steps are being taken to allow the 123-year old station to remain functional yet historically accurate. Located at 101 West Highland Ave. in the heart of Philadelphia’s “Garden District,” the Engine 37 firehouse is the […]

 

Chestnut Hill: Chestnut Hill Local Remains a Vital Part of Northwest Community

Chestnut Hill: Chestnut Hill Local Remains a Vital Part of Northwest Community

Since its inception in 1958, The Chestnut Hill Local newspaper has served neighborhoods in the Northwest section of Philadelphia, covering smaller-scale news stories pertaining to the local community, rather than the entire city. “The Chestnut Hill Local started off as the newsletter of the community association and then morphed into an independent newspaper,” said Larry […]

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Northwest Philadelphia: Entrepreneur Doing Well By Doing Good for the Community

Northwest Philadelphia: Entrepreneur Doing Well By Doing Good for the Community

For Ken Weinstein (above), passion is more than just a cliche, it is the driving factor that has motivated him to become the successful real estate developer, entrepreneur, and benefactor he is today.   “Passion isn’t just about making money or going to a job everyday, it’s doing what you love to do,” said Weinstein. […]

 

Frankford: Hold Harmless Policy is Holding Back Education Funding for Frankford Schools

Frankford: Hold Harmless Policy is Holding Back Education Funding for Frankford Schools

Education funding in Philadelphia is arguably the most hotly debated topic in the city. For local Frankford schools, it has been a crippling issue even though enrollment rates in Philadelphia schools has declined by more than 25 percent in the past decade. One funding policy in particular that many believe has been harmful to Philadelphia schools is […]

 

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 […]

 

South Philadelphia: Refugee Resettlement Contributes To Diverse History

South Philadelphia: Refugee Resettlement Contributes To Diverse History

The Philadelphia non-profit Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Association Coalition (SEAMAAC) was bustling with activity in the afternoon hours of Nov. 7. Men and women with origins spanning from Vietnam and Laos, to Indonesia and Burma, cold-called potential voters with advice on where to find their polling location, tactics on how to identify voter intimidation and […]

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South Philadelphia: Karate Instructor Builds Confidence Through Discipline

South Philadelphia: Karate Instructor Builds Confidence Through Discipline

Jason Helmer’s passion for martial arts came from an unusual place. “I was in high school working and one of the mailmen in the neighborhood mentioned karate,” Helmer said. “I was a big Steven Seagal fan, believe it or not.” Helmer is now the owner and senior instructor at Amerikick Martial Arts in South Philadelphia, […]

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Frankford: Keep The Faith In Frankford President Inspires Hope In Frankford’s Faithful

Frankford: Keep The Faith In Frankford President Inspires Hope In Frankford’s Faithful

Since the closing of St. Joachim’s parish and Mater Dolorosa churches in the region three years ago, its members were given no choice but to merge into the Holy Innocents parish. However, for Keep The Faith In Frankford’s President and Executive Director Pat Smiley, the church’s closing showcased the strength its church members had on the […]

 

Point Breeze: HIV Positive Community Anticipates Effects Of The Election

Point Breeze: HIV Positive Community Anticipates Effects Of The Election

Mildred Lewis has been living with HIV for 19 years. She’s spent 17 of them in Point Breeze, and for 16 years she has been drug-free. Today, Lewis is Philadelphia FIGHT’s lead HIV tester and counselor in the Point Breeze area, using her personal experience and trusted presence in the neighborhood to serve an at-risk […]

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