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Kensington: Musician Works to Help Band Earn Spot in Philadelphia Scene

Kensington: Musician Works to Help Band Earn Spot in Philadelphia Scene

In the madcap world of the Philadelphia music scene, Tom McHugh earned a spot in his band under the most unusual circumstances. “I actually auditioned via Craigslist,” the 22-year-old guitarist said. “The original guitarist, unbeknownst to me, ended up being my girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend, which was pretty awkward when we all found that out.” McHugh has […]

 

Poplar: Gun Range Owner Aims to Offer Safe, Social, Inclusive Environment

Poplar: Gun Range Owner Aims to Offer Safe, Social, Inclusive Environment

The owner of The Gun Range greets all of his customers at the door, a welcome underscored with the faintest hint of an accent that originates somewhere between Russia and Israel. After a tumultuous childhood spent partly in the former Soviet Union, Yuri Zalzman came to the United States as a teenager. He later obtained an undergraduate degree in history […]

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Hunting Park: Chess Instructor Inspires Kids To Reach Their Full Potential

Hunting Park: Chess Instructor Inspires Kids To Reach Their Full Potential

Young children played and screamed happily at the Lenfest Center on N. 10th St in Hunting Park as Gil Motley arrived for his chess club. His infectious smile and personality captivated the space as he walked through the door to Classroom A, where his club will soon commence. As Motley entered the room, he reached […]

 

North Philadelphia: Malcolm Kenyatta Promotes LGBT Representation in Government

North Philadelphia: Malcolm Kenyatta Promotes LGBT Representation in Government

Malcolm Kenyatta grew up in North Philadelphia and graduated from Temple University. He is now the member engagement coordinator for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and the youngest member of the Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club. He described himself as North Philly’s biggest fan. Kenyatta’s work has reached a higher level of importance and urgency […]

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Kensington: Skate Shop Owner Makes A Difference Through Community Work

Kensington: Skate Shop Owner Makes A Difference Through Community Work

Pete MacKay, 31, owns and operates Shallow End Skate Shop, located at 2557 Amber St. in East Kensington. The shop and the brand he co-owns, Gnarhammered Skateboards, have become fixtures in the Philadelphia skateboarding community in a short amount of time. Through tireless hard work, MacKay is using this “clubhouse that I made reality” to […]

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Hunting Park: Community Leader Preaches Squash and Family to Students

Hunting Park: Community Leader Preaches Squash and Family to Students

Nabilla Ariffin is the community impact director at SquashSmarts, a non-profit academic and athletic program which uses the game of squash to keep kids healthy, in school and on track to graduate. Since joining the program just six months ago, Ariffin has made an immediate impact in the Hunting Park community and looks to grow […]

 

Hunting Park: Five Places That Uplift The Members of the Community

Hunting Park: Five Places That Uplift The Members of the Community

Hunting Park in North Philadelphia offers many places for its community members to come together. These places inspire growth in the community and keep the lights on to promote a positive environment. Here are five places in Hunting Park that uplift members of the community. The Lenfest Center Built in 2007, originally as a building for […]

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Northern Liberties: The Nuance Behind The Neighborhood

Northern Liberties: The Nuance Behind The Neighborhood

Someone walking down American Street through Northern Liberties would see many sleek, modern homes mixed with niche places to shop and eat. They might hear echoes of thumping and clanking from new construction and definitely a few barking dogs. The neighborhood wasn’t always a hub of expansion. Similar to small towns along the Rust Belt, […]

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Northern Liberties: Out With the Old, In With the New

Northern Liberties: Out With the Old, In With the New

Like other parts of the city, Northern Liberties’ housing market has rapidly expanded in recent years. It seems as if every other street is restricted by orange construction barricades. By the time the seasons change, they’re gone, a new building is up and an old brick home is being demolished. New construction often comes with […]

 

Nicetown: Adult Day Care Provides Needed Services for Seniors

Nicetown: Adult Day Care Provides Needed Services for Seniors

Barbara Willis-Powell has dedicated the last eight years of her life to the Mercy Neighborhood Ministries’ adult day care program, serving seniors 60 years of age and older. For her, it’s all about the family atmosphere at the organization, located at 1939 W. Venango St.  Each Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. until 6 p.m., seniors fill the […]

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