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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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Kensington: Boxing Holds on to Legacy Despite Influence of MMA

Kensington: Boxing Holds on to Legacy Despite Influence of MMA

Boxing in today’s Philadelphia is not what it once was. On Dec. 10, 1968, Joe Frazier defended his world heavyweight title against Oscar Bonavena inside the city’s Spectrum. The 3-1 favorite, Frazier, won by unanimous decision after 15 rounds. With 10,000 spectators watching the fight, the excitement of boxing in Philadelphia was at an all-time […]

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Fairmount: Businesses Rely Heavily on Tourists for Their Success

Fairmount: Businesses Rely Heavily on Tourists for Their Success

Tourism in Philadelphia has been growing rapidly since 1997. According to Visit Philly’s 2016 Annual Report, overnight leisure in Philadelphia has had a 96 percent increase in the past 22 years. This increase in tourism greatly affects Philadelphia’s economy. According to Visit Philly, visitors in 2015 spent 6.7 billion dollars in the Philadelphia region, mostly […]

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Fairmount: Tourism’s Powerful Impact on the Area

Fairmount: Tourism’s Powerful Impact on the Area

From Pope Francis’ visit in September 2015 to the Democratic National Convention in July 2016, Philadelphia has recently seen an increased number of tourists flock to the City of Brotherly Love. Each year, the city has seen a recent surge in visitors year over year, according to Visit Philadelphia. In 2015, the city had a total of 41 million […]

 

Tioga: Mercy Neighborhood Ministries Educates Adults in Need

Tioga: Mercy Neighborhood Ministries Educates Adults in Need

Adult education at Mercy Neighborhood Ministries has become a mainstay in the community. Located at the corner of West Venango and 19th streets in the Tioga section of the city, the organization provides education services to adults who are unable to afford them elsewhere. Sister Maureen Conklin (pictured below) is the coordinator of the adult education program at Mercy Ministries. […]

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