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Fairhill: Efrain Diaz Has a Plan to Take on Drug Addiction

Fairhill: Efrain Diaz Has a Plan to Take on Drug Addiction

Efrain Diaz had a bad addiction, a heroin addiction. “I lost my family. I lost my wife,” said the 58-year-old. Yet for the past 30 years, Diaz has been helping people overcome their addictions. This one-time addict is now the pastor of Alcance Victoria church. Pastor Diaz was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He […]

 

Juniata Park/Feltonville/Fairhill: Porky’s Point

Juniata Park/Feltonville/Fairhill: Porky’s Point

Salsa music is not the only reason why people walk around with a little extra pep in their step on Rising Sun and N. Fifth Street. The smell of fresh traditional Spanish foods lingers in the air in Juniata Park and Feltonville. Porky’s Point Restaurant has served the community well since the 70’s. Porky’s Point […]

 

Juniata Park and Feltonville: Five Places to Know

Juniata Park and Feltonville: Five Places to Know

Fairhill, Juniata Park and Feltonville are located in North Philadelphia. These neighborhoods have and continue to carry on the traditions and lifestyles of many Hispanics, African-Americans and other ethnicities through multiple generations. The streets are painted with vibrant colors. The air carries the sounds of Latin tunes in the area. For any passerby or newly […]

 

Latino Philadelphia: Five Things You Didn’t Know

Latino Philadelphia: Five Things You Didn’t Know

The Latino population in our area is rich in diversity and culture. There are many local high-profile Hispanic trends and restaurants. Here are five things which you may not know about. The Mexican Consulate Works Closely With the Mexican Cultural Center: Located on the second floor of the Bourse Building at 111 South Independence Mall […]

 

Kensington: Congreso Partners with Comcast to Beautify the Community

Kensington: Congreso Partners with Comcast to Beautify the Community

The Latino community was out in full force for Comcast Cares Day at Congreso’s headquarters at 215 West Somerset St. in eastern North Philadelphia. The partnership between Comcast and Congreso had volunteers show up as early as 8 a.m. undeterred by the brisk, windy conditions. “I promise and have it on good authority that it’s […]

 

Latino Philadelphia: 5 People Making a Difference

Latino Philadelphia: 5 People Making a Difference

Father Bruce Lewandowski (above), Vicar for Cultural Ministries, Archdiocese of Philadelphia. For the past three years Father Bruce Lewandowski has overseen the Office for Hispanic Catholics as the Vicar for Cultural Ministries at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. His primary goal is to make sure the estimated 200,000 Hispanic Catholics of Philadelphia know that the church […]

 By Rhonda Elnaggar and Charles Brown

Fairhill: Five Things You Didn’t Know

Fairhill: Five Things You Didn’t Know

Media coverage in Fairhill tends to be of a negative nature, usually focusing on crime. In order to provide a better understanding of this unique and culturally diverse community, here are five things you might not know about this neighborhood.   1. Fairhill houses the largest Latino population within the city. Sixty percent of Fairhill’s population is of […]

 By Rhonda Elnaggar and Charles Brown

Fairhill: Latino Organizations Band Together for Change

Fairhill: Latino Organizations Band Together for Change

Take a trip up 5th Street between Cumberland Street and Allegheny Avenue and you’ll be transported to Fairhill, a district distinct from any other neighborhood in the city. Puerto Rican flags adorn almost every conceivable surface, from porch awnings to car antennae to license plates – an unmistakable indicator of the residents’ ethnic roots. You’ll be […]

 By Rhonda Elnaggar and Charles Brown

Fairhill: Centro Musical Is More Than Just Music

Fairhill: Centro Musical Is More Than Just Music

Latin music radiates along El Centro de Oro, the block along 5th Street near Lehigh Avenue, drawing a steady stream of customers into the store like the warm, familiar voice of a close friend. Centro Musical is deeply entwined with El Centro de Oro, or “The Golden Block,” the colloquial nickname for the neighborhood, and has […]

 By Charles Brown

Fairhill: Demolished Landmark Symbolizes Tough Times for Catholic Parishes

Fairhill: Demolished Landmark Symbolizes Tough Times for Catholic Parishes

The image is all too familiar of Industrial Era edifices – crumbling walls, blown-out windows, a palpable eeriness from the abandonment.  But this isn’t a description of the typical forsaken warehouse that has come to define North Philadelphia’s landscape. The blighted building in question is the remains of St. Bonaventure, a once-looming Gothic church that […]