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Kensington: Timoteo League Coaches Leading Players in Positive Direction

Kensington: Timoteo League Coaches Leading Players in Positive Direction

Timoteo continues to grow. The Timoteo Flag Football League began in 2005 when three churches decided to create an outlet where the youth of Philadelphia could learn leadership skills. The three churches, Bethel Temple, Light House and Urban Hope recruited 12 men to coach six different teams. The board chose the name Timoteo because the name […]

 

Kensington: Handball Brings Hope

Kensington: Handball Brings Hope

All year round and no matter the weather, Kensington echoes with the unmistakable “plop” sound of a rubber ball bouncing off concrete. Handball is being played, and the 100 block of West Berks Street is where Towey Playground is found. Here stands one of the many handball courts in North Philadelphia, a hallmark of the community where […]

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Kensington: Quieting the Madness at McPherson

Kensington: Quieting the Madness at McPherson

Walking into the McPherson Square Branch library, adult and teen librarian Chera Kowalski sees many things. The outside of the library, where the use of drugs is a daily occurrence, and the inside, where the people of Kensington are capitalizing on the resources of the library. Kowalski, 32, facilitates many of these resources as she and […]

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Kensington: Christopher Mundy – From Writing To Coaching

Kensington: Christopher Mundy – From Writing To Coaching

Christopher Munden, 39, an expat from the U.K., has worn many hats in his life. He has been everything from a ski instructor to the editor-in-chief of the independent theater and arts website Phindie. Today, Munden is a soccer coach and the vice-president of the Kensington Soccer club, which he started in 2009 with high school teacher […]

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Kensington: Jim Hardy Gives Back To Community Through Education and Soccer

Kensington: Jim Hardy Gives Back To Community Through Education and Soccer

Jim Hardy has been a social studies and world language teacher at Kensington Health Sciences Academy for almost 10 years. Hardy is a pillar in the community and one of the notable advocates for social change in Kensington. Hardy co-founded the Teachers Action Group, an organization that aims to give educators a voice during the policy-making […]

 

Kensington: Program Seeks To Empower Businesses In American Street Corridor

Kensington: Program Seeks To Empower Businesses In American Street Corridor

The American Street Empowerment Zone is all about facilitating job creation and economic development for Kensington – two things that aren’t easy and require diligence and patience. “It takes time. Economic development doesn’t happen overnight,” said Aiisha Herring, director of economic development zones for the city Commerce Department. “Some people moving to these places think it […]

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Kensington: After-School Program Allows For A Comeback In The Arts

Kensington: After-School Program Allows For A Comeback In The Arts

After the school day was over at John Moffet Elementary, eager students sat attentively in an auditorium holding a tabla (“hand drum”) in one arm while rhythmically tapping with the other. With the help of Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, Moffet has been able to maintain an after-school program that focuses on enriching students through art […]

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Kensington: Local Gardens Cultivate Community, Help Revitalize Neighborhoods

Kensington: Local Gardens Cultivate Community, Help Revitalize Neighborhoods

It was in the 1970s when drug use and the violent state of the neighborhood spurred a unique change among a small group of Puerto Rican women in West Kensington. These women, called the Grupo Motivos, worked with an elementary school teacher and a professor to reclaim land and create a place for growth and […]

 

South Kensington: Catholic Worker House Continues Founder’s Mission Of Serving Those In Need

South Kensington: Catholic Worker House Continues Founder’s Mission Of Serving Those In Need

The intersection of Lawrence and Jefferson streets may seem like a regular corner, but between noon and 1 p.m. a line will form in front of a nondescript apartment window. Members of the community will patiently wait outside The Sister Peter Claver Catholic Worker House for the free, hot lunch it provides Monday through Thursday […]

 

Fairhill: New Chapter For Library Means Bittersweet, Temporary Closure

Fairhill: New Chapter For Library Means Bittersweet, Temporary Closure

Rebekah Ray and the staff at the Lillian Marrero Library have been dedicated to the future of the branch, long before the building recently closed for renovations. Now, they are left wondering how the community is going to fare for the next two years, without the essential resources they provide. The Lillian Marrero Library at Sixth […]