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Olney: Coaches Teach Young Players More Than Just Football

Olney: Coaches Teach Young Players More Than Just Football

The youths of Philadelphia are growing up in dangerous times. The city’s 2013 Youth Violence Prevention Plan states that, “Over the past six years, 5,051 young Philadelphians ages 14 to 24 have been shot or killed.” The coaching staff of the Olney Eagles tries to keep their players away from violence by giving them a safe, supportive environment […]

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Olney: Barber Enjoys Reputation For Sharp Blades And Words

Olney: Barber Enjoys Reputation For Sharp Blades And Words

On a typical day at Barbers Inc., the environment is lively. Laughs, jokes and conversations about sports and societal issues flow about the shop and continue outside the doors into the community. It’s a safe haven for some, and for others a chance to partake in good conversations. For lead groomer David Choung, the barbershop gives him the […]

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Olney: Philip Green Works To Revitalize North 5th Street Corridor

Olney: Philip Green Works To Revitalize North 5th Street Corridor

Philip Green is the co-director of the North 5th Street Revitalization Project, alongside Stephanie Michel (below). The mission of this organization is to keep the streets clean and safe, support the merchants with business services, and bring activities to the community. They use a grassroots approach in order to grow and maintain close relationships with merchants and […]

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North Philadelphia: Christopher Smith Works To Show Community A Healthier Way

North Philadelphia: Christopher Smith Works To Show Community A Healthier Way

Christopher Smith is the assistant manager of environmental services at Jefferson University Hospital. In his spare time, Smith educates and trains his fellow community members about nutrition and physical fitness at his Hunger Games Fit Camp throughout neighborhoods in Northeast and Northwest Philadelphia. Smith’s passion for physical fitness can be seen through his active involvement as […]

 

Logan: Entrepreneur Hopes Orchard and Market Plan Will Bear Fruit in Triangle

Logan: Entrepreneur Hopes Orchard and Market Plan Will Bear Fruit in Triangle

Helen Hutchins attempted to sow wildflowers on the site at which her house sank into the earth. Hutchins’ residence was one of nearly 1,000 homes formerly located in the Logan neighborhood in an area known as the Logan Triangle. A muddle of weeds and trash now extends across the forsaken 35-acre tract of land clutched […]

 

Olney: Music School Serves as Cultural Beacon for Residents

Olney: Music School Serves as Cultural Beacon for Residents

Situated on the crowded commercial blocks of Olney dwells one of the last bastions of music education in the community. The Gibson School of Music and Arts seeks to preserve musical tradition in the community through inspiring its youth by teaching them the value of the creative arts. This year marks the institution’s 20th anniversary. According […]

 

Olney: Abu Edwards Says He’s Always Felt ‘Pushed to Advocate for People’

Olney: Abu Edwards Says He’s Always Felt ‘Pushed to Advocate for People’

Dressed sharply in a dark suit and tie, Abu Edwards sat adjacent to Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge Paul P. Panepinto. The room emanated ceremony, muted in tone and tenor, with rows of forward-facing benches. Nobody banged gavels or swore in witnesses. Yet the two men each endured scrutiny from the small gathering […]

 

Olney: Francis Festival Makes Its Way To Cardinal Dougherty High School

Olney: Francis Festival Makes Its Way To Cardinal Dougherty High School

In celebration of Pope Francis’ arrival in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families, approximately 3,000 Vietnamese Roman Catholics gathered at Cardinal Dougherty High School to celebrate. “That’s not a church,” objected one child as his mother led him through the flag-festooned gates. The scene at the school doors defied his observation. Dozens of priests […]

 

Olney: Pastor Helps Nourish the Community with Food Drives

Olney: Pastor Helps Nourish the Community with Food Drives

Pastor Joseph Randall has found fulfillment at Olney Baptist Church. Initially, he enrolled in the U.S. Navy where he planned to become a pilot. Despite his achievements, he felt something was lacking. He found renewed purpose in the Christian faith and its tenets of love and charity. His belief brought him from the Naval Academy to Olney. […]

 

Logan/Olney: 5 Places To Know

Logan/Olney: 5 Places To Know

Olney and Logan embody a diverse and resilient spirit. Logan, bound by threads that reach back to 17th-century namesake James Logan, boasts a close-knit populace. Olney and Logan are as neighborhoods in touch with their historic roots while admirably coping with contemporary realities. Clustered rank-and-file with homes and businesses, some locales appear trodden, but never down.   […]

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