Olney

 By Justin Finneran

Olney: Center Provides Assistance to Veterans

Olney: Center Provides Assistance to Veterans

When a soldier returns home after experiencing combat, the transition back into civilian life is not an easy task.  The soldiers often face great hardships as a result of the injuries and the memories they bring with them.  Fortunately, for veterans in Philadelphia needing assistance for that often difficult transition is nearby. The Northeast Philadelphia Vet […]

 By Dave Nescio and Kelly McManus

Olney: St. Paul is the Hand That Feeds

Olney: St. Paul is the Hand That Feeds

At the corner of Fifth and Nedro streets is St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Like many among the plethora of churches in Olney, regardless of faith, St. Paul’s has an ornate and somewhat old structure that many people pass without giving a second thought. However, it is what goes on behind the doors of St. Paul’s […]

 By Justin Finneran and Wendy Borst

Logan: Building Character at the Police Athletic League

Logan: Building Character at the Police Athletic League

The Logan Police Athletic League (PAL) Center, located at The Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church at 1100 W. Rockland St., is one of the smallest in Philadelphia.  Yet there is a gigantic amount of hard work and volunteering that goes into giving the neighborhood kids a place off of the streets. Sharon Wells has been operating […]

 By David Nescio and Kelly McManus

Logan: Mormons Go Mainstream

Logan: Mormons Go Mainstream

You may see them walking around your neighborhood wearing sharp-looking suit jackets, spotless white shirts, with backpacks and nice slacks. You may also see them stray away from the sidewalks and up the front steps of your neighbors’ houses to spread the word. Regardless of whether or not you’re listening, know this: many others are. […]

 By Matt La Padula, Keith Bellomo and Nicole Kelly

Olney: Soccer and Culture at Cafe Liz

Olney: Soccer and Culture at Cafe Liz

Bellies up to the bar and cold beers in front of them, brothers Victor and Louis Martins cannot agree. Outside, Philadelphia’s first heat wave of the summer is as good a reason as any to hide out at the local watering hole, but the pair is not here to escape the sun. On the other […]

 By Keith Bellomo, Matt La Padula and Nicole Kelly

Olney: Little Portugal

Olney: Little Portugal

Some residents call the Olney section of Philadelphia “one big melting pot.” The Portuguese may make up a smaller part of the culture in Olney—only 2 percent of the European population in Philadelphia—but this little population left a huge impact. Center City Philadelphia isn’t the only place you can look to find a nice, cultured […]

 By Casey Snyder, Julio Nunez and Mari Saito

Olney and Logan: Housing Problems

Olney and Logan: Housing Problems

It’s cleaning day in the Wilson-Heard home on Wagner Avenue. The father is using the vacuum upstairs, as 7-year-old Bryant runs down the stairs of the well-kept row home. “Mommy, can I pour my own cereal for breakfast?” They are the sounds that can be heard within any typical home on a Sunday morning, but […]

 By Jessica Ann Geoghan, Brittany Diggs and Andrew Forgotch,

Olney: Trying to Beautify the Neighborhood

Olney: Trying to Beautify the Neighborhood

Every neighborhood has children and children need places to play. Not every section of the city is lucky enough to have trees and open spaces like Olney. Fisher Park, which is located at 600 W. Spencer Ave., is a beautiful, wooded area that is at the disposal of residents for recreation. “It is essential for […]

 By Casey Snyder

Olney: Back To School

Olney: Back To School

Just above the book-lined shelves within the Free Library’s  Greater Olney branch, there is a classroom. Pictures dusted in glitter line the room, as chalk remnants–almost certainly from a previous day’s lesson– show on the worn chalkboard of the classroom. Melissa Rice stands before her students as she is set to go over a sentence […]

 By Casey Snyder, Mari Saito and Julio Nunez

Alternative Transportation in Logan: A Walk with Anne Nielson

Alternative Transportation in Logan: A Walk with Anne Nielson

Whether it has been a late train or a less than pleasant smelling subway platform, we have all had our own issues with the city’s public transportation system. It is the easiest way to get where you need to go, but with so much cause for complaint, most people probably wish they could find alternative […]