North Philadelphia

 By Aaron Gottlieb

Hunting Park: Navigating School Safety

Hunting Park: Navigating School Safety

Officer Raul Ortiz looked like a man completely comfortable in his profession and at ease with his surroundings. As we began our drive through one of the busiest districts in the city, one of the few that has their own radio band, it was only a short amount of time before my feeling of excitement […]

 By Dave Nescio and Kelly McManus

Logan: The Unwritten Word

Logan: The Unwritten Word

The Word of God has never sounded so cool. Meet Donte Holland, also known by his rapper name Beloved the Ghostwriter, gospel rapper from the Strawberry Mansion area of Philadelphia. Getting his start when he was 13 years old, Beloved has now solidified himself as a Christian rapper with lyrics based on the gospel. “Since […]

 By Danielle Bacher and Jonathan Braymer

Strawberry Mansion: Veterans Giving Back

Strawberry Mansion: Veterans Giving Back

On a typical front porch in North Philadelphia, a red, blue and white awning gives shade to two signs on the corner of 33rd and Diamond streets. One sign advertises water ice in a bright, fruit-flecked rainbow of cherry, lemon and blueberry Italian ice. The other sign says simply: “Capt. Robert Tresville VFW Post 6700. Join the […]

 By Andrea DeSabato

Feltonville: Three Children and Woman Killed

Feltonville: Three Children and Woman Killed

Three children and a woman died after being struck by a car involved in a chase between police and suspected carjackers in the Feltonville section of Philadelphia, police said. The car crashed into the victims at Third and Wingohocking streets around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.  Mayor Michael Nutter and Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey were at the scene, […]

 By Michael N. Price and Shannon Spillman

Ludlow: Church Helps Battle Addiction

Ludlow: Church Helps Battle Addiction

Addiction is in the news a lot these days. While most of stories found in the local media tend to focus on their subjects due to celebrity or social status. Some are professional athletes or in Philadelphia their coach’s sons; others are musicians and entertainers. But most of the victims of addiction are found in […]

 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 Aaron Gottlieb and Andrea DeSabato

Hunting Park: Small Steps Toward Better Housing

Hunting Park: Small Steps Toward Better Housing

Be persistent is the motto that 24-year-old Marquita Irby lives by. She offers this motto to anyone who asks her for advice regarding obtaining affordable housing. Irby’s path to owning her own home was long and stressful. But now it seems it was well worth her effort. “It took me four years to get this house. […]

 By Bonnie Dugan and J.T. Salzer

Kensington’s Little Angel

Kensington’s Little Angel

Wearing a neon green hat to match the color of his shirt and plaid shorts, Clifford Reynolds addressed the crowd with a look of sincerity and hope.  As he spoke through the microphone, his words echoed more than to just the crowd standing in front of him, but to the community at whole. “We’d like […]

 By Joangel Concepcion and Danny Barron

Kensington: A Sad and Beautiful Day

Kensington: A Sad and Beautiful Day

It was a bright and warm Saturday afternoon in Kensington. A week after the attack, family, friends and neighbors gathered in McPherson Square Park to show their support for the victim and to celebrate the 11-year-old girl’s return from the hospital after being raped on her way to school last Tuesday. “Let’s dedicate ourselves to […]

 By Michael N. Price and Shannon Spillman

Ludlow: Youth Baseball Brings the Community Together

Ludlow: Youth Baseball Brings the Community Together

Baseball has been a staple of early life for generations of American youths, but in some inner-city neighborhoods many children never get a chance to get in the game. In communities where parents sometimes struggle to keep their kids in school and off the streets, extra-curricular activities like baseball have often taken a backseat. “Baseball […]