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Strawberry Mansion: Fitville Offers DIY Outdoor Exercise Equipment, Training

Strawberry Mansion: Fitville Offers DIY Outdoor Exercise Equipment, Training

With summer approaching, more people will be taking their fitness outside, be it in parks or on the streets, on bikes or on feet. But if you’re searching for somewhere out of the ordinary to flex your muscles, Fitville at 33rd and Dauphin streets offers a unique and DIY outdoor fitness training experience led by […]

 

Starwberry Mansion: Sedgley Woods and the Sport Few Know About

Starwberry Mansion: Sedgley Woods and the Sport Few Know About

The day was cold. Even by mid-afternoon, snow littered the ground of Sedgley Woods Disc Golf Course located in East Fairmount Park, near the intersection of 33rd and Oxford streets. That, however, did not stop a group of 30 to 40 disc golf players from assembling to play a round of the sport. This was […]

 

Strawberry Mansion: Residents Discuss Issues They Want Next Mayor to Address

Strawberry Mansion: Residents Discuss Issues They Want Next Mayor to Address

Strawberry Mansion residents shared their concerns about the upcoming 2015 mayoral primary, and the impact a new mayor might have on the community. Many residents focused on the quality of education in the area, as well as community development, from broken sidewalks to abandoned houses. Although some residents were unsure of the current candidates and […]

 

Strawberry Mansion: Librarian Says Branch Offers Much More Than Books

Strawberry Mansion: Librarian Says Branch Offers Much More Than Books

At Strawberry Mansion’s Widener library branch, the new shelves and high ceilings bounce back the sounds of a pink ukulele. At its source sits librarian Abbe Klebanoff, strumming tunes during Widener’s less busy hours. “When I started going to the libraries, I said I really want to do this for a living, so I went […]

 

Strawberry Mansion: Five Places for Convenience Shopping

Strawberry Mansion: Five Places for Convenience Shopping

When looking throughout Strawberry Mansion for convenient food shopping, one would be hard pressed to find the more exclusive, big name stores to shop at. In fact there are no nationally branded grocery stores in the area. Therefore smaller entities must step up and fulfill the needs of the community. The Kims own Kim’s Market (above), located […]

 

Strawberry Mansion: Revamped High School Trying to Make a Comeback

Strawberry Mansion: Revamped High School Trying to Make a Comeback

In the 2011-2012 school year, 26 assaults and eight serious incidents involving weapons took place within the walls of Strawberry Mansion High School, according to school district data. The following year, those numbers dropped to nine assaults and three incidents with weapons. That was the year Linda Cliatt-Wayman became the school’s principal. By fall 2013, for the first […]

 

Strawberry Mansion: Community Group Ensures Developers Listen to Residents

Strawberry Mansion: Community Group Ensures Developers Listen to Residents

Inside the first floor of a row home on 28th and Diamond streets sits the Strawberry Mansion Community Development Corp. (SMCDC) Splashed across the orange and cream walls are newspaper clippings and building plans. Papers fly in and out of the copy machine as people move swiftly about. This group of residents, according to SMCDC president […]

 

Strawberry Mansion: Students Rise with New Youth Development Program

Strawberry Mansion: Students Rise with New Youth Development Program

And Still I Rise, a youth development program for children ages 8 to 18, opened in May. It received its name from a poem written by the late Maya Angelou. “You may trod me in the very dirt / but still like dust I rise,” reads the last two lines of the first stanza. Executive director […]

 

Education: Justice Served by Students at Youth Court in Strawberry Mansion

Education: Justice Served by Students at Youth Court in Strawberry Mansion

Formerly known as one of the most persistently dangerous schools in the state, Strawberry Mansion High School has seen changes, some of which include the implementation of a U.S. Attorney-backed youth court. “Youth courts are an educational program. It teaches students about why you have laws, how rules are enforced and what the sanctions should […]

 

Strawberry Mansion: Produce Stand Thrives Under New Management

Strawberry Mansion: Produce Stand Thrives Under New Management

On the corner of 33rd and Diamond streets recently, five residents gathered around a canopy tent, each eagerly awaiting their turn to purchase some of the fresh fruits and vegetables arranged on the table. Although it’s no new endeavor, this small produce stand has seen a few big changes this season. Previously under the direction of an Amish […]