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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 […]

 

Strawberry Mansion: Billy Thompson Helps Lead Neighborhood Coalition with Faith

Strawberry Mansion: Billy Thompson Helps Lead Neighborhood Coalition with Faith

As William Thompson walked toward Faith Temple recently, he greeted almost every person he passed. He grabbed each neighbor around the shoulders, squeezed them tightly and shook their hands with both of his own. “When we went on vacation, he used to take the whole community,” said Thompson’s daughter Shevron Thompson. “But that’s just him.” Known […]

 

Strawberry Mansion Day 2014: Not Even Rain Could Stop the Party

Strawberry Mansion Day 2014: Not Even Rain Could Stop the Party

Residents joined together on Sept. 18 for their final community party of the summer season, the eighth annual Strawberry Mansion Day at Mander Park at 33rd and Diamond streets. Their original planned festivities, which began the day before, had to be cut short and pushed to Sunday due to rain. Despite the rapid change of plans, […]