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Tioga-Nicetown and Allegheny West: Five Things You Didn’t Know

Tioga-Nicetown and Allegheny West: Five Things You Didn’t Know

Tioga-Nicetown and Allegheny West are rarely seen in the mainstream media. When they are, it usually involves poverty, drugs or violence. But these neighborhoods are lively areas with plenty of interesting people and things to do. Here are a few things you might not have known about these North Philadelphia communities. 1. South Philly has Pat’s […]

 

Nicetown: Parents, Teachers Protest at School District

Nicetown: Parents, Teachers Protest at School District

In the debate about whether to turn over Edward T. Steel Elementary School to the administration of Mastery Charter Schools, the voices for the current leadership at Steel have been loud and clear. They are not happy with how this process has gone. Parents, children, teachers and activists recently gathered outside the Philadelphia School District […]

 

Nicetown: Parents Vote on the Future of Edward T. Steel Elementary School

It was an intense and emotional journey leading up to the results that would help decide the fate of Edward T. Steel Elementary School in Nicetown. It would soon be decided if parents and the School Advisory Council wanted to turn over the school’s administration to Mastery Charter, or leave it in the hands of the school district. […]

 

Nicetown: Will Steel Elementary Become A Charter School?

Nicetown: Will Steel Elementary Become A Charter School?

On May 1, parents will vote on whether to keep Steel Elementary School in the hands of the school district, or to allow Mastery Charter to take over operations. Several parent and teacher groups have been firm in their opposition, claiming that such a takeover would take away resources from students. “Rather than provide schools […]

 

Tioga-Nicetown and Allegheny West: Five People Making a Difference

Tioga-Nicetown and Allegheny West: Five People Making a Difference

Tioga-Nicetown and Allegheny West have consistently been portrayed in the news as poverty and crime-ridden areas. But often overlooked are the leaders that work in the community. Whether new to the community or long-time presences, these people have worked tirelessly to make their neighborhood a better place to live. 1. A rookie to the squad, firefighter […]

 By Siena Mazero and Kate Trowbridge

Nicetown/Tioga: Bayard Taylor Elementary Saved

Nicetown/Tioga: Bayard Taylor Elementary Saved

When the Facilities Master Plan was announced by the School Reform Commission, 66 schools were listed for possible closures or merging. The news came as a shock to people at several schools, especially for those at Bayard Taylor Elementary. On Decc 13, the commission announced the Facilities Master Plan, which at the time included 37 different schools for closure in […]

 By Siena Mazero and Kate Trowbridge

Nicetown/Tioga: John G. Whittier Elementary School Closing

Nicetown/Tioga: John G. Whittier Elementary School Closing

A number of schools are scheduled to close after a vote by the School District of Philadelphia. Of the three schools in Nicetown-Tioga, two are staying open and one is closing. The closing of John G. Whittier Elementary school has left many students and parents in the Nicetown-Tioga area with an uncertain future of where […]

 By Siena Mazero and Kate Trowbridge

Nicetown/Tioga: Community Program Teaches ‘Values Through Sports’

Nicetown/Tioga: Community Program Teaches ‘Values Through Sports’

Every Saturday, the sound of children playing outside, basketballs hitting the pavement or children running around sharing their new piece of artwork to others are common occurrences at the New Creation Community Center, located on 162 W. Tioga Street. Seven years ago, Director R. Scott Thornton began the program Values Through Sports to help children […]

 By Kate Trowbridge

Allegheny: Gun Violence Decreases But Still a Large Problem

Allegheny: Gun Violence Decreases But Still a Large Problem

Incidents involving guns have prompted citizens in the Allegheny, Nicetown and Tioga area to take a proactive stand against violence. Groups like Men United For A Better Philadelphia and programs like Cradle 2 Grave were created with the intent to bring awareness to gun violence in hopes of diminishing it in this neighborhood and in the […]

 By Kate Trowbridge and Siena Mazero

Nicetown-Tioga: Mercy Family Center Works to Help the Community

Nicetown-Tioga: Mercy Family Center Works to Help the Community

Mercy Family Center, located at 1939 W. Venango St., provides care and assistance to anyone in the Nicetown-Tioga area who may need it. The center got its start when a local parish house realized there was something missing in the Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood. “In 1990, we had three Sisters working in different parishes in Philadelphia. One […]