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Waterfront: More Than Just A Trail

Waterfront: More Than Just A Trail

As the rough winter of 2013-2014 gives way to warmer weather, Philadelphians and tourists alike have slowly popped up along the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers like plant life getting its first glimpse of the sun after months stuck indoors or underground. To match the sense of anticipation and excitement circulating throughout the city, a number […]

 

Northeast Philadelphia: Local Trainers Offer ‘Warrior Training’

Northeast Philadelphia: Local Trainers Offer ‘Warrior Training’

Driving her son to basketball practice and her daughter to dance class, Barbara Petrasovits spends each week surrounded by athletics. However, watching her children from the sideline failed to burn any of her own calories. After working 9-5 at a doctor’s office, cooking dinner, cleaning the house, checking homework, and chauffeuring her kids, Petrasovits didn’t […]

 

Northeast: Pat’s Music Center Stands Test of Time

“Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name,” Gary Portony sang for the popular ’80s TV show “Cheers.” That’s the feeling some customers get the second they walk through the doors of Pat’s Music, where one of the three brothers who run the place will probably recognize them. You can stop in once […]

 By Megan Mazza

Frankford: Neighborhood Needs H.E.R.O.E.S.

Frankford: Neighborhood Needs H.E.R.O.E.S.

Frankford native Chris Gulledge strongly believes that unlike Batman and other fictional characters admired by children, fathers are the real heroes. Once a struggling single parent, Gulledge knows first hand how difficult parenthood can be for men of all ages, and he’s now determined to provide support and assistance to those who need it. His […]

 By Matthew Hulmes

Frankford: Old Community Center To Reopen

Frankford: Old Community Center To Reopen

The property at Leiper and Arrott streets will soon be put to use as the Northwood Frankford Community Y building. The Y has been closed since 2009. The main issue to opening the place back up has been the lack of money – there is a $175,000 mortgage and various other debts. The mid-19th century mansion […]

 By Matthew Hulmes and Megan E. Mazza

Frankford: Civic Association Discusses Shopping Centers

Frankford: Civic Association Discusses Shopping Centers

The Frankford Civic Association met recently to discuss two shopping centers that have been proposed to be constructed in the area. Mark Hankin (above), president of the Hankin Management Company, spoke about a proposed shopping center at the Frankford Arsenal. The shopping center would bring large and small stores and restaurants, Hankin said. It would […]

 By Megan Mazza and Matthew Hulmes

Frankford: Local Birder Sparks Interest Among Historical Society

Frankford: Local Birder Sparks Interest Among Historical Society

Tony Croasdale, local birder, environmental educator and field biologist, stopped by the Historical Society of Frankford recently to assure the locals that there is an abundance of bird species other than pigeons that can be found in Frankford and the surrounding Northeast. Croasdale was invited by the Historical Society to come and identify an array […]

 By Megan Mazza and Matthew Hulmes

Frankford: Ghosts in a Civil War Museum

Frankford: Ghosts in a Civil War Museum

“This building does have ghosts,” said Hugh Boyle, executive director at the Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library in Frankford. Built in 1976 by its original owner, Dr. John Ruan, this civil war museum is loaded with historical artifacts, books and the spirits that often accompany them. “Several times a year, we bring […]

 By Matthew Hulmes and Megan Mazza

Frankford: Art Grant hopes to bring in new residents

Frankford: Art Grant hopes to bring in new residents

[vimeo 76408052] Artistic innovation will soon find a permanent home and potentially make a positive impact within the Frankford community next year. Thanks to a $550,000 grant funded by Artplace America intended for “creative placemaking,” the project known as Destination Frankford is now in the works. The project will feature a sculpture in the center of Womrath Park […]

 By Megan Mazza

Frankford: Community Against Illegal Recovery Houses

Frankford: Community Against Illegal Recovery Houses

[vimeo 75169677] A mix of irate, frustrated and desperate Frankford residents gathered at a recent Town Hall Meeting to discuss with State Representative James Clay, Jr. the status of legislation for illegal recovery houses in the neighborhood. After listening to Roland Lamb, director of Addiction Services for the city of Philadelphia, compare dealing with “17-year-old girls vomiting […]