Lawncrest

 By Jessica Lopez and Lucia Volpe

Lawncrest: PhillyRising Meeting Focuses On Holiday Food Drive

Lawncrest: PhillyRising Meeting Focuses On Holiday Food Drive

A park cleanup and Veteran’s Day ceremony, a five-block cleanup and a neighborhood watch walk-through were just some of the successes highlighted during a PhillyRising meeting at the Lawncrest Library on Tuesday night. PhillyRising is a program through the City of Philadelphia that targets neighborhoods that are plagued by chronic crime and quality-of-life concerns. “During […]

 By Jessica Lopez and Lucia Volpe

Lawncrest: Park Cleanup Aids Veterans Ceremony

Lawncrest: Park Cleanup Aids Veterans Ceremony

The Star Spangled Banner rang out as Joe O’Rourke, a veteran from the Vietnam War, raised the American flag at the Lawncrest Recreation Center on Rising Sun Avenue during a Veterans Day ceremony this morning. Residents of Lawncrest gave their support and appreciation to veterans from the Vietnam, Korean, Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Organizer Kathy […]

 By Laura A. Robb and Erin M. Dungee

Northeast: Philadelphia 2035 Plan Holds Second Community Meeting

Northeast: Philadelphia 2035 Plan Holds Second Community Meeting

  The Philadelphia City Planning Commission held its second public meeting for the Lower Northeast District. Residents from the five neighborhoods of Frankford, Northwood, Oxford Circle, Lawncrest and Summerdale met at Saint Martin of Tours School recently to learn and discuss the possible future of their neighborhoods. The meeting was conducted with a very hands-on […]

 By Erin M. Dungee and Laura A. Robb

Lawncrest: Councilman Bobby Henon Addresses Lawncrest Civic Meeting

Lawncrest: Councilman Bobby Henon Addresses Lawncrest Civic Meeting

Bobby Henon, 6th District City Councilman, spoke to the Lawncrest Civic Association recently regarding several pieces of legislation including his highly supported Bad Neighbor Initiative. Henon’s focus with this Initiative is on negligent homeowners, absentee landlords and slumlords who have violations against their properties. The initiative aims to end neighborhood blight, which decreases property values […]

 By Matt Flowers and Maryline Dossou

Lawncrest: Pro Wrestler Turns to Stand-Up Comedy After Brain Surgery

Lawncrest: Pro Wrestler Turns to Stand-Up Comedy After Brain Surgery

James Goins, otherwise known as “Cory Kastle” to wrestling fans across the United States, was getting ready for one of his biggest shows ever when his life took a sudden turn for the worse. On the same day Goins was to take part in a wrestling card at the Reading Phillies game last August, the […]

 By Megan Paolini and Ian Romano

Lawncrest: Dogfight Raid Surprises Residents

Lawncrest: Dogfight Raid Surprises Residents

Sheryle Nash said she never knew her family lived near a basement stained with dog blood. “The neighborhood is already messed up,” Nash said. “I didn’t know people ever [held dogfights] around here.” Police and Pennsylvania SPCA officers arrested two people Wednesday evening from a house on the 400 block of East Cheltenham Avenue. Animal […]

 By Gail Austin and Tom Rowan Jr.

Lawncrest: Community Holds Vigil for Murdered Store Owner

Lawncrest: Community Holds Vigil for Murdered Store Owner

A preacher is standing on a street corner in a white jacket with a megaphone. He is wearing an “I Love Jesus” cap and spouting his message loudly to oblivious passersby on Rising Sun Avenue in the Lawndale section of Northeast Philadelphia. “I was an alcoholic. I was a drug addict. But I found Jesus […]

 By Nicole Dalrymple

Lawncrest: Massive Cleanup of Rising Sun Avenue

Lawncrest:  Massive Cleanup of Rising Sun Avenue

Lawncrest has gone through a drastic change in the eyes of the people who have lived there all their lives. A community that once was solely described as a close-knit, working class residency is now suffering from a spate of robberies, violence and an overabundance of trash, unkept houses and fear. Kathy Wersinger of Councilwoman […]

 By Jennifer Reardon and Maria Konidaris

Lawncrest and Mayfair: Neighborhoods Tackle Absentee Landlord Problem

Lawncrest and Mayfair: Neighborhoods Tackle Absentee Landlord Problem

During their patrols with the Mayfair Town Watch, John Vearling and Len Roberts heard the same complaints from residents over and over again. The owners of this property did not shovel their sidewalk when it snowed. This owner failed to maintain the lawn. The renters in this household would not put their trash outside at […]