Northeast Philadelphia

 By Morgan Zalot and Stephen Zook

Northeast: A Tale of Two Projects

Northeast: A Tale of Two Projects

Liddonfield Homes residents relocated, units to be leveled [vimeo 20335396] While no plans are set for the 32-acre site in Holmesburg where work crews will eventually demolish the 436-unit Liddonfield Homes, many in the surrounding neighborhood are breathing a sigh of relief at the closure of this trouble-plagued public housing development. “They were saying for […]

 By Jennifer Reardon and Maria Konidaris

Lawncrest and Mayfair: Neighborhoods Tackle Absentee Landlord Problem

Lawncrest and Mayfair: Neighborhoods Tackle Absentee Landlord Problem

[vimeo 18393058] 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 […]

 By Morgan Zalot

Northeast: Local Businesses Weather Economic Storm

Northeast: Local Businesses Weather Economic Storm

[vimeo 18391216] For Samuel Nalbandian, owner of Rising Sun Pizza in Lawncrest, the business is a way of life and the recession is nothing to worry about. “For me, it’s been the same,” he said of business during the past several months. “It’s always good as long as I’m here managing. The customers are satisfied.” […]

 By Patrick McCloskey

Northeast: Hair Salon Fashion Show

Northeast: Hair Salon Fashion Show

[vimeo 18393112] Hairstylists Tiffany Bryant, Lisa Woodley and Chanta Barrett put the finishing touches on their models’ makeup and hair behind a big curtain Saturday night right before their models took the stage. Soon thereafter, the youthful participants strutted down the aisles and onto the runway at the second annual Hair Fashion Show. The event, […]

 By Jennifer Reardon

Frankford: Celebrating 100 Years at Frankford High School

Frankford: Celebrating 100 Years at Frankford High School

[vimeo 18393044] Dr. Thomas Mills, the Frankford Alumni Association president, graduated from Frankford High School in 1948 with 477 other high school seniors. All but two of the 478 individuals were white males. Terry Tobin, the alumni association’s financial secretary and treasurer, graduated from Frankford High in 1962. In his first year at Frankford, he […]

 By Morgan Zalot and Stephen Zook

Northeast: A Community of Schools, Fighting to Keep Its Own

Northeast: A Community of Schools, Fighting to Keep Its Own

[vimeo 18393032] Patrick Boylan and Tom McGowan, both juniors at Northeast Catholic High School for Boys, would have ruled the school as seniors next year – McGowan as a National Honor Society member ranked fifth in his class and Boylan as a legacy student, following his father, grandfather, uncles and older brothers by attending the […]

 By Jennifer Reardon and Maria Konidaris

Northwood’s New Excel Academy Offers Students Accelerated Graduation Option

Northwood’s New Excel Academy Offers Students Accelerated Graduation Option

[vimeo 18393064] Jamirca Delacruz had dropped out of Frankford High School. Brandon Ausborne was simply not attending a high school at all. Sarae White was struggling academically. All three chose to attend the newest Camelot School, Excel Academy South, which opened this year on the grounds of Friends Hospital at Roosevelt Boulevard and Adams Avenue. […]

 By Morgan Zalot and Stephen Zook

Mayfair: Community Braces for Possible Program Cuts

Mayfair: Community Braces for Possible Program Cuts

[vimeo 18393008] For Kim Wilson and her 5-year-old daughter Marian, the STARS Program housed at the John M. Perzel Community Center in Philadelphia’s Mayfair section provides a much needed support system for facing the struggles of a disability. “When you get a diagnosis for your child, there’s a whole process you go through in coming […]

 By Maria Konidaris and Jennifer Reardon

Lawncrest: Trying to Revive Fourth of July Parade

Lawncrest: Trying to Revive Fourth of July Parade

[vimeo 18393073] Jean Pleis volunteers with Lawncrest’s Fourth of July Celebration Committee because her father, Gene Mansdoerfer, or “Mr. Olney,” did the same in his community. “He got me involved right away and drilled the Fourth of July into me,” Pleis said. “I wish I could do more in his memory to honor him.” Gary […]

 By Stephen Zook and Morgan Zalot

Fox Chase: On the Watch Years After A Tragedy

Fox Chase: On the Watch Years After A Tragedy

[vimeo 18393037] When Stephen Phillips saw a group of teens brutally beating Eddie Polec to death from his doorstep and no police responded to his 911 calls for help, he and a group of community members decided something needed to be done. “You’d rather be proactive than reactive,” Phillips, who raised three children in the […]