Northeast Philadelphia

 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 […]

 By Stephen Zook

Mayfair: A Neighborhood’s Hope for its Children

Mayfair: A Neighborhood’s Hope for its Children

[vimeo 18393020] The Mayfair Memorial Park – chained shut, empty and littered – doesn’t appear to be anything more than the reputation it has in Mayfair – a place for teenagers to get into trouble. The Mayfair Civic Association hopes to transform the small park, dedicated to fallen firefighter John Redmond, into a family playground. […]

 By Morgan Zalot

Frankford: Owners Look to Increase Business with Façade Improvement

Frankford: Owners Look to Increase Business with Façade Improvement

[vimeo 18391225] Fernando Torres has more than an aesthetic reason for wanting to improve the look of his Frankford tattoo parlor. “Cars hit the building a few times,” Torres, who also owns a women’s boutique next door to the parlor, said. “I want to get a steel structure in front to protect it.” Torres opened […]

 By Christeen Vilbrun

Northeast Philadelphia: Veterans Face High Unemployment

Northeast Philadelphia: Veterans Face High Unemployment

Imagine risking your life for the country you love by joining the military. After serving your time overseas, you come back healthy and uninjured, with a job lined up and waiting for you. Unfortunately, this is not the case for many veterans who have served our country. The reality is that some soldiers returning to […]

 By Sean Supplee and Christeen Vilbrun

Northeast Philly: Bikes Worth Every Penny in the Park

Northeast Philly: Bikes Worth Every Penny in the Park

For over 100 years Pennypack Park has provided Philadelphians with a place to do numerous activities. One can walk, jog, roller blade, play a game of baseball or simply just relax and enjoy nature. The park, which covers almost 1,400 acres, is part of the Fairmount Park system. It is one of the most popular […]

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