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Far Northeast: Change in Districts Means New Representation for Some Residents

Far Northeast: Change in Districts Means New Representation for Some Residents

In 2016, Philadelphia will be going through a change. City Council districts will be changing and bringing areas under new direction and jurisdiction. The Councilmanic Districts bill, passed in 2011 by City Council, states the change to district lines, and that the new lines “shall not affect the elected members of Council during the term […]

 

Far Northeast: Children Create Fairy Tales to Learn About Russian Heritage

Far Northeast: Children Create Fairy Tales to Learn About Russian Heritage

Every child learns the alphabet at some point in his or her life, but it takes an immense amount of dedication to learn two different alphabets. At “Fairy Tale Mosaica,” a class begun by Russian Mosaica of the Multicultural Arts Exchange (MAE), children learn the Russian language. The class, held at an art studio in […]

 

Bustleton: Bengals Club Raises Enough to Break Ground on New Gymnasium

Bustleton: Bengals Club Raises Enough to Break Ground on New Gymnasium

“The dream will come true.” Those were the words of Bustleton Bengals Club gym director Vince Tarducci when describing the long process it had taken him and members of the Gym Committee to finally amass the funding to break ground on their new gymnasium. Tarducci, along with a five member Gym Committee staff that includes President Kevin […]

 

Far Northeast: Residents Want a Mayor Who Cares, and Better City Services

Far Northeast: Residents Want a Mayor Who Cares, and Better City Services

While Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods, the Far Northeast section tends to stand alone. The Far Northeast is one of the bigger sections of Philadelphia, with a combined population total of 231,756 compared to Philadelphia as a whole, which has 1.5 million people. It has an average household income of $61,812.71, a poverty rate […]

 By Kayla Devon and Liz Steinmentz

Somerton: Former Nabisco Factory Discusses Closing

Somerton: Former Nabisco Factory Discusses Closing

The sweet smell of cookies baking may be leaving the Northeast area for good, taking roughly 300 jobs with it as the former Nabisco-Kraft factory plans to shut down shop. Mondelez International announced to its employees on November 6 its plan to “consolidate” stores on the East Coast, which means closing the 57-year-old iconic factory […]

 By Shanice Richardson

Northeast: Families Get Help From Up-and-Coming Programs

Northeast: Families Get Help From Up-and-Coming Programs

Northeast Philadelphia has many different programs that help members of the community in different ways. Two programs that are relatively new to the area are Heart to Heart, run through the Klein JCC in Somerton, and the Rhawnhurst Naturally Occurring Retirement Community. Both programs are designed to help families that may be in the “fringes […]

 By Steven Mitchell

Northeast: After Scandal Charter School is Moving Forward

Northeast: After Scandal Charter School is Moving Forward

Updated April 26, 2013 The School District of Philadelphia has announced it “will not recommend any expansions of charter schools to the School Reform Commission (SRC) for the 2013-14 school year in light of a $304 budget shortfall, and the necessity for shared sacrifice among all participants in public education.”    Some charter schools in Philadelphia are […]

 By Jessica Lopez and Lucia Volpe

Somerton: Playground Represents More Than a Space for Recess

Somerton: Playground Represents More Than a Space for Recess

Rev. Joseph Garvin addressed students at St. Christopher School from a very different pulpit during a playground dedication held on Friday. Students gathered around the new playground, complete with four slides and plenty of equipment to climb, cheering on their pastor who stood at the top of the blue plastic tower. They exuded school spirit from […]

 By Matt Flowers and Maryline Dossou

Somerton: Exposed Train Tracks Pose Risk to Youth

Somerton: Exposed Train Tracks Pose Risk to Youth

  The recent removal of foliage from around electrical lines near a popular athletic field sent a strong shock through members of the Somerton Youth Organization because of a dangerous condition that removal created. Work by a tree-cutting company to eliminate plant growth interfering with those power lines at the Somerton Youth Organization facility exposed […]

 By Matt Flowers and Maryline Dossou

Northeast Philadelphia: Mixed Martial Artists Ready to Rumble

Northeast Philadelphia: Mixed Martial Artists Ready to Rumble

Xtreme Caged Combat will be bringing some of the best fighters in mixed martial arts (MMA) to the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia on April 21. XCC consistently promotes the biggest MMA events in the tri-state area and has groomed some of the top competitors in the sport today.  One fighter on the rise […]