Germantown

 

Germantown: “It Might Only Be Five of Us Starting Out But Soon People Will See and Want to Help.”

Germantown: “It Might Only Be Five of Us Starting Out But Soon People Will See and Want to Help.”

Inspired by growing concerns about the lack of waste management in Germantown, a small group of individuals joined together and recently completed a 90-day clean-up initiative known as “Clean It Up Make It Safe Germantown.” The program, while still in its early stages, is supported by the Ray of Hope Project, a registered non-profit created […]

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Germantown: “We Might Be Making Some Headway, But I Don’t Want To Jinx It.”

Germantown: “We Might Be Making Some Headway, But I Don’t Want To Jinx It.”

Emaleigh Doley is a Germantown native who has seen the neighborhood continually transform throughout the years. Her contributions to the community began on a grassroots level during the foreclosure crisis in 2009, as she observed quality of life issues arising within the area. Now, she uses her passion for her neighborhood in her work as the […]

 

Sustainability: The Philadelphia Orchard Project Provides Fresh Fruit to Communities

Sustainability: The Philadelphia Orchard Project Provides Fresh Fruit to Communities

Just when you think the fast-paced, industrialized, city life is dry and desolate, the Philadelphia Orchard Project brings nature’s beauties to brighten up Philly’s urban neighborhoods. As a nonprofit, community-based organization, the Philadelphia Orchard Project transforms vacant lots, schoolyards, community gardens and areas in low-wealth neighborhoods into green spaces to harvest useful and edible plants for the […]

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Germantown: Officer Ernest Pollard Helps Keep Inner City Youth Off the Streets

Germantown: Officer Ernest Pollard Helps Keep Inner City Youth Off the Streets

Those around him have often recognized Officer Ernest Pollard (above) for his dedication and desire to help others inside of the Goldie Paley PAL Center, as well as on the streets of Philadelphia … and on the basketball court. The Paley PAL Center, located on Germantown Avenue, is where Pollard spends much of his time during the […]

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LGBTQ: Serving the LGBT Community as a Unified City

LGBTQ: Serving the LGBT Community as a Unified City

An anonymous letter landed on the Philadelphia District Attorney’s desk in 2012. It described an experience from a member of the Philadelphia Police Department. Two police officers on the job, away from three individuals — a male defendant, a trans woman and another male complainant — making misgendered statements and slurs. “They [the trans woman] […]

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LGBTQ: Shedding Light on City, State Hate Crime Laws

LGBTQ: Shedding Light on City, State Hate Crime Laws

The brutal 1998 murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard put LGBT issues in the national spotlight. Here in Philadelphia, the 2014 beating of a gay couple brought the issues closer to home — and served as a wake-up call to many city residents. “I had one student attacked while having a homophobic slur carved into his […]

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Chestnut Hill: The Arts Thrive on Germantown Avenue

Chestnut Hill: The Arts Thrive on Germantown Avenue

Chestnut Hill, which is known as Philadelphia’s “Garden District,” is home to artists, an art supply store, art galleries, and the Woodmere Art Museum. The arts live and thrive in Chestnut Hill. Up and down Germantown Avenue, art can be found. Places such as the Chestnut Hill Gallery and Frame Shoppe and Gravers Lane Gallery […]

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Center City: ActionAIDS Sees Work as Helping to Create An AIDS-Free Generation

Center City: ActionAIDS Sees Work as Helping to Create An AIDS-Free Generation

ActionAIDS is a Philadelphia-based organization that focuses on creating an AIDS-free generation through a variety of proven strategies. Located at 1216 Arch St., the organization seeks to sustain and improve the quality of life for those people living with HIV and AIDS. Since September 1986, ActionAIDS has helped people living with HIV and AIDS in […]

 

Frankford: Quaker School Prioritizes STEM Education for Students

Frankford: Quaker School Prioritizes STEM Education for Students

Students at Frankford Friends School know what it means to be innovative, especially in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These areas of study, coined as STEM, are the new focuses of Frankford Friends’ proposed NEST center, an area on the school’s campus that will allow students to experiment with these subjects through […]

 

Germantown: Lack of Supermarkets Causing Concern in Community

Germantown: Lack of Supermarkets Causing Concern in Community

Recent grocery chain corporate restructuring has not only affected sales and store performance, it has created a food desert of sorts in Germantown where two grocery stores recently shut their doors. “We’re suffering greatly,” the Rev. Chester Williams, president of the Chew and Belfield Neighbors Club, said. “The neighbors are hurting from the closings of Pathmark and Bottom […]