Germantown

 By Sande Friedman

Germantown: Teen Challenge Initiative

Germantown: Teen Challenge Initiative

When John Blaufuss checked himself into the Germantown Teen Challenge Initiative years ago, he was hoping that the program would be the help he needed to get his life in order and not be dependant on drugs and alcohol anymore. Two decades later, he can confidently say the program was a success for him. Not […]

 By Meggan Kole

Germantown: Now You Really Can Join The Circus

Germantown: Now You Really Can Join The Circus

If your looking for fun and to learn a new skill, than The Philadelphia School of Circus Arts may be the place for you. But note, that while the high-flying tricks on the rope looks fun, it is also a lot of work. Jonathan Perry, one of the juggling instructors, says being able to pull […]

 By Lena Kravets

Germantown: The Circus Goes to School

Germantown: The Circus Goes to School

Big striped tents. Jugglers and acrobats. Cotton candy, sparkly costumes and magic tricks. Some of us are lucky enough to have childhood memories of circus visits. There was something so elusive about those performers. But thanks to the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts located in Germantown, circus performing no longer has to be something unrealistic […]

 By Sande Friedman and Sydni Grant

Germantown: Historical Sites Feel Budget Cuts

Germantown: Historical Sites Feel Budget Cuts

Germantown is one of the best-preserved historical areas in the greater Philadelphia area. Home to 14 different historical sites, as well as one of the landmarks of Revolutionary War battles, walking around the area is taking a walk through American history. So when Gov. Ed Rendell proposed his 2009-2010 budget, which deleted museum assistance funding […]

 by Sande Friedman and Sydni Grant

Germantown: Lengthy Construction Angers Locals

Germantown: Lengthy Construction Angers Locals

The detours on Germantown Avenue are unavoidable. All main street corners are decorated with stacked signs warning about construction, cars are forced off of the main road, and sidewalks lined with barriers. “My father walks with a cane and I have a 4-month-old baby,” lamented Lashonda Copeland as she maneuvered a stroller around Germantown Avenue. […]

 By Lena Kravets and Meggan Kole

Germantown: Whose Fault is the Litter Problem?

Germantown: Whose Fault is the Litter Problem?

It’s a warm sunny day at Vernon Park in Germantown. Moms bring babies out in strollers to get some fresh air. But it doesn’t take long for wrappers and bottles to get caught in those stroller wheels. It’s obvious Vernon Park, like many other areas in Germantown, has a litter problem. The residents whose everyday […]

 By Lena Kravets and Meggan Kole

Germantown: After-School Impact at Happy Hollow

Germantown: After-School Impact at Happy Hollow

It’s just an unassuming building on a typical Germantown street, but the Happy Hollow Recreation Center is put to good use on many fronts, lending space to a wide range of organizations, including Narcotics Anonymous, boxing training and a soup kitchen.  Every weekday afternoon, however, the center becomes a safe-haven-hang-out slash homework-help-line for any neighborhood […]

 By Erika Ransom

Germantown: Childcare Center Fights Child Abuse

Germantown: Childcare Center Fights Child Abuse

Layoffs, budget cuts, home foreclosure, bankruptcies, bailouts—adults from every corner of the country are feeling the sting of the current economic turmoil. And now the country’s economic woes present a new problem. Law enforcement officials nationwide are concerned that the economic recession may lead to increased incidents of child abuse, according to a recent survey […]

 By Jeff Appelblatt, Sammy Davis and Rebecca Rotkowski

Germantown and its Cobblestones

Germantown and its Cobblestones

We set out to find the untold stories of Germantown, a thriving neighborhood of culture and history in Northwest Philadelphia. The cobblestones of Germantown Avenue distinguish the busy street from the rest of the neighborhood. We learned about the history of these jagged rocks, how their current construction is affecting area businesses and the streetscape, […]

 By Sammy Davis

Germantown: Breaking Down Businesses

Germantown: Breaking Down Businesses

Bumpy, dangerous to drive on and just a pain in the neck—this is how Germantown residents describe the more than 100-year-old cobblestones that line historic Germantown Avenue in the Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood. The jagged cobblestones of Germantown Avenue have been a unique cultural quality of the area since they replaced dirt roads of the Quaker-founded […]