Northwest Philadelphia

 Matt Bell and Kristen van Genderen

West Oak Lane: Staving Off Foreclosures

West Oak Lane: Staving Off Foreclosures

It’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare. While sifting through the mail, they notice those huge, foreboding letters staring back at them. Foreclosure. The word hits them like a punch to the gut. Their face goes flush. They can almost feel the blood rushing down their legs. Their heart stops momentarily, then begins to pound like a […]

 By Raymond Andrews and Katie Annesley

Germantown: Testing the Waters

Germantown: Testing the Waters

A retired chemist and his volunteer group in Germantown prove that you are never too old to make an impact on the community. The Center in the Park Senior Environment Corps (CIPSEC), located at Germantown’s Vernon Park at 5818 Germantown Ave., is a voluntary organization that works to monitor and educate the people about watersheds […]

 By Morgan Ashenfelter and Ayisha Arshad

Germantown: Residents Gather to Share History

Germantown: Residents Gather to Share History

President of Historic Germantown David Young can give several reasons why Germantown is the most historic neighborhood in America: the Battle of Germantown in 1777, the first protest against slavery in 1688 and the first European-language Bible published in America. Perhaps the least well-known reason is when prominent African Americans, including civil rights activist W.E.B. […]

 By Emily Freisher and Samantha Williams

Germantown: First Annual Community Café

Germantown: First Annual Community Café

Local residents convened Sunday afternoon at the Sedgwick Theater for the first annual Community Café. The event, co-sponsored by Neighborhood Networks and MARCHinG for Change, created a forum for people in the community to express their opinions on matters such as health care and safety and to suggest ways of promoting change. Café organizers reached […]

 By Shane Fox

Mount Airy: Market Promotes Healthy Ways

Mount Airy: Market Promotes Healthy Ways

[local /files/2009/11/fa0905germantown_wwco-op.mov] The Weaver’s Way Co-op is a community-owned market in Mount Airy. Among other things, the co-op has committed itself to addressing the epidemic of childhood obesity throughout northwest Philadelphia and does so through its Marketplace Program. The Marketplace Program is a partnership between Weaver’s Way and local area schools to recreate cooperative markets, […]

 By Katie Annesley

Germantown: A Tale of Two Newspapers

Germantown: A Tale of Two Newspapers

The doors of the Germantown Courier, which began in the historic community in 1936, were slammed shut last February. Unfortunately, there was little the staff could do prevent or deter its folding. In 1998 the newspapers, the Courier and its sister paper, the Mt. Airy Times Express, were bought by the Journal Register Corp. “They […]

 By Ayisha Arshad and Morgan Ashenfelter

Ridge Avenue: Gravediggers Raise Money for Cemetery

Ridge Avenue: Gravediggers Raise Money for Cemetery

Swashbuckling hats, carnival masks and wizard hats pepper the ball room. On the dance floor skims the turquoise crinoline of Sarah Hale, who is being twirled around by Capt. Percival Drayton, dressed in his Civil War best. In the corner leaning against the grand pillars of the ballroom is a gravedigger’s shovel. This unusual scene […]

 By Marco Dorazio and Shane Fox

The Surprise at Germantown

The Surprise at Germantown

It’s almost hard to imagine bustling Germantown Avenue being the foggy, smoke-filled scene revolution that it was in 1777. Yet on Oct. 3, muskets again were ablaze and thundering canons shook the nearly 1,000 people estimated to be in attendance to witness the reenactment of the Battle of Germantown at Cliveden. “It is a long-standing […]

 

Germantown: Still Waiting for Answers

 By Meggan Kole and Lena Kravets

Germantown: Still Waiting for Answers

Germantown: Still Waiting for Answers

Syed Alam opens his Germantown store Rahman Body Oils, Beads and Variety every morning just as he has for the past 13 years he has owned it.  In some ways, nothing much has changed over the years at the store.  In other ways, everything changed last year.  Alam used to run the store with his […]