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 By Meg Frankowski and Josh Middleton

Mount Airy: Surviving 365 Days of Construction

Mount Airy: Surviving 365 Days of Construction

Joan Egler has always been a fan of Victorian-style architecture. This helps with the noise from the new construction renovating SEPTA’s dilapidated Allens Lane Rail Station in Philadelphia’s West Mt. Airy section. Cresheim Road resident Egler is supportive of and anxious for the Victorian renovation to be completed at this station, located at 7294 Cresheim […]

 By Kristen Harding and Douglas Fischer

Germantown: School Adds Sustainable Science Center

Germantown: School Adds Sustainable Science Center

This past September, the Germantown Friends Upper School welcomed an eco-friendly addition to its campus. The Sustainable Urban Science Center, located on Coulter Avenue, is exactly what its name suggests. During the construction process, the school always kept its Quaker values in mind, including commitment to community and stewardship. It was constructed with mostly sustainable […]

 By Travis Gold and Rachel Hooper

Germantown: Deaf and Hearing Unite

Germantown: Deaf and Hearing Unite

On Ash Wednesday night, snow did not stop a group of deaf and hearing-impaired from worshiping together at the Advocate St. Stephens Methodist Church at 5213 Germantown Ave. The evening began with a meal. They ate homemade chicken noodle soup. During the worship service following the meal many used American Sign Language (ASL), to sing […]

 By Kristen Harding and Doug Fischer

Germantown: Firefighters Get Little Rest During Snowstorm

Germantown: Firefighters Get Little Rest During Snowstorm

The winter weather has certainly taken its toll on Philadelphia this week. The city’s store shelves have been cleaned out, the sidewalks have been left desolate, and the normal bustle of the streets has been quieted to the dull hum of snow blowers. But while many residents may be staying warm inside, not everyone gets […]

 By Lauren Herman and Bryant Maddrick

Germantown: Historic House Tells Story of Freedom

Germantown: Historic House Tells Story of Freedom

As America celebrates Black History Month one historic house’s story offers lessons in community and diversity that still hold relevance today. Built in 1768 by John Johnson, the Johnson House was the home to generations of the family from 1770 to 1908, according to tour guide Jim Crichton. In the 1850s, the family used their home as a […]

 By Meg Frankowski

Germantown: Who Should Tell The African-American Story?

Germantown: Who Should Tell The African-American Story?

The opening of the Germantown “White House,” which emphasizes the role of African-American slaves in President George Washington’s Philadelphia home, has created a controversy about who should tell the story. At a discussion and lecture on Thursday at Cliveden of the National Trust,  entitled, “Questions in Black History,” it was clear many Germantown residents are […]

 By Megan Frankowski and Josh Middleton

Germantown’s New ‘White House’

Germantown’s New ‘White House’

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 By Josh Middleton and Megan Frankowski

Germantown’s New ‘White House’

Germantown’s New ‘White House’

When President George Washington and his family inhabited the Deshler-Morris House in the 1790s they brought along a 23-person entourage that was in charge of making sure the household ran efficiently. This support system consisted of an array of paid and unpaid individuals, such as accountants, domestic servants and African slaves, who played an integral […]

 By Marco Dorazio and Shane Fox

Germantown: A Record Revival

Germantown: A Record Revival

For roughly a century, the primary medium to play back recorded sound was via the phonograph. Phonographs, which became vinyl records in the 1940s, are those large black discs your parents may have stored in crates in the attic. Over the last 50 years the medium was eventually replaced by tape and digital technologies. Still, […]

 By Matt Bell and Kristen van Genderen

West Oak Lane: Saving Homes from Foreclosure

West Oak Lane: Saving Homes from Foreclosure

How does the old adage go? Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes? It is hard to image a saying more fitting for homeowners going through mortgage delinquency and foreclosure. For many, it is hard to imagine the possibility of losing a home to foreclosure and the constant anxiety that […]