Northwest Philadelphia

 By Sande Friedman and Sydni Grant

Germantown: Art Therapy for Prison Inmates

Germantown: Art Therapy for Prison Inmates

Making quality of life for people in prison easier isn’t exactly at the top of many people’s to-do lists. In fact, it probably wouldn’t even be a consideration to many people. However, a recent trend among quality-of-life advocates has appeared with the use of art therapy for prison inmates, including people with life sentences to […]

 By Chris Zakorchemny and Ashley Campbell

Ridge Avenue: Foundation Seeks to Stop Violence

Ridge Avenue: Foundation Seeks to Stop Violence

On a spring afternoon in 1992, Sultan Jihad Ahmad got into a fight with two youths close to his age. With a shotgun in their possession, the opposing youth shot 15-year-old Ahmad six times–once in each leg, once in his side, once in his back and a final shot in the back of his head. […]

 By Ashley Campbell

Ridge Avenue: The Arts Garage

Ridge Avenue: The Arts Garage

The area around 15th Street at Ridge Avenue is practically vacant during the middle of the day. Aside from a few people who live in the area and walk the streets or those who own the few businesses at that end of Ridge, there usually isn’t much activity. Now fast forward to the hours after […]

 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 Kelly White

Ridge Avenue’s Giant Brain

Ridge Avenue’s Giant Brain

It’s now the Marketplace at East Falls, but 3747 Ridge Ave. is the birthplace of something bigger. Outside, there’s an inconspicuous, blue historical marker. Think of the cell phone pulsating next to you, the car that whizzed by a second ago, and the platform you are on at this very moment. Philadelphia played a massive […]

 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 Ashley Campbell and Chris Zakorchemny

Ridge Avenue: Hopes for Housing

Ridge Avenue: Hopes for Housing

The principal at John F. Reynolds Public School near Ridge Avenue see the transient nature of her students and their families as a significant problem for the children’s education.“We’ll have kids in September, they’ll leave in December, and then they’ll be back in June,” says Principal Cheryl Hackett. It’s obvious that housing isn’t great along […]

 By Chris Zakorchemny and Ashley Campbell

Ridge Avenue: Share A Blessing Ministry

Ridge Avenue: Share A Blessing Ministry

It was 11:30 a.m. and people were waiting to to go inside Miller Memorial Baptist Church on North 22nd Street off Ridge Avenue. This isn’t uncommon for  a Thursday afternoon because this is when the church hosts the Share A Blessing Ministry. Created 14 years ago by Deaconess Sarah Lynch, the ministry serves lunch to […]