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East Oak Lane: Non-Profit Program Director Helps Provide Scholarships To Students In Need

East Oak Lane: Non-Profit Program Director Helps Provide Scholarships To Students In Need

Portia Fullard, a longtime resident of East Oak Lane and graduate of Temple University, is program director for Sky Community Partners, Inc., a local non-profit organization that identifies children in underserved communities and helps pay for them to attend private schools in the city. The organization has been able to award more than 500 students […]

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West Oak Lane: Five Things That Bring The Community Together

West Oak Lane: Five Things That Bring The Community Together

West Oak Lane is home to many community centers, churches and offices that serve as gathering places for its residents. The West Oak Lane area is focused on building “community” by bringing residents together through different opportunities in the neighborhood. These efforts help make the area close-knit and allow people in the community to contribute in a way that helps the […]

 

Olney/West Oak Lane: Town Watch Promotes ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’

Olney/West Oak Lane: Town Watch Promotes ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors’

Town Watch programs are used in cities in many different states. The main tenet of all Town Watch programs is, “Observe, Document and Report.” This is the simplest form of guidelines for people who are involved in this program. Eric Brice is the communications coordinator for the 35th District Town Watch. The 35th District is […]

 

Northwest: Free Library of Philadelphia Leads Community

Northwest:  Free Library of Philadelphia Leads Community

We spoke with the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Northwest Area Coordinator Jeff Bullard, and Andorra Branch Librarian JoAnne Woods about how the Free Library serves the community in the Northwest, and also in what ways the library is changing in the present and future. How long have you guys been with the Free Library? JoAnne:I […]

 

Logan/Olney/West Oak Lane: Five Places Helping to Better the Community

Logan/Olney/West Oak Lane: Five Places Helping to Better the Community

Among the various neighborhoods that make up Philadelphia, North Philadelphia harbors many small businesses and institutions that you probably didn’t give much thought to. The following five places serve to better the community and provide services to the people of Logan, Olney and West Oak Lane. The historic Olney Charter High School (above), home of the […]

 

West Oak Lane: Councilwoman Joins NFL Alum at Thanksgiving Turkey Drive

Councilwoman Cindy Bass held a Turkey Drive on Nov. 5 for the constituents of the 8th District. Raheem Brock, a former NFL player for the Indianapolis Colts and native Philadelphia, helped Bass distribute more than 100 turkeys on Germantown Avenue. – Text and video by Nickee Plaksen

 

Technically Philly: Philadelphia Center for Arts and Technology Hosts STEM Programs

Technically Philly: Philadelphia Center for Arts and Technology Hosts STEM Programs

On any given day, students at the Philadelphia Center for Arts and Technology may film and edit short documentaries, design the interior of a home online or, as Keisha Whatley’s 12-year-old son did recently, learn how to assemble a submarine as a part of April’s Greater Philadelphia SeaPerch Challenge. “He loves science and technology, so […]

 

Northwest: Enemies of the Wissahickon

Northwest: Enemies of the Wissahickon

William Penn believed that open, natural spaces worked positively on the mind as well as the body, providing respite from the chaotic pace of urban life as well as the unsanitary closeness of quarters. Today, more than 10 percent of the land within Philadelphia is park territory. Tucked inside the Northwest sits the 1,800-acre Wissahickon Valley […]

 By Haley Kmetz

West Oak Lane: AVI Has Residents and Business Owners Worried

West Oak Lane: AVI Has Residents and Business Owners Worried

Property owners in West Oak Lane said the city’s recent property evaluations have left them with financial stress. The reassessments are part of the Actual Value Initiative. This will result in a property tax hike for many Philadelphia residents, while increasing revenue for the city. Property owners received notice of their new property tax amount in […]

 By Jessie Fox and Kaila Gantt

West Oak Lane: A Proud and Determined Block

West Oak Lane: A Proud and Determined Block

  For the residents of Ogontz Avenue between Andrews Avenue and Middleton Street, an invested block captain and caring neighbors have helped their block maintain its peacefulness and achieve a strong sense of community. Block captains serve as a liaison between the neighbors on their block and the larger community. They are well-known around their […]