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 By Kimmy Flanders

West Oak Lane: Dow Chemical Brings Science to Local Schools

West Oak Lane: Dow Chemical Brings Science to Local Schools

As Philadelphia schools face a budget deficit of $26 million this year, The Dow Chemical Co. is giving some schools the opportunity to expand their math and science programs this spring. Scientists and research managers from Dow announced this week to a classroom full of students and faculty at the John L. Kinsey Elementary School, […]

 By Kimmy Flanders

West Oak Lane: Expansion Has Positive Impact On School

West Oak Lane: Expansion Has Positive Impact On School

West Oak Lane Charter School recently finished an eight-month process of adding an expansion to their school that has created a new sense of pride for the students and teachers. School officials began discussing the expansion in 2009 because the number of students was quickly outgrowing the size of the school at 7115 Stenton Ave. Dr. […]

 By Kimmy Flanders

West Oak Lane: Former Inmate Aims to Inspire Through Art

West Oak Lane: Former Inmate Aims to Inspire Through Art

Jeffrey Glenn Reese, who lives in Mount Airy, began his career as a young graffiti artist in New York City. Now he is an internationally known artist and an inspiration to many. As an 11-year-old boy, Reese used graffiti as his muse. “I loved doing graffiti and writing my name on the walls in New […]

 By Kimmy Flanders

West Oak Lane: Despite Challenges, Local Song Writer Aims to Inspire

West Oak Lane: Despite Challenges, Local Song Writer Aims to Inspire

Despite enduring a great deal of adversity in his life, Philadelphia musician Horace Harrington has overcome many challenges and remains committed to inspiring others. The 62-year-old Harrington, who resides in West Oak Lane, is not able to work due to increasing complications with a hernia, finger cramps, arthritis and a stomach ulcer. But if anyone […]

 By Kimmy Flanders

West Oak Lane: Local Teacher Uses Music to Build Community

West Oak Lane: Local Teacher Uses Music to Build Community

Music is a universal language, and Eva Donaldson made it her mission to spread that philosophy to her community. That is why she made the decision to open the Eva Donaldson School of Music, located on Ogontz Street. The school, which provides music lessons to students ages three to 93, offers an affordable way to […]

 By Hattie Cheek and Grace Dickinson

West Oak Lane: New Eco-Friendly Restaurant Offers Quick and Healthy Options

West Oak Lane: New Eco-Friendly Restaurant Offers Quick and Healthy Options

Four months ago, brothers Benjamin and Robert Bynum opened up Green Soul, their third and newest restaurant. Rather than serving the Southern comfort food cooked up at their restaurant Relish, found just across the street, Green Soul caters to those who want healthy options on the go. “Today, the trends towards healthier eating are certainly […]

 By Eric Donnelly and Elliot Griffin

Mount Airy: Shelter Works to Find Homes for Families

Mount Airy: Shelter Works to Find Homes for Families

Many homeless shelters across the country come with a negative stigma. Oftentimes, assumptions are made about those in need–drug problems, crime and teen pregnancy usually stand at the forefront of those judgments. The staff and residents of Stenton Family Manor, however, are trying to put an end to that stigma. As a faith-based shelter, the […]

 By Nicholas Deroose and Christina Trinh

West Oak Lane: Central High School Jazz Band

West Oak Lane: Central High School Jazz Band

Sharing the desire for the glory of the jazz age, nine students from the Central High School Jazz Band performed on stage at this year’s West Oak Lane Jazz and Arts Festival. This was the band’s first time performing at the festival. “This festival gives us a chance to play at a different venue,” 17-year-old […]

 By Emily Heller

West Oak Lane: Local Author Writes About Neighborhood History

West Oak Lane: Local Author Writes About Neighborhood History

Marita Krivda, a life-long resident of East Oak Lane, co-authored Images of America: Oak Lane, Olney, and Logan, which was published this year. Krivda’s interest in the history of Oak Lane began when she moved into her parents’ house in 1994, following the death of her mother. She found out that the home was built […]

 By Dan Koob

West Oak Lane: Emmaculate Detail Tries to Do the Job Right

West Oak Lane: Emmaculate Detail Tries to Do the Job Right

Earl Brown’s face lit up when he talked about the types of cars he services. “There’s something about the 1960s era,” he said, reminiscing about American muscle cars. “Just the other day we had a 1965 Chevy Caprice in here with hydraulics on it. It was pretty cool.” “We just buffed it up [for the […]