West Oak Lane

 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 […]

 By Jessie Fox and Kaila Gantt

West Oak Lane: New Water Ice Parlor Coming Soon

West Oak Lane: New Water Ice Parlor Coming Soon

Herman Townsville will welcome this summer season with his new ice cream and water ice parlor. Townsville bought the building at the corner of  Stenton and Ogontz this past December and with the help of his builders his vision has finally started to  come to life. One thing that Townsville expressed with excitement was that […]

 By Jessie Fox and Kaila Gantt

West Oak Lane: Northwest Neighbors Against Graffiti

West Oak Lane: Northwest Neighbors Against Graffiti

Northwest Neighbors Against Graffiti is a nonprofit organization focused on removing graffiti in and around the neighborhood with the help of community members. NAG, located at 7174 Ogontz Ave. in State Rep. Dwight Evans’ office, was formed in July 1994 after a large committee meeting was held to discuss anti-graffiti tactics. Carlton Williams has been […]

 By Jessie Fox and Kaila Gantt

West Oak Lane: Local Shop Invested in Youth

West Oak Lane: Local Shop Invested in Youth

Tucked away on the corner of 6600 Gratz St. is Zafir’s Barber Shop. This shop opened in April 2011, making it a new place right off Ogontz Avenue. Head barber Zafir Khalilulahh, 56, has been cutting hair for 36 years. Khalilulahh’s first name not only plays a role in the shop’s identity but also simultaneously explains its […]

 By Kimmy Flanders

West Oak Lane: Alumni Day A Success At Charter School

West Oak Lane: Alumni Day A Success At Charter School

West Oak Lane Charter School, located at 7115 Stenton Ave. in West Oak Lane, held its first annual Alumni Day this week. Alumni  from 2007 to 2011 filtered through the cafeteria doors, eager to tour through the new expansion their middle school added this past fall. Students currently attending the school were also invited to […]

 By Andrew Small

West Oak Lane: Police District Defies City Murder Trend

West Oak Lane: Police District Defies City Murder Trend

While homicides across the city have increased this year, Philadelphia’s 14th Police District, which serves North Germantown and West Oak Lane, has seen half as many homicides compared to this time last year. Capt. Joel Dales revealed the news to residents at a Town Hall meeting last week. Joining Lt. Anthony Buchanico’s regular police service […]

 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 […]