West Oak Lane

 By Trey Shields

Northwest: 8th District City Council Candidate Howard Treatman

Northwest: 8th District City Council Candidate Howard Treatman

Howard Treatman is an independent man–a characteristic the candidate for the 8th City Council District election wants all voters to remember when they go to the polls in May. Although this is his first foray into politics, the former president of the historical and influential Germantown Jewish Center and current board member of Mt. Airy […]

 By Samantha Krotzer and Andrew Whitlatch

West Oak Lane: Philadelphia Center for Arts and Technology

West Oak Lane: Philadelphia Center for Arts and Technology

Sixty-two-year-old Fran McDonald sits anxiously at her computer with her white binder full of handouts scattered with her own notes as she waits for class to start. “Me and Excel are having a ball,” McDonald says with a laugh. McDonald is using the “Technology is Power Seminar,” one of the free programs offered at the […]

 By Samantha Krotzer and Andrew Whitlatch

West Oak Lane: Rhythm of a Neighborhood

West Oak Lane: Rhythm of a Neighborhood

[swfobject]45730[/swfobject] Two women dressed in designer coats, silk blouses and four-inch heels walk in unison and huddle close together to fight the chill of the wind. For a Thursday evening, their formal attire is quite different from most of the people they pass by in West Oak Lane. They’re going to Relish, a restaurant that […]

 By Samantha Krotzer and Andrew Whitlatch

West Oak Lane: A Change in Holiday

West Oak Lane: A Change in Holiday

John Jones clears his throat and leans into a small microphone. “B 61,” he calls out. Everyone’s eyes in the room are glued to their bingo boards in hope that their board will hold a winning combination. It’s a busy afternoon at the West Oak Lane Senior Center. The upstairs banquet-style room is full of […]

 By Alex Onkow

Kensington: Flag Football More Than Fun and Games

Kensington: Flag Football More Than Fun and Games

About six years ago, three churches and a handful of young men set up a flag football league. The purpose of the league was more than just to have fun, it was going to be an outlet for youth to interact with adults, develop faith and grow as individuals. Today, six more churches and about […]

 By Andy Whitlatch

West Oak Lane: Healthy Housing Market

West Oak Lane: Healthy Housing Market

West Oak Lane is not immune to foreclosure despite a significant decrease in vacant homes. The West Oak Lane Community Development Corp. aids in the assistance of residence on the verge or in the process of foreclosure. The CDC is a comprehensive housing counseling agency that provides counseling to citizens of Philadelphia and the neighboring […]

 By Samantha Krotzer

West Oak Lane: A Gun Victim’s Unwilling Battle

West Oak Lane: A Gun Victim’s Unwilling Battle

A thick magenta curtain closes in the room where Daren Dieter spends his time at his home on Lawnton Avenue. “I watch a lot more television than I used to watch,” says Dieter. Dieter, now 26, was shot four times on Sept. 22, 2007, while in his car outside of Shrimpy’s Bar and Restaurant on […]

 By Samantha Krotzer and Andy Whitlatch

West Oak Lane: Revitalizing a Community

West Oak Lane: Revitalizing a Community

There isn’t a business owner along Ogontz Avenue who doesn’t have an inside joke with Alfred Dorman. Dorman is the business district manager for the Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corp., a nonprofit that was originally established to revitalize Ogontz Plaza in the 1980s. Now, the organization strives to improve the quality of life for West Oak […]

 By Andrew Wagner

Philadelphia’s Gateway to the Northwest

Philadelphia’s Gateway to the Northwest

A $20 million redevelopment project was announced Wednesday that will transform upper Ogontz Avenue into Philadelphia’s “Gateway to the Northwest.” The plan is to make the transition from the suburbs to the city an easy one. “It will basically make people who are unfamiliar with crossing over the line into the Philadelphia area comfortable because […]

 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 […]