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City Hall: POWER Urges City Council To Raise Minimum Wage To $15 Per Hour

City Hall: POWER Urges City Council To Raise Minimum Wage To $15 Per Hour

Members of the Philadelphia POWER community (pictured above) gathered at City Hall council chambers to voice their concerns and support the introduction of living wage legislation on Thursday, Sept. 27. The measure, if approved, will raise the minimum wage for city contract and subcontract workers under the Philadelphia 21st century minimum wage and benefits standard. […]

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Fairhill: Residents Discuss Street Safety Solutions

Fairhill: Residents Discuss Street Safety Solutions

The Hispanic Association Contractor Enterprise (HACE) discussed Fairhill street safety at its monthly community meeting on Oct. 10. HACE, a neighborhood advisory committee, is a community development corporation focused on affordable housing, economic development and social services in the Latino community. Neighbors gathered at HACE’s Business & Visitor Center on North Fifth Street near West Lehigh […]

 

Port Richmond: Local Woman Created Mobile Site To Troubleshoot Body-Image Issues Through Social Media

Port Richmond: Local Woman Created Mobile Site To Troubleshoot Body-Image Issues Through Social Media

Lauren Hallden from Port Richmond is using a website she created to connect with users in a unique way. Problem Bodies is a site that randomly generates things that are “wrong” with how you look. If you agree with the site, it’ll try to sell you a solution. If you disagree, sometimes it will argue […]

 

Old City: Painted Bride Arts Center Is Committed To Creating A New Mission For The Community

Old City: Painted Bride Arts Center Is Committed To Creating A New Mission For The Community

Although the beloved, mosaic-covered structure in Old City will not be getting a historic designation, The Painted Bride is making new plans. The art center’s executive director, Laurel Raczka, is seeking new ways to sustain the center at 230 Vine St. and broaden its existing audience. Raczka said the property will go up for sale […]

 

Fairhill: Artist Debuts Homecoming Ceramics Show

Fairhill: Artist Debuts Homecoming Ceramics Show

Ceramic artist Roberto Lugo (above) grew up in North Philadelphia but has been featured in collections around the world. This summer he brought his work back to the community that raised him with his show Boricua, Barrio, Barro at the Taller Puertorriqueño art gallery, located at North Fifth and Huntington streets. Taller, a nonprofit organization in Fairhill […]

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Brewerytown: Residents Raise Concerns About Public Transportation, Garbage Pickup

Brewerytown: Residents Raise Concerns About Public Transportation, Garbage Pickup

During the Brewerytown-Sharswood Community Civic Association’s (BSCCA) meeting on Thursday, Sept. 20, tensions arose around residents’ concerns about the lack of public transportation, as well as a perceived garbage problem. “This area is a transportation desert,” said Warren McMichael, vice president of the BSCCA. “We have brought this up numerous times; from 29th Street to Ridge Avenue, […]

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East Falls: Votes, Traffic And Zoning Occupy Community Council

East Falls: Votes, Traffic And Zoning Occupy Community Council

Candidate’s Night at the East Falls Community Council meeting, a special meeting held each year before primary and general elections, was held at at the East Falls Presbyterian Church on Vaux Street on Oct. 8. The council invites any candidates running for local, state or federal offices whose districts coincide with East Falls to make […]

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Germantown: Engaged Citizens Spend Another Evening With The Captain

Germantown: Engaged Citizens Spend Another Evening With The Captain

Police Capt. Anthony Ginaldi (pictured above) and Officer Joseph Lukaitis hosted the 39th Police District monthly Captain’s Meeting and Community Town Watch Meeting on Sept. 24 at Mercy Neighborhood Ministries of Philadelphia, a few blocks away from their station at 2201 W. Hunting Park Ave. “We blast out the meetings every month,” said Ginaldi. “We […]

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Germantown: Local Artists Gather To Promote Their Scene

Germantown: Local Artists Gather To Promote Their Scene

The Germantown Artists Roundtable held their monthly meeting Oct. 3 at the iMPerFeCT Gallery on Germantown Avenue. Germantown artists and art lovers are invited to attend this meeting to meet other local artists, share their works and discuss ways to get more attention to the arts. Paula Paul (pictured below), who has lived in Germantown […]

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Mill Creek: Free Fried Fish Platters Encourage Residents To Vote

Mill Creek: Free Fried Fish Platters Encourage Residents To Vote

Many West Philadelphia residents registered to vote for the first time, then ate in celebration along 47th and Brown streets as The Men of Mill Creek, along with other Mill Creek organizations, ran their first voter registration drive Saturday, Oct. 6. This is the first time five local groups came together for any community development […]