Neighborhoods

 By Nicole Saylor

Kensington: Mixing Creativity, Bicycles and Mud

Kensington: Mixing Creativity, Bicycles and Mud

Riding a bike through a giant mud pit is harder than you may think. Especially when the bike is carrying a six-foot wooden dragon or a mesh train that shoots stream. But last weekend the riders in the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby proved that it is possible. The Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby is an annual […]

 By Lauren Correia And Belmo Mayers

Olney: Cardinal Dougherty Students Lament Loss of their School

Olney: Cardinal Dougherty Students Lament Loss of their School

On October 8, 2009, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced the closing of Cardinal Dougherty High School at the completion of the 2009-2010 school year due to low and continually declining enrollment. As June is approaching, the reality of the looming closure is starting to sink in to students at the school in Olney. “Hearing the […]

 By Lauren Correia and Belmo Mayers

Olney: The Final Days for a Catholic School

Olney: The Final Days for a Catholic School

Over 40,000 students have graduated from Cardinal Dougherty High School since it first opened its doors in Olney on September 5, 1956. This June, the final set of seniors will cross the stage to receive their diplomas from the Catholic high school in Olney. The official announcement about the closing of Dougherty issued by the […]

 By Kymberly Bays and Tim Brodwater

Kensington: A Unique Soup Kitchen

Kensington: A Unique Soup Kitchen

St. Francis Inn is not a typical soup kitchen. Staff member Karen Pushaw says, “The inn is unique because its guests are not just homeless males.” The inn provides a multitude of services for local Kensington families and the elderly. The Franciscan community established the inn in the late 1970s and have served a meal […]

 By Kymberly Bays and Tim Brodwater

Kensington: Franciscan Outreach Mission Gives Homeless More Than Food

Kensington: Franciscan Outreach Mission Gives Homeless More Than Food

Thomas McNamara has perfected the art of deadpanning. Catching his acquaintances off guard with each zing, he speaks in short spurts, with a cadence that almost reminds you of Bob Hope. A smile and chuckle greet you at each end of each of his sentences. In short, he’s anything but dull. His conversations are peppered […]

 By Rachel Hooper and Travis Gold

Germantown: An Awbury Arboretum Education

Germantown: An Awbury Arboretum Education

Few automatically think of a 55-acre setting as a giant school of sorts. But that is what happens at the Awbury Arboretum. This green space  located in Germantown at One Awbury Road off of Chew Avenue is a setting that offers educational and community activities for children and adults. The arboretum land is site to […]

 By Rachel Hooper and Travis Gold

Germantown: Community Gardens at Awbury Arboretum

Germantown: Community Gardens at Awbury Arboretum

[local /files/2010/05/sp1005germantownteamenterprisecommunitygarden.mov nolink] On any morning, several Germantown area residents can be found with hoe in hand, or on their knees, planting fruits and vegetables in garden plots they rent from Awbury Arboretum. They are members of the Awbury Community Garden Club which is in charge of the approximately 51 regular plots and 10 raised […]

 By Doanh Nghiem and Jermar Perry

Port Richmond: Kickin’ it at PAL

Port Richmond: Kickin’ it at PAL

For 19 of the 25 years he’s worn a Philadelphia Police Department uniform Ernie Rehr has worked at the Rizzo Police Athletic League (PAL) center in Port Richmond. “PAL is one of the crime prevention units of the police department where we offer young boys and girls between the ages of six and 18 after […]

 By Trenae McDuffie

West Philadelphia: More than Praise, Worship and Service

West Philadelphia: More than Praise, Worship and Service

  Churchgoers are getting more out of church. Members of the Christian Stronghold Church do not only attend services for the sermons, but for the continuous motivation to develop their personal relationship with God through service, employment or education. The church encourages its members to participate in serve activities as a way to honor God […]

 By Sarah E. Bergstein

West Philadelphia: A Lasting Friendship Formed Through Tennis

West Philadelphia: A Lasting Friendship Formed Through Tennis

At the age of 80, King may not be as agile as he was 28 years ago when he began playing tennis, but he knows how to enjoy the game. Originally from Johnstown, Pa., King moved to Philadelphia after his service in the Navy. Four years ago he moved to the 4500 block of Locust St. from […]