Neighborhoods

 By Emily Freisher

Mantua: Dancing Martial Art

Mantua: Dancing Martial Art

There is one place in West Philadelphia where fighting is acceptable. High-flying kicks and swiftly moving bodies pass back and forth across the room. The sound of sneakers hitting the floor—and sometimes skin—is drowned out by the rhythmic drum music reverberating through the room. Someone shouts out directions over the thumping bass and others listen, […]

 By Kevin Cook

Strawberry Mansion: A Business Connection

Strawberry Mansion: A Business Connection
 By Jenn Matusiak

Fishtown: Making Harmony

Fishtown: Making Harmony

Three musicians are standing outside of a recording studio, talking among one other. Guitars and musical equipment are piled nearby. The conversation resembles a chemistry worthy of band members or life-long friends. But one of them is a teacher, and the other two are students. As the rehearsal room opens, it’s clear that this is […]

 By Nicole Finkbiner

Mantua: A Rainy Day Peoplehood Parade

Mantua: A Rainy Day Peoplehood Parade

The forecast called for one very wet and mucky Saturday afternoon. But after having already been postponed a week, Spiral Q Puppet Theater’s “10th Annual Peoplehood Parade and Pageant” in West Philadelphia went on as planned. As part of their Parade and Pageant Program, each year Spiral Q artists hold workshops in the city’s most […]

 By Samantha Williams and Emily Freisher

Mantua: Daycare Centers Feel the Pinch

Mantua: Daycare Centers Feel the Pinch

[local /files/2009/10/fa0906mantuaaskthegovernor.mov] Some of the children of Heavenly Hall Day Care center know their ABCs. Others choose to defer the alphabet to focus on the basic motor skills needed to connect food to fork, fork to mouth. The play area, a messy toy-land of kitchen sets and building blocks, bursts with the high energy of […]

 By Matt Bell and Kristen van Genderen

Olney: Stooge Larry Fine Inducted into Central High Hall of Fame

Olney: Stooge Larry Fine Inducted into Central High Hall of Fame

Who says acting like a stooge won’t get you places? It sure worked for Louis Feinberg. On Oct. 15, the Associated Alumni of Central High School held its 15th annual induction ceremony. The ceremony was held at the Sheraton Society Hill. Those who attended were greeted by the sounds of string instruments and tables full […]

 By Leeann Hamilton and Jeff Craven

North Central: A Center for AIDs/HIV Patients

North Central: A Center for AIDs/HIV Patients

The Calcutta House is a non-profit organization that provides housing and support services for people living with AIDS in the Philadelphia and Delaware Valley area. More than 20,000 Philadelphians are living with HIV/AIDS. At any given time, one third of all Americans living with HIV/AIDS are either homeless, or in danger of losing their housing. In a city where homelessness is an unremitting problem, and at its highest rate in the past ten years, housing for those that are infected with the disease is a sure fire way to prevent the spread of AIDS.

 By Ayisha Arshad and Morgan Ashenfelter

Nicetown-Tioga: Despite Less Money, More Cops and Less Gun Violence

Nicetown-Tioga: Despite Less Money, More Cops and Less Gun Violence

Like every agency within city government, the Philadelphia Police Department has taken some cuts in its budget. But 39th Police District Capt. Stephen Glenn wouldn’t know anything about that. “We’re not doing any worse off,” Glenn said. “With budget restrictions I don’t know if the police department is hiring at the same level now. But […]

 By Jenn Matusiak and Melanie Menkevich

Fishtown: Closing of Northeast Catholic Ends a Tradition

Fishtown: Closing of Northeast Catholic Ends a Tradition

Tears fell amidst empty desks and rules of grammar chalk-written on the blackboard.   Candace Morris held back more as she spoke of the Salesian tradition of Northeast Catholic High School for Boys. “We try to teach our students […] that you’re not expected to be everything; you’re only expected to be who you are […]

 By Nikki Volpicelli and Jonathan Viguers

Fairhill: Needle Exchange Program Helps Addicts

Fairhill: Needle Exchange Program Helps Addicts

It’s a Wednesday and cold, too cold for October. The weather is gray. It matches the cement stairs on the corner of Third street and Lehigh Avenue. People line the stairwell leading to a sturdy door in the basement of an old warehouse. The door is marked with a small blue sign that reads, “Prevention Point […]