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 By Patrick McCloskey

West Philadelphia: Push to Approve Marijuana

West Philadelphia: Push to Approve Marijuana

The full crowd that rocked out to local bands with names such as Agent Moosehead, Psychedelphia and The Big Dirty didn’t reek of marijuana. But they were in full support of it. PhillyNORML, the local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, held a fundraiser Friday night at The Rotunda on […]

 By Megan Frankowski and Josh Middleton

Germantown’s New ‘White House’

Germantown’s New ‘White House’

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 By Josh Middleton and Megan Frankowski

Germantown’s New ‘White House’

Germantown’s New ‘White House’

When President George Washington and his family inhabited the Deshler-Morris House in the 1790s they brought along a 23-person entourage that was in charge of making sure the household ran efficiently. This support system consisted of an array of paid and unpaid individuals, such as accountants, domestic servants and African slaves, who played an integral […]

 By Jimmy Viola

Point Breeze Youth is Missing

Point Breeze Youth is Missing

Dinner at the Vu residence in Point Breeze is served in traditional Vietnamese style. Plate after plate of rice, fried fish, chicken stew and tripe are placed on newspapers spread over the cherry-stained wood floor. Praying before each meal has gained a painfully new meaning for the Vu family. There has been one less member […]

 By Ariela Rose

West Philly: Vegan and Yoga Create a Gathering Space

West Philly: Vegan and Yoga Create a Gathering Space

Nestled above Fiesta Pizza and Valentino African Food Store is a 5,000-square-foot yoga studio that offers more than a good stretch and a reiki massage. On the last Sunday of every month Studio 34 Yoga, Healing and Arts hosts a vegan brunch. The idea for the brunch was conceived by friends and Studio 34 volunteers […]

 By Kristen Harding

Center City: Donating and Recycling

Center City: Donating and Recycling

Recycling has recently become one of the most conscious sustainability efforts. People can easily toss a plastic bottle or a cardboard cup into a receptacle, but what about a piece of furniture? The answer is simple – donate it. Uhuru Furniture, located at 1220 Spruce St., is helping Philadelphia go green by collecting used furniture […]

 By Jennifer Reardon

South Philadelphia Parishioners Await Unveiling of New Statue

South Philadelphia Parishioners Await Unveiling of New Statue

The Rev. Joseph Genito, the pastor at St. Rita of Cascia Catholic Church and Shrine at Broad and Ellsworth streets in South Philadelphia, has listened to confessions and absolved parishioners of their sins for 35 years. One person he has not heard a confession from, though, is the individual who vandalized the St. Rita statue […]

 By Morgan Zalot

Frankford: Owners Look to Increase Business with Façade Improvement

Frankford: Owners Look to Increase Business with Façade Improvement

Fernando Torres has more than an aesthetic reason for wanting to improve the look of his Frankford tattoo parlor. “Cars hit the building a few times,” Torres, who also owns a women’s boutique next door to the parlor, said. “I want to get a steel structure in front to protect it.” Torres opened Mark My […]

 By Kevin Cook

North Philadelphia: Open Door Baptist Church Celebrates its 60th Anniversary

North Philadelphia: Open Door Baptist Church Celebrates its 60th Anniversary

Open Door Baptist Church, located at 1632 N. 26th St., celebrates its 60th anniversary.

 By Christeen Vilbrun

Northeast Philadelphia: Veterans Face High Unemployment

Northeast Philadelphia: Veterans Face High Unemployment

Imagine risking your life for the country you love by joining the military. After serving your time overseas, you come back healthy and uninjured, with a job lined up and waiting for you. Unfortunately, this is not the case for many veterans who have served our country. The reality is that some soldiers returning to […]