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Overbrook: Five Topics Discussed In Conversation At A Barber Shop

Overbrook: Five Topics Discussed In Conversation At A Barber Shop

At Rice’s Barber shop in Overbrook, four chairs sit on top of black and green tiled floors. There are televisions on either side of the room airing a movie, and music plays in the background. On a recent Friday afternoon, a few young men filtered in with their dad and the conversation started. “This is a […]

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Haddington: Volunteer Wants Library to Serve as ‘Beacon in the Neighborhood’

Haddington: Volunteer Wants Library to Serve as ‘Beacon in the Neighborhood’

Sheila Washington is a 62-year-old Overbrook resident who is passionate about the area. She has been the president of Friends of Haddington Library since 2008. Despite being retired, she loves volunteering in the Haddington library. “I know this library like the back of my hand,” said Washington. “This is my library and I’m very proud of […]

 

Education: Looking at What’s Next for Five Closed High Schools in Philadelphia

Education: Looking at What’s Next for Five Closed High Schools in Philadelphia

Education is one of the foundations of society, and yet schools in Philadelphia are hemorrhaging cash due to rising costs and stagnant revenues. Many have been forced to cut back on everything from school supplies and textbooks to programs and staff. Some have even closed their doors due to decisions by the School Reform Commission […]

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West Philadelphia: Five Caribbean Restaurants To Know

West Philadelphia: Five Caribbean Restaurants To Know

Cheesesteaks, hoagies and soft pretzels make the list when iconic Philadelphia food is the topic of conversation. However, these three foods are not the only stand-out dishes in the city. Caribbean food in particular blends a variety of spices that satisfy tastebuds. Here are five Caribbean restaurants in West Philadelphia that offer a flavorful meal […]

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Overbrook Park: Residents’ Donations Ease Hunger and Cold During Holidays

Overbrook Park: Residents’ Donations Ease Hunger and Cold During Holidays

Thousands of families in Philadelphia recently sat down at their dinner tables to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal complete with a turkey and all the fixings. The meal is the culmination of the time they spent walking around their crowded local grocery store filling their cart with holiday essentials. For some, this is not their reality. They […]

 

Overbrook: Farmacy Aims to Bring New Meaning, Access to Healthy Food

Overbrook: Farmacy Aims to Bring New Meaning, Access to Healthy Food

In 2017, the Overbrook Environmental Education Center is hopeful of opening the Overbrook Hall Farmacy for Human and Environmental Health Center, or Overbrook Farmacy, at a vacant structure at 6150 Lancaster Ave. The Overbrook Farmacy is a project guided by the idea that pathways to healthy foods and healthy behaviors are multi-dimensional. This Farmacy, a […]

 

Overbrook: Pope Francis’ Visit Makes Lasting Impression on Seminarians

Overbrook: Pope Francis’ Visit Makes Lasting Impression on Seminarians

The Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary had the privilege of hosting Pope Francis for a night when he arrived in Philadelphia. “I think the mood before he came was one of anticipation and unknowing,” said Deacon Matthew Biedrzycki. “While he was here, it was an overwhelming reality that this was the person you’d seen on TV, and now […]

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Overbrook: Pope Francis Makes a Surprise Visit to Saint Joseph’s University

Overbrook: Pope Francis Makes a Surprise Visit to Saint Joseph’s University

Students at Saint Joseph’s University were hoping at best to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis as his motorcade traveled down City Avenue. Many students were planning to gather together to watch the festivities on television. “They’re going to watch him make a speech or something like that,” said Dimetri Williams, a Saint Joseph’s University student. “He’s […]

 

Arts & Entertainment: MAP And Philly Writers Paint Their Own Paths

Arts & Entertainment: MAP And Philly Writers Paint Their Own Paths

In reaction to an increase in graffiti in the 1980s, the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network was created to eradicate the artwork from the city’s buildings, trains, bridges and anything else that graffiti artists – properly known as writers – could spray. Muralist Jane Golden was hired by PAGN to connect with writers and refocus their energies […]

 

Overbrook: Female Mechanic Fuels Change In the Automotive Industry

Overbrook: Female Mechanic Fuels Change In the Automotive Industry

Before becoming a mechanic, Patrice Banks described herself as an “auto-airhead.” Put simply, she knew nothing about auto mechanics. When her search for a female mechanic in the Philadelphia area went unanswered, she decided to fix her own problem. Banks is now the founder of Girls Auto Clinic, a business that caters to women to help them […]

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