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Overbrook: Charles Papa Playground Takes New Security Measures

The small room inside Charles Papa Playground & Recreation Center is far from glamorous. Its cinderblock walls, rusted windows and cracked floors prove it hasn’t been renovated for quite some time. The overcrowded closets full of supplies and jam-packed walls full of art and posters implores for an extra room or two. But for the […]

 

Overbrook: Papa Playground and Recreation Center Helps Youths

A staple of the Overbrook community, Papa Playground’s after-school program serves youth of all ages. The neighborhood recreation center strives to attain a safe and structured environment, while providing students with the tools to achieve academic and social success. Cynthia Brown, the after-school director, oversees the program and ensures the curriculum is best meeting every […]

 

Overbrook: Saint Joe’s Galloway Leaves His Mark on Court

Saint Joseph’s University senior guard Langston Galloway was named the Big 5 Player of the Week for Feb. 17. Although this is the second time receiving the title this season, Galloway remains humble. “It’s about the whole team,” he said. Galloway leads the Hawks in scoring as he continues to gain recognition in the Atlantic […]

 

Overbrook: Five Schools to Know

Overbrook: Five Schools to Know

Known for its historical characteristics and distinctive Victorian-style residential architecture, Overbrook also includes a wide range of educational facilities. From Overbrook School for the Blind to Saint Joseph’s University, these institutions can accommodate students with assorted backgrounds and needs. Here is a list five principal schools that are deep-rooted in the neighborhood. 1. Often noted for […]

 By Coeli Danella and Gillian Francella

Overbrook: Neighborhood Rivalries Left on the Court

Overbrook: Neighborhood Rivalries Left on the Court

[vimeo 65152765] Neighborhood tensions between the three sub-communities of Hilltop, Wynnefield and Parkside are a part of life growing up in the Overbrook community. Where someone lives is where his or her identity is rooted. “They call it riding with their neighborhood,” Naim Bellinger, former police officer at Overbrook High School, said. “The kids hang […]

 By Coeli Danella and Gillian Francella

Overbrook: School Mergers Raise Concern for Youth Violence

Overbrook: School Mergers Raise Concern for Youth Violence

[vimeo 65163182] As the school year comes to a close for students in the Philadelphia School District, some last days will be more somber than usual. The district’s plan to close 23 schools citywide, three of which are located in the Overbrook community, will be effective June 30. Samuel Gompers and Overbrook Elementary Schools will close […]

 By Coeli Danella and Gillian Francella

Overbrook: Elementary Students Report on Neighborhood Life

Overbrook: Elementary Students Report on Neighborhood Life

The students at Overbrook Elementary School took a non-traditional approach to improving their community for Earth Day. The students have been working on a community project, funded by a grant from The Picasso Project. The Picasso Project offers grants up to $5,000 to Philadelphia public schools for art education and community advocacy. Students have been working […]

 By Coeli Danella and Gillian Francella

Overbrook: Police Step Up Programs to Limit Community Crime

Overbrook: Police Step Up Programs to Limit Community Crime

The 19th Police District in Overbrook is using new platforms to monitor crime throughout the neighborhood. “The captain [Joseph Bologna] is a pit bull,” Jim Connell, lieutenant for Police Service Area 1, said. “He’s always looking for new ways to prevent crime.” Operation SafeCam is crime prevention and investigation tool police are using to identify […]

 By Gillian Francella

Overbrook: Teen Death Sets Back Struggle to Change Neighborhood Image

Overbrook: Teen Death Sets Back Struggle to Change Neighborhood Image

[vimeo 63675884] Tragedy struck the Tustin Recreation Center Thursday afternoon when 17-year-old Bernard Scott was caught in the crossfire of gunshots that erupted during a fight on 59th and Lancaster. Scott was an innocent bystander, police said. Scott staggered across the street to Little Caesars Pizzeria and was taken to Lenakenau Medical Center by  Antwain Gardener. The victim was later pronounced […]

 By Coeli Danella

Overbrook: Catholic Church Merges Three Parishes

Overbrook: Catholic Church Merges Three Parishes

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia faces a challenge with their ongoing Pastoral Planning Initiative project. The Initiative is set up to help decide whether parishes within the archdiocese have the resources needed to remain a vibrant community in their area and in the following of the Church. When the Pastoral Planning Initiative project began, a year […]