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West Philadelphia: Libraries “Plant A Seed” That Brings Success And Literacy For West Philly Children

West Philadelphia: Libraries “Plant A Seed” That Brings Success And Literacy For West Philly Children

Out of the 339 schools within the Philadelphia School District, only eight have full-time paid certified librarians. Louis Lozzi, a Philadelphia native and teacher said that the lack of library funding in the school system has been an issue since he began his teaching career 15 years ago. “I’m used to being in schools without […]

 

Cobbs Creek: Environmental Center Educates The Community And Works Alongside The Philadelphia Water Dept.

Cobbs Creek: Environmental Center Educates The Community And Works Alongside The Philadelphia Water Dept.

The Cobbs Creek Environmental Center is part of the Alliance for Watershed Education of the Delaware River, one of many organizations in the area providing public education about the environment and our water supply. “One of the problems we have in this part of the city is our system is very old,” said the center’s […]

 

Overbrook: Panthers’ Basketball Program Hopes To Reclaim Storied Past

Overbrook: Panthers’ Basketball Program Hopes To Reclaim Storied Past

The significance isn’t lost on Cyri Coates. Every time the senior on the Overbrook High School basketball team walks into the school’s Wilt Chamberlain Memorial Gym, he sees the images of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer around the gym. He sees the red and orange banner representing Chamberlain’s retired No. 5 jersey hanging on […]

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West Philadelphia: Local organizations tackle food insecurity

West Philadelphia: Local organizations tackle food insecurity

Every Tuesday and Saturday, Kinji Ridley parks his car and unloads boxes of groceries from the trunk, handing them over to volunteers who set them up on benches and picnic tables. A line of dozens of West Philadelphia residents forms and they each pick out bags of food, assembly-line style, before dispersing and going their separate […]

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Spruce Hill: Greensgrow Urban Farm Talks Food Insecurity And Community

Spruce Hill: Greensgrow Urban Farm Talks Food Insecurity And Community

Greensgrow Farm was created to bring fresh, locally-grown produce to Philadelphia. Today, two locations and mobile markets (in Fishtown and West Philadelphia) provide fruits, vegetables, flowers and a sense of community across the city. The urban farm located at 5123 Baltimore Ave. seeks to raise awareness of the necessity of wholesome agricultural practices, as well […]

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City Politics: Philly Food Bucks Reaches A Milestone In Empowering SNAP Shoppers

City Politics: Philly Food Bucks Reaches A Milestone In Empowering SNAP Shoppers

“When Food Bucks came out at Clark Park, I was on the SNAP benefits,” said Meghan Filoromo of The Food Trust’s Philly Food Bucks program. Filoromo was working at the market at the time. “It made such a huge difference for what I could purchase,” Filoromo said. “[Before Philly Food Bucks] I was trying to just buy […]

 

Kingsessing: Developing Adult Literacy Provides Opportunities

Kingsessing: Developing Adult Literacy Provides Opportunities

Eight years ago, Darrow Lyons’ wife encouraged him to join Never 2 Late, an adult literacy program offered through the Center for Literacy, an organization that provides programs to adult learners. The 63-year-old South Philly resident has been attending classes ever since. The program is held at the Kingsessing Branch of the Free Library every […]

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Belmont: Entrepreneur Jennell Moody Hopes To Inspire City’s Youth

Belmont: Entrepreneur Jennell Moody Hopes To Inspire City’s Youth

When she was 14 years old, Jennell Moody (above) started braiding her neighbors’ hair on the front steps of her mother’s North Philadelphia home. Word of her skills spread through word of mouth, and Moody eventually turned her hairstyling into a small business, charging $10 for the neighborhood girls to come get their hair done. […]

 

Kingsessing: Seniors Find Creative Outlet At Open Mic

Kingsessing: Seniors Find Creative Outlet At Open Mic

Poems about New York and chapters from a romance novel echoed through the Kingsessing Library’s sunlit basement. On Sept. 28, the library hosted an open mic poetry night for older adults— the first of many, Rachel Hayes hopes. “I think it’s important for the community,” Kingsessing Library Supervisor Hayes said. “Anything positive, anything that builds […]

 

Spruce Hill: Neighbors in Little Osage Come Together for Disaster Relief

Spruce Hill: Neighbors in Little Osage Come Together for Disaster Relief

Carlos Pérez Sámano wasn’t sure why his phone kept losing service on Sept. 19, but when he returned home from Center City and connected to the wifi, he was bombarded with text messages. “Everyone was saying, ‘I’m OK. I’m OK. I’m OK,’” Pérez Sámano said. “And I was like, what happened?” There had been a […]