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Spruce Hill: Renovations Underway For Homeless Veteran Shelter

Spruce Hill: Renovations Underway For Homeless Veteran Shelter

Many organizations in Philadelphia serve a very specific niche. With more than 22 years of service, the Philadelphia Veterans Comfort House hopes to give homeless veterans a chance to start over and become productive members of society. The PVCH offered program 365 days per year. All programs are designed specifically for veterans, including addiction and […]

 

West Philadelphia: IAC And Philly Thrive Are Trying To Rewrite History

West Philadelphia: IAC And Philly Thrive Are Trying To Rewrite History

After the shooting of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of his shooter George Zimmerman, the Black Lives Matter movement exploded onto every television screen, Twitter feed, and the minds of activists who wish to better the lives of African-Americans. Organizations like the International Action Center (IAC) in Philadelphia and Philly Thrive focus on ensuring that black […]

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Mill Creek: Farm Provides for Community in More Ways Than You May Know

Mill Creek: Farm Provides for Community in More Ways Than You May Know

Alkebu-Lan Marcus, a 23-year-old assistant farm manager at Mill Creek Farm, got his start by growing food in his own backyard. He is interested in being able to control his own resources and becoming more sustainable. Living within the Mill Creek community, he finds pleasure in giving back to his neighbors through working at the farm […]

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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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Overbrook Park: Marc Reason Leads The Way For Civic Association

Overbrook Park: Marc Reason Leads The Way For Civic Association

For nearly two years, Marc Reason, 47, has been president of the Overbrook Park Civic Association. Reason doesn’t only work as the president of the OPCA, he is a teacher at the Harambee Institute of Science and Technology Charter School, head of a local community basketball league as well as a youth group leader in […]

 

Sustainability: The Philadelphia Orchard Project Provides Fresh Fruit to Communities

Sustainability: The Philadelphia Orchard Project Provides Fresh Fruit to Communities

Just when you think the fast-paced, industrialized, city life is dry and desolate, the Philadelphia Orchard Project brings nature’s beauties to brighten up Philly’s urban neighborhoods. As a nonprofit, community-based organization, the Philadelphia Orchard Project transforms vacant lots, schoolyards, community gardens and areas in low-wealth neighborhoods into green spaces to harvest useful and edible plants for the […]

 

Amateur Sports: Big Five Coaches Like On Court Skills and Off Court Character

Amateur Sports: Big Five Coaches Like On Court Skills and Off Court Character

The Big Five college basketball teams in Philadelphia – Temple, St. Joseph’s, La Salle, Pennsylvania and Villanova – each have their own strategies for how they go about evaluating a player’s talent and how to attract them to their school. It’s up to the players to decide if one of these schools fits them better than any other […]

 

Haddington: Eyekonz Sports League Takes A Trip Out Of The City

Haddington: Eyekonz Sports League Takes A Trip Out Of The City

A kickstand jammed its way into a windblown patch of grass at the top of a hill on Radnor High School’s campus. Black rotating tires on a three-wheeled stroller stopped spinning as a small baby was hoisted from the seat and cradled in the arms of Aminta Ghilyard. Ghilyard, the assistant coach with Eyekonz Sports […]

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Powelton Village: A Neighborhood In Transition

Powelton Village: A Neighborhood In Transition

Usually when a person’s name is drawn from a hat, they gain something. But when Linn Washington had his name called hours before one of Philadelphia’s most controversial events, he almost lost his head. Literally. “On August 8, 1978, the police quite surprisingly allowed six journalists to come within the police lines and essentially be […]

 

Cobbs Creek: Sunshine Center Becomes A Busier Place For Local Seniors

Cobbs Creek: Sunshine Center Becomes A Busier Place For Local Seniors

It beeped repeatedly. Each click on the display offering up another error message. Still slightly hesitant when using the computers, seniors tapped on keyboards at The Older Adult Sunshine Center as they replied to Facebook posts, email and the occasional instant message. “I’m determined,” said Gloria McDowell-Savage. “I’m going to use these new skills to get over […]