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Walnut Hill: Community Association Encourages Residents to Stand Up and Be Heard by Voting

Walnut Hill: Community Association Encourages Residents to Stand Up and Be Heard by Voting

Walnut Hill Community Association President Horrace Patterson believes that the primary election and November general election could impact the community significantly. As president of the association for the past four years, Patterson finds that drugs, crime, cleanliness, schools, abandoned buildings and vacant lots are plaguing the community. “In my opinion, Mayor Nutter hasn’t done anything directly […]

 

Mantua: Residents Speak Out on Priorities for Next Mayor of Philadelphia

Mantua: Residents Speak Out on Priorities for Next Mayor of Philadelphia

On Nov. 3, the people of Philadelphia will elect Mayor Michael Nutter’s successor. Philadelphia’s new mayor will be handed the enormous task of alleviating a city fraught with poverty, segregation and criticism of stop and frisk. Declared Democratic candidates include Lynne Abraham, Nelson Diaz, James F. Kenney, Doug Oliver, Milton Street and Anthony H. Williams. The […]

 

University City: Project MEOW Helping Control the Stray Cat Population

University City: Project MEOW Helping Control the Stray Cat Population

Project MEOW is a nonprofit organization helping to control the stray cat population in West Philadelphia, and it has one very important goal to accomplish: Make Every One Wanted. Founded in 2007 by Beth VanHorn, Debby Boyd and Pam Hopkins, the volunteer-run group has helped hundreds of cats per year, with their unique approach to controlling […]

 

Rittenhouse Square: Koresh Dance Company Jetés Out Of Recession

Rittenhouse Square: Koresh Dance Company Jetés Out Of Recession

During a time when many cultural organizations were snuffed out by a dismal economic climate, the Koresh Dance Company in Rittenhouse Square was able to weather the storm. Now in the wake of the Great Recession, the company continues to grow. For Alon Koresh, executive director of the Koresh, it was simply a matter of […]

 

West Philadelphia: Veterans Manage PTSD With The Hope For A Brighter Future

West Philadelphia: Veterans Manage PTSD With The Hope For A Brighter Future

When Thomas Adams was just a child, he was frequent witness to his mother’s ferocious fights with her boyfriend. Adams, now a Marine Corps veteran, was so afraid that his mother would be hurt that he’d dart across the street to ask the bar maid to call 911. Another time, he woke up to the […]

 

University City: Jobs Training Organizations Seeks To Build Careers for West Philadelphia

University City: Jobs Training Organizations Seeks To Build Careers for West Philadelphia

The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative provides custom job training to produce valuable workers for institutions like Penn Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and other major employers from day one on the job. WPSI is a part of University City District, an organization that promotes vibrancy in the area through community engagement. Sheila Ireland has been a director […]

 

Veterans Affairs: Diane Sandefur’s Passion, Patience and Leadership Guide Veterans Upward Bound Program

Veterans Affairs: Diane Sandefur’s Passion, Patience and Leadership Guide Veterans Upward Bound Program

For people who choose a career in the field of serving those who have served our country, high levels of dedication and sacrifice come with the territory. Who would want to give anything less to the men and women who have served in the ranks of the United States Armed Forces? Diane Sandefur (pictured above), […]

 

University City: Richard Kydd and A Legacy of Service

University City: Richard Kydd and A Legacy of Service

During his 19 years in the Philadelphia School District, Richard Kydd always wanted his students to feel open asking questions in class. Now as a science teacher for veterans at the University of Pennsylvania, he said nothing’s changed. “There have been a lot of science teachers that didn’t answer questions,” said Kydd, who joined Veterans Upward Bound, […]

 

Veterans Affairs: The Philadelphia Guide to Veteran Resources

Veterans Affairs: The Philadelphia Guide to Veteran Resources

With so many organizations, figuring out whom to trust for help can be difficult for Philadelphia veterans. Some services will even come to veterans directly, like the mobile resource center based out of the Philadelphia Regional Benefits Office on Wissahickon Avenue (pictured above). Here are five essential resources that aim to help veterans with everything […]

 

University City: Building Champions of Character

University City: Building Champions of Character

The Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative – established in 2009 – is a collaborative of member organizations, which provide support for non-traditional youth sports-based programs in the city. The organizations offer physical development and life skills though sports such as cycling, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, riding, rowing, running, soccer, squash, and tennis. PYSC’s mission is to […]