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Fitness: Five Unique Places to Get Healthy

Fitness: Five Unique Places to Get Healthy

With so many fitness options in Philadelphia, it is tough to find a place that offers unique programs and experiences that you cannot get elsewhere. Several places around the city allow for a different way to help you feel your best. Warrior Gym – South Philadelphia Located in South Philadelphia near the corner of 12th and Mifflin […]

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Amateur Sports: Nonprofits Help Homeless Beyond Athletics

Amateur Sports: Nonprofits Help Homeless Beyond Athletics

Street Soccer USA On any given night in the United States, there are approximately 564,708 people who are counted as homeless. On any given night in this country, there are also 39,907 unaccompanied youth between the ages of 18-24. As of 2014, at a local level, between 30 and 40 percent of Philadelphia’s youth live […]

 

University City: Penn Sprint Football Gaining Ground

University City: Penn Sprint Football Gaining Ground

On a cool, crisp, October night, Bill Wagner smiled as he watched his University of Pennsylvania football players practice on Franklin Field. Penn’s Sprint football team might be one of the lesser-known groups to have played on Franklin Field but the Quakers have quietly become a force in the sport. Since 1934, Penn has played in […]

 

University City: Philadelphia Start Up Accelerator Fosters Innovation

University City: Philadelphia Start Up Accelerator Fosters Innovation

DreamIt Ventures is an international startup incubator headquartered in Philadelphia. SInce its founding in 2007, the firm has launched more than 150 companies. Using a 12 week “business bootcamp,” the firm takes entrepreneur’s and their ideas and gives them the tools to succeed. Entrepreneurs in the program are given seed grant money to fund their […]

 

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 […]