Wynnefield

 By Matthew R. Yost and Danielle M. Rosati

Wynnefield: Gainor Road is More of a Family Than a Block

Wynnefield: Gainor Road is More of a Family Than a Block

At first glance, the 5600 block of Gainor Road, may seem just like any other block in Philadelphia. Residents on this block work on their lawns, pick up trash and tend to their gardens while exchanging a friendly chat with a neighbor or passerby. Neighbors on this block of Gainor Road talk casually with each […]

 By Danielle Rosati and Matt Yost

Wynnefield: Urban Tree Connection Grows Business and Community Involvement

Wynnefield: Urban Tree Connection Grows Business and Community Involvement

Many automatically assume that fresh produce like spinach, lettuce, carrots and tomatoes originates from farms outside Philadelphia in places like Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County or the ‘Garden State’ of New Jersey. However, Urban Tree Connection has made it possible for West Philadelphia residents to harvest and purchase locally grown produce. Urban Tree Connection is a non-profit […]

 By Danielle Rosati

Wynnefield: Cancer Support Community Of Philadelphia Goes Beyond Basic Care

Wynnefield: Cancer Support Community Of Philadelphia Goes Beyond Basic Care

Over 40,000 people in Philadelphia suffer with several different forms of cancer according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. One organization that offers extensive emotional and educational support to people affected by cancer is the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia, located at 4100 Chamounix Drive. “We provide a lot of information, resources and referral to […]

 By Ahlora Thomas-Lyons and Tim Hindin

Wynnefield: The PSALM Salon Offers Community an Intimate Musical Experience

Wynnefield: The PSALM Salon Offers Community an Intimate Musical Experience

At  5841 Overbrook Ave. in Wynnefield you arrive at the home of Jamey Reilly. From the outside, besides a neon light in a second-floor window, there is little that looks particularly special. The experience begins upon entering. You walk right into the living room, which also just happens to be a 60-seat listening room with […]

 By Tim Hindin and Ahlora Thomas-Lyons

Wynnefield: Free Library Gears up for Summer Reading Programs

Wynnefield: Free Library Gears up for Summer Reading Programs

State budget cuts in education have forced schools to cut back on summer school programs. That could lead to many children with nothing to do. But The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Wynnefield branch has geared up its summer programs just in time to counteract the lack of schooling available to children this summer. The library […]

 By Sandy Tran and Rachel Stumpo

Wynnefield: Religion Does Not Change A Community

Wynnefield: Religion Does Not Change A Community

In the beginning of West Philadelphia’s development during the late 1800s, the neighborhood was predominately upper-class Jewish. However, in the past century, the demographics changed as much of that original community moved out and a new one entered. The new mostly consisted of middle-class African-Americans whose religions are predominately Christian and Muslim. Despite the incoming […]

 By Sandy Tran and Rachel Stumpo

Wynnefield: Flower Beds Grow Smaller Throughout Philadelphia Parks

Wynnefield: Flower Beds Grow Smaller Throughout Philadelphia Parks

Where do the flowers growing in Philadelphia’s public parks came from? Do they grow wild or are they planted? They are actually grown by the Horticulture Center, a little greenhouse nestled in Fairmount Park not far from the Philadelphia Zoo. Many who enjoy these flower plantings may not have noticed that the flower beds in […]

 By Rachel M. Stumpo and Sandy Tran

Wynnefield: Interfaith Fellowship Preaches Tolerance

Wynnefield: Interfaith Fellowship Preaches Tolerance

The Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship does not care what religion you are. In fact, they do not care if you have any religion at all. The fellowship accepts all. Located in a stone mansion at 5820 Overbrook Ave. in Wynnefield, nestled behind an expanding Saint Joseph’s University, the Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Fellowship is a meeting place for […]

 By Rachel M. Stumpo and Sandy Tran

Wynnefield: Japanese House Welcomes New Addition

Wynnefield: Japanese House Welcomes New Addition

What once was a bathroom is now a facility for learning. A sake-barrel breaking ceremony this weekend announced the reopening of Fairmount’s Japanese house and garden, Shofuso House, and the inauguration of its new building, the Sakura Pavilion. In 2010, the city set out to renovate two brick buildings left over from the 1876 Centennial […]

 By Matthew Wargo

Wynnefield: Grocery Retailer Serves As a Community’s Health-Food Oasis

Wynnefield: Grocery Retailer Serves As a Community’s Health-Food Oasis

When it comes to finding fresh and healthy food options in one of Philadelphia’s communities, one grocery retailer stands out as a health-food oasis. Produce Junction, 2241 Bryn Mawr Ave., offers local residents an equal opportunity to add affordable and nutritious foods to their diets. John Sherm, the store manager at Produce Junction, gave four reasons that his […]