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Immigration: Councilman Mark Squilla Helps Serve Immigrant Communities

Immigration: Councilman Mark Squilla Helps Serve Immigrant Communities

Councilman Mark Squilla is the councilman for the First District in Philadelphia City Council. Squilla is the representative for several Philadelphia neighborhoods such as Chinatown, Kensington, Bella Vista, Northern Liberties, Fishtown and Port Richmond. A native of South Philadelphia, Squilla has been engaged in public service for close to 30 years, serving on the Philadelphia Democratic […]

 

Immigration: The Polish Provide Philadelphia With History

Immigration: The Polish Provide Philadelphia With History

Poland’s presence may have even preceded Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Newfoundland with the navigation of the mysterious John Scolvus, sometimes referred to as John of Kolno. While a lack of records make this a disputable claim, it is clear that the Polish have aided America since its very beginning. “The bond between Poland and […]

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Fishtown: Owner Vipul Patel Opened The City’s First Legal Marijuana Dispensary

Fishtown: Owner Vipul Patel Opened The City’s First Legal Marijuana Dispensary

Behind tinted storefront glass and an intercom-locked door, lies Vipul Patel’s vision: spotless walls and slick flooring, flanked by flat screen displays and colored bleach-white, with a painstakingly grown ivy backdrop behind the front desk. Restore does its best to subvert the stigma and stereotyping around marijuana culture, at least superficially, a move that Patel […]

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Fishtown: Pastor Eric Dorsey Treats The Person, Not The Issue

Fishtown: Pastor Eric Dorsey Treats The Person, Not The Issue

Pastor Eric Dorsey is the director of the Philadelphia Brotherhood Mission Ministries shelter project at the corner of Columbia and East Girard avenues in Fishtown. For the past four years, Dorsey has continued an endeavor originally founded by a Temple University contributor over a century ago. What is the goal of your organization? Back in […]

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Fishtown: Meet The Man Behind the Sound of Philadelphias Music Scene

Fishtown: Meet The Man Behind the Sound of Philadelphias Music Scene

Brian Hamilton, the founder of smallsound/bigsound, says his business was started by accident. He spends his days designing and building guitar pedals from a loft in Fishtown, but did not always think of his passion for music as a business. From a young age, Hamilton had an interest in music and sound modification. Hamilton started […]

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River Wards: 5 Bars to Dive Into After a Long Day

  Fishtown and Port Richmond are scattered with notable, big name bars that command the lions share of the area’s nightlife. However, if you don’t feel like waiting in the inevitable lines and paying for brand name, consider trying one of these dive bars for a fresh weekend experience.   Memphis Taproom 2331 E Cumberland Street […]

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Local Music: Five Unorthodox Places To Catch A Show

Local Music: Five Unorthodox Places To Catch A Show

Whats the best way to get to know Philadelphia’s music scene? Easy! Head out to one of the many local shows put together by Philly locals. Each of the following venues are known for their eclectic events that bring people together from all around the city and surrounding suburbs. Philadelphia easily has one of the […]

 

Port Richmond: Real Estate Boom Has Its Effects On Residents

Port Richmond: Real Estate Boom Has Its Effects On Residents

With recent construction of new homes and housing prices rising in Fishtown, is it safe to say that Port Richmond will have a similar fate? As of now, it looks to be that way with a new wave of restaurants and homes being built in the neighborhood. For some, progress is a good thing but […]

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Port Richmond: One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure

Port Richmond: One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure

Robert McCormac is a firm believer in the saying that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” McCormac started out in the salvage business, learning from Jomar retail shop owner, Dick Segal. Segal taught him how to take anything and sell it. After working in the salvage business for many years, McCormac decided to try his luck […]

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East Kensington: Green Spaces Foster Sense Of Community

East Kensington: Green Spaces Foster Sense Of Community

Even in the increasingly solitary digital age, people still often feel the need for community in their lives. In Philadelphia and cities across the country, green spaces of all shapes and sizes can fulfill that need. “People like a place to congregate,” said City Councilman Mark Squilla, whose District 1 encompasses East Kensington. “If you […]

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