South Philadelphia

 By Amanda Gregory and Andrew Lecointe

South Philadelphia: Making Your Home Better

South Philadelphia: Making Your Home Better

The South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) held a general members meeting Wednesday night to discuss better energy alternatives for your home. Kate Ryan, project coordinator with the Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) and David Staller from Mercury Solar Systems were guest speakers at the meeting. Ryan and Staller are both new residents to the South […]

 By Chelsea Solitrin and Amanda Carden

Queen Village: Making Biking Look Good

Queen Village: Making Biking Look Good

For many individuals living in the city, biking is more than just exercise or a convenient way around town—it is a lifestyle. Thusly, it is important that there are shops around town that cater accordingly to these individuals. This is where Bryan VanArsdale stepped in. Realizing that there was a huge market and need for […]

 By Sheila Kane

Point Breeze: Diversified Community Services

Point Breeze: Diversified Community Services

Thirty pairs of hopeful eyes gazed up at Mitch Little with anticipation as he cracked open the first pages of a children’s book. Surrounded by press and unfamiliar dignitaries of the South Philadelphia area, this high school sophomore volunteered his time to read to the children of the community. Years later, Little is planning a […]

 By Sheila Kane and James Rose

South Philadelphia: A Rare Republican

South Philadelphia: A Rare Republican

Transitioning from a waiter in the Philadelphia restaurant scene to running for state representative of the 186th District, Keith Todd strives to spread the word that there is a Republican candidate in the upcoming election. After six years of Republican absence, Keith Todd is campaigning against Democratic State Rep. Kenyatta Johnson. “It was hard to […]

 By Maria Zankey and Tracy Galloway

South Philadelphia: New Café Proves Seniors Can Be ‘Techies’

South Philadelphia: New Café Proves Seniors Can Be ‘Techies’

Luvenia Black, 88, says the Philadelphia Senior Center is like her second home. She wakes up every day and rushes to get to get to the Senior Center at Broad and Lombard streets “like it’s her job,” and has been doing so for 22 years. She participates in classes and even serves on the center’s […]

 By Keisha Frazier and Lisa Wilk

South Philadelphia: St. Thomas Aquinas Celebrates 125 Years of Service

South Philadelphia: St. Thomas Aquinas Celebrates 125 Years of Service

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church of South Philadelphia is celebrating 125 years of serving the community. With a full operating parish, grade school and day care, many generations have been affected by the church in one way or another. Rev. Herbert Sperger has been the pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas for four years. He describes […]

 Sheila Kane and Jim Rose

South Philadelphia: Refreshing Catherine Park

South Philadelphia: Refreshing Catherine Park

A rusty metal fence surrounds the cement-covered lot on the corner of 22nd and Catherine streets. Despite the “Neighborhood Park” sign hanging on the wall of this enclosed area, Catherine Park has been gated from the public for 30 years. After all of this time, Chris Fanelli, a neighbor who has lived across from the […]

 By Chris Banks and Sara Fry

South Philadelphia: Keeping Opera Singer’s Music Alive

South Philadelphia: Keeping Opera Singer’s Music Alive

The Marian Anderson Historical Society is a group dedicated to promoting the late classical singer, who was considered of the most important opera performers of the 20th century. The organization was founded by Blanche Burton-Lyles and has existed for the past 12 years. Marian Anderson, a contralto who died in 1993 at the age of […]

 By Nicole Dalrymple

South Philly: Fante’s Kitchen Wares Shop

South Philly: Fante’s Kitchen Wares Shop

Whether Philadelphians are searching for common kitchen utensils or rare Italian cookware, they can flock to Ninth and Carpenter streets for every chef’s need. Fante’s Kitchen Wares Shop is one of the very few remaining Italian vendors in Philadelphia’s historic Italian Market, and it’s the oldest cookware shop in the country, in business since 1906. […]

 By Brittany Miller

South Philadelphia: Fashionably Green

South Philadelphia: Fashionably Green

Hand sewn bags, personally designed apparel and home accessories are just some of what customers can buy when shopping online. But, this isn’t your usual online checkout bag for Niemen Marcus. It’s an eco-friendly bag made with natural resources, packed with an organic T-shirt, whose sale benefits a non-profit organization. Welcome to Daughter Earth. Daughter […]

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