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Mayfair: Good Vibes And Music At The Pennypack Music Festival

Mayfair: Good Vibes And Music At The Pennypack Music Festival

On most summer Wednesday evenings, in the upper part of Mayfair, residents can hear faint sounds coming from the woods. Not the sounds of nature but rather some of the most iconic music songs ever performed. Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, John Mellencamp and Pink Floyd are just some of the […]

 

Point Breeze: This Week In The News – “Kill a Cop Save a Life” Graffiti, Homes Recovering From Arson

Point Breeze: This Week In The News – “Kill a Cop Save a Life” Graffiti, Homes Recovering From Arson

In case you missed it, we found a few places where people were talking about things happening in Point Breeze: Vandals Spray-Paint ‘Kill a Cop’ Graffiti on Pillars in Point Breeze: Police are investigating the vandalism of three pillars at 25th and Tasker streets. The phrase “Kill a Cop Save a Life” was spray painted […]

 

How To: Start A Town Watch In Your Neighborhood

How To: Start A Town Watch In Your Neighborhood

Neighborhoods change quickly if no one is paying attention. Many people have heard parents or grandparents talk about how an area “used to be.” Communities like Mayfair, Kensington and Oxford Circle struggle with increasing crimes and quality-of-life issues every year. Changing demographics through aging, gentrification and lack of employment opportunities are just some of the […]

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Hunting Park: Community Leaders Working Tirelessly To End Stereotypes Surrounding The Community

Hunting Park: Community Leaders Working Tirelessly To End Stereotypes Surrounding The Community

Cracked sidewalk pavement, dilapidated housing and trash are common sights to new visitors to the Hunting Park section of North Philadelphia and leave an impression of a community that seems to be on down times. Hunting Park has struggled to combat the crime and drug epidemics that have surrounded the community. Recently, steps have been taken to […]

 

Grays Ferry: Gym Stands To Box Out Violence

Grays Ferry: Gym Stands To Box Out Violence

Sweat trickled down muscled backs, down onto the blue canvas stretched over a wooden frame which was pieced together by a carpenter from down the block. Fluorescent lights flickered over the glory of former champions pasted across the walls, under the watch of a small wooden cross. Sgt. Mike Rafferty leaned lightly on the ropes, […]

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Mayfair: Q&A with a Business Leader Fighting a Changing Neighborhood

Mayfair: Q&A with a Business Leader Fighting a Changing Neighborhood

Angela Vanni is a Philadelphia native and an owner of Giggles Gifts, a retail gift shop which specializes in candies, cards, seasonal decorations and other possible presents. Located at 7400 Frankford Ave., it was founded by the Veneziale family in 1983 and opened during an era when these types of businesses were a common sight in Mayfair. Now, the times have changed, […]

 

Politics: Criminal Justice Reform Committee Focuses On Psychology

Politics: Criminal Justice Reform Committee Focuses On Psychology

The Special Committee on Criminal Justice Reform met last month in the City Council chambers. Co-chairs Curtis Jones Jr. of City Council, retired Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel and the head of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, Kier Bradford-Grey all presided over the hearing that focused on the psychology of criminals and potential criminals, and […]

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Germantown: Officer Ernest Pollard Helps Keep Inner City Youth Off the Streets

Germantown: Officer Ernest Pollard Helps Keep Inner City Youth Off the Streets

Those around him have often recognized Officer Ernest Pollard (above) for his dedication and desire to help others inside of the Goldie Paley PAL Center, as well as on the streets of Philadelphia … and on the basketball court. The Paley PAL Center, located on Germantown Avenue, is where Pollard spends much of his time during the […]

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LGBTQ: Serving the LGBT Community as a Unified City

LGBTQ: Serving the LGBT Community as a Unified City

An anonymous letter landed on the Philadelphia District Attorney’s desk in 2012. It described an experience from a member of the Philadelphia Police Department. Two police officers on the job, away from three individuals — a male defendant, a trans woman and another male complainant — making misgendered statements and slurs. “They [the trans woman] […]

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LGBTQ: Shedding Light on City, State Hate Crime Laws

LGBTQ: Shedding Light on City, State Hate Crime Laws

The brutal 1998 murder of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard put LGBT issues in the national spotlight. Here in Philadelphia, the 2014 beating of a gay couple brought the issues closer to home — and served as a wake-up call to many city residents. “I had one student attacked while having a homophobic slur carved into his […]