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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 […]

 

Frankford: Coming Together to Stop the Violence

Frankford: Coming Together to Stop the Violence

Frankford residents take matters into their own hands. At a spring community meeting at St. Mark’s Church on Frankford Avenue, residents discussed the growing epidemic of violence in the neighborhood. According to Philadelphia Inquirer’s Crime in Philadelphia Database, 43 violent crimes occurred in Frankford from March 5th to April 4th, with a majority of them […]

 

Sharswood: Proposed Transformation Of Struggling Neighborhood Raises Concerns, Hope

Sharswood: Proposed Transformation Of Struggling Neighborhood Raises Concerns, Hope

Talmadge Belo narrowed his eyes under the shadow of his baseball cap, his gaze zeroed in on something across the street. “That used to be the nicest house on the block,” said Belo, the vice president of the Brewerytown-Sharswood Civic Association. But that house is boarded up now. A torn mattress tumbled out the back […]

 

Mayfair: Civic Association Leader Renews Interest in Splitting 15th Police District

Mayfair: Civic Association Leader Renews Interest in Splitting 15th Police District

For nearly 30 years, Mayfair residents have been urging the Philadelphia Police Department and the City of Philadelphia to split the 15th Police District. Largely owing to a collaboration between Donny Smith (above), president of the Mayfair Civic Association, Councilman Bobby Henon, who represents Philadelphia’s 6th Council District in Northeast Philadelphia and Joe DeFelice, chairman […]

 

Point Breeze: Educators Emphasize Importance Of Quality Pre-Kindergarten

Point Breeze: Educators Emphasize Importance Of Quality Pre-Kindergarten

Chatter filled the lime green office that doubles as the entrance to Dixon Learning Academy at 2201 Moore St. in Point Breeze. The office staff busily worked while sneaking in a laugh here and there during the rare snippet of time when they actually experience quiet. It was nap time. With 187 children from 1 to 12 years […]

 

East Oak Lane: Organization Makes Use Of Green — and It Isn’t Talking Money

East Oak Lane: Organization Makes Use Of Green — and It Isn’t Talking Money

East Oak Lane, William Penn’s first neighborhood, is often called a “Green Country Town” and if you’ve taken a trip to this area, you would understand why. Most of the neighborhood’s streets are lined with beautiful, large trees, some of which have been there for decades, others purposely planted by a group of people who call this […]

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South Philly: Police Athletic League Provides A Safe Haven For Youths

South Philly: Police Athletic League Provides A Safe Haven For Youths

The Police Athletic League of Philadelphia was created in 1947 by a police sergeant who wanted to create a baseball team made up of neighborhood kids who wanted to play. Since then, PAL has worked to build strong relationships in the communities around the city. PAL has also worked to keep the image of the […]

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Oxford Circle: PAL Helps Neighborhood Youth Succeed

Oxford Circle: PAL Helps Neighborhood Youth Succeed

The Oxford Circle Police Athletic League is part of a nonprofit organization that seeks to build relationships between police officers and children within the neighborhood. Its goal is to keep kids off the street and to give them a safe place to come and have fun while learning valuable life lessons. Three years ago, Officer Bruno Estevez […]

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Mayfair: Q&A with Jerry Bolzak, Executive Director of Northeast Victim Service

Mayfair: Q&A with Jerry Bolzak, Executive Director of Northeast Victim Service

Jerry Bolzak, a Philadelphia native and executive director of the nonprofit Northeast Victim Service, has been helping victims of crime in Mayfair for the past 15 years. The organization, which originally launched in 1992 following the Victims of Crime Act of 1984, provides financial assistance with medical expenses, funeral costs and counseling services for victims and witnesses in Northeast Philadelphia. The […]