Crime

 

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 […]

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South Philadelphia: Commanding Officer Praises Sense of Community in the 3rd District

South Philadelphia: Commanding Officer Praises Sense of Community in the 3rd District

Frank Milillo grew up playing on the streets of South Philadelphia. Now, as the commanding officer of the 3rd Police District, he watches over them. Milillo’s district stretches south of Lombard Street and east of Broad Street. As the grandson of Italian immigrants and a lifelong resident, he’s well-acquainted with the area. He’s been in the […]

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Sharswood: Civic Association Trying to Navigate Redevelopment

Sharswood: Civic Association Trying to Navigate Redevelopment

Warren McMichael and Talmadge Belo of Sharswood say they have seen it all in terms of construction and development in their neighborhood. The lifelong residents retired from their careers in education and manufacturing, respectively, to bring as many resources they could get their hands on to their struggling streets. McMichael, the president, and Belo, the vice […]

 

Hunting Park: Revitalization Project Helps Increase Public Safety

Hunting Park: Revitalization Project Helps Increase Public Safety

Walking through Hunting Park today, it’s hard to believe that not so long ago it was a much less desirable place to be. Underfunded, the park was largely in disarray and disuse until the Fairmount Park Conservancy launched the Hunting Park Revitalization Project in 2009. Prior to its renovation, the park was known to be […]

 

Hunting Park: New Concilio Playground Highlights the Importance of Recreation

Hunting Park: New Concilio Playground Highlights the Importance of Recreation

Philadelphia’s oldest Latino organization, Concilio, has been surrounded by an empty lot since its relocation in summer 2014. A few months ago, Concilio reached out to KaBOOM!, a nonprofit organization that builds playgrounds with community volunteers in areas where kids may not have a place to play. Concilio is widely known for its yearly Puerto Rican […]

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Amateur Sports: Nonprofits Help Homeless Beyond Athletics

Amateur Sports: Nonprofits Help Homeless Beyond Athletics

Street Soccer USA On any given night in the United States, there are approximately 564,708 people who are counted as homeless. On any given night in this country, there are also 39,907 unaccompanied youth between the ages of 18-24. As of 2014, at a local level, between 30 and 40 percent of Philadelphia’s youth live […]

 

Northern Liberties: With Increased Crime Comes Self-Defense Classes

Northern Liberties: With Increased Crime Comes Self-Defense Classes

After a 20-year-old waitress named Sabina O’Donnell was beaten, raped and strangled in Northern Liberties five years ago, Lawrence Whitaker, chief instructor of at Urban Defense on 6th Street near Fairmount Avenue, knew he needed to do something so the same wouldn’t happen to others. He started a class, Defense for Women, which teaches women the skills […]