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North Philadelphia: After Transition, Duckrey Finds a Strong Leader

North Philadelphia: After Transition, Duckrey Finds a Strong Leader

When the School District of Philadelphia proposed 37 school closings in 2013, Tanner Duckrey Elementary School was scheduled to close its doors to roughly 300 students. Duckrey’s fate changed when the School Reform Commission narrowed the list of closings to 24 and designated Duckrey as a receiving school. This meant Duckrey was now scheduled to […]

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Education: Five Schools Impacted By Budget Cuts

Education: Five Schools Impacted By Budget Cuts

As education budget cuts have spread throughout the state of Pennsylvania, building closures present a way for school districts to quickly lower their costs. In Philadelphia, a large wave of closings occurred in 2013. During this time, the School District of Philadelphia closed 23 schools to help shrink a looming financial deficit of more than […]

 

Point Breeze: Longtime Community Leader Sees Value in Helping Neighbors

Point Breeze: Longtime Community Leader Sees Value in Helping Neighbors

If you ever drive through Point Breeze and see a light on between 1 and 2 a.m., it might be a night owl finishing up the newest Netflix series. Or it could be Nate Chatmon, who begins his day by reading Scripture at a time that some people have yet to even close their eyes. […]

 

Olney: Abu Edwards Says He’s Always Felt ‘Pushed to Advocate for People’

Olney: Abu Edwards Says He’s Always Felt ‘Pushed to Advocate for People’

Dressed sharply in a dark suit and tie, Abu Edwards sat adjacent to Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas Judge Paul P. Panepinto. The room emanated ceremony, muted in tone and tenor, with rows of forward-facing benches. Nobody banged gavels or swore in witnesses. Yet the two men each endured scrutiny from the small gathering […]

 

Port Richmond: Councilman Squilla Helps Lead Community in a New Direction

Port Richmond: Councilman Squilla Helps Lead Community in a New Direction

Mark Squilla represents City Council’s 1st District, a diverse and growing area. The district he is responsible for includes Port Richmond, among other notable stretches of Philadelphia such as, the Delaware River, Chinatown, Center City, Northern Liberties, Fishtown and Kensington. Elected in 2011, Squilla has spent many nights in the district, trying to best assess the […]

 

Fox Chase: Residents See Kenney as the Clear Choice

Fox Chase: Residents See Kenney as the Clear Choice

Across Fox Chase, voters were out and about before the polls opened for the 2015 mayoral primary on Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. While Republican city council candidates such as Matt Wolfe (pictured below in suit, with Jim Kimenour, a Democratic vice chairman in the 63rd Ward) could be found making their rounds and asking whether any registered Republicans […]

 

Roxborough: Young Voters Absent From Primary Polls

Roxborough: Young Voters Absent From Primary Polls

It was a quiet and unusually empty afternoon in the auditorium of the polling station at Ridge Avenue and Rector Street. Located right next to the Roxborough Memorial Hospital, volunteers and poll workers were stationed outdoors and indoors, anxiously awaiting a crowd to come in and place their votes for the 2015 primary election. Throughout the […]

 

Logan: Education and Crime Top Issues For Voters

Logan: Education and Crime Top Issues For Voters

According to community activist Sheila Bellamy, the voting for the primaries is usually low in numbers because many people do not see the importance. “In my district, there are 540-something registered voters, she said yesterday morning at the Birney Preparatory Academy, located at 9th Street and Lindley Avenue. “If we can get 200 today, we’re going […]

 

Far Northeast: Change in Districts Means New Representation for Some Residents

Far Northeast: Change in Districts Means New Representation for Some Residents

In 2016, Philadelphia will be going through a change. City Council districts will be changing and bringing areas under new direction and jurisdiction. The Councilmanic Districts bill, passed in 2011 by City Council, states the change to district lines, and that the new lines “shall not affect the elected members of Council during the term […]

 

Mantua: Residents, Business Owners Hope for More Progress With New Mayor

Mantua: Residents, Business Owners Hope for More Progress With New Mayor

With Philadelphia’s primary election creeping up in May, the city is already prepping for a new mayor to take the reins from Mayor Michael Nutter, and many are talking about what changes they would like to see. In the West Philadelphia neighborhood of Mantua and the Lancaster Avenue corridor, students, residents and small-business owners are thinking about […]