Government

 By Matthew Beck and Rebecca Arden

Ridge Avenue: From Temple University Student to Campaign Manager

Ridge Avenue: From Temple University Student to Campaign Manager

Behind every good election campaign are dedicated workers and volunteers to help get the winning edge. While most are experienced politicians, others are young, motivated workers ready to take on the everyday duties of a successful campaign. Laura Frank, a former Temple University student, was called upon to be the campaign manager of the Verna […]

 By Jennifer Lee and Trey Shields

Northwest: Residents Voice Concerns for City Council Candidates

Northwest: Residents Voice Concerns for City Council Candidates

Eighth District Northwest community residents had the chance to voice their concerns during a voter forum called “Eyes on the Eighth.” With seven candidates running for the 8th District City Council seat, which include the neighborhoods of Germantown, Logan, Nicetown, Tioga, Ogontz, parts of Hunting Park, Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill, community members wanted the […]

 By Ian Romano

Mayfair: Boyle Looks to Keep Community Center Running

Mayfair: Boyle Looks to Keep Community Center Running

As the freshman state House member addressed a campaign stand he made in the fall, Rep. Kevin Boyle said he will do his best to keep Mayfair’s community institutions alive. “Mayfair is the heart of Northeast Philly,” Boyle said. “We can’t have a strong Northeast Philly without having a strong Mayfair.” The 172nd District’s representative […]

 By Ian Romano

Mayfair: Indicted Politician’s Name on a Community Center Sparks Debate

Mayfair: Indicted Politician’s Name on a Community Center Sparks Debate

Bob Dillon may look rusty, but the 68-year-old pitcher said he still has a lot of fight left. He and his teammates work out at the John M. Perzel Community Center every Friday in the winter to warm up for the Philadelphia Senior Softball League season. “We’ve been coming here for a couple of years […]

 By Maria Zankey

Northeast: Free Library System Depends on Federal Funding

Northeast: Free Library System Depends on Federal Funding

Frank Peterson interacts with patrons of the Free Library System on a daily basis. Peterson, the head of the newspapers and magazines department at the Northeast Regional Branch, has been working at the second-largest branch of the Free Library near the intersection of Cottman and Bustleton avenues for more than 30 years. “I’m an old-timer,” […]

 By Brittany Miller

Hunting Park: Vacant Lot Leads to Cleanup and Frustration

Hunting Park: Vacant Lot Leads to Cleanup and Frustration

After 20 years of what residents are calling abandonment, Catalina Hunter, One Hope Community Church, United Way and local residents decided it was time to make use of the vacant lot. Within a year, this group devised a plan to get the 1.5 acres of land into shape on the 4400 block of Fourth Street. […]

 By Kristen Mosbrucker

Germantown: Settlement Begins to Crumble

Germantown: Settlement Begins to Crumble

  The difficult issues of Germantown Settlement and its subsidiary Greater Germantown Housing Development Corp. (GGHDC) have been playing out in bankruptcy court like a bloodless coup d’état. The non-profit monopoly is being dismantled with apparently no recourse to restructure. Most recently, Chief Bankruptcy Court Judge Stephen Raslavich ruled that Germantown Settlement and GGHDC would […]

 By Brad Larrison

Brewerytown: Voters Cast Their Ballot in Less Traditional Venues

Brewerytown: Voters Cast Their Ballot in Less Traditional Venues

A storefront, a banquet hall, an auto tag store and even private homes provide a venues for residents to vote in Strawberry Mansion and Brewerytown. These polling places may be less traditional than the public schools or community centers voters are accustomed to. However, there is no reason to believe that the venue would effect […]

 By Lindsay Burgess and Brad Larrison

Strawberry Mansion: Councilman Clarke Tackles Urban Blight

Strawberry Mansion: Councilman Clarke Tackles Urban Blight

City Councilman Darrell L. Clarke’s office, a small, plain space found on the fourth floor of City Hall, is a bustling hub of activity. Staff members and concerned constituents shuffle in and out of the tall, narrow wooden doors while Clarke sits in a meeting just a room away. Melvin Smith and Zenobia Harris, two […]

 By Kristen Mosbrucker and Josh Fernandez

Germantown: State Rep. John Myers

Germantown: State Rep. John Myers

State Rep. John Myers, a Democrat from the 201st District, and his campaign team are preparing for the race against Republican candidate Joseph Messa, an attorney in Philadelphia and Temple University alum. Myers has been the incumbent in the district since 1995. On Oct. 11, Meyers and the Center in the Park held a health […]