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Point Breeze: Soul School Festival, Summer Of Freedom And More This Week

Point Breeze: Soul School Festival, Summer Of Freedom And More This Week

Looking to find out what’s going on in Point Breeze this week? Our calendar round-up lets you know what’s happening in your neighborhood.  Hypnobabies Summer II Class: Monday, Aug. 7, 6:15-9:15 p.m. – Lilypad (1234 S. Broad St.) 17th District Captain’s Meeting: Tuesday, Aug. 8, 5:30-7 p.m. – 17th District Police Station (1201 S. 20th […]

 

How To: Start A Registered Community Organization (RCO)

How To: Start A Registered Community Organization (RCO)

A few years ago, City Council established new qualifications for community organizations that wish to be part of development decisions in their area. Registered Community Organizations (RCO) are formal groups of community members that weigh in on the physical development of their neighborhood, from community gardens to zoning issues. When a developer wants to build […]

 

Point Breeze: This Week In The News – Footage Released Of Anti-Police Graffiti, Police Arrest Man Stealing From Mailbox

Point Breeze: This Week In The News – Footage Released Of Anti-Police Graffiti, Police Arrest Man Stealing From Mailbox

In case you missed it, we found a few places where people were talking about things happening in Point Breeze: Police Release Footage of Suspects Wanted for Anti-Police Graffiti: The Philadelphia Police Department released footage of suspects wanted for spray-painting anti-police graffiti in South Philadelphia. Police are investigating a potential connection to the “Kill a […]

 

Mayfair this week: Native Makes Good, Old Photos And A Court Ruling

Mayfair this week: Native Makes Good, Old Photos And A Court Ruling

In case you missed it, we found a few places where people are talking about things happening in Mayfair: Local woman hopes to reunite photo album with family: When a box of photos were found in a Mayfair basement, it became one woman’s mission to return them the the rightful owner. (via Fox29) Pennsylvania State Education […]

 

Education: Councilwoman Helen Gym, “I need a big vision for the school district that people believe in.”

Education: Councilwoman Helen Gym, “I need a big vision for the school district that people believe in.”

Helen Gym (D) is an at-large Philadelphia City Council member and vocal education advocate. Her goal in public office has been to to tackle widespread poverty through creating a quality public education system – the same system she taught in and put her children through. Philadelphia Neighborhoods spoke with Councilwoman Gym on the phone to discuss the […]

 

How To: Help Keep Neighborhood Elections Fair

How To: Help Keep Neighborhood Elections Fair

The primary way democracy thrives and survives is through fair elections. But who exactly is making sure the elections are fair? Is it some far off big-moneyed or well-connected power player? Nope. It’s people from your neighborhood. And if it is not folks you know then it should be you. The people making sure elections […]

 

Mayfair: Benefit Programs Enrollment Assistance, Night Markets And More This Week

Mayfair: Benefit Programs Enrollment Assistance, Night Markets And More This Week

Looking to find out what’s going on in Mayfair this week? Our calendar round-up lets you know what’s happening in your neighborhood. BenePhilly Mobile Office– July 18-20, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.:  Find out about and enroll in various benefit programs like health insurance, disability, prescription drugs, and utility bill and tax bill assistance. Their […]

 

Harrowgate: Outsiders Pitch In When Locals Don’t

Harrowgate: Outsiders Pitch In When Locals Don’t

Longtime community members fight for their neighborhood one block at a time in Harrowgate. Repelling drug dealers, moving addicts along and fighting opportunistic slumlords starts less with city-wide policy and more with in-person communication and leading by example. Local civic association leaders like Shannon Farrell and Jim Ridgway do it neighborhood-wide. But it’s the block captains […]

 

How To: Become A Block Captain

How To: Become A Block Captain

The City of Philadelphia provides support for citizens who’d like to become active in their community. While anyone can round up their neighbors to keep their street clean, the city can help by providing supplies and special trash pickups. The Philadelphia More Beautiful Committee (PMBC) runs a Block Captain program, and all you have to do […]

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Mount Airy: Redevelopment Projects Look to Eliminate Blight, Improve Livelihood of Historic Neighborhood

Mount Airy: Redevelopment Projects Look to Eliminate Blight, Improve Livelihood of Historic Neighborhood

Dating back to the 1680s, when it was a just small part of Germantown, the neighborhood of Mount Airy has a rich history that has shaped the diverse and tight-knit community that it is today. In 1750, William Allen, a chief justice for the province of Pennsylvania, built an estate at the corner of modern-day […]