Health

 By Matt Surden and Maria Santilli

Fishtown: Breathe In and Breathe Out at The Xhale Lounge

Fishtown: Breathe In and Breathe Out at The Xhale Lounge

Smoking is not something that is widely accepted by many people in public as the smell may be too much for them to handle. But do not fret as the Xhale Smokeshop and Cigar Lounge at 453 E. Girard Ave. welcomes smokers to come on in and have a puff. Brad Helder, the owner, opened […]

 By June Fredericks and Ross Ennis

Cedar Park: Residents Use Local Resources to Stay Active

Cedar Park: Residents Use Local Resources to Stay Active

Exercise is a prominent part of the lives of many residents in the Cedar Park area. With many establishments promoting fitness and health, and recreational parks and centers encouraging healthy practices, many residents have learned to use the resources around them to maintain a healthy lifestyle. “One thing that is an advantage in this part […]

 By Cherri Gregg

Ludlow: Seventh Annual Sugar Kane Festival Engages Community

Ludlow: Seventh Annual Sugar Kane Festival Engages Community

Asociaciòn Puertorriqueños en Marcha is a non-profit organization that provides critical health, housing, substance abuse and support services for families in North Philadelphia. The organization has worked to transform North Philadelphia by rehabilitating older housing and developing new affordable housing projects for lower-income families. Examples of APM’s work are visible near Fifth and Berks Streets, […]

 By Gina Benigno

Northeast Philadelphia: Autistic Endeavors Learning Center Buys Lower Dublin Academy

Northeast Philadelphia: Autistic Endeavors Learning Center Buys Lower Dublin Academy

A historic building in Northeast Philadelphia is now continuing its purpose centuries later. The Lower Dublin Academy began as a one-room log cabin schoolhouse in 1723. The building developed from the will of Philadelphia’s own Thomas Holme who died in 1695. Holme was Pennsylvania’s first Surveyor General, working directly under William Penn. Before he died, […]

 By Loren Golden and Amanda Harvey

Southwest Philadelphia: The Greater Philadelphia Health Action Inc.

Southwest Philadelphia: The Greater Philadelphia Health Action Inc.

The Greater Philadelphia Health Action Inc. celebrated its grand opening this weekend. At 5500 Woodland Ave. in Southwest Philadelphia, the doors opened as families from the neighborhood were invited for food, drinks, music and informational tables lasting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. With radio station Power 99 present, neighborhood kids danced and ate while their […]

 By Andrew Lecointe and Derek Dennis

North Central Philadelphia: Philadelphia Recovery Community Center

North Central Philadelphia: Philadelphia Recovery Community Center

Kicking an alcohol or drug addiction is hard beginning with where does an addict go for help when they decide they want help. There are psychologists and mental institutions that may be able to help an addict with their drug problems. However,  there aren’t many places like the Philadelphia Recovery Community Center. This community center, […]

 By Elliot Griffin and Eric Donnelly

Oak Lane: Tea Attracts a New Audience With Local Shop

Oak Lane: Tea Attracts a New Audience With Local Shop

Assistant vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia is a far cry from running a small business focused on organic tea. Howard James, the owner and operator of Tea Country, saw an opportunity to make the leap from corporate America to small business proprietor. After an MBA project at Eastern University steered him […]

 By Natasha Shapiro and Niambi McDonald

Germantown: Farming in the City

Germantown: Farming in the City

  Only a few years ago, 215 E. Penn St. was an abandoned lot, overrun by 15-foot bushes and weeds. Now it’s a half-acre farm in the city. The Germantown Kitchen Garden practices local agriculture, supplying fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs to the Germantown community. Amanda Staples, 31, and her husband Matt McFarland, 32, bought […]

 By June Fredericks and Ross Ennis

Cedar Park: Local Studio Promotes Wellness in the Community

Cedar Park: Local Studio Promotes Wellness in the Community

On any given day in West Philadelphia, residents travel through the neighborhood via various public trolleys, all of which run past a variety of gift boutiques, organic eateries, bookstores and art and culture centers in the area. Studio 34, named after the 34 trolley that runs along Baltimore Avenue, has served as a healing, yoga […]

 By Chelsea Wilbur

Powelton Village: Body Rock Boot Camp

Powelton Village: Body Rock Boot Camp

The old adage of “Don’t judge a book by its cover” is evident at The Body Rock Boot Camp and Executive Training Gym in Powelton Village on Lancaster Avenue near 38th Street. It’s easy to walk by this workout locale without noticing due to its plain exterior, surrounded by empty stores and vacant apartments. But […]