Health

 By Mary Mazzoni and Stephanie Mullen

Francisville: Finding Food

Francisville: Finding Food

The CVS Pharmacy at Broad Street and Girard Avenue in Francisville is rarely empty. Dozens of customers stream in and out during the business day. Some walk out toting the usual – soaps, first aid items or paper products, and some exit carrying large bags filled with groceries. Aaron Dilliplane, who has been living in […]

 By Rebecca Arden and Matthew Beck

Ridge Avenue: Volleying through Philadelphia

Ridge Avenue: Volleying through Philadelphia

In April 2006, a center unlike any other opened at 4842 Ridge Ave., close to Manayunk and East Falls. The Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education Center provides tennis training and classes to all of Philadelphia, along with the surrounding suburbs and New Jersey. The center uses tennis to help kids ages 4 to 18 maintain […]

 By Chelsea Solitrin and Amanda Carden

Queen Village: Making Biking Look Good

Queen Village: Making Biking Look Good

For many individuals living in the city, biking is more than just exercise or a convenient way around town—it is a lifestyle. Thusly, it is important that there are shops around town that cater accordingly to these individuals. This is where Bryan VanArsdale stepped in. Realizing that there was a huge market and need for […]

 By Chris Banks and Sarah Fry

Germantown: Beating the Devil of Addiction

Germantown: Beating the Devil of Addiction

In the middle of Germantown is a house that looks fairly inconspicuous from the road on which it sits. Aside from a sign that says “Teen Challenge” sitting on the front lawn, one might believe that it is just another large, old house that dots the neighborhood. Rather, the Christian rehab facility is part of […]

 By Rachel Hooper and Travis Gold

Germantown: Community Gardens at Awbury Arboretum

Germantown: Community Gardens at Awbury Arboretum

[local /files/2010/05/sp1005germantownteamenterprisecommunitygarden.mov nolink] On any morning, several Germantown area residents can be found with hoe in hand, or on their knees, planting fruits and vegetables in garden plots they rent from Awbury Arboretum. They are members of the Awbury Community Garden Club which is in charge of the approximately 51 regular plots and 10 raised […]

 By Andrew Wagner and Josh Buzi

West Philadelphia: Acupuncture Made Accessible to the Community

West Philadelphia: Acupuncture Made Accessible to the Community

An acupuncture clinic is something you might not expect to see in West Philadelphia but nestled on the third floor of an old firehouse building sits Philadelphia Community Acupuncture. It may be hard to spot from the street but the clinic’s effect on the community is not. Acupuncture is offered at very reasonable rates and […]

 By Taqiya Miller

Cedar Park: Helping Families with Sick Relatives

Cedar Park: Helping Families with Sick Relatives

Many individuals who need specialized medical treatment are forced to travel long distances to receive that treatment. Time as well as cost of travel can place even more strain on patients and their families. Consequently countless individuals make the choice to find living accommodations close to their treatment facilities. However, the cost of these accommodations […]

 By Rebecca Hale and Patrick McCloskey

Feltonville: Bereaved Mother Faces Endless Turmoil

Feltonville: Bereaved Mother Faces Endless Turmoil

Janice Brown still remembers what it felt like to hear the phone call that would change her life. She was told her daughter Latoya and granddaughter Rimanee were in a car accident. She fell to her knees and screamed, feeling the hot panic course through her veins. She found out later her other granddaughter Aailayah […]

 By Rachel Horning

Hunting Park: HIV May No Longer Carry a Stigma

Hunting Park: HIV May No Longer Carry a Stigma

Being HIV positive is no longer a death sentence. Just ask Jennifer Poole. Poole lives in Hunting Park and sees her HIV status as no big deal. “Some people let their disease carry them away to the point where it makes them sick. Most people I know who have any type of illness just keep […]

 By Ben T. Levy

New Law for ‘Healthy’ Eating

New Law for ‘Healthy’ Eating

Patrons of fast food restaurants and other major chain eateries embarked on a slightly more self-aware dining experience today, as Philadelphia’s new menu-labeling law went into effect. The regulation requires all establishments with 15 or more locations in the city to clearly show the calorie count of every menu item. The regulation is clearly designed […]