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West Passyunk: Saint Monica’s Cares For Community At All Stages of Life

West Passyunk: Saint Monica’s Cares For Community At All Stages of Life

Saint Monica’s Catholic Church, located on the corner of 17th and Ritner streets in South Philadelphia, has been serving the Catholic community for decades with weekly mass and confessions, as well as community programs that provide aid to parishioners for the entirety of their lives in the neighborhood. The parish has many organizations for community […]

 

South Philadelphia: Buy Nothing Group Fosters Community And Helps Neighbors Via Facebook

South Philadelphia: Buy Nothing Group Fosters Community And Helps Neighbors Via Facebook

One similarity between Bainbridge Island, WA and Philadelphia is an experimental gift economy. Hyperlocal groups are based on the concept of helping neighbors by giving items one person no longer finds useful to others who do. These groups are forming in communities all over the country. No bartering, trading or illegal activity are allowed. Philadelphia started with one […]

 

Juniata Park: Local Dart League Aims To Build A Community Within The Community

Juniata Park: Local Dart League Aims To Build A Community Within The Community

The game of darts, for almost everyone that plays, is a fun way to pass the time at a bar, something to occupy the hand not cradling a beer. For many, it develops into a passion. In Philadelphia, those select few join the Quaker City English Dart League. The QCEDL is an expansive city-wide dart league […]

 

Immigration: Planting Seeds of Culture to Build Connections Amongst People

Immigration: Planting Seeds of Culture to Build Connections Amongst People

Elizabeth Taylor-Mead is a development consultant at Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating youth and adults on Arab culture. Through the arts, music and language, the organization hopes to raise cross-cultural awareness and debunk discrimination against Arabs as well as all immigrants living in the U.S. Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture has partnered […]

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Kensington: Pastor Joshua Grace’s Impact Goes Beyond Church Walls

Kensington: Pastor Joshua Grace’s Impact Goes Beyond Church Walls

Joshua Grace has served as pastor at Circle of Hope Church since 2003. Grace leads efforts to unite his community through its thrift store, Circle Thrift, and events hosted by the church. He works with community organizations to mobilize resources and bring people together in a God-centered environment. Circle of Hope is associated with the […]

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South Philadelphia: Cambodian Refugee Who Became High School Principal

South Philadelphia: Cambodian Refugee Who Became High School Principal

Despite not receiving an education for much of his childhood life, Daniel Peou didn’t let that stop him from getting where he is today, the principal of Horace Furness High School. Peou grew up in Cambodia during the times of a harsh civil war and the grueling Khmer Rouge regime, so as a child there […]

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East Falls: Town Watch Is Appreciated but Understaffed

East Falls: Town Watch Is Appreciated but Understaffed

Once every month, Mary Jane Fullam organizes meetings for the East Falls Town Watch, an organization that she has been a part of since its inception in 1998. Since then, she has assumed the role of president within the organization. The East Falls Town Watch consists of 12 people, with Fullam running the entire nonprofit […]

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East Passyunk: Keeping the Faith In The Italian Community

East Passyunk: Keeping the Faith In The Italian Community

Nicholas Martorano is an Augustinian priest who has been the pastor at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church in East Passyunk for the past 33 years. Raised in the area, he has brought the long-standing traditions of his Italian upbringing, a strong emphasis on faith and family, to enhance the quality of life for the people […]

 

Brewerytown: Greg Parker Gives Back To The Neighborhood That Raised Him

Brewerytown: Greg Parker Gives Back To The Neighborhood That Raised Him

Greg Parker was born and raised in Brewerytown. As a young adult, he bought a property in his neighborhood for about $5,000 and sold it for $75,000. Parker feels he was a pioneer for the area, where he and his family usually work on flipping 15 to 20 properties at a time. But Parker’s impact […]

 

Northern Liberties: Five Unique Places To Find Caffeine

Northern Liberties: Five Unique Places To Find Caffeine

Northern Liberties has no shortage of cafés to get caffeine. Throughout this small section of Philadelphia, a number of places offer something unique or with twist to give customers something different to try.   One Shot Coffee One Shot Coffee (seen above), located at 217 W. George St., has a menu full of unique drinks including […]