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Powelton Village: Park Cleanup Initiative Brings Both Community And University Students Together

Powelton Village: Park Cleanup Initiative Brings Both Community And University Students Together

Love Your Park, a citywide initiative to keep Philadelphia’s parks clean, had it’s fall cleanup Saturday morning on Nov. 11 at Saunders Park on 39th Street and Powelton Avenue. Community members and Drexel University students came together to pick up leaves, throw out trash and begin planting flowers that would bloom by spring. The initiative does […]

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Bartram’s Garden: Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Plants Opportunities For People Leaving Prison

Bartram’s Garden: Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Plants Opportunities For People Leaving Prison

Darnell Drayton didn’t know anything about landscaping or gardening before joining the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s (PHS) Roots to Re-entry program. Drayton (pictured above) just wanted something to do while in prison. “I didn’t want to be in a cage all day,” he said. He completed the program and was taught how to landscape so he […]

 

Kensington: Local Boxer Shares Gift With Community

Kensington: Local Boxer Shares Gift With Community

With years of boxing experience under his belt, 18-year-old Branden Pizarro is making a name for himself as the youngest professional boxer in Pennsylvania. He’s been featured on Showtime’s ShoBox: The New Generation and now has his own space for him and others to train, The Gift Boxing Gym. In this video, Pizarro and his family […]

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Mt. Airy: Zoning Issue Puts Spotlight On Development In Community

Mt. Airy: Zoning Issue Puts Spotlight On Development In Community

Cresheim Road resident Ginny Barnwell had no idea she needed to be concerned after a local construction company bought two homes a few doors from her in February. Barnwell, who’s lived on the 7000 block of Cresheim for more than 20 years, was out walking her dog in May when she saw a sign on […]

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Overbrook Farms: Community Members Memorialize, Demonstrate At New Wilson Goode Sign

Overbrook Farms: Community Members Memorialize, Demonstrate At New Wilson Goode Sign

On the 2400 block of North 59th Street, just below the newly named W. Wilson Goode Sr. Way, stands a four-foot-tall shrine that reads, “To honor former Mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr. with a street, is to dishonor the 11 MOVE ancestors and the Osage Avenue/Pine Street neighbors.” The shrine was created by Philadelphia activist […]

 

East Falls: Friends of Mifflin, Principal Work Together To Drive Community Involvement

East Falls: Friends of Mifflin, Principal Work Together To Drive Community Involvement

Wind howled and rain pelted down on East Falls, but inside the warm gymnasium at Thomas Mifflin Elementary School, smiling children ran around in colorful costumes to the sound of popular tunes put on by DJ Mighty Flip Side at the Mifflin Fall Festival and Carnival on Saturday, Oct. 27. Principal Leslie Mason (pictured above) bravely […]

 

North Philadelphia: Promoting Literacy To Parents And Children In Unlikely Places

North Philadelphia: Promoting Literacy To Parents And Children In Unlikely Places

A shave, a haircut … and a good book? A North Philadelphia barber shop is part of a program to help increase literacy and help strengthen the community. Jasmond Schoolfield, better known as “Jazz the Barber,” owns Creative Image Unisex Hair Salon at 2737 W. Cecil B. Moore Ave. Putting down his hair cutting tools, he takes […]

 

Fairmount: Bicycle Shop Identifies With Its Riders On The Road

Fairmount: Bicycle Shop Identifies With Its Riders On The Road

When the rest of the city is asleep on Saturday mornings, the Fairmount-based WTF road riders are already biking through the city. WTF isn’t just a trendy acronym; it’s a 20-30 mile road bike ride catering exclusively for folks who identify as women (W), transgender (T), femme (F) or non-binary. Fairmount Bicycles, which focuses on […]

 

Kensington: Galaei Philly Empowers The Lives Of Latino LGBT Youth

Kensington: Galaei Philly Empowers The Lives Of Latino LGBT Youth

Right across the street from Norris Square Park, at 149 West Susquehenna Ave., sits a small but powerful organization dedicated to helping residents in Philadelphia’s LGBT community. Galaei Philly provides health services such as HIV testing, counseling and sexual health education with a special focus on those of Latin origin. The organization’s mission is to […]

 

Immigration: For Those Who Move To Philadelphia, The Mental Health Journey Is Often Far From Over

Immigration: For Those Who Move To Philadelphia, The Mental Health Journey Is Often Far From Over

UPROOTING Born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia, Carolina Coronado never thought she’d leave her native country. But one day in the mid-2000s she received a phone call from a Colombian guerrilla group — part of a rebellious anti-government movement — threatening her family. “We moved immediately from Barranquilla,” Coronado said. “I left everything behind. Dog, […]