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 By Ayisha Arshad and Morgan Ashenfelter

Nicetown-Tioga: Despite Less Money, More Cops and Less Gun Violence

Nicetown-Tioga: Despite Less Money, More Cops and Less Gun Violence

Like every agency within city government, the Philadelphia Police Department has taken some cuts in its budget. But 39th Police District Capt. Stephen Glenn wouldn’t know anything about that. “We’re not doing any worse off,” Glenn said. “With budget restrictions I don’t know if the police department is hiring at the same level now. But […]

 By Jenn Matusiak and Melanie Menkevich

Fishtown: Closing of Northeast Catholic Ends a Tradition

Fishtown: Closing of Northeast Catholic Ends a Tradition

Tears fell amidst empty desks and rules of grammar chalk-written on the blackboard.   Candace Morris held back more as she spoke of the Salesian tradition of Northeast Catholic High School for Boys. “We try to teach our students […] that you’re not expected to be everything; you’re only expected to be who you are […]

 By Nikki Volpicelli and Jonathan Viguers

Fairhill: Needle Exchange Program Helps Addicts

Fairhill: Needle Exchange Program Helps Addicts

It’s a Wednesday and cold, too cold for October. The weather is gray. It matches the cement stairs on the corner of Third street and Lehigh Avenue. People line the stairwell leading to a sturdy door in the basement of an old warehouse. The door is marked with a small blue sign that reads, “Prevention Point […]

 By Evan Casey and Jessica Fowler

Ludlow’s Identity Crisis

Ludlow’s Identity Crisis

“It looks nice, but they’re still shooting like it’s Iraq out here,” said Shawn Govan when asked about all the new and rehabbed housing being built in the Ludlow neighborhood. This statement was promptly shot full of holes itself by several other residents of the area. Still, there is a kernel of truth in Shawn’s […]

 By Ayisha Arshad and Morgan Ashenfelter

Ridge Avenue: Gravediggers Raise Money for Cemetery

Ridge Avenue: Gravediggers Raise Money for Cemetery

Swashbuckling hats, carnival masks and wizard hats pepper the ball room. On the dance floor skims the turquoise crinoline of Sarah Hale, who is being twirled around by Capt. Percival Drayton, dressed in his Civil War best. In the corner leaning against the grand pillars of the ballroom is a gravedigger’s shovel. This unusual scene […]

 By Matt Bell and Kristen van Genderen

Olney: Programs for Battling Childhood Obesity

Olney: Programs for Battling Childhood Obesity

The doors of the basement swing open revealing the church’s activities center. Motivational posters dot the walls surrounding a small basketball court. A semi-circle of metal folding chairs sits off in the far corner. On any given night the sounds of a friendly basketball game or the lively chatter of a community meeting would replace […]

 By Marco Dorazio and Shane Fox

The Surprise at Germantown

The Surprise at Germantown

It’s almost hard to imagine bustling Germantown Avenue being the foggy, smoke-filled scene revolution that it was in 1777. Yet on Oct. 3, muskets again were ablaze and thundering canons shook the nearly 1,000 people estimated to be in attendance to witness the reenactment of the Battle of Germantown at Cliveden. “It is a long-standing […]

 By Ryan Ruth and Marissa Murtaugh

Hunting Park: Los Brothers Is Home

Hunting Park: Los Brothers Is Home

Los Brothers Barber Shop is just like ordinary barber shops…sort of. The shop lies on the corner of Fifth and Hunting Park, rectangular in shape, like a box.  It holds seven chairs, split on two adjacent walls, a barber manning each one. Clad in blue smocks, the barbers check their work in the mirrors that […]

 By: Kevin Cook and Marilyn S. D'Angelo

Brewerytown: The Community Center Bridges the Digital Divide

Brewerytown: The Community Center Bridges the Digital Divide

Computer access can be taken for granted by Blackberry-wielding e-mailers, but for many people, getting to a computer is not so effortless. Libraries, community and recreation centers play a primary function, giving residents in urban neighborhoods access the Internet as well as many other services. In Brewerytown, residents have been able to utilize the resources […]

 By Jenn Matusiak and Melanie Menkevich

Fishtown: Vegan Anyone?

Fishtown: Vegan Anyone?

Fishtown’s old souls brew Folgers and dip their sugary doughnuts in a coffee cup full of whole milk and granulated white sugar. Other Fishtowners take a more dietary-conscious approach.  They see this morning ritual as a lifestyle choice and expect more from their daily wakeup routines.  Their doughnuts are made with flaxseed and soy rather […]