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 By Phil Coles

Brewerytown: More Businesses, More Jobs

Brewerytown: More Businesses, More Jobs

After decades of population and job losses, developers and community leaders have hope that Brewerytown can take advantage of its proximity to Center City to become a thriving area for small business owners.  New shops have begun moving into the neighborhood and with them, come more jobs. “The more people that live in this area, […]

 By Tim Brodwater

Kensington: HIV-Positive Youth Find a Safe Haven

Kensington: HIV-Positive Youth Find a Safe Haven

Haven Youth Center in Kensington is a community youth group that supports and encourages HIV-positive youth to stay in school and be productive citizens. Haven’s mission includes providing educational, social and recreational activities to the community.  The organization acts as a “safe haven” from the stigma the youth may face within their schools, home life […]

 By Lauren Herman

Germantown: Young Swimmers Compete at the Pickett Pool

Germantown: Young Swimmers Compete at the Pickett Pool

Three groups of young people practice for future swim competitions with the support of their coaches and parents three nights a week at the Pickett Pool. The Indo-Pacific Sailfish Aquatics Club, Polar Bears Aquatics Club and Philadelphia Department of Recreation swim team are groups comprised of serious athletes ranging in age from five to 18 […]

 By Michael Bixler

Wild In The Streets: Philadelphia’s Violent Youth Problem

Wild In The Streets: Philadelphia’s Violent Youth Problem

Vincent Poppa was returning to his nursing home on an evening stroll after stepping out for a soda. While passing by Finnegan Park in Southwest Philadelphia, he was suddenly hit in the back of the head with a gun. As he lay there defenseless and unconscious he was brutally stomped over and over by four […]

 By Kristen Harding

Germantown Organization Reaches Out to the Community

Germantown Organization Reaches Out to the Community

It is often difficult for people to admit when they need help. Whether that help is financial, educational, mental or another form, people usually do not want to confess their faults and hurt their pride, especially to a stranger. But, in Germantown, people can ask for help in many ways, and they can certainly expect […]

 By Jennifer Reardon

Frankford: Celebrating 100 Years at Frankford High School

Frankford: Celebrating 100 Years at Frankford High School

Dr. Thomas Mills, the Frankford Alumni Association president, graduated from Frankford High School in 1948 with 477 other high school seniors. All but two of the 478 individuals were white males. Terry Tobin, the alumni association’s financial secretary and treasurer, graduated from Frankford High in 1962. In his first year at Frankford, he witnessed the […]

 By Linda Lam

Walnut Hill: YES Program

Walnut Hill: YES Program

The YES Program stands for Youth + Entrepreneurship = Success. The Enterprise Center is the facility that houses the After-School Executive Incubator Program. YES Program partnerships with seven surrounding Philadelphia Academy public schools. The schools they are in partnership with and grants fund the YES Program. Not all students get the opportunity to participate in […]

 By Lauren Gordon

Walnut Hill: What is Best for West High?

Walnut Hill: What is Best for West High?

For students, teachers, parents and the community, it was apparent that change was a must for the neighborhood’s local high school, West Philadelphia. In 2007, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s “School Report Card,” West’s eleventh grade test scores indicated only a 5.5 percent proficiency score in math, with reading proficiency scores hovering around 6.2 percent. […]

 By Andrew Wagner

Philadelphia’s Gateway to the Northwest

Philadelphia’s Gateway to the Northwest

A $20 million redevelopment project was announced Wednesday that will transform upper Ogontz Avenue into Philadelphia’s “Gateway to the Northwest.” The plan is to make the transition from the suburbs to the city an easy one. “It will basically make people who are unfamiliar with crossing over the line into the Philadelphia area comfortable because […]

 By Rebecca Hale

Feltonville: The Challenges of Growing Up

Feltonville: The Challenges of Growing Up

Phi Le sits with his friends in the warm spring sun outside the Feltonville Recreation Center. Despite the weather, he sits and watches the kids play on the playground with a glum expression. He was born and raised in Feltonville so he knows how hard it can be to grow up in this area. He […]