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Northwest: Mount Airy Learning Tree Branching Out to Create Stronger Community

Northwest: Mount Airy Learning Tree Branching Out to Create Stronger Community

Mount Airy Learning Tree (MALT) is a community-based nonprofit organization that has been bringing together members of the Northwest Philadelphia community for more than 35 years. Founded in 1980 by Barbara Bloom, MALT looks to enrich the lives of community members by offering a wide range of courses in an informal learning environment on particular […]

 

Center City: Philadelphia’s Irish Community Supports Civil Rights

Center City: Philadelphia’s Irish Community Supports Civil Rights

People of Irish descent in Philadelphia have a history dating back to the pre-American Revolution era. According to the Global Philadelphia Association (GPA), Irish Americans make up the largest ethnic group in the Philadelphia area. The 2000 U.S. Census lists the population of people of Irish descent in Philadelphia as more than 206,000. However, this […]

 

LGBTQ: Toasted Walnut Brings the ‘L’ Back to LGBTQ

LGBTQ: Toasted Walnut Brings the ‘L’ Back to LGBTQ

When Sisters Nightclub closed in 2013 after serving the lesbian community for 17 years, Philadelphia lacked a gathering space catered to LGBT women. However, with the opening of Toasted Walnut Bar & Kitchen, that need has been filled. Denise Cohen, who was a general manager at Sisters for its entire run, opened Toasted Walnut right before […]

 

Hunting Park: Program Leader Gives Back to the Next Generation of Lenfest Center Learners

Hunting Park: Program Leader Gives Back to the Next Generation of Lenfest Center Learners

As a youth in Hunting Park, Kysheen Wilson was always looking for a place that he could get excited about. In 2007, the Philadelphia Police Athletic League began to use the building on N.10th St. in Hunting Park for athletic activity for youths from ages 6-18. Wilson started taking advantage of the programs offered there almost […]

 

Tioga: Mercy Neighborhood Ministries Gives Students an Educational Head Start

Tioga: Mercy Neighborhood Ministries Gives Students an Educational Head Start

Bright lights shine on the beaming green and orange painted walls as the next group of children happily walked into the Mercy Neighborhood Ministries building located on W. Venango Street in Tioga. The inviting staff and abundant open space offer some of the best amenities and educational assistance in the area for children in kindergarten […]

 

Chestnut Hill: Chestnut Hill Local Remains a Vital Part of Northwest Community

Chestnut Hill: Chestnut Hill Local Remains a Vital Part of Northwest Community

Since its inception in 1958, The Chestnut Hill Local newspaper has served neighborhoods in the Northwest section of Philadelphia, covering smaller-scale news stories pertaining to the local community, rather than the entire city. “The Chestnut Hill Local started off as the newsletter of the community association and then morphed into an independent newspaper,” said Larry […]

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Hunting Park: SquashSmarts Prepares Kids For What Is Next In Life Through Squash

Hunting Park: SquashSmarts Prepares Kids For What Is Next In Life Through Squash

The loud sound of the collision of a rubber squash ball with a white wall reverberated around the squash courts at SquashSmarts, on the second floor of the Lenfest Center, as sweat dripped down the faces of the students and coaches while they prepared for another day’s work. The noise and buzz represented another day […]

 

Oxford Circle: Pastor Looks to Spread God’s Love Outside of Church

Oxford Circle: Pastor Looks to Spread God’s Love Outside of Church

Growing up at 18th Street and Glenwood Avenue, Leonard M. Dow saw a community overcome by drugs. At the same time the crack cocaine epidemic gripped the nation, not sparing Dow’s North Philadelphia neighborhood. Manufacturing jobs left, causing rampant unemployment amongst labor workers. The effects were catastrophic. “I saw [the epidemic’s] impact families and destroying them, […]

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Chestnut Hill: Safety, Community Enhancement are Top Priorities for Business District Executive Director

Chestnut Hill: Safety, Community Enhancement are Top Priorities for Business District Executive Director

Martha Sharkey is the executive director for the Chestnut Hill Business Association and is one of the primary people leading the way in bringing new businesses, programs and community safety projects to the local community. Sharkey, who has held her current position for three years, believes that helping bring new people to the neighborhood will ultimately […]

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Kensington: Musician Works to Help Band Earn Spot in Philadelphia Scene

Kensington: Musician Works to Help Band Earn Spot in Philadelphia Scene

In the madcap world of the Philadelphia music scene, Tom McHugh earned a spot in his band under the most unusual circumstances. “I actually auditioned via Craigslist,” the 22-year-old guitarist said. “The original guitarist, unbeknownst to me, ended up being my girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend, which was pretty awkward when we all found that out.” McHugh has […]