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 By Christanna Ciabattoni

South Philadelphia: Local Boutique Sells Shoes for Haiti

South Philadelphia: Local Boutique Sells Shoes for Haiti

Elena Brennan would watch the CNN news and cry. “I felt like I needed to do something to help all those poor people that are struggling [in Haiti],” said Brennan, owner of Bus Stop Boutique, a shoe store located on Philadelphia’s Fabric Row. She decided that the best way she could help was to sell […]

 By Stephen Zook

Mayfair: A Neighborhood’s Hope for its Children

Mayfair: A Neighborhood’s Hope for its Children

The Mayfair Memorial Park – chained shut, empty and littered – doesn’t appear to be anything more than the reputation it has in Mayfair – a place for teenagers to get into trouble. The Mayfair Civic Association hopes to transform the small park, dedicated to fallen firefighter John Redmond, into a family playground. One major […]

 By Charlie Lange

Fairhill/Kensington: Innovative Food Center Helps City’s Hungriest

Fairhill/Kensington: Innovative Food Center Helps City’s Hungriest

Few  American cities display more tangible signs of poverty than Philadelphia. For most, though, the idea of going hungry is almost unthinkable. Unfortunately, hunger does happen. A survey released last week by the Food Research and Action Committee named Pennsylvania’s First Congressional District, which includes parts of North and South Philadelphia, the second-hungriest region in […]

 By Ben T. Levy

New Law for ‘Healthy’ Eating

New Law for ‘Healthy’ Eating

Patrons of fast food restaurants and other major chain eateries embarked on a slightly more self-aware dining experience today, as Philadelphia’s new menu-labeling law went into effect. The regulation requires all establishments with 15 or more locations in the city to clearly show the calorie count of every menu item. The regulation is clearly designed […]

 By Megan Linkfield

Kensington: Traveling Miles to Improve Kids Smiles

Kensington: Traveling Miles to Improve Kids Smiles

By peering closely into Isaiah Dockery’s mouth, one can clearly spot the small and circular milky, white dots that stain his top row of teeth. At just three years old the child has unknowingly compromised his enamel growth by swallowing too much fluoride and using toothpaste meant for adults. “I didn’t know he couldn’t just use […]

 By Pete Dorchak

South Street: The Dirt Party Emerging From the Ground Up

South Street: The Dirt Party Emerging From the Ground Up

From the age of four, Carl Bahner knew he wanted a life in music. The only issue was that he didn’t know what instrument he wanted to play. “My aunt had a piano and I used to sit down and punker away at the keys,” Bahner said. “I would only play ‘Mary Had A Little […]

 By Rachel Horning

Soccer: The Importance of Team

Soccer: The Importance of Team

The area around Third and Fairmount streets is generally a quiet residential block.  But on Thursday nights from six to  nine, the sidewalks shake and ears ring with sounds of kids yelling and balls bouncing. At the Northern Liberties Recreational Center, a ragamuffin team of both coaches and players gather to play soccer. But why? […]

 By Patrick McCloskey

West Philadelphia: Push to Approve Marijuana

West Philadelphia: Push to Approve Marijuana

The full crowd that rocked out to local bands with names such as Agent Moosehead, Psychedelphia and The Big Dirty didn’t reek of marijuana. But they were in full support of it. PhillyNORML, the local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, held a fundraiser Friday night at The Rotunda on […]

 By Megan Frankowski and Josh Middleton

Germantown’s New ‘White House’

Germantown’s New ‘White House’

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 By Josh Middleton and Megan Frankowski

Germantown’s New ‘White House’

Germantown’s New ‘White House’

When President George Washington and his family inhabited the Deshler-Morris House in the 1790s they brought along a 23-person entourage that was in charge of making sure the household ran efficiently. This support system consisted of an array of paid and unpaid individuals, such as accountants, domestic servants and African slaves, who played an integral […]