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 By Lena Kravets and Meggan Kole

Germantown: Whose Fault is the Litter Problem?

Germantown: Whose Fault is the Litter Problem?

It’s a warm sunny day at Vernon Park in Germantown. Moms bring babies out in strollers to get some fresh air. But it doesn’t take long for wrappers and bottles to get caught in those stroller wheels. It’s obvious Vernon Park, like many other areas in Germantown, has a litter problem. The residents whose everyday […]

 By Lena Kravets and Meggan Kole

Germantown: After-School Impact at Happy Hollow

Germantown: After-School Impact at Happy Hollow

It’s just an unassuming building on a typical Germantown street, but the Happy Hollow Recreation Center is put to good use on many fronts, lending space to a wide range of organizations, including Narcotics Anonymous, boxing training and a soup kitchen.  Every weekday afternoon, however, the center becomes a safe-haven-hang-out slash homework-help-line for any neighborhood […]

 By Bonnie Dugan and J.T. Salzer

Cleaning Up Kensington

Cleaning Up Kensington

Empty 40-ounce bottles of Old English make a loud cracking sound as they roll down Kensington Avenue.  Devoured bags of Doritos and old, worn-out clothes pile up on the corners of the streets, while people stroll by ignoring the massive amounts of trash that is building up around them. Many people of Kensington have lost […]

 

MURL Wins Award

Congratulations! Your entry has been selected for presentation at the “Best Practices in Teaching of Diversity Competition” session at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual convention in Boston. I am happy for you because I know how much effort you put into your entry. The AEJMC Teaching Committee’s panel of judges […]

 By Sandra Friedman

Harpfest 2009

Memorial Day Weekend – the kickoff to summer, famed for beach trips and getaway weekends. The city of Philadelphia clears out a little bit, as people jump at the chance to get away and enjoy the start of the warm weather. Members of the Performing Arts Tradition of Philadelphia decided to offer an alternative activity […]

 By Chris Zakorchemny

Kensington: The Last Brewery in the Neighborhood

Kensington: The Last Brewery in the Neighborhood

Philadelphia has long been an esteemed beer city dating back to the colonial times. Taverns and pubs were meeting places for revolutionaries. The tradition of immigrants finding community in pub life continued throughout the industrial boom – and not just in Brewerytown. In the late 1800s, there were over 100 breweries in the Kensington section […]

 By Bonnie Dugan

Port Richmond: Does a Pink Tank Create Beauty?

Port Richmond: Does a Pink Tank Create Beauty?

A  pink tank sits in the middle of a green grass lot located between Susquehanna and Norris Street, along Frankford Avenue.  It was originally created for the annual Kinetic Sculpture Derby, an event that the Kensington and surrounding areas look forward to each year.  This particular device is a six-man, powered-operated machine that stands out […]

 By Meggan Kole

PAWS: Speaking for Those Who Can’t Speak for Themselves

PAWS: Speaking for Those Who Can’t Speak for Themselves

Through donations and volunteers, the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) rescue aims to save as many unwanted animals as possible.  When the SPCA cannot hold anymore stray or abandoned animals, PAWS steps in and houses the often very sick and very old animals in order to save them from being killed. A few lookers popped […]

 By Rebecca Howe

Ultimate Frisbee Builds Muscles and Community

Ultimate Frisbee Builds Muscles and Community

The Philadelphia Area Disc Alliance (PADA) Memorial Day Hat Tournament starts at 10 a.m. Monday morning. On PADA time, however, that means things will generally get going by around 11 a.m. All are invited and every skill level is welcome. Once today’s volunteer organizers suspect that the bulk of people who will show up have—today […]

 By Angela Barber

Fairmount: Park’s Woodland Treasure

Fairmount: Park’s Woodland Treasure

The Wissahickon Valley Park is one of Philadelphia’s largest municipal parks. Known to locals simply as “the Wissahickon,” this park is among 63 regional and neighborhood parks that make up Philadelphia’s countywide park system known as Fairmount Park. Located northwest of Center City in the Chestnut Hill and Manayunk neighborhoods, this gem of a park […]