Politics

 By Matthew Petrillo and Kelsey McDowell

Hunting Park: Congressional Candidate Vows to Curb Hunger

Hunting Park: Congressional Candidate Vows to Curb Hunger

Hunger is on the rise in America, especially as more families continue to rely on food stamps. In fact, more than one in four families around the country live on food stamps, according to the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Hunger is even more of a problem in Philadelphia’s 1st Congressional District, where Hunting […]

 By Matthew Petrillo

Hunting Park: Land Bank Bill Seeks to Revitalize Neighborhoods

Hunting Park: Land Bank Bill Seeks to Revitalize Neighborhoods

Like most major cities, Philadelphia is always trying to improve the quality of life for its residents. But Philadelphia’s 40,000 vacant lots–many of which plague parts of the city where the population has been on the decline for the past few decades like Hunting Park–have been diminishing the quality of life for residents and can […]

 By Victoria Hudgins

Brewerytown: Voters Must Provide IDs in November Election

Brewerytown: Voters Must Provide IDs in November Election

Before stepping into a booth, Pennsylvanians will now have to show identification to vote in the November election. Republicans call it a measure protecting against voter fraud; Democrats call it a politically motivated push to suppress the voting of minorities and the elderly. Nonetheless, Pennsylvanians will have to make sure they have some form of […]

 By Kelsey McDowell and Matthew Petrillo

Hunting Park: City Council Budget Hearing Affects Minority Areas

Hunting Park: City Council Budget Hearing Affects Minority Areas

The word of God wasn’t the only thing heard at St. John’s AME Church. Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez, as well as the rest of the City Council members, traveled to the church located at 2114 S. 71st St., to have the first neighborhood hearing on Mayor Nutter’s proposed 2013 budget. Although the church was a bit […]

 By Kelsey McDowell and Matthew Petrillo

Hunting Park: Philadelphia Fire Department Union Suggests Changes

Hunting Park: Philadelphia Fire Department Union Suggests Changes

A moment barely passed after the bell in the Engine 59 fire house rang, and Duane Hughes darted from the station’s kitchen to the driver’s seat of the fire truck. The fire station, which sits at 2207 W. Hunting Park Ave. and serves Hunting Park, is constantly kept busy. “North Philly and West Philly is […]

 By Lee Miller and Casey Moore

Mantua: The Charles L. Durham Free Library Stands the Test of Time

Mantua: The Charles L. Durham Free Library Stands the Test of Time

In 2009 the Charles L. Durham Branch of the Philadelphia Free Library was on the brink of being closed after 30 years of servicing the community. Part of a $108 million budget cut by Mayor Michael Nutter, the library was one of 11 that was slated to be closed forever. But communities raised their voices, and […]

 By Matthew Petrillo and Kelsey McDowell

Hunting Park: Leader Says Wards Should Be Redrawn

Hunting Park: Leader Says Wards Should Be Redrawn

The Philadelphia City Council recently passed a redistricting map late last year, leaving at least a dozen of the city’s 66 wards divided by two or more council districts, including wards within Hunting Park that’s split by three council districts. “There is an underlying issue here that we won’t address,” Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez said during […]

 By Nichole Fray, Syreeta Martin and Michael Burke

Strawberry Mansion: Community Reactions to Mayor Nutter’s New Initiatives

Strawberry Mansion: Community Reactions to Mayor Nutter’s New Initiatives

Mayor Nutter held a press conference at Strawberry Mansion High School and announced some new initiatives for fighting crime in Philadelphia. Some of the initiatives revealed at last week’s conference include increasing the amount of award money for anyone who offers information in a homicide case and increasing the budget for witness protection. In addition, […]

 By Matthew Petrillo and Kelsey McDowell

Hunting Park: Prominent ‘Ban the Box’ Advocate Remains Unemployed

Hunting Park: Prominent ‘Ban the Box’ Advocate Remains Unemployed

Although a new Philadelphia law went into effect earlier this month that makes the hiring process less discriminatory for former convicts, its most prominent supporter is still seeking a full-time job and said the bill doesn’t do enough for those trying to smoothly fit back into society. Mic Tabon, a former convict who was incarcerated for seven […]

 By Kait Privitera

Germantown: Obama Visits the Neighborhood

Germantown: Obama Visits the Neighborhood

Click on the slide to see the next one. This past Sunday, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden visited Robert Fulton Elementary School in Germantown as part of the “Moving America Forward” rally. In his speech, President Obama claimed that the country would only move backward if the Republican Party were to take […]