Politics

 By Steve Boese and Rebecca Savedow

Germantown: The City Council Election

Germantown: The City Council Election

Politics can be a fickle field, especially at the local district level. Sometimes, the person with the most money wins. Sometimes, the person with the best plan wins. What all politicians need, however, is an image in the community they want to represent. Current 8th District Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller had that, which enabled her […]

 By Ian Romano

Mayfair: Indicted Politician’s Name on a Community Center Sparks Debate

Mayfair: Indicted Politician’s Name on a Community Center Sparks Debate

Bob Dillon may look rusty, but the 68-year-old pitcher said he still has a lot of fight left. He and his teammates work out at the John M. Perzel Community Center every Friday in the winter to warm up for the Philadelphia Senior Softball League season. “We’ve been coming here for a couple of years […]

 By Maria Zankey

Northeast: Free Library System Depends on Federal Funding

Northeast: Free Library System Depends on Federal Funding

Frank Peterson interacts with patrons of the Free Library System on a daily basis. Peterson, the head of the newspapers and magazines department at the Northeast Regional Branch, has been working at the second-largest branch of the Free Library near the intersection of Cottman and Bustleton avenues for more than 30 years. “I’m an old-timer,” […]

 

Technology: Bridging the Digital Divide

Technology: Bridging the Digital Divide

According to a recent National Telecommunications and Information Administration report, 40 percent of Americans do not have broadband access. In Philadelphia, that number is slightly higher–48 percent, according to the Philadelphia Division of Technology. The grant money awarded to Pennsylvania through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program–a part of President Barack Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act– […]

 By Kristen Mosbrucker

Germantown: Settlement Begins to Crumble

Germantown: Settlement Begins to Crumble

  The difficult issues of Germantown Settlement and its subsidiary Greater Germantown Housing Development Corp. (GGHDC) have been playing out in bankruptcy court like a bloodless coup d’état. The non-profit monopoly is being dismantled with apparently no recourse to restructure. Most recently, Chief Bankruptcy Court Judge Stephen Raslavich ruled that Germantown Settlement and GGHDC would […]

 By Brad Larrison

Brewerytown: Voters Cast Their Ballot in Less Traditional Venues

Brewerytown: Voters Cast Their Ballot in Less Traditional Venues

A storefront, a banquet hall, an auto tag store and even private homes provide a venues for residents to vote in Strawberry Mansion and Brewerytown. These polling places may be less traditional than the public schools or community centers voters are accustomed to. However, there is no reason to believe that the venue would effect […]

 By Kristen Mosbrucker

Germantown: Suspicious Fire at the YWCA

Germantown: Suspicious Fire at the YWCA

The pouring rain today drenched anything that might be left after a fire at the YWCA on Germantown Avenue next to Vernon Park. A local business owner said she thinks she knows who set the YWCA ablaze last night that injured two firefighters. She asked to remain anonymous. For over a month she said she […]

 By Michelle Kraus and Zack Shapiro

Olney: Making Olney Stronger One Step at a Time

Olney: Making Olney Stronger One Step at a Time

For close to 36 years, Mark Cohen has represented Pennsylvania’s 202nd District, which stretches like a belt across much of Northern Philadelphia east of Broad Street. Mable Windham has been with working with him for almost as long—since 1979—managing his local office in the heart of Olney’s commercial district. And despite the election only a […]

 By Kristen Mosbrucker and Josh Fernandez

Germantown: State Rep. John Myers

Germantown: State Rep. John Myers

State Rep. John Myers, a Democrat from the 201st District, and his campaign team are preparing for the race against Republican candidate Joseph Messa, an attorney in Philadelphia and Temple University alum. Myers has been the incumbent in the district since 1995. On Oct. 11, Meyers and the Center in the Park held a health […]

 By Chesney Davis and Ashley Huber

Port Richmond: Rep. John Taylor, More than a Politician

Port Richmond: Rep. John Taylor, More than a Politician

John Taylor, 55, has been serving in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives since 1984, fighting for unions, voting for smoking bans and voting to raise minimum wage. He also serves as the chair of the Liquor Control Board and secretary of Veteran Affairs and Emergency Preparedness. But this year, the Port Richmond native gets a […]