Social issues

 By Andrea DeSabato

Hunting Park: A Businessman Who Believes in More than Business

Hunting Park: A Businessman Who Believes in More than Business

Arty Elgart claims that if you ask the people who live near his automotive business what he sells they would have no clue. But Elgart is no stranger to the residents who live around 10th and Butler Streets in the Hunting Park section of Philadelphia. His familiar face is one the community knows is trustworthy and […]

 By Danielle Bacher and Jonathan Braymer

Strawberry Mansion: John Coltrane’s House of Blues

Strawberry Mansion: John Coltrane’s House of Blues

Row homes line this North Philadelphia street–some of them abandoned and wet from the grip of constant rain. There is a single rumble of thunder. A low-lying fog covers the front of a three-story brick house on 1511 N. 33rd St. near Oxford in North Philadelphia’s Strawberry Mansion section. Plywood and planks help hold this home […]

 By Justin Finneran

Olney: Center Provides Assistance to Veterans

Olney: Center Provides Assistance to Veterans

When a soldier returns home after experiencing combat, the transition back into civilian life is not an easy task.  The soldiers often face great hardships as a result of the injuries and the memories they bring with them.  Fortunately, for veterans in Philadelphia needing assistance for that often difficult transition is nearby. The Northeast Philadelphia Vet […]

 By Sande Friedman

Germantown: Teen Challenge Initiative

Germantown: Teen Challenge Initiative

When John Blaufuss checked himself into the Germantown Teen Challenge Initiative years ago, he was hoping that the program would be the help he needed to get his life in order and not be dependant on drugs and alcohol anymore. Two decades later, he can confidently say the program was a success for him. Not […]

 By Joangel Concepcion and Danny Barron

How Kensington Learns

How Kensington Learns

The Philadelphia school system has a laundry list of problems. Overcrowding, attendance, dropouts, literacy, lack of extracurriculars and cutbacks that lead to music and arts programs being dropped are just some of the complaints against inner-city schools. Effects last after public education. Twenty-two percent of Philadelphians are functionally illiterate. There are optimists. “We just had […]

 By Aimee Otis

Port Richmond: Vacant Lots

Port Richmond: Vacant Lots

Marilyn Dombowski awakes each morning to a constant reminder of the vacant lot issue in Philadelphia and Port Richmond, because whenever she wants to sit on her porch, an abandoned lot is the first thing that she sees. “I have one crappy view from my porch,” Dombowski said, “that’s why I don’t like sitting out […]

 By Sande Friedman and Sydni Grant

Germantown: Historical Sites Feel Budget Cuts

Germantown: Historical Sites Feel Budget Cuts

Germantown is one of the best-preserved historical areas in the greater Philadelphia area. Home to 14 different historical sites, as well as one of the landmarks of Revolutionary War battles, walking around the area is taking a walk through American history. So when Gov. Ed Rendell proposed his 2009-2010 budget, which deleted museum assistance funding […]

 By Danielle Bacher and Jonathan Braymer

Strawberry Mansion: Veterans Giving Back

Strawberry Mansion: Veterans Giving Back

On a typical front porch in North Philadelphia, a red, blue and white awning gives shade to two signs on the corner of 33rd and Diamond streets. One sign advertises water ice in a bright, fruit-flecked rainbow of cherry, lemon and blueberry Italian ice. The other sign says simply: “Capt. Robert Tresville VFW Post 6700. Join the […]

 By Michael N. Price and Shannon Spillman

Ludlow: Church Helps Battle Addiction

Ludlow: Church Helps Battle Addiction

Addiction is in the news a lot these days. While most of stories found in the local media tend to focus on their subjects due to celebrity or social status. Some are professional athletes or in Philadelphia their coach’s sons; others are musicians and entertainers. But most of the victims of addiction are found in […]

 By Dave Nescio and Kelly McManus

Olney: St. Paul is the Hand That Feeds

Olney: St. Paul is the Hand That Feeds

At the corner of Fifth and Nedro streets is St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Like many among the plethora of churches in Olney, regardless of faith, St. Paul’s has an ornate and somewhat old structure that many people pass without giving a second thought. However, it is what goes on behind the doors of St. Paul’s […]

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