Social issues

 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 […]

 By Aaron Gottlieb and Andrea DeSabato

Hunting Park: Small Steps Toward Better Housing

Hunting Park: Small Steps Toward Better Housing

Be persistent is the motto that 24-year-old Marquita Irby lives by. She offers this motto to anyone who asks her for advice regarding obtaining affordable housing. Irby’s path to owning her own home was long and stressful. But now it seems it was well worth her effort. “It took me four years to get this house. […]

 By Tiffany Wilson and Danielle Wilmer

Fishtown: Going Green in Housing

Fishtown: Going Green in Housing

Improved recycling, hybrid cars and other ways of going green have become increasingly popular in recent years. “It’s a pattern, not a trend,” says Jim Maransky, owner and developer of The IceHouse Condominiums, located in the heart of Fishtown.  Maransky says: “No one is buying cars that get eight miles to the gallon anymore.  Why […]

 By Ashley Campbell and Chris Zakorchemny

Ridge Avenue: Hopes for Housing

Ridge Avenue: Hopes for Housing

The principal at John F. Reynolds Public School near Ridge Avenue see the transient nature of her students and their families as a significant problem for the children’s education.“We’ll have kids in September, they’ll leave in December, and then they’ll be back in June,” says Principal Cheryl Hackett. It’s obvious that housing isn’t great along […]

 By Rebecca Howe

South Street: Teen Mob Creates Concern

South Street: Teen Mob Creates Concern

After a group of teenagers assaulted two people, stole a taxi and ransacked a convenience story near South Street, community leaders and police were trying to determine what actions to take to prevent another such occurrence. Over 100 people showed up  at Palumbo Recreation Center at 10th and Fitzwater streets. Deputy Commissioner Kevin Bethel spoke […]

 By Michael N. Price and Shannon Spillman

Ludlow: Youth Baseball Brings the Community Together

Ludlow: Youth Baseball Brings the Community Together

Baseball has been a staple of early life for generations of American youths, but in some inner-city neighborhoods many children never get a chance to get in the game. In communities where parents sometimes struggle to keep their kids in school and off the streets, extra-curricular activities like baseball have often taken a backseat. “Baseball […]

 By Emily Heinz and Rebecca Howe

South Philadelphia: Whole Body Wellness

South Philadelphia: Whole Body Wellness

With so many advances in modern clinical medicine occurring, many people may think these options are the best of the best. However, numerous people continue to rely on ancient methods of healing from around the world. In the area south of South Street, a healthy lifestyle is important and many people take part in healthy […]

 By Kimberly Ropars and Jessica Westergom

Mantua: Young Writers Reach Out in the Community

Mantua: Young Writers Reach Out in the Community

On a scorching Saturday afternoon in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia, the Charles L. Durham Free Library is full of activity. Children are scattered across the building. Some are sitting at the tiny computer desks, playing matching games. Others are sitting in the corner, reading from different books. One little girl looks through a […]

 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 […]