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North Philadelphia: Promoting Literacy To Parents And Children In Unlikely Places

North Philadelphia: Promoting Literacy To Parents And Children In Unlikely Places

A shave, a haircut … and a good book? A North Philadelphia barber shop is part of a program to help increase literacy and help strengthen the community. Jasmond Schoolfield, better known as “Jazz the Barber,” owns Creative Image Unisex Hair Salon at 2737 W. Cecil B. Moore Ave. Putting down his hair cutting tools, he takes […]

 

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Food: Spring Gardens Volunteer Coordinator Reveals the Human Side of Nature

Food: Spring Gardens Volunteer Coordinator Reveals the Human Side of Nature

The Spring Gardens Community Garden is a hidden gem in an urban jungle.

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Arts & Entertainment: High School Students Follow The Path To The Future

Arts & Entertainment: High School Students Follow The Path To The Future

Haverford College’s Zubrow Commons filled up as some of Philadelphia’s high school seniors filed in to the large room to prepare for the final ceremonies of their one week introduction to life as a college student. The event is Philadelphia Futures’ annual College Admissions Marathon. “It’s an intensive program for rising seniors that offers them […]

 

Environment: NonProfit Sustains Through Home Renovations

Environment: NonProfit Sustains Through Home Renovations

Over the past 30 years, Rebuilding Together Philadelphia has renovated neglected homes and assisted people earning low-incomes in specifically selected areas of the city. On June 1 and 2, volunteers, experts and neighbors reconditioned 10 homes on Dewey Street in the Haddington neighborhood looking to showcase their pride in this overlooked area of West Philadelphia. […]

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Arts & Entertainment: Accomplished Comedian Finds Home in Philadelphia’s Blossoming Comedy Community

Arts & Entertainment: Accomplished Comedian Finds Home in Philadelphia’s Blossoming Comedy Community

A creator, teacher and a comedian, Justin Jain is one of the founding members of The Berserker Residents, a professor at the University of the Arts, and a well-known face in Philadelphia’s theatre community. Like many theatre artists, Jain’s beginnings were early. His career started when he was 4 years old as a ballet dancer. […]

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Fishtown: Owner Vipul Patel Opened The City’s First Legal Marijuana Dispensary

Fishtown: Owner Vipul Patel Opened The City’s First Legal Marijuana Dispensary

Behind tinted storefront glass and an intercom-locked door, lies Vipul Patel’s vision: spotless walls and slick flooring, flanked by flat screen displays and colored bleach-white, with a painstakingly grown ivy backdrop behind the front desk. Restore does its best to subvert the stigma and stereotyping around marijuana culture, at least superficially, a move that Patel […]

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Arts & Entertainment: Kristen Schier Keeps The Audience Laughing And Students Learning

Arts & Entertainment: Kristen Schier Keeps The Audience Laughing And Students Learning

Kristen Schier wears a lot hats. She currently works as the improv producer at Philly Improv Theatre, the artistic director for The N Crowd, as a senior lecturer at The University of the Arts and as a guest lecturer at Temple University. What is your background in improv? I was always interested in comedy, even […]

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Center City: Morris Animal Refuge Serves the Community

Center City: Morris Animal Refuge Serves the Community

Anthony Wessel is the lifesaving manager at the Morris Animal Refuge, a nonprofit animal welfare services organization in Philadelphia. Morris Animal Refuge was America’s very first animal shelter, founded in 1874 by Elizabeth Morris, one of the country’s early animal welfare advocates. Morris Animal Refuge provides care for abused, neglected and abandoned animals throughout the Philadelphia region. […]

 

Franklinville: La Caribeña Bakery Creates a Sense of Home for Immigrant Community

On the corner of 2nd street and Tioga in Franklinville Philadelphia, a family-run bakery called the La Caribeña Bakery served the community fresh, home-style baked goods for over a decade. Alfredo Rodriguez has owned the bakery for 12 years now after he took over for his mother-in-law. La Caribeña was built to serve a huge […]

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