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West Philadelphia: Five Caribbean Restaurants To Know

West Philadelphia: Five Caribbean Restaurants To Know

Cheesesteaks, hoagies and soft pretzels make the list when iconic Philadelphia food is the topic of conversation. However, these three foods are not the only stand-out dishes in the city. Caribbean food in particular blends a variety of spices that satisfy tastebuds. Here are five Caribbean restaurants in West Philadelphia that offer a flavorful meal […]

 By Adam Clark, Eraena Fraites and Keisha Gilkes

Carroll Park: Organization Aids First Time Homebuyers

Carroll Park: Organization Aids First Time Homebuyers

Since 1977, The Parkside Association of Philadelphia has been serving the West Parkside community and has recently relocated to the former office in the Carroll Park area at 5218 Master St. After the Carroll Park Community Council closed down about one year ago, the association took over the neighborhood providing referral services and homeowners assistance […]

 By Adam Clark

Carroll Park: After School Program Provides Education Extension

Carroll Park: After School Program Provides Education Extension

[vimeo 63865389] In the Carroll Park section of Philadelphia sits Resurrection Baptist Church, which for the past two years has been providing extra education for children of the area with their after school program. The church, located at 54th Street and Lansdowne Avenue, is headed by Pastor Robert McFadden. McFadden said the program was started to […]

 By Adam Clark, Eraena Fraites and Keisha Gilkes

Carroll Park: Raccoons Run Amok on Redfield Street

Carroll Park: Raccoons Run Amok on Redfield Street

[vimeo 63203984] At the heart of Carroll Park, lies a block unscathed by frequent crime and littering. For many years the upkeep of the 1400 block of Redfield Street has been the pride and joy of its residents. The sense of community, interaction and care for one another is evident when walking down the narrow street. […]

 By Adam Clark, Eraena Fraites and Keisha Gilkes

Carroll Park: Residents Plan to Take Action in Community Meeting

Carroll Park: Residents Plan to Take Action in Community Meeting

In a rousing community policy meeting, residents and liaisons for local organizations assembled to discuss and develop action plans for multiple neighborhood issues. “We want to see results and to sustain those results,” Mike Cormany, a local school crossing guard, said. Attendees gathered in a meeting held in a small conference room in the office […]

 By Cory Popp and Ellen Parkins

Carroll Park: Community Meetings Bring Light to Law Enforcement

Carroll Park: Community Meetings Bring Light to Law Enforcement

At a recent Police Service Area meeting community members discussed issues ranging from block parties to an increase in burglaries. Lt Robert Heinzeroth even took down cake requests for one resident’s birthday that is on the date of the next meeting. “The Police Service Area meeting is basically an open forum for residents of the neighborhoods to discuss […]

 By Cory Popp and Ellen Parkins

Carroll Park: Single-Female Households Are Common Despite Challenges

Carroll Park: Single-Female Households Are Common Despite Challenges

The 1400 block of Wanamaker Street in Carroll Park is described by its residents as being peaceful. However, as in many other places in the city, times are not easy in this neighborhood. There are at least five single mothers and five abandoned homes on the block. Rather than depending on their neighbors during these […]

 By Ellen Parkins and Cory Popp

Carroll Park: The Neighbors Take Charge

Carroll Park: The Neighbors Take Charge

[vimeo 43697516] Formed in 1997, the Carroll Park Neighbors has many roles in the maintenance and programming of the park. “We keep the flower beds cleaned, we trim the hedges, sweeping, we keep the walkways clean,” said Betty Chance, Carroll Park Neighbors volunteer. The Carroll Park Neighbors do much more then just clean. The group […]