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Hunting Park: SquashSmarts Prepares Kids For What Is Next In Life Through Squash

Hunting Park: SquashSmarts Prepares Kids For What Is Next In Life Through Squash

The loud sound of the collision of a rubber squash ball with a white wall reverberated around the squash courts at SquashSmarts, on the second floor of the Lenfest Center, as sweat dripped down the faces of the students and coaches while they prepared for another day’s work. The noise and buzz represented another day […]

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Mayfair: CDC Executive Director Aims to Keep Neighborhood Current

Mayfair: CDC Executive Director Aims to Keep Neighborhood Current

Luka Lakuriqi has made it his mission to make the Mayfair community the place to be in the Northeast. He leads the Mayfair Community Development Corporation, located on the second floor of the Mayfair Community Center at 2990 St. Vincent St. Lakuriqi and his team serve everyone from business owners to residents to make sure that Mayfair’s […]

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Strawberry Mansion: Tyrone Williams of NAC Teaches Community To Use Its Voice

Strawberry Mansion: Tyrone Williams of NAC Teaches Community To Use Its Voice

Now the head of community engagement at the Strawberry Mansion Neighborhood Action Center, Tyrone Williams has worked his whole life trying to better his community. From a young age, Williams took an active interest in reaching out to people. He estimated his history in community outreach went back to when he was 11-years old and a […]

 

West Powelton: Bernadine Hawes Says, “We Try to Create Great Citizens of Philadelphia.”

West Powelton: Bernadine Hawes Says, “We Try to Create Great Citizens of Philadelphia.”

Bernadine Hawes is a Washington D.C. native who moved to West Philadelphia in 1972 to get her master’s degree in Medical Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. She has since been a very active member of the community. Hawes is the chair of the board at the People’s Emergency Center (PEC) and also serves on […]

 

Kensington: Organization Hands Out Free Needles for Heroin, Decreases HIV

Kensington: Organization Hands Out Free Needles for Heroin, Decreases HIV

Syringe Exchange Lowers HIV Rate, Lacks Government Funding Philadelphia isn’t only known as the City of Brotherly Love, it’s also known for its substantial spread of HIV/AIDS and drug use. In 1991, Prevention Point Philadelphia (PPP) was founded as an underground syringe exchange organization to combat the sweep and has since become a multi-service hub […]

 

Kensington: A Greener Schoolyard for Hackett Elementary

Kensington: A Greener Schoolyard for Hackett Elementary

Within the next few years, the schoolyard at Horatio B. Hackett Elementary School will no longer be known as a sea of asphalt, but rather as an educational landmark filled with greens and opportunities the entire community can enjoy. The efforts stem from the combined work to revitalize the schoolyard from the School District of […]

 By Andrew Weiser

Cobbs Creek: Community of Compassion Feeds Hungry

Cobbs Creek: Community of Compassion Feeds Hungry

Located at 6148 Cedar Ave., the Community of Compassion Community Development Corp. is trying to do its part to make the neighborhood a better place to live. Some of the most important outreach programs, which are extensions of the service ministry for the Church of Christian Compassion across the street, include groceries in partnership with […]

 By Matthew Flowers

Northeast Philadelphia: Lyme Disease Poses a Risk to Residential Areas Surrounding Parks

Northeast Philadelphia: Lyme Disease Poses a Risk to Residential Areas Surrounding Parks

The growing number of Lyme disease cases is causing concern among people living near the many parks in Northeast Philadelphia. Lyme disease is the most common insect-born disease in the United States. The disease,which is bacterial, can cause serious physical problems. Further, if left untreated, the disease, contradicted from tick bites, can cause long-term health […]