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Spruce Hill: The Fuze Connects Community Members Through the Power of Words

Spruce Hill: The Fuze Connects Community Members Through the Power of Words

On a recent Friday night, big, lantern-shaped yellow lights hung from the ceiling of Studio 34 and cast a warm shadow on intricate paper birds that dangled a few inches below. A variety of comfy couches, love seats and homey wooden chairs were scattered throughout the space, all facing a small stage area where a single mic stood. […]

 

Spruce Hill and Cedar Park: Five Local Businesses to Visit

Spruce Hill and Cedar Park: Five Local Businesses to Visit

In the Spruce Hill and Cedar Park sections of Philadelphia there are many companies tucked away within pockets of Baltimore Avenue. Whether you are looking for jewelry, clothing, books, games or food, there is a place for anyone’s needs or interests. Take a stroll along along the streets of these neighborhoods and make a stop at one […]

 

Spruce Hill: Frank Chance Says Friends of Clark Park are Looking for Funding for Park Projects

Spruce Hill: Frank Chance Says Friends of Clark Park are Looking for Funding for Park Projects

Frank Chance (above) is secretary of Friends of Clark Park, a nonprofit corporation and volunteer organization that helps improve and maintain Clark Park in the Spruce Hill section of West Philadelphia. Chance previously served as the president of the organization from 2007 to 2009. Why did you join Friends of Clark Park? We live about a […]

 

Cedar Park: Music Program Proves Instrumental to Young Students

Cedar Park: Music Program Proves Instrumental to Young Students

The major budget cuts the School District of Philadelphia had to endure had a direct impact on music and art programs throughout the schools. Established in 2011 at St. Francis De Sales School, Play On, Philly! has been able to provide students with another way to learn musical instruments in a school setting. Play On, […]

 

Cedar Park: Dock Street Owner Aims to Keep Creativity Flowing at Brewery

Cedar Park: Dock Street Owner Aims to Keep Creativity Flowing at Brewery

What do you get when you take a passion for beer, a knack for business and a hardworking staff? Dock Street Brewing Company, of course. Located at 50th Street and Baltimore Avenue, the pub holds its own in the busy area by being an ever-changing spot for brew-lovers. Owner Rosemarie Certo (above) said she keeps the business flowing […]

 

Cedar Park & Spruce Hill: Five Places for Vegetarian, Vegan or Gluten-Free Food

Cedar Park & Spruce Hill: Five Places for Vegetarian, Vegan or Gluten-Free Food

It isn’t always easy to find places to eat that offer vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free options, but the cafés around Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia offer plenty of choices. Although some may not expect this neighborhood to offer such varied cuisine, both locals and tourists will be surprised to see what they find when they take a closer […]

 

Cedar Park: Greensgrow West Teams Up With Mobile Markets To Supply Fresh Produce

Cedar Park: Greensgrow West Teams Up With Mobile Markets To Supply Fresh Produce

Nestled in the middle of the 4900 block of Baltimore Avenue sun shines on what would otherwise be a vacant lot and reminder of what once was a burnt down building. “We take pride in our area,” said Jennifer Foster, retail manger of Greensgrow West. “Gardening isn’t just a hobby it’s much more than that. […]

 

Cedar Park: Small Taco Stand Thrives With Neighborhood Support

Cedar Park: Small Taco Stand Thrives With Neighborhood Support

Since its emergence last month, Vanessa Jerolmack’s backyard business has garnered a strong following from surrounding neighbors near 50th Street and Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia. Jerolmack, no stranger to the abundance of taco joints located throughout her hometown of Los Angeles, saw an opportunity to bring Mexican cuisine to Cedar Park. Starting out as a mobile taco stand for various sections of the city, Taco Angeleno‘s […]

 By Alexandra Keller

West Philly: Music Education Improves Academic and Social Skills

West Philly: Music Education Improves Academic and Social Skills

With the $304 million deficit facing the Philadelphia School District this year, music education was among the first programs to get cut. However, one special after school program is encouraging students to play on. Play On, Philly!, known as POP, was established in 2011 at St. Francis de Sales School and since then has expanded […]

 By Lucas Rodgers

Spruce Hill: Dollar Strollin’ in West Philly

Spruce Hill: Dollar Strollin’ in West Philly

These days, it’s hard to get much out of a dollar, especially in an urban area such as Philadelphia. Then again, a dollar can still cover a good bargain on certain occasions. During the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll on Sept. 12, great deals were everywhere along this busy street in West Philadelphia. Businesses located on Baltimore […]

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