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Kensington: Pastor Joshua Grace’s Impact Goes Beyond Church Walls

Kensington: Pastor Joshua Grace’s Impact Goes Beyond Church Walls

Joshua Grace has served as pastor at Circle of Hope Church since 2003. Grace leads efforts to unite his community through its thrift store, Circle Thrift, and events hosted by the church. He works with community organizations to mobilize resources and bring people together in a God-centered environment. Circle of Hope is associated with the […]

 

Point Breeze: Community Cookout And More Events This Week

Point Breeze: Community Cookout And More Events This Week

Looking to find out what’s going on in Point Breeze this week? Our calendar round-up lets you know what’s happening in your neighborhood.  Summer Concert Series: Wednesday, July 12, 6:30-8 p.m. – South Philly Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia (1700 S. Broad St.) Murph’s VHS Movie Night: Wednesday July 12, 8-11 p.m. – […]

 

Kensington: Food Focused Organizations Strive For A Healthier Neighborhood

Kensington: Food Focused Organizations Strive For A Healthier Neighborhood

Many neighborhoods in Philadelphia are considered underprivileged “food deserts,” low-income areas that lack regular access to grocery stores and fresh markets. They battle with consequences such as early childhood obesity and an overall decline in health over time. Kensington is among these neighborhoods, with a history that includes a lack of grocery stores and sources […]

 

Casinos: UNITE HERE Philadelphia Stands Up for SugarHouse Employees

While the still-undecided final location of Philadelphia’s second gaming license dominates the local casino conversation, all is not quiet at the renovating SugarHouse. Philly’s first casino is attracting some recent notice because of renewed efforts to unionize its rank-and-file employees with the support of UNITE HERE Philadelphia. Over the winter, the Atlantic City-based union organization, […]

 

Casinos: Cash To Communities But At What Cost?

With a second casino license up for grabs, communities near the proposed locations may wonder what they have to look forward to with a casino in their neighborhood. SugarHouse Casino  donated $500,000 last year to the Penn Treaty Special Services District, which then allocated the money to various community organizations. “It’s pretty much a payoff,” […]

 

Casinos: Five People On The Front Lines

Casinos: Five People On The Front Lines

Given the size of most gaming operations, it’s often difficult to put a “face” to any particular organization (besides Donald Trump, and he’s largely famous for his other endeavors). Despite this, there’s still a fair number of important people – some within the industry, some who would like to destroy the industry and some who feel […]

 By Shane Hoffman and Danielle Miess

Kensington: Local Church Makes Communal Difference

Kensington: Local Church Makes Communal Difference

If one were to walk through the glass doors of 2007 Frankford Ave. on a Sunday afternoon, the sounds of the busy city street would be replaced with elegant voices and guitar cords. The main meeting room of the Frankford and Norris branch of Circle of Hope is full with the sound of graceful singing […]