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East Kensington: Green Spaces Foster Sense Of Community

East Kensington: Green Spaces Foster Sense Of Community

Even in the increasingly solitary digital age, people still often feel the need for community in their lives. In Philadelphia and cities across the country, green spaces of all shapes and sizes can fulfill that need. “People like a place to congregate,” said City Councilman Mark Squilla, whose District 1 encompasses East Kensington. “If you […]

 

Cobbs Creek: Environmental Center Educates The Community And Works Alongside The Philadelphia Water Dept.

Cobbs Creek: Environmental Center Educates The Community And Works Alongside The Philadelphia Water Dept.

The Cobbs Creek Environmental Center is part of the Alliance for Watershed Education of the Delaware River, one of many organizations in the area providing public education about the environment and our water supply. “One of the problems we have in this part of the city is our system is very old,” said the center’s […]

 

Kingsessing: In Changing Neighborhood, ‘Play Terrains’ Project Opens Dialogue

Kingsessing: In Changing Neighborhood, ‘Play Terrains’ Project Opens Dialogue

Meghan Talarowski thinks play can bring anyone together. “There’s no race, there’s no economic status related to play,” Talarowski said. “Everybody plays. That’s what we do. It’s like a basic human nature.” Talarowski, a landscape architect, developed such a passion for play that she made it her career. Almost three years ago, she founded Studio […]

 

Immigration: Five Ways To Support Immigrant Communities

Immigration: Five Ways To Support Immigrant Communities

Given America’s current political climate regarding immigration, many immigrant communities may feel at risk or even targeted. In a so-called sanctuary city like Philadelphia, immigrants can become active and engaged in community organizing to educate themselves and others about their rights in America. Here are five active organizations that offer educational programs and events for immigrant communities. Asian Arts Initiative […]

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Sharswood: North Philly Peace Park Plans Community Expansion

Sharswood: North Philly Peace Park Plans Community Expansion

Donna Bradley never thought she could grow food in her own neighborhood. About two and a half years ago, Bradley started to crave a more environmentally friendly way to spend her time — she wanted to grow her own food and show other people how to do it, too. She didn’t think she could find […]

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Cobbs Creek: Food Pantry Serves As A Staple At St. Cyprian Church

Cobbs Creek: Food Pantry Serves As A Staple At St. Cyprian Church

Several years ago, April Robinson needed groceries— so she turned to the St. Cyprian Church for a meal. “A bag of chicken, some canned goods and some noodles, and juice,” Robinson said. She still remembers the groceries she received in the church’s basement, which has served as a food pantry for well over a decade. […]

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City Politics: Larry Krasner Campaigns For District Attorney In North Philadelphia, Kingsessing

City Politics: Larry Krasner Campaigns For District Attorney In North Philadelphia, Kingsessing

Nearing the end of his campaign for the November 7 election of new district attorney in Philadelphia, Larry Krasner doesn’t get a day off. The long-time defense attorney is recognized in Philadelphia and beyond as a man who has sued the city’s police department a whopping 75 times, representing individuals and groups including ACT UP, […]

 

Fishtown: Joe Primavera Building Community One Music Lesson At A Time

Fishtown: Joe Primavera Building Community One Music Lesson At A Time

After graduating from Temple University in 2008 with a degree in music, Joe Primavera taught private guitar and piano lessons throughout Philadelphia and parts of New Jersey. Shortly thereafter, he founded Philly Music Lessons, working out of a small recording studio in the basement of his Fishtown home. Soon after hiring a few close friends to teach […]

 

Olney: Arts-and-Culture Project Turns into Seven-Year Commitment

Olney: Arts-and-Culture Project Turns into Seven-Year Commitment

Ambrose Liu, founder and project director of the Olney Culture Lab, an initiative sponsored by CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia, has been working in the Olney neighborhood for the past seven years organizing arts and culture events for the neighborhood. Olney Culture Lab’s signature event, the Olney Youth Arts Festival, is an annual multicultural dance festival and something […]

 

Kingsessing: Seniors Find Creative Outlet At Open Mic

Kingsessing: Seniors Find Creative Outlet At Open Mic

Poems about New York and chapters from a romance novel echoed through the Kingsessing Library’s sunlit basement. On Sept. 28, the library hosted an open mic poetry night for older adults— the first of many, Rachel Hayes hopes. “I think it’s important for the community,” Kingsessing Library Supervisor Hayes said. “Anything positive, anything that builds […]

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