By Gillian Francella

Overbrook: Teen Death Sets Back Struggle to Change Neighborhood Image

Overbrook: Teen Death Sets Back Struggle to Change Neighborhood Image

[vimeo 63675884] Tragedy struck the Tustin Recreation Center Thursday afternoon when 17-year-old Bernard Scott was caught in the crossfire of gunshots that erupted during a fight on 59th and Lancaster. Scott was an innocent bystander, police said. Scott staggered across the street to Little Caesars Pizzeria and was taken to Lenakenau Medical Center by  Antwain Gardener. The victim was later pronounced […]

 By Coeli Danella and Gillian Francella

Overbrook: Crime Prevention Combats Increased Car Thefts

Overbrook: Crime Prevention Combats Increased Car Thefts

In the past month, neighborhood crime reports indicate two robberies, two burglaries and a car theft have taken place in the 19th Police District near Overbrook. The 19th District is being proactive in educating community members on what they can do to ensure their belongings remain secure. “The best thing they can do is take their […]

 By Kate Trowbridge and Siena Mazero

Allegheny: Allied Barton Works to Keep Students Safe

Allegheny: Allied Barton Works to Keep Students Safe

Student safety is a priority on most college campuses. But when the campus is located in an area more prevalent to crime, it becomes more of a concern. Colleges want to provide an environment where students feel safe, but sometimes they may need a little extra help. Michele Trotter, a newly employed member of the […]

 By Shawn H. Kotzen and Niesha Miller

Hunting Park: North Philadelphia Aztecs Keep Children Pointed in a Positive Direction

Hunting Park: North Philadelphia Aztecs Keep Children Pointed in a Positive Direction

In cheerleading and football, a team’s success is primarily defined by the number of championship trophies it has accumulated. However, for the North Philadelphia Aztecs, the definition of success goes way beyond the shiny statues and first-place finishes. For Wayne “Wiz” Allen, co-founder and current head coach of the 170-pound team, the lessons learned on […]

 By Paulina Malek and William Matz

Strawberry Mansion: Residents Address Crime at Community Meeting

Strawberry Mansion: Residents Address Crime at Community Meeting

A gathering of ten residents for the 22nd District’s community meeting this week may not have seemed like much, but what they brought with them were loads of concerns–and passion for the place they call home. For the district, which includes Strawberry Mansion, a central issue was the increasing number of individuals roaming the streets […]

 By Irene Kipervasser

Walnut Hill: Community Protects Playground and the Kids

Walnut Hill: Community Protects Playground and the Kids

A playground is a sacred place for a community. It is there that parents and caregivers trust that their children will be safe from harm as they enjoy all of the fun amenities it has to offer. But when a playground becomes a location for drugs and violence, the community must step in to reclaim […]