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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 […]

 

Politics: Criminal Justice Reform Committee Focuses On Psychology

Politics: Criminal Justice Reform Committee Focuses On Psychology

The Special Committee on Criminal Justice Reform met last month in the City Council chambers. Co-chairs Curtis Jones Jr. of City Council, retired Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel and the head of the Defender Association of Philadelphia, Kier Bradford-Grey all presided over the hearing that focused on the psychology of criminals and potential criminals, and […]

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Powelton Village: A Neighborhood In Transition

Powelton Village: A Neighborhood In Transition

Usually when a person’s name is drawn from a hat, they gain something. But when Linn Washington had his name called hours before one of Philadelphia’s most controversial events, he almost lost his head. Literally. “On August 8, 1978, the police quite surprisingly allowed six journalists to come within the police lines and essentially be […]

 

Mantua: After-School Programs Filling Void Left By Closure of University City High School

Mantua: After-School Programs Filling Void Left By Closure of University City High School

For 41 years, the 14-acre plot on Filbert Street between 37th and 38th streets was home to University City High School, Charles Drew Elementary School and The Walnut Center. Today, those buildings have been erased from existence, leaving behind a vast swath of unfinished terrain littered by rocks, dirt and controversy. University City High School closed […]

 

University City: Drexel Lacrosse Player Looks Back

University City: Drexel Lacrosse Player Looks Back

The night of Dec. 8, 2012 had started off like any other Saturday night for Brendan Glynn, then a lacrosse player entering his senior season at Drexel University. Glynn was coming off a successful junior campaign in which he had 26 goals and 11 assists and was gearing up for what would be his final […]

 

Sports: Five Bars for Fans of Out-of-Town Sports Teams

Sports: Five Bars for Fans of Out-of-Town Sports Teams

Philadelphia is known for having some of the most passionate fans in sports. Sometimes that’s a compliment. Other times, Philadelphians intimidate other team’s fans. For Philadelphia residents who are fans of out-of-town teams, gameday can present a dilemma. Is their team’s game being shown on their TV? Which bar might be showing the game they […]

 

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 […]

 

Mantua: Longtime Donut Shop Owners Have Seen Good Changes in Community

Mantua: Longtime Donut Shop Owners Have Seen Good Changes in Community

Loyal customers know that Fresh Donuts owner Donald Eap and his sister Van have owned the doughnut and breakfast shop at 39th and Lancaster Avenue in Mantua for years. The neighborhood has changed significantly since they opened the doors back in 1991. What changes have the Eaps seen in Mantua? “Now it’s more like upbeat,” […]

 

Mantua: One Year Later, Community Wonders if Promise Will Be Kept

Mantua: One Year Later, Community Wonders if Promise Will Be Kept

The White House designated part of West Philadelphia as one of five Promise Zones one year ago this January. The designation will last for another nine years, but while most organizations involved look positively on the first year, some Mantua residents are less impressed. With help from the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation grant, the Philadelphia police force and […]

 

University City: Building Champions of Character

University City: Building Champions of Character

The Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative – established in 2009 – is a collaborative of member organizations, which provide support for non-traditional youth sports-based programs in the city. The organizations offer physical development and life skills though sports such as cycling, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, riding, rowing, running, soccer, squash, and tennis. PYSC’s mission is to […]