By Kyle Noone

Fairhill: Village Arts and Free Library Bring Residents Internet Hot Spot

Fairhill: Village Arts and Free Library Bring Residents Internet Hot Spot

Fairhill community organization Village Arts and Humanities has teamed up with the Free Library of Philadelphia to provide residents with a free internet hot spot. The seven-seat computer lab is located at Village Arts’ headquarters at 2544 Germantown Ave. “The library rents out space in various areas and different community centers where they provide computer internet […]

 By Rodney Bost and Saleem Sabree

Fairhill: Mural Project Aims to Revitalize Part of Germantown Avenue

Fairhill: Mural Project Aims to Revitalize Part of Germantown Avenue

Nelly Maldanado often stands outside of his clothing store on the 2600 block of Germantown Avenue and reminisces about a time not long ago when businesses up and down the corridor flourished. Although Maldonado’s store, M.J Apparel, has seen steady business over the years, the corridor as a whole has fallen on hard times. Abandoned […]

 By Mike Green

Fairhill: Educators Seek to Inspire Students

Fairhill: Educators Seek to Inspire Students

When Darlene Lomax-Garrett became co-principal of Fairhill Elementary School at 601 W. Somerset St. last year, it wasn’t her first time around. Earlier in her career she had joined the school’s faculty to fill in for a principal on leave, but the principal came back before she could make a serious impression. Now she has […]

 By Rodney Bost and Saleem Sabree

Fairhill: Local Teacher Forms Math Enrichment Club

Fairhill: Local Teacher Forms Math Enrichment Club

When John Piniat first came to Potter-Thomas Promise Academy in 2010 he knew that he had to make a positive impact on the students in one way or another. Piniat is a math coach at the school in Fairhill, located at 3001 N. Sixth St., and formed the Mathematics Olympiad Club shortly after being hired. The […]

 By Sarah Higgins and Mike Green

Fairhill: Sidewalk Sale Attempts to Raise Money for Church Restorations

Fairhill: Sidewalk Sale Attempts to Raise Money for Church Restorations

For parishioners like Ruth Hernandez, the fundraising for the construction on the Zoe Bible Fellowship Baptist Church has been a long process. The church, located at 2652 N. Ninth St. in Fairhill, has undergone restoration for the past two years. Hernandez has attended Zoe Bible Fellowship for the past three years, and said the church […]

 By Rodney Bost

Fairhill: Alcohol Prevention Program Helps Neighborhood Children Cope

Fairhill: Alcohol Prevention Program Helps Neighborhood Children Cope

For the past 25 years, Guadenzia Centro Primavera has been a staple of the Fairhill community and has helped shape the lives of countless children. Located at 2751 North Fifth St., Guadenzia Centro Primavera is a drug and alcohol prevention education program for children ages 5 through 12. The program’s goal is to make children […]

 By Mike Green

Fairhill: Crime Rate Falls in the Neighborhood

Fairhill: Crime Rate Falls in the Neighborhood

[vimeo 52950894] When Hector Colon moved into Fairhill in 1986, it was a much different place from what it is today.  According to Colon, the 1990s became a very bloody and crime-ridden time in Fairhill’s history. “There used to be a drug dealer on every corner, dealing dope, dealing needles,” he said. “People would get shot […]

 By Sarah Higgins

Fairhill: PhillyEarth Teaches Local Students About Sustainability

Fairhill: PhillyEarth Teaches Local Students About Sustainability

PhillyEarth, an organization founded to teach local children about becoming community sustainability leaders, provides after-school programs, an urban farm site and community outreach programs to Fairhill. Jon Hopkins, who runs the organization, welcomes a host of children into their space at the Village Arts and Humanities, 2544 Germantown Ave. Hopkins most recently taught seven children on […]

 By Rodney Bost and Saleem Sabree

Fairhill: Local Block Turns to Religion to Bring Change

Fairhill: Local Block Turns to Religion to Bring Change

Deacon Taylor Williams frequently sits on the steps outside of his house on the 1300 block of Seltzer Street and converses with neighbors about the positive changes that he envisions God would bring to the embattled block. Located in between Somerset Street and Silver Street, the 1300 block of Seltzer is a small side street […]

 

Fairhill: Local Woman Helps Mentally Ill

Fairhill: Local Woman Helps Mentally Ill

Charin Combs has always been one to give back. That’s why she wasn’t surprised that she eventually obtained a job where she worked with the mentally ill. Combs works for CATCH, a South Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization that has supplied behavioral health and intellectual disability services for the community since 1969. Combs is a driver for the […]