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Mayfair: Q&A with a Business Leader Fighting a Changing Neighborhood

Mayfair: Q&A with a Business Leader Fighting a Changing Neighborhood

Angela Vanni is a Philadelphia native and an owner of Giggles Gifts, a retail gift shop which specializes in candies, cards, seasonal decorations and other possible presents. Located at 7400 Frankford Ave., it was founded by the Veneziale family in 1983 and opened during an era when these types of businesses were a common sight in Mayfair. Now, the times have changed, […]

 

Mantua: Months After Flames Force Rescue, Home Still Stands Silent

Mantua: Months After Flames Force Rescue, Home Still Stands Silent

Some homes have been kept in the same family for generations, some have seen great tragedies like fire or flood, others are left vacant or forgotten and the rare few have been given a proper funeral before being torn down. Every house has a story and 3952 Aspen St. is no exception. On July 12, […]

 

Queen Village: Jack B. Fabrics Back in Business After Store Fire

Queen Village: Jack B. Fabrics Back in Business After Store Fire

Jack B. Fabrics had been in business on the southwest corner of Fourth and Fitzwater streets for nearly 35 years until a fire raged through their brick-and-mortar shop on April 6, 2013. Now the business is running again after moving directly across the street from its original location at the end of April 2014 and the store is gradually getting […]

 By Thomas E. Zamonski and Parissa M. Zecher

Germantown: Officials Determine Cause of Baynton Street Fire

Germantown: Officials Determine Cause of Baynton Street Fire

Officials have discovered the cause of the fire that occurred early Tuesday morning in a three-story townhouse, located on Baynton Street, in Germantown. Executive Chief Richard Davidson has confirmed that the house fire prompted a woman to jump from the third-story window of her 45-foot home was started by a portable electric heater. The Philadelphia Department […]

 By Justin Boylan

Kensington: Residents Are Returning to Their Homes to Find Extensive Damage

Kensington: Residents Are Returning to Their Homes to Find Extensive Damage

Kensington residents are going back to their homes to find extensive damage from this week’s fire. It is too soon to determine the exact cause of the blaze, but some people will have to rebuild their houses or find other places to live. For additional coverage of the fire and its aftermath, see the following […]

 By Justin Boylan

Kensington: The Neighborhood Tries to Cope With the Fire’s Aftermath

Kensington: The Neighborhood Tries to Cope With the Fire’s Aftermath

The blocks that surround the abandoned warehouse, located at 1871 E. York St., which caught fire early Monday morning, continue to be off-limits as construction workers and firefighters spent countless hours trying to clear the area of leftover debris and hazardous material. Now that the flames have been put out, city workers were left to […]

 By Ahlora Thomas-Lyons

Kensington: The Fire and The Aftermath

Kensington: The Fire and The Aftermath

Imagine waking up at 3 a.m. to sirens, bright lights and smoke-filled air. Your block is almost completely engulfed in flames. For the next two days the place that you call home would be bombarded with city officials, reporters and bystanders alike. This became reality for the residents of Jasper and Boston streets as a […]

 By Ian Darrenkamp and Stephen Kimmerly

Hunting Park: Explosion and Fire on Ontario Street

Hunting Park: Explosion and Fire on Ontario Street

Workers were cleaning up the mess after a sudden explosion and fire left a home on the 1100 block of Ontario Street literally a shell of its former self. Verlene Stephens has been living on the 1000-block of Ontario Street for the past six years, and she can’t recall anything like this happening before. “I’m […]

 By Kean Maynard

Feltonville: Motorcycle Accident Leaves Man in Flames

Feltonville: Motorcycle Accident Leaves Man in Flames

At around 10:45 a.m. today a motorcyclist was severely injured from a collision with a vehicle at the intersection of North Second Street and Wyoming Avenue, officials said. Rivera Walters, 24, was driving west on Wyoming Avenue when his bike collided with a vehicle being driven by a young Hispanic woman. The driver of the […]

 By Danielle Grossman and Charlie Creitz

Fairhill: Neighborhood Pulls Through Despite House Abandonment Epidemic

Fairhill: Neighborhood Pulls Through Despite House Abandonment Epidemic

Everybody has walked down a block of signature Philadelphia row homes. Visitors and residents have glanced side to side intermittently and have admired the subtle intricacies of each house. One had flowers on the porch banister. Another had a Colonial-era shoe scraper beside the front steps. There were even others that had slightly different hues […]