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Education: English Teacher Aims To Improve Opportunities Inside And Outside The Classroom

Education: English Teacher Aims To Improve Opportunities Inside And Outside The Classroom

Kayla Conklin currently serves as the department head of the English department at Esperanza Academy Charter High School in West Hunting Park. That title is just one of many she holds at the school, mainly comprised of minority students in the surrounding neighborhoods. Between the hours of 8:50 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Conklin is either […]

 

Chestnut Hill: Chestnut Hill Local Remains a Vital Part of Northwest Community

Chestnut Hill: Chestnut Hill Local Remains a Vital Part of Northwest Community

Since its inception in 1958, The Chestnut Hill Local newspaper has served neighborhoods in the Northwest section of Philadelphia, covering smaller-scale news stories pertaining to the local community, rather than the entire city. “The Chestnut Hill Local started off as the newsletter of the community association and then morphed into an independent newspaper,” said Larry […]

 

Waterfront: A Church in Manayunk Aims to Offer ‘Something Different’

Waterfront: A Church in Manayunk Aims to Offer ‘Something Different’

Epic Church is not your typical house of worship. In fact, its motto is “Something different.” So what makes Epic Church so different? Well, for starters, the service takes place in a Manayunk movie theater where Taylor Swift’s song “Shake it Off” was blasting over the speakers on one recent Sunday. “I want to treat guests […]

 

Waterfront: Mobile, Risk-Taking Chef Offers Unusual Barbecue Style

Waterfront: Mobile, Risk-Taking Chef Offers Unusual Barbecue Style

The Guerrilla Ultima food truck mixes different cultures into a unique BBQ style. It’s located right outside of Yards Brewing Co. at 901 N. Delaware Ave., every Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. The owner of the truck, chef Robert Legget (above, right), is a well-traveled chef who combines Asian, Mexican, Italian and Latino food into […]

 

Northeast Philadelphia: Five People Making a Difference in the Community

Northeast Philadelphia: Five People Making a Difference in the Community

In all parts of Philadelphia, there are people who are making efforts to help their various communities in different ways. In Northeast Philadelphia, there are many organizations that use unique methods to make a difference in their respective areas. These are five people who devote time to helping out environmentally, socially and academically. 1. Lisa […]

 

Mantua: Five Places You Need To Know

Mantua: Five Places You Need To Know

Just north of Drexel University’s campus sits a small, tightly knit community called Mantua. With bordering streets from Spring Garden Street to Mantua Avenue and 31st to 40th streets. A mainly residential neighborhood, Mantua has struggled in the past with drug-related crimes and deep poverty. The residents are predominantly working-class Philadelphians dedicated to keeping their […]

 By Shane Hoffman and Danielle Miess

Kensington: Community and Journalists Discuss Their Relationship

Kensington: Community and Journalists Discuss Their Relationship

In the basement of Norris Square Civic Association Child Care Center at 2010 Mascher St., concerned citizens of Kensington sat along side a group of Philadelphia journalists for the Center for Public Interest Journalism’s community conversation. This public discussion was held so that the individuals in this neighborhood could interact with members of the media […]

 By Christie Francis and Stephanie Klock

Al Dia: Varela Awards Offer $40,000 to Multicultural Journalists

Al Dia: Varela Awards Offer $40,000 to Multicultural Journalists

The Felix Varela Award, which provides $40,000 award for excellence in American journalism funded by the Al Dia Foundation, is now open to more than Spanish-language articles. The award, one of the largest in journalism, is named for a Catholic priest who wrote journalistic articles in Philadelphia and New York about his native Cuba during […]