Lawncrest: Ever-Changing Library Offers Knowledge to the Neighborhood

Lawncrest: Ever-Changing Library Offers Knowledge to the Neighborhood

The Lawncrest branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia is making a difference in this Northeast Philadelphia community by serving as a resource for residents to get help and information about a variety of topics. Lawncrest resident Barbara Futch makes the trip to the library twice a week. “I come here for the books, I come here to […]

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Oxford Circle: ‘The Community Has Become Really Diverse’

Oxford Circle: ‘The Community Has Become Really Diverse’

Anita Lyndaker-Studer is the executive director of the Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, she moved to Philadelphia after she graduated from Cedarville University with a degree in social work and then got her master’s degree in social administration from Temple University. How did you get involved with the OCCCDA? There […]

 

Lawncrest: Celebrating Community with a 4th Of July Parade For 100 Years (And Counting)

Lawncrest: Celebrating Community with a 4th Of July Parade For 100 Years (And Counting)

On a sweltering June afternoon at her Rising Sun Avenue office, Philadelphia Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco’s administrative assistant Kathy Wersinger received a phone call from a man living with his wife in a nearby apartment complex. He told her that he and his wife were hungry, and asked whether she had any leads on where […]

 

Lawncrest: William Conaway, Jr. Has Been A Part Of A Senior Living Center Since His Youth

Lawncrest: William Conaway, Jr. Has Been A Part Of A Senior Living Center Since His Youth

For William Conaway, Jr. (above, in blue), keeping the residents of Philadelphia Protestant Home involved in their town – and the town involved with the residents – is vital. Philadelphia Protestant Home (PPh) is a senior living center located in Lawncrest. Conaway’s official title is director of community relations. However, five minutes of walking through the […]

 

Lawncrest: Refugee Program Helps Facilitate Demographic Changes in the Northeast

Lawncrest: Refugee Program Helps Facilitate Demographic Changes in the Northeast

Not a day goes by that Helen Tobin isn’t moved by the work she does. The Philadelphia-native has spent the past seven years working with and assisting refugees and immigrants from different parts of the world as part of the Welcome Home program, ran by the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in the Lawncrest section […]

 By Raymond Boyd and Steven Mitchell

Northeast: Attack Mode Boxers Advance to State Championship

Northeast: Attack Mode Boxers Advance to State Championship

Lawncrest-based Attack Mode Boxing  sent two fighters to compete Saturday at the Pennsylvania Golden Glove Regional Championships. The event was held at Derby Ink Gardens at 820 Spring Garden St. The two boxers who represented the gym were Kieran “The Hitman” Hooks, 18, and Marquis Dacres, 25. Hooks competed in the 152-pound weight class and Dacres was in […]

 By Jessica Lopez and Lucia Volpe

Lawncrest: PhillyRising Connects With Community

Lawncrest: PhillyRising Connects With Community

PhillyRising is relatively new to Lawncrest, a neighborhood located in the 2nd Police District. Citron said he spent time building connections within the community before launching the program on March 15, 2012. “When we did our initial mappings for possible PhillyRising neighborhoods, Frankford met all of our standard criteria but we also knew we would expand into […]

 By Jessica Lopez and Lucia Volpe

Lawncrest: PhillyRising Meeting Focuses On Holiday Food Drive

Lawncrest: PhillyRising Meeting Focuses On Holiday Food Drive

A park cleanup and Veteran’s Day ceremony, a five-block cleanup and a neighborhood watch walk-through were just some of the successes highlighted during a PhillyRising meeting at the Lawncrest Library on Tuesday night. PhillyRising is a program through the City of Philadelphia that targets neighborhoods that are plagued by chronic crime and quality-of-life concerns. “During […]

 By Jessica Lopez and Lucia Volpe

Lawncrest: Park Cleanup Aids Veterans Ceremony

Lawncrest: Park Cleanup Aids Veterans Ceremony

The Star Spangled Banner rang out as Joe O’Rourke, a veteran from the Vietnam War, raised the American flag at the Lawncrest Recreation Center on Rising Sun Avenue during a Veterans Day ceremony this morning. Residents of Lawncrest gave their support and appreciation to veterans from the Vietnam, Korean, Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Organizer Kathy […]

 By Laura A. Robb and Erin M. Dungee

Northeast: Philadelphia 2035 Plan Holds Second Community Meeting

Northeast: Philadelphia 2035 Plan Holds Second Community Meeting

  The Philadelphia City Planning Commission held its second public meeting for the Lower Northeast District. Residents from the five neighborhoods of Frankford, Northwood, Oxford Circle, Lawncrest and Summerdale met at Saint Martin of Tours School recently to learn and discuss the possible future of their neighborhoods. The meeting was conducted with a very hands-on […]