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Pennsport: A Union Leader’s Voice Worth Hearing

Pennsport: A Union Leader’s Voice Worth Hearing

Kathleen Kramer is a 5th grade teacher at Vare-Washington Elementary School and a union leader for the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. She has been the Union Leader for six years and has many responsibilities, including informing staff of any union issues and keeping track of vision and dental forms. What is the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers? […]

 

Germantown: Businessman Joe Martin Carries Out his Vision for a More Idyllic Neighborhood

Germantown: Businessman Joe Martin Carries Out his Vision for a More Idyllic Neighborhood

While Germantown still has a need for improvement, the community has come a long way in the past few years. As owner of Acclaim Academy and chairman of the Germantown Special Services District, Joseph Martin has impacted the community in more ways than one. From striving to make the streets cleaner, to implementing murals to […]

 

Chinatown: Xu Lin Builds Community With Dragon Boat Team

Chinatown: Xu Lin Builds Community With Dragon Boat Team

The summer weather is arriving and the school year ending, but Chinatown is not exactly the ideal vacation spot. “There’s nothing to do in Chinatown during the summer,” said Jason Lin, 31. “There are no activities.” Luckily for the kids, Xu Lin, 31, helps solve the predicament of no fun stuff by taking locals dragon boat […]

 

West Kensington: Rev. Adan Mairena Transforms Community with Holistic Approach

West Kensington: Rev. Adan Mairena Transforms Community with Holistic Approach

After the Presbytery of Philadelphia asked Rev. Adan Mairena to come to Norris Square following his Resident in Ministry in 2005, he was tasked with a daunting challenge: revitalize the West Kensington Ministry. The neighborhood was in economic decline following factory shutdowns, and church members fled while poverty rose. Mairena has since committed himself to […]

 By Gabrielle Pirozzi and Shanell Simmons

Cedar Park: Girls’ Camp Continues Leadership Programs

Cedar Park: Girls’ Camp Continues Leadership Programs

Founded on the values of respect, diversity and collaboration, Camp Sojourner, the Girls’ Leadership Camp has continued to provide young girls from the ages of 8 to 17 with the tools to be well-rounded individuals. Unlike a traditional outdoor camp, Camp Sojourner is housed inside the Calvary Center for Community and Culture at 48th Street […]