Manayunk: North Light Community Center Staff Offers Support Programs For Local Families

Manayunk: North Light Community Center Staff Offers Support Programs For Local Families

North Light Community Center, located at 175 Green Lane, just off Main Street, has been a consistent presence in the neighborhood for more than 80 years, offering child care, raising money for scholarships for local kids and serving as a space for locals to convene. Irene Madrak (pictured below) is the executive director at North […]

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Roxborough/Manayunk: Shifting Demographic Impacts Housing Market

Roxborough/Manayunk: Shifting Demographic Impacts Housing Market

Manayunk and Roxborough are changing as their populations continue to get younger. Both sections of the city have proved to be destinations for young people to live after they finish school, and more of them are choosing to buy homes in the area. As recently as 2016, the median age of residents in the Manayunk […]

 

Manayunk: Five Places to Go Out and See Live Music

Manayunk: Five Places to Go Out and See Live Music

Live music can transform a quiet bar or restaurant into an exciting and happening place. From full bands playing original music, to acoustic covers, to disc jockeys, here is is a list of five places in Manayunk where it can be seen. Dawson Street Pub Dawson Street Pub (above) has hosted nationally known acts like Selwyn […]

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Manayunk: Keeping Up With the Woman Who Runs Main Street

Manayunk: Keeping Up With the Woman Who Runs Main Street

Chances are if you have seen a new business or event in Manayunk, Jane Lipton has been a part of it.  Lipton (below right) is the executive director of the Manayunk Development Corporation. Her job consists of tasks like working with business owners, planning events and festivals, and organizing murals. What is the mission of the […]

 

Manayunk: Q&A With A Local Legend Who Turned His Life Around

Manayunk: Q&A With A Local Legend Who Turned His Life Around

After a traumatic accident, doctors told Dave Scarpello he would never walk again. The Manayunk native who has lived in the area for 32 years, proved them wrong. He ran in the Broad Street Run this year, spent his days on disability participating in running clubs, started the Roxborough Manayunk News Facebook page and became a […]

 

Northwest: The Craft Beer Industry Is Booming. Here’s Why.

Northwest: The Craft Beer Industry Is Booming. Here’s Why.

Twenty years ago, when Philly entrepreneur Harry Renner and restaurateur Michael Rose decided to open up a brewpub in a former cotton mill factory on Main Street, they didn’t know what to expect. They were one of the first new craft breweries to open in the city. “It was Harry Renner’s vision,” Rose said. “He had […]

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Wissahickon: Nation’s Third-Oldest Canoe Club Treads On

Wissahickon: Nation’s Third-Oldest Canoe Club Treads On

The Wissahickon area features a little known gem that has remained afloat for more than a century. Philadelphia Canoe Club, open since 1905, is the third oldest paddling club in the United States. The club makes use of a repurposed 18th century mill, juxtaposed between the Wissahickon Creek and Schuylkill River. “We have classes year-round,” said George […]

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Manayunk: Seven Niche Shops Bringing The Community Together

Manayunk: Seven Niche Shops Bringing The Community Together

Customers and shop owners along Main Street say the area embodies the “Cheers” mentality – it’s a place where “everybody knows your name.” The street is packed with small specialty businesses run by people who are not only passionate about their companies but about the Manayunk community. Main Street Music, 4444 Main St. A fixture […]

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Chestnut Hill: Safety, Community Enhancement are Top Priorities for Business District Executive Director

Chestnut Hill: Safety, Community Enhancement are Top Priorities for Business District Executive Director

Martha Sharkey is the executive director for the Chestnut Hill Business Association and is one of the primary people leading the way in bringing new businesses, programs and community safety projects to the local community. Sharkey, who has held her current position for three years, believes that helping bring new people to the neighborhood will ultimately […]

 

Manayunk: Thanks4Giving Clothing Drive Provides Local and City-Wide Benefits

Manayunk: Thanks4Giving Clothing Drive Provides Local and City-Wide Benefits

North Light Community Center has been serving families in Manayunk and nearby Roxborough for 80 years, and the Thanks4Giving Clothing Drive, which runs until December 31st,  is one of the ways North Light is able to continue its success. The drive was created by Joe DeCandido, CEO of ADVENT, and it’s a partnership with Impact […]

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