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Northwest Philadelphia: Entrepreneur Doing Well By Doing Good for the Community

Northwest Philadelphia: Entrepreneur Doing Well By Doing Good for the Community

For Ken Weinstein (above), passion is more than just a cliche, it is the driving factor that has motivated him to become the successful real estate developer, entrepreneur, and benefactor he is today.   “Passion isn’t just about making money or going to a job everyday, it’s doing what you love to do,” said Weinstein. […]

 

Port Richmond: Kenney the Popular Pick for Mayor

Port Richmond: Kenney the Popular Pick for Mayor

Residing in the Kensington section of Philadelphia in his younger years, Ken Paul knew he someday wanted to leave his childhood home for greener pastures – in the literal sense of the word. He and his family, Paul said, used to talk about relocating to a more suburban setting. Naturally, he eventually hopped neighborhoods and […]

 

Mantua: Residents, Business Owners Hope for More Progress With New Mayor

Mantua: Residents, Business Owners Hope for More Progress With New Mayor

With Philadelphia’s primary election creeping up in May, the city is already prepping for a new mayor to take the reins from Mayor Michael Nutter, and many are talking about what changes they would like to see. In the West Philadelphia neighborhood of Mantua and the Lancaster Avenue corridor, students, residents and small-business owners are thinking about […]

 

Fishtown: FNA Brings Artists and Community Together to ‘Feed the Fish’

Fishtown: FNA Brings Artists and Community Together to ‘Feed the Fish’

The prominent Fishtown art scene has just taken a new role in engaging local residents and utilizing a green approach for a better community through the neighborhood’s very own mascot: a fish. Throughout Fishtown, people will start to see eccentric fish head topped trashcans popping up left and right on every street corner. These trash-gobbling […]

 By Ali Watkins and Sean Carlin

City Hall: OSHA Cites Demolition Contractors in Fatal Building Collapse

City Hall: OSHA Cites Demolition Contractors in Fatal Building Collapse

More than five months after the Center City building collapse that killed six people, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited two demolition contractors for their role in the collapse. According to OSHA, Griffin Campbell of Campbell Construction and Sean Benschop of S&R Contracting were cited for various safety violations, which […]

 By Sean Carlin

City Hall: City Drops Appeal of Firefighters’ Arbitration Award

City Hall: City Drops Appeal of Firefighters’ Arbitration Award

After battling with the city’s firefighters over their arbitration award, Mayor Michael Nutter pulled an about-face and dropped the city’s appeal of the award. The mayor announced that the city was dropping the award at a press conference last month. “In light of improved city finances, we have concluded that we would be left with […]

 By Kiara McKnight and Alise Hammond

West Poplar: Chosen 300 Not Affected by Mayor’s Ban

West Poplar: Chosen 300 Not Affected by Mayor’s Ban

Despite the gloomy, rainy day, a line forms alongside the tan brick building, it’s red awning displays Chosen 300 Outreach and Worship Center. Men and women patiently wait outside as volunteers set up for the first batch of meals to be served. It is estimated there are approximately 4,000 persons who are homeless on any […]

 By Syreeta Martin, Nichole Fray and Michael Burke

Strawberry Mansion: The Race Is On for State Representative in the 197th District

Strawberry Mansion: The Race Is On for State Representative in the 197th District

For Jose P. Miranda, a North Philadelphia native and a senior majoring in political science at West Chester University, tomorrow marks the end of a long, hard-fought campaign. Miranda is running for Pennsylvania state representative in the 197th district, which includes parts of Strawberry Mansion.  Jewell Williams, who became sheriff of Philadelphia last year, formerly held that […]

 By Nichole Fray, Michael Burke and Syreeta Martin

Strawberry Mansion: Community Celebrates Jazz Heritage

Strawberry Mansion: Community Celebrates Jazz Heritage

In Friday’s celebration of Jazz Appreciation Day, Philadelphia was “putting some swing into its spring,” which is the city’s theme for jazz appreciation month that takes place in April. The celebration took place outside the John Coltrane House, a National Historic Landmark, which is located at 1511 N. 33rd St. in Strawberry Mansion. It is […]

 By Nichole Fray, Syreeta Martin and Michael Burke

Strawberry Mansion: Community Reactions to Mayor Nutter’s New Initiatives

Strawberry Mansion: Community Reactions to Mayor Nutter’s New Initiatives

Mayor Nutter held a press conference at Strawberry Mansion High School and announced some new initiatives for fighting crime in Philadelphia. Some of the initiatives revealed at last week’s conference include increasing the amount of award money for anyone who offers information in a homicide case and increasing the budget for witness protection. In addition, […]