By Ryan A. Shellenberger and Sarah E. Maceachern

Germantown: ATVs Decrease in Germantown, Still Worry Residents.

Germantown: ATVs Decrease in Germantown, Still Worry Residents.

[vimeo 69507776] With a recent April crackdown of illegal all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in Philadelphia, not as many have been seen in the streets or parks.  The new law promises a higher penalty fee for using or parking ATVs illegally. Section 117.1 of this ordinance states that “no person shall operate, park, stop, stand, place or maintain […]

 By Ryan A. Shellenberger and Sarah E. Maceachern

Germantown: Fear of Blight and Vagrancy Will Come With School Closure

Germantown: Fear of Blight and Vagrancy Will Come With School Closure

[vimeo 69047802] The closings of both Germantown High and Robert Fulton Elementary School pose a serious concern to the community; residents fear the block becoming vacant in the heart of central Germantown will have a negative influence and create problems within the neighborhood. Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Andrew L. Foster III of Janes Memorial United Methodist […]

 By Ryan A. Shellenberger and Sarah E. Maceachern

Germantown: Teachers Face Changes in Wake of School Closings

Germantown: Teachers Face Changes in Wake of School Closings

[vimeo 69047803] The closing of Robert Fulton Elementary School has not only left students unsure of what is next, but some faculty and staff members as well. Fulton Elementary was one of the 24 Philadelphia schools picked to close by the end of the 2012-2013 school year.  It was a decision that came hand-in-hand with the […]

 By Sarah E. MacEachern and Ryan A. Shellenberger

Germantown: Block Party at Maplewood Mall Generates Crowd

Germantown: Block Party at Maplewood Mall Generates Crowd

Saturday evening Germantown’s Maplewood Mall was brought to life with a coordinated block party for the entire community. G-Town Radio, whose studio is on the mall, and the Germantown United Community Development Corporation were amongst some of the organizations that put together the event. Kristin Simms, of the Community Development Corporation, noted that it was […]

 By Sarah MacEachern and Ryan Shellenberger

Germantown: Soccer Sisters Meet With Friends of Vernon Park, Discussing Future Plans

Germantown: Soccer Sisters Meet With Friends of Vernon Park, Discussing Future Plans

Soccer Sisters United, a youth girls program located in Germantown, is facing mixed opinions about their current game field in Vernon Park. During a recent Friends of Vernon Park meeting, a few parents, players and coaches were in attendance voicing their opinion on the situation. Head coach, Walter Stewart, emphasized how the girls feel safe […]

 By Sarah E. Maceachern and Ryan A. Shellenberger

Germantown: Family Thrift Store Pays it Forward

Germantown: Family Thrift Store Pays it Forward

Suzanne Quinn, second generation owner and operator of Bargain Thrift Center in Germantown, plays a crucial role in the community. Quinn began working at the thrift center during her high school summers when her late father opened the business in 1985. When he passed away in 2004, Quinn stepped up as an owner. “We have really […]

 By Sarah E. Maceachern and Ryan A. Shellenberger

Germantown: Local Teacher Brings Girls Soccer to Germantown

Soccer Sisters United (SSU), a girls youth travel team located in Germantown, is a nonprofit organization run by head coach, Walter Stewart.  Stewart started the program in 1998 as a part of the Anderson Monarchs’ Girls Soccer Club, but later branched off to form SSU. Despite moving from South Philadelphia’s Point Breeze neighborhood to their […]

 By Gabrielle S. Clark, Sarah E. Maceachern and Ryan A. Shellenberger

Germantown: Germantown Garden Festival at Vernon Park Brings Community Together to Highlight Green Partnerships

Germantown: Germantown Garden Festival at Vernon Park Brings Community Together to Highlight Green Partnerships

Residents recently gathered for the Germantown Garden Festival at Vernon Park. Community members stopped by to swap plants, attend gardening workshops and tour the park’s rain garden. Plants for the event were donated by members of the community. Additional funding was provided by Friends of Vernon Park, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the maintenance of […]

 By Alexis Wilkinson and Joseph Van Dusen

Manayunk: Ice Festival Starts Friday

Manayunk: Ice Festival Starts Friday

Ice carvers. Hot treats. Cold beer.  These are just some of the attractions that start Friday for the third annual Manayunk On Ice festival. The free, three-day professional ice-carving event takes place on Main Street in Manayunk from Friday through Sunday. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday with a fire-and-ice-themed bonfire in the […]

 By Josh Verlin

Roxborough: Salvation Army Preparing for Holidays in Troubled Economy

Roxborough: Salvation Army Preparing for Holidays in Troubled Economy

With the winter holidays less than one month away, the Roxborough Salvation Army is working on its annual toy collection to help area families. Program assistant Marcella Cooper and her staff are confident that they will be able to have a successful holiday season even with the struggling economy. “This year we’re actually not doing […]