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Northeast Philadelphia: Fitness Leader Sean Thomson Shares His Love of CrossFit

Northeast Philadelphia: Fitness Leader Sean Thomson Shares His Love of CrossFit

  Health and personal fitness is a growing concern among Philadelphia residents. As citizens begin to understand more and more about their bodies, one fitness model has begun to grow: CrossFit. And one of the men who spearheaded this revolution is Sean Thomson, owner of No Limit Gym in Northeast Philadelphia. Thompson has competed in […]

 

Sustainability: The Philadelphia Orchard Project Provides Fresh Fruit to Communities

Sustainability: The Philadelphia Orchard Project Provides Fresh Fruit to Communities

Just when you think the fast-paced, industrialized, city life is dry and desolate, the Philadelphia Orchard Project brings nature’s beauties to brighten up Philly’s urban neighborhoods. As a nonprofit, community-based organization, the Philadelphia Orchard Project transforms vacant lots, schoolyards, community gardens and areas in low-wealth neighborhoods into green spaces to harvest useful and edible plants for the […]

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Education: Five Schools Impacted By Budget Cuts

Education: Five Schools Impacted By Budget Cuts

As education budget cuts have spread throughout the state of Pennsylvania, building closures present a way for school districts to quickly lower their costs. In Philadelphia, a large wave of closings occurred in 2013. During this time, the School District of Philadelphia closed 23 schools to help shrink a looming financial deficit of more than […]

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Juniata Park: The Juniata Action Committee Gives Back to Block Captains

Juniata Park: The Juniata Action Committee Gives Back to Block Captains

Block captains are people who take it upon themselves to make sure that their neighborhood maintains a level of order and cleanliness. Many things are easy to overlook, from a piece of litter on the street to a crack in the sidewalk, but it is the job of the block captain to make sure they […]

 

North Philadelphia : Principal Makes an Impact on Young Lives, Community

North Philadelphia : Principal Makes an Impact on Young Lives, Community

“One band. One sound. And the beat goes on,” said Dunbar Promise Academy Principal Dawn Moore of her dedication to unity amongst herself, her school and her community. In her position, Moore wears many hats – school leader, community powerhouse and change advocate. However, for the past six years she’s focused her energy on revitalizing […]

 

Olney: Laundry Café Offers Customers a Different Spin on Clothing Chore

Olney: Laundry Café Offers Customers a Different Spin on Clothing Chore

Tyrone Akins and Brian Holland knew that they didn’t want to be in the pharmaceutical business forever. At the same time, they knew that if they opened a business that it had to be unique and welcoming to customers if it was going to succeed. That’s how the idea started for The Laundry Café. Located in […]

 

Fairhill: Efrain Diaz Has a Plan to Take on Drug Addiction

Fairhill: Efrain Diaz Has a Plan to Take on Drug Addiction

Efrain Diaz had a bad addiction, a heroin addiction. “I lost my family. I lost my wife,” said the 58-year-old. Yet for the past 30 years, Diaz has been helping people overcome their addictions. This one-time addict is now the pastor of Alcance Victoria church. Pastor Diaz was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He […]

 By Kelsey Kondraski and Shayna Kleinberg

Health Beat: Unique Fitness Studios

Health Beat: Unique Fitness Studios

Trendy fitness classes

As more people partake in different health and fitness trends, it stands as no shock fitness studios in Philadelphia are looking for different ways to spice up a work out. Those who find running on the treadmill a boringly daunting task might be pleasantly surprised to know Philly offers a plethora of unique fitness classes […]

 By Melissa Robbins

Allegheny-West: Sweet Success

Allegheny-West: Sweet Success

Allegheny West Foundation, a community development center, is a pillar and has made great investments into the North Philadelphia neighborhood. “What we at Allegheny West are doing is embracing the community as a whole from economic development to educational excellence,” said Ron Hinton, head of the foundation. Area students can receive after-school support through the […]