Oxford Circle: Pastor Looks to Spread God’s Love Outside of Church

Oxford Circle: Pastor Looks to Spread God’s Love Outside of Church

Growing up at 18th Street and Glenwood Avenue, Leonard M. Dow saw a community overcome by drugs. At the same time the crack cocaine epidemic gripped the nation, not sparing Dow’s North Philadelphia neighborhood. Manufacturing jobs left, causing rampant unemployment amongst labor workers. The effects were catastrophic. “I saw [the epidemic’s] impact families and destroying them, […]

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Oxford Circle: PAL Helps Neighborhood Youth Succeed

Oxford Circle: PAL Helps Neighborhood Youth Succeed

The Oxford Circle Police Athletic League is part of a nonprofit organization that seeks to build relationships between police officers and children within the neighborhood. Its goal is to keep kids off the street and to give them a safe place to come and have fun while learning valuable life lessons. Three years ago, Officer Bruno Estevez […]

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Oxford Circle: ‘The Community Has Become Really Diverse’

Oxford Circle: ‘The Community Has Become Really Diverse’

Anita Lyndaker-Studer is the executive director of the Oxford Circle Christian Community Development Association. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, she moved to Philadelphia after she graduated from Cedarville University with a degree in social work and then got her master’s degree in social administration from Temple University. How did you get involved with the OCCCDA? There […]

 

Mayfair: Splitting the 15th Police District to Combat Crime

Mayfair: Splitting the 15th Police District to Combat Crime

Sherman stormed down the 3500 block of Ryan Avenue as dusk was falling on Mayfair’s first ever Third Thursday festival. He reached the corner of Ryan and Leon streets, his head on a swivel. Who or what he was looking for was nowhere to be found. “Shoplifters,” Sherman said, retreating back up the block through […]

 

Oxford Circle/Rhawnhurst: Residents Voice Concerns About Noise and Parking.

Oxford Circle/Rhawnhurst: Residents Voice Concerns About Noise and Parking.

Philadelphia Police Captain Frank Palumbo listened to a woman explain how an unlicensed bar is eroding the quality of life in Oxford Circle. “Why is it so difficult to get these illegal clubs shut down?” asked the woman, who requested she only be identified as a member of the Oxford Circle Civic Association out of […]

 By Laura A. Robb and Erin M. Dungee

Northeast: Philadelphia 2035 Plan Holds Second Community Meeting

Northeast: Philadelphia 2035 Plan Holds Second Community Meeting

  The Philadelphia City Planning Commission held its second public meeting for the Lower Northeast District. Residents from the five neighborhoods of Frankford, Northwood, Oxford Circle, Lawncrest and Summerdale met at Saint Martin of Tours School recently to learn and discuss the possible future of their neighborhoods. The meeting was conducted with a very hands-on […]