Roxborough: Cleaning Up the Drug Problem in Honor of Tim Strain

Roxborough: Cleaning Up the Drug Problem in Honor of Tim Strain

Tim Strain was 18-years-old when he burned his hand on the muffler of his lawn mower. He then went to the hospital, where he was prescribed Percocet. After a few days staying home, Strain went to his girlfriend’s house. When his pain came back and he did not have his medicine on him, his girlfriend’s […]

 

Mantua: Months After Flames Force Rescue, Home Still Stands Silent

Mantua: Months After Flames Force Rescue, Home Still Stands Silent

Some homes have been kept in the same family for generations, some have seen great tragedies like fire or flood, others are left vacant or forgotten and the rare few have been given a proper funeral before being torn down. Every house has a story and 3952 Aspen St. is no exception. On July 12, […]

 

Frankford: Residents Hope New Mayor Brings SEPTA and PPD Together

Frankford: Residents Hope New Mayor Brings SEPTA and PPD Together

Voices in Frankford have united, stating that crime is the primary concern for their neighborhood. Many believe the next mayor of Philadelphia has a responsibility to tackle the issue, even if they don’t agree on the best candidate for the position. “Hopefully the next mayor steps in and does something because it’s only gotten worse,” […]

 

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 […]

 

Mayfair: Five Places You Need To Know

Mayfair: Five Places You Need To Know

A young neighborhood by Philadelphia standards, Mayfair represents the unofficial center of Northeast Philly. A population dense and rich in small, store-front businesses, this community welcomes diversification among its populace, but yearns to maintain its collective tight-knit culture and family values. As new challenges emerge, Mayfair bonds with nearby communities to fight back. The corner […]

 

LGBTQIA: Directive 152 and Ending Discrimination Against the Trans Community

LGBTQIA: Directive 152 and Ending Discrimination Against the Trans Community

Imagine the fear, frustration and mistrust you might feel upon being called ma’am when you’d clearly rather be called sir – or vice versa. This is the struggle transgender people of Philadelphia have been fighting. “In trans communities, there is a sense that police think that trans lives don’t matter,” said Adrian Lowe (above), a […]

 

Tioga-Nicetown and Allegheny West: Five People Making a Difference

Tioga-Nicetown and Allegheny West: Five People Making a Difference

Tioga-Nicetown and Allegheny West have consistently been portrayed in the news as poverty and crime-ridden areas. But often overlooked are the leaders that work in the community. Whether new to the community or long-time presences, these people have worked tirelessly to make their neighborhood a better place to live. 1. A rookie to the squad, firefighter […]

 By Raymond Boyd and Steven Mitchell

Northeast: The Friends of Pennypack Park Strive to Protect Historic Landscape

Northeast: The Friends of Pennypack Park Strive to Protect Historic Landscape

The Friends of Pennypack Park work together to beautify the park and preserve it for the enjoyment of future generations. Despite having an eye on the future, there is a particular area of the park which carries great historical significance. The Pennypack Creek Bridge, also known as the Holmesburg Bridge, was named a historical landmark by the state […]

 By Thomas E. Zamonski and Parissa M. Zecher

Germantown: Northwest Neighbors Group Hosts Monthly Meeting

Germantown: Northwest Neighbors Group Hosts Monthly Meeting

Approximately 30 people gathered inside the Canaan Baptist Church, located at 5430 Pulaski Ave., this week to hear from five guest speakers at a community meeting organized by Northwest Neighbors of Germantown’s Lisa Hopkins. Hopkins, NWNG’s Community Organizer, initiated the community meeting by reemphasizing the organization’s goals as well as giving the attendees an overview of the […]

 By Gina Benigno and Danny Donnelly

Northeast Philadelphia: Burglary Trend Report

Northeast Philadelphia: Burglary Trend Report

Burglaries have recently been a hot topic for residents in Northeast Philadelphia. But what exactly constitutes a burglary? Many confuse the term with theft or robbery. Burglaries fall under an entirely different category. The term is defined as the act of entering a building with the intent to commit a crime without a weapon. Last […]