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Mill Creek: Farm Provides for Community in More Ways Than You May Know

Mill Creek: Farm Provides for Community in More Ways Than You May Know

Alkebu-Lan Marcus, a 23-year-old assistant farm manager at Mill Creek Farm, got his start by growing food in his own backyard. He is interested in being able to control his own resources and becoming more sustainable. Living within the Mill Creek community, he finds pleasure in giving back to his neighbors through working at the farm […]

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Overbrook: Five Topics Discussed In Conversation At A Barber Shop

Overbrook: Five Topics Discussed In Conversation At A Barber Shop

At Rice’s Barber shop in Overbrook, four chairs sit on top of black and green tiled floors. There are televisions on either side of the room airing a movie, and music plays in the background. On a recent Friday afternoon, a few young men filtered in with their dad and the conversation started. “This is a […]

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Overbrook Park: Marc Reason Leads The Way For Civic Association

Overbrook Park: Marc Reason Leads The Way For Civic Association

For nearly two years, Marc Reason, 47, has been president of the Overbrook Park Civic Association. Reason doesn’t only work as the president of the OPCA, he is a teacher at the Harambee Institute of Science and Technology Charter School, head of a local community basketball league as well as a youth group leader in […]

 

Haddington: Eyekonz Sports League Takes A Trip Out Of The City

Haddington: Eyekonz Sports League Takes A Trip Out Of The City

A kickstand jammed its way into a windblown patch of grass at the top of a hill on Radnor High School’s campus. Black rotating tires on a three-wheeled stroller stopped spinning as a small baby was hoisted from the seat and cradled in the arms of Aminta Ghilyard. Ghilyard, the assistant coach with Eyekonz Sports […]

 

Cobbs Creek: Sunshine Center Becomes A Busier Place For Local Seniors

Cobbs Creek: Sunshine Center Becomes A Busier Place For Local Seniors

It beeped repeatedly. Each click on the display offering up another error message. Still slightly hesitant when using the computers, seniors tapped on keyboards at The Older Adult Sunshine Center as they replied to Facebook posts, email and the occasional instant message. “I’m determined,” said Gloria McDowell-Savage. “I’m going to use these new skills to get over […]

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Cobbs Creek: Business Association Members Work To Revive 60th Street

Cobbs Creek: Business Association Members Work To Revive 60th Street

The 60th Street West Market Street Business Association caters to the needs of the community and helps new businesses gain their voices. As opportunities for businesses continue to develop on 60th Street between Market Street and Baltimore Avenue, the association has pushed to network among its peer organizations. Loretta Ferguson, 81, is the treasurer and the oldest member of […]

 

Mantua: After-School Programs Filling Void Left By Closure of University City High School

Mantua: After-School Programs Filling Void Left By Closure of University City High School

For 41 years, the 14-acre plot on Filbert Street between 37th and 38th streets was home to University City High School, Charles Drew Elementary School and The Walnut Center. Today, those buildings have been erased from existence, leaving behind a vast swath of unfinished terrain littered by rocks, dirt and controversy. University City High School closed […]

 

Mantua: “I Just Want to Be That Image For Them.”

Mantua: “I Just Want to Be That Image For Them.”

After enduring a troubled childhood in West Philadelphia, near 56th Street and Lansdowne Avenue, 19-year-old Rodney Mobley began utilizing his past experiences to positively impact his community. He now serves as the community connector and engagement coordinator for People’s Emergency Center, which is based in the Mantua section of the city. Mobley is now a freshman on full-academic scholarship at Colby-Sawyer College in […]

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Haddington: Volunteer Wants Library to Serve as ‘Beacon in the Neighborhood’

Haddington: Volunteer Wants Library to Serve as ‘Beacon in the Neighborhood’

Sheila Washington is a 62-year-old Overbrook resident who is passionate about the area. She has been the president of Friends of Haddington Library since 2008. Despite being retired, she loves volunteering in the Haddington library. “I know this library like the back of my hand,” said Washington. “This is my library and I’m very proud of […]

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Mantua: “They Help Me and They Say, ‘Don’t Be Afraid.'”

Mantua: “They Help Me and They Say, ‘Don’t Be Afraid.'”

When Saquan Dixon walks through the Mantua section of West Philadelphia, he feels a vibe much different from the Kensington neighborhood where he was raised. Neither Mantua, also known as “The Bottom,” nor his neighborhood in Kensington have sparkling reputations but the 20-year-old Dixon sees a bright spot in Philadelphia’s Promise Zone. “I’m not too familiar […]

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