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Comedy: Chris Wood Makes Fun of Life

Comedy: Chris Wood Makes Fun of Life

Chris Wood is a 31-year-old stand-up comedian that grew up in West Deptford, New Jersey and has been making a name for himself in the Philadelphia comedy scene. While working in an auto body repair shop during the day, he performs as a stand-up comedian at night at open mics and showcases around the city. […]

 

City Hall: Former Obama Administration Employee Brings Leadership Skills to District Attorney’s Office

City Hall: Former Obama Administration Employee Brings Leadership Skills to District Attorney’s Office

Robert Listenbee was lucky to have two supportive moms while growing up in the projects of Michigan. He had his biological mother, who was African American, and his “white mom,” a woman by the name of Hazel Persons. Persons’ primary role was as Listenbee’s high school activities director but she quickly became his chief motivator. […]

 

Poplar: Ukrainians Still Return to Area to Attend Historic Cathedral

Poplar: Ukrainians Still Return to Area to Attend Historic Cathedral

In 1907, Bishop Sotor Stephen Ortynsky, the first bishop of the Ukrainian Catholics, purchased the old Cathedral Church. More than 100 years later, Ukrainian Catholics flock to a new cathedral on the same land Ortynsky bought. “Ukrainians have a strong identity not only to their faith, but also to their ethnicity,” director of communications John […]

 

Brewerytown: Local Business Owner Embraces Changing Landscape

Brewerytown: Local Business Owner Embraces Changing Landscape

Max Ochester, owner of Brewerytown Beats at 27th Street and Girard Avenue, moved to Brewerytown in 2010, a few years before it became the “up-and-coming” neighborhood that it is now. In late 2014, Ochester’s developer friends bought a property in Brewerytown and asked if he would like to open a small business in the location. He […]

 

North Philadelphia: Indego Bike-Sharing Establishing Presence In Low-Income Areas

North Philadelphia: Indego Bike-Sharing Establishing Presence In Low-Income Areas

Indego bike share was established in Philadelphia three years ago with a specific goal of doing something other cities’ bike-sharing services have failed to do: establish a presence in lower-income neighborhoods. At its launch, Indego set up 70 stations across Philadelphia including 20 in low-income neighborhoods. “Philadelphia has probably done more than any other city […]

 

Chinatown: Community Gives Feedback on Recommended Improvements to Vine Street Corridor

Chinatown: Community Gives Feedback on Recommended Improvements to Vine Street Corridor

For many Chinatown residents, the time had come to see plans for a safer future. The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission held an open house Thursday at the Holy Redeemer Chinese Catholic Church and School at 10th and Vine streets. The DVRPC — which is the federally designated metropolitan planning organization that serves Philadelphia and […]

 

Comedy: Former Ohio Comics Now Contributing To Local Communities

Comedy: Former Ohio Comics Now Contributing To Local Communities

Dorian Vasquez and Setoiyo Ekpo are both Philadelphia-based comedians by way of Columbus, Ohio. Each giving back to North Philadelphia residents in their own way, they just happen — by coincidence — to be helping people on different ends of the age spectrum. Vasquez is as a career specialist, helping find jobs for graduates at […]

 

Port Richmond: Real Estate Boom Has Its Effects On Residents

Port Richmond: Real Estate Boom Has Its Effects On Residents

With recent construction of new homes and housing prices rising in Fishtown, is it safe to say that Port Richmond will have a similar fate? As of now, it looks to be that way with a new wave of restaurants and homes being built in the neighborhood. For some, progress is a good thing but […]

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Port Richmond: One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure

Port Richmond: One Man’s Trash Is Another Man’s Treasure

Robert McCormac is a firm believer in the saying that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” McCormac started out in the salvage business, learning from Jomar retail shop owner, Dick Segal. Segal taught him how to take anything and sell it. After working in the salvage business for many years, McCormac decided to try his luck […]

 

East Falls: Glassblowing Studio Is All Access To The Public

East Falls: Glassblowing Studio Is All Access To The Public

With the help of over-sized tweezers, a wooden paddle and a 2,000 degree furnace, Nikolaj Christensen and his coworkers at East Falls Glassworks are able to turn molten glass into a masterpiece. Nikolaj Christensen is the director and head glassblower at the East Falls Glassworks. Christensen’s passion for glassblowing began in 2001 when taking an […]

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