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Point Breeze: Redevelopment Brings Residents To The Table

Point Breeze: Redevelopment Brings Residents To The Table

In August, the group formally known as Newbold Neighbors Association took a leap in creating inclusivity in the Point Breeze community. The civic association that serves the area between 18th and Broad Streets and Washington and Passyunk Avenues chose to rename their organization to the East Point Breeze Neighbors (EPBN), to acknowledge the history of […]

 

South Philadelphia: After-School Engagement is Combatting Youth Violence

South Philadelphia: After-School Engagement is Combatting Youth Violence

A bell rang in the distance. The neighborhood was quiet at first, a cool breeze rustling fallen leaves through Stinger Park. Within minutes, the dynamic changed. Children and young teens came barreling through the quaint park from Alcorn Elementary across the street and their high school counterparts strolled casually down the sidewalk. School was out, and the not-so-subtle […]

 

Point Breeze: Community Organization Seeks Neighborhood Engagement

Point Breeze: Community Organization Seeks Neighborhood Engagement

Alice Shockley has lived in Point Breeze for the past 79 years and has no plans of leaving. The 85-year-old retired nurse has been an active member of Neighbors in Action for the past 10 years, where she currently serves as vice president. Shockley has witnessed the largely residential Point Breeze community undergo demographic shifts affecting […]

 

South Philadelphia: Indoor Baseball Facility Allows Year-Round Growth

South Philadelphia: Indoor Baseball Facility Allows Year-Round Growth

Joe Messina loves the art of pitching. Involved in baseball in South Philadelphia for the past quarter-century, Messina has been an assistant coach for the Neumann-Goretti High School baseball team for the past 11 years. He has held the title of pitching coach for the last eight. “I’m a pitching guy through and through,” said […]

 

Point Breeze: Organization Provides Leadership Services to Strengthen Community

Point Breeze: Organization Provides Leadership Services to Strengthen Community

An organization where people can learn and grow on the basis of creating a well-rounded community is essential to the South Philly neighborhood of Point Breeze. “Diversified Community Services is a neighborhood-based nonprofit, so we target our services to the South Philadelphia community, particularly the Point Breeze community,” said Siria Rivera, the director of Two […]

 

Point Breeze: The Poeticians Creates Platform For Local Spoken Word, Hip-Hop Artists

Point Breeze: The Poeticians Creates Platform For Local Spoken Word, Hip-Hop Artists

The track rang out of the laptop speakers, while Rafeeq Davis looked down at his composition book. He bobbed his head in sync with the beat, waiting for a point to jump in before firing off his lines. Davis got halfway down the page before he tripped up, but laughed it off as he grabbed […]

 

Point Breeze: Looking Down The Line For This Community

Point Breeze: Looking Down The Line For This Community

Back on a cold day in January, Steve Sabo sat by his desk as the sunlight came down through the windows of the Point Breeze Community Development Corporation building at 20th and Federal streets. “It gets pretty warm here in the afternoon with the sun beating in,” he said, smiling as he joked that it saves money […]

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Point Breeze: Keeping Streets Clean Requires More Than Annual Cleanups

Point Breeze: Keeping Streets Clean Requires More Than Annual Cleanups

“It is not just one day,” said Carlton Williams, deputy commissioner for the Philadelphia Streets Department. “It is a constant battle.” The “one day” is referring to the 2016 Philly Spring Cleanup, which took place on April 16. The Streets Department started the citywide cleanup nine years ago in an effort to bring the community together and promote […]

 

Point Breeze: Educators Emphasize Importance Of Quality Pre-Kindergarten

Point Breeze: Educators Emphasize Importance Of Quality Pre-Kindergarten

Chatter filled the lime green office that doubles as the entrance to Dixon Learning Academy at 2201 Moore St. in Point Breeze. The office staff busily worked while sneaking in a laugh here and there during the rare snippet of time when they actually experience quiet. It was nap time. With 187 children from 1 to 12 years […]

 

Point Breeze: Local Organizations Partner To Build Affordable Housing

Point Breeze: Local Organizations Partner To Build Affordable Housing

Point Breeze has seen a surge in development in the last few years, which is causing concern over the increasing prices for rental units. On Feb. 9, the Women’s Community Revitalization Project (WCRP) received approval from the Philadelphia Vacant Property Review Committee for two parcels in Point Breeze that will become the Mamie Nichols Townhomes. WCRP, an organization […]

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