Manayunk: Neighborhood Bookstore Saves Money and Helps Environment

Manayunk: Neighborhood Bookstore Saves Money and Helps Environment

Ann Tetreault grew up never being denied a book she wanted to read because of the affordability of used bookstores, and would eventually go on to make this her life’s work. Tetreault and her husband opened The Spiral Bookcase used bookstore in Manayunk five years ago, and have been pleased with the results ever since. “Since I […]

 

Roxborough: Young Voters Absent From Primary Polls

Roxborough: Young Voters Absent From Primary Polls

It was a quiet and unusually empty afternoon in the auditorium of the polling station at Ridge Avenue and Rector Street. Located right next to the Roxborough Memorial Hospital, volunteers and poll workers were stationed outdoors and indoors, anxiously awaiting a crowd to come in and place their votes for the 2015 primary election. Throughout the […]

 

Northwest: Teens 4 Good Program Empowers Youth Through An Urban Farm

Northwest: Teens 4 Good Program Empowers Youth Through An Urban Farm

Teenagers have taken the lead of a half-acre urban farm at the Schuylkill Center, in Northwest Philadelphia, to provide the community with fresh food. Teens 4 Good is an Environmental Education program empowering youth and teaching them traditional farming, how to maintain a business and where their food comes from. Run by the North Light […]

 

Northwest: Building Interfaith Community by “Walking the Walk”

Northwest: Building Interfaith Community by “Walking the Walk”

The Interfaith Center of Philadelphia was born 10 years ago when a handful of spiritual leaders from some of the major religions in Philadelphia came together with the intention to establish bonds across the diverse spectrum of religion that thrives in the city. Today, ICP runs dozens of programs, like the Ride for Understanding, with […]

 

Roxborough: The Progressive “Sanctuary of Peace”

Roxborough: The Progressive “Sanctuary of Peace”

Mishkan Shalom was founded with the intention of providing exactly what its Hebrew name declares – a ‘sanctuary of peace’ for individuals from diverse backgrounds to join together as a unified community. The congregation originally formed in 1988 following a split from another Reconstructionist Jewish community in Media, Pa. due to political disagreements regarding the […]

 

Amateur Sports: Five Places To Stay In Shape No Matter Your Schedule

Amateur Sports: Five Places To Stay In Shape No Matter Your Schedule

While people tend to correlate a daily gym routine as tedious and lackluster, many Philadelphian’s choose to spruce up their regime with an extensive number of unconventional and innovative ways. So take a break from the treadmill and weight machines and experience unique ways to stay fit. Philly Pumptrack 53rd Street and Parkside Avenue Pumptracks […]

 

Northwest Philadelphia: 6 People Paving Paths To A Better Life

Northwest Philadelphia: 6 People Paving Paths To A Better Life

Passion is an essential element in the development of communities in Northwest Philadelphia. Each of these individuals brings their own skill set in an effort to build a stronger community. They strive to improve their communities by instilling stability within families, reinforcing positive attitudes for children and providing invaluable guidance for adolescents. Rich Drayton (pictured […]

 

Health Beat: Dogs Helping People Get Fit

Health Beat: Dogs Helping People Get Fit

[vimeo 87640861] Owning a dog – known as man’s best friend – has been proven to promote a healthier lifestyle. Philadelphia has 15 dog parks for owners and their pups to go for a stroll and get fresh air. Since adopting his dog Gem over a year ago, Michael Green, 26, said Gem has helped him […]

 By Desiree Disney and Marian Dennis

Manayunk: Changes In The Catholic Community

Since 1682, when William Penn began what was called his “holy experiment,” Philadelphia has been a haven for those who practice the Catholic religion. In fact, according to the website for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Catholic population between 1733 and 1790 skyrocketed from just 40 people to 8,000 people, after the first Catholic Philadelphia […]

 By Desiree Disney

Roxborough: Wendy’s and The Future Of The Community

Roxborough: Wendy’s and The Future Of The Community

Ridge Avenue in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia is booming with commercial businesses. Many famous corporations have been expanding their operations throughout the area. One company in particular has stirred up quite a controversy among the locals. A potential business opportunity for Wendy’s at Ridge and Roxborough avenues has been the hot topic around town. While […]