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. [vimeo 98934890 w=500 h=281] Run […]

 

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 […]

 By Marian P. Dennis and Desiree M. Disney

Roxborough: Bethany Lutheran Church Reaches Out

Roxborough: Bethany Lutheran Church Reaches Out

Among the residential areas of Roxborough, on the corner of Martin and Pechin streets, sits a towering stone structure called Bethany Lutheran Church. The church is home to a small community of faithful who live by the philosophy of welcoming all people without exception. The Bethany Lutheran Church recently welcomed members of the Roxborough community […]

 By Desiree Disney and Marian Dennis

Roxborough: Manayunk Avenue, More Than Just A Street

Roxborough: Manayunk Avenue, More Than Just A Street

[vimeo 77369249] On the 3800 block of Manayunk Avenue, between Salignac and Ridge, lay dozens of rowhomes inhabited by people who share the same sense of culture, tradition and closeness that some of the first settlers of the Manayunk-Roxborough area cherished. The 3800 block is the quintessential close-knit community, made obvious through everything from the […]