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South Philadelphia: Women Have Options To Protecting Themselves Against Violence

South Philadelphia: Women Have Options To Protecting Themselves Against Violence

The world can be a dangerous place. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, domestic violence cases made up nearly 21 percent of violent victimization nationwide from 2003 to 2012. Acknowledging that danger can strike anywhere at any moment, organizations have shifted their focus toward how to combat or avoid a bad situation before it actually happens. […]

 By Coeli Danella and Gillian Francella

Overbrook: School Mergers Raise Concern for Youth Violence

Overbrook: School Mergers Raise Concern for Youth Violence

[vimeo 65163182] As the school year comes to a close for students in the Philadelphia School District, some last days will be more somber than usual. The district’s plan to close 23 schools citywide, three of which are located in the Overbrook community, will be effective June 30. Samuel Gompers and Overbrook Elementary Schools will close […]

 By Autumn Kelly

Fairmount: Proposed Bicycle Lane is Up for Residents’ Approval

Fairmount: Proposed Bicycle Lane is Up for Residents’ Approval

[vimeo 59862679] Fairmount residents voted last month to support of a bicycle lane starting at Broad Street heading west. Now the neighborhood awaits approval from Spring Garden and Francisville. These residents will be given the opportunity to vote this week. The idea for a bicycle lane is part of a joint effort between the Bicycle Coalition […]

 By Gillian Francella

Overbrook: School District Revisits Plan for Closing Schools

Overbrook: School District Revisits Plan for Closing Schools

Robert E. Lamberton High School is one of three proposed schools to close in Overbrook as part of the School District of Philadelphia’s plan to close and consolidate 37 public schools. Lamberton High may have a second chance this week. The School Reform Commission accepted 35 proposals and will revisit certain schools before voting on […]

 By Corey Woods and Imani Nieves

Haddington: Ruby Street Residents Oppose Proposed Rehab Center

Haddington: Ruby Street Residents Oppose Proposed Rehab Center

Each morning, Kirk Hightower grabs his broom and dustpan and takes to the 200 block of North Ruby Street. On this day, he shares it with more than half a dozen stray cats. Referred to admiringly by neighbors as Captain Kirk, Hightower spends nearly 20 minutes sweeping. He starts with his porch before making his […]

 By Erin O'Reilly and Sara Rooney

University City: Community and Police Collaborate to Improve Safety

University City: Community and Police Collaborate to Improve Safety

University City community members congregated at Calvary Community Center last Thursday evening to discuss neighborhood problems. With the assistance of two police officers, Brad Deeley and Pablo Seda, neighbors could voice their concerns as well as learn about solutions to prior incidents. Despite the exceedingly hot weather, eight community members attended the monthly meeting to review […]

 By Najee Clancy and Tyler Dougherty

Hunting Park: New Lamp Posts Illuminate Park Streets

Hunting Park: New Lamp Posts Illuminate Park Streets

In line with the revitalization project for Hunting Park, new lights were installed along the streets on Monday afternoon. These light posts are designed to further illuminate the park during the evening hours, making it safer for young kids and community members to travel through the park on their way home. According to a recent […]

 By Alyssa Andrews

East Falls: Meeting Addressed Home Security Concerns

East Falls: Meeting Addressed Home Security Concerns

The Philadelphia Police’s 39th District hosted a neighborhood meeting Monday night to discuss safety and security due to a recent string of robberies in the district, which includes part of East Falls. About fifteen citizens gathered at the district’s office to learn about prevention options and voiced their concerns to Officer Joseph Lukaitis. “Everybody gets […]

 By Hattie Cheek and Grace Dickinson

Germantown: Organized Halloween Events Keep Children Off the Streets

Germantown: Organized Halloween Events Keep Children Off the Streets

With Halloween approaching, many children are getting ready to dress up and fill their bags with candy. In Germantown, many churches and community centers are also starting to prepare for Halloween events designed to keep the children off the street. “It’s not like when we were growing up,” said Amber Knight who is helping to […]

 By Hattie Cheek and Grace Dickinson

Germantown: Local Resident Keeps the Community Safe

Germantown: Local Resident Keeps the Community Safe

Looking at Barbara Burnam, it’s hard to believe the 75-year-old woman has much influence and control over her community. However, for the past 50 years, “Miss Barbara” Burnam has served as block captain for the area where she lives on Boyer Street between Locust Avenue and Woodlawn Street. Over those 50 years, the mother of […]