Philadelphia: Aging at Risk of Financial Exploitation

Philadelphia: Aging at Risk of Financial Exploitation

Much has been said about impact of the millennials, which can make it easy to forget that baby boomers will soon reach retirement age. From 1999 to 2009, the nation’s aging population grew from 35.3 to 39.6 million and will reach an estimated 55 million by 2020, according the World Health Organization. Philadelphia is no […]

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Sustainable Living: Five Eco-Friendly Businesses in Philadelphia

Sustainable Living: Five Eco-Friendly Businesses in Philadelphia

When a business is sustainable, its practices demonstrate how to make a profit while also promoting, addressing and being conscious of environmental issues. Here are a few businesses that focus their mission not only on making money but remaining environmentally sound. Moon + Arrow 754 S. 4th St. Originating as a handmade jewelry line five years ago, Moon […]

 

Kensington: Community Center Works to Serve Neighborhood’s Needs

Kensington: Community Center Works to Serve Neighborhood’s Needs

The Community Center at Visitation (CCV) is one of many outreach facilities dedicated to improving the quality of life in Kensington. Led by Sister Betty Scanlon, a Sister of Mercy and director of CCV, the center tries to fill the gaps in services needed by local residents. “We learn so much from the community. This facility is […]

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Mill Creek: Playing a Traditional Game Untraditionally

Mill Creek: Playing a Traditional Game Untraditionally

On a cool Monday night in October, more than 20 young adults bundled up to play softball at Mill Creek Playground in West Philadelphia. But these were no ordinary players. There were men and women hustling around the bases and around the field. That’s because the Philadelphia Adult League Softball (PALS), located at 48th and Brown streets […]

 

Frankford: Residents Hope New Mayor Brings SEPTA and PPD Together

Frankford: Residents Hope New Mayor Brings SEPTA and PPD Together

Voices in Frankford have united, stating that crime is the primary concern for their neighborhood. Many believe the next mayor of Philadelphia has a responsibility to tackle the issue, even if they don’t agree on the best candidate for the position. “Hopefully the next mayor steps in and does something because it’s only gotten worse,” […]

 

Logan: Five Community Resource Facilities

Logan: Five Community Resource Facilities

Here are five places Logan residents can go to for help, guidance or even safety. Our Lady of Hope Much like any other church, Our Lady of Hope (above) on North Broad Street provides a safe, comfortable environment for the Logan community. The Roman Catholic church is connected to Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School, a […]

 By Amelia Brust and Lucas Rodgers

Spruce Hill: Penn Alexander Extracurriculars Survive ‘Doomsday Budget’

Spruce Hill: Penn Alexander Extracurriculars Survive ‘Doomsday Budget’

Penn Alexander School saw nearly a 17 percent increase in its extra curricular funding by the School District between the 2008-2009 and 2013-2014 school years. With the help of $45 million in state education funds released to the School District in October, the school was able to maintain its music program. Administrators have some flexibility […]

 By Amelia Brust and Lucas Rodgers

Spruce Hill: Lottery Brings New Era for Penn Alexander

Penn Alexander School’s kindergarten waitlist ended this year, changing to a contested lottery. Traditionally, parents had waited in line for days to register. School District Superintendent William Hite made the change within days of becoming aware of the situation, said Fernando Gallard, chief of communications for the School District. “It was a change that was […]

 By Alexandra Keller

West Philly: Music Education Improves Academic and Social Skills

West Philly: Music Education Improves Academic and Social Skills

With the $304 million deficit facing the Philadelphia School District this year, music education was among the first programs to get cut. However, one special after school program is encouraging students to play on. Play On, Philly!, known as POP, was established in 2011 at St. Francis de Sales School and since then has expanded […]

 By Samuel A. Scimeca and Micaella J. Wesley

Mantua: Local Business Owner Thrives Even Without Storefront

Mantua: Local Business Owner Thrives Even Without Storefront

Among the storefronts on Lancaster Avenue in West Philadelphia is a tiny snack stand. Located on the corner of Lancaster and Preston Street, this stand thrives because of the electric personality of its owner, Harold Cliett. Cliett (right) owned a storefront called the JHD Variety Store on Preston Street for 24 years before relocating in […]