University City: Medical Students Preserve Cuban Dance and Culture

University City: Medical Students Preserve Cuban Dance and Culture

Two University of Pennsylvania medical students are committed to promoting the traditional Cuban dance scene, which is hard to find compared to the salsa dancing and twerking usually seen on the dance floors of Philadelphia.  Michael Huang and Leilani Chirino teach Cuban dance at World Cafe Live as well as at Penn for anyone who wants to […]

 

Education: Center For Literacy Classes Offer Adult Learners Help, Hope

Education: Center For Literacy Classes Offer Adult Learners Help, Hope

Adult illiteracy is a major issue in Philadelphia, with more than two-thirds of the adult population classified as low literate – meaning they do not have the basic skills necessary for the modern workplace, according to a report published by the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board. Center for Literacy (CFL) is a 50-year-old, longstanding institution that works to […]

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University City: Keeping The Printed Page Alive

University City: Keeping The Printed Page Alive

Among the bright blue walls and posters full of literary puns, Kathleen Volk Miller (below) sits in a sea of papers and books. It’s a scene some might find overwhelming, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. As a writer, professor and the director of Drexel’s new graduate program in publishing, Miller says of all […]

 

Sports: Five Bars for Fans of Out-of-Town Sports Teams

Sports: Five Bars for Fans of Out-of-Town Sports Teams

Philadelphia is known for having some of the most passionate fans in sports. Sometimes that’s a compliment. Other times, Philadelphians intimidate other team’s fans. For Philadelphia residents who are fans of out-of-town teams, gameday can present a dilemma. Is their team’s game being shown on their TV? Which bar might be showing the game they […]

 

University City: Jobs Training Organizations Seeks To Build Careers for West Philadelphia

University City: Jobs Training Organizations Seeks To Build Careers for West Philadelphia

The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative provides custom job training to produce valuable workers for institutions like Penn Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and other major employers from day one on the job. WPSI is a part of University City District, an organization that promotes vibrancy in the area through community engagement. Sheila Ireland has been a director […]

 

University City: Building Champions of Character

University City: Building Champions of Character

The Philadelphia Youth Sports Collaborative – established in 2009 – is a collaborative of member organizations, which provide support for non-traditional youth sports-based programs in the city. The organizations offer physical development and life skills though sports such as cycling, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, riding, rowing, running, soccer, squash, and tennis. PYSC’s mission is to […]

 

Walnut Hill: Groundbreaking Swim Club Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Walnut Hill: Groundbreaking Swim Club Celebrates 50th Anniversary

On a quiet, tree-lined block just off of 48th and Spruce streets, patrons of the University City Swim Club scuffled by last week in sandals with swim towels clutched to chests, tote bags over their shoulders. Kids in baseball hats scampered too far from their parents, leaving whiffs of sunscreen trailing behind. Dads clutched newspapers […]

 

Arts & Entertainment: Five Places To Spend A Night For Under $15

Arts & Entertainment: Five Places To Spend A Night For Under $15

There’s a near endless bounty of ways to spend a night in the city of Brotherly Love. Fortunately, Philadelphia is also a haven for the thrifty.  Thanks to the burgeoning art scene and a pair of longstanding city staples, a night on the town can be had on a shoestring budget. Here are five places to take […]

 Tyler Sablich and Maxwell Reil

Arts & Entertainment: Nonprofit Dedicated to the Power of the Personal

Arts & Entertainment: Nonprofit Dedicated to the Power of the Personal

Lansie Sylvia was merely a fan of storytelling. She never thought she could actually do it. “I knew a lot about storytelling,” Sylvia said. “[I listened] to a lot of narrative-based podcasts and radio shows. My point of view was always that I didn’t think that I could be a storyteller because the stories you […]

 By Chris McAndrew and Joe Fricker

Technically Philly: Restaurant Startup Matt & Marie’s offers a Modern Twist on A Philly Classic

Technically Philly: Restaurant Startup Matt & Marie’s offers a Modern Twist on A Philly Classic

Already well-known for their hoagies, Philadelphia is about to get a new twist on the old classic. Nicole Marie and Justin Sapolsky are the co-founders of Matt & Marie’s Modern Italian Sandwiches, a forthcoming eat-in delicatessen that aims to provide consumers with both a high end Italian sandwich and a comfortable, modern atmosphere to enjoy […]

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