Amateur Sports: Parks and Recreation Looking to Make the City a Better Place

Amateur Sports: Parks and Recreation Looking to Make the City a Better Place

Located at the intersection of S. 32nd and Dickenson streets in Grays Ferry sits Stinger Park. It has the appearance of many neighborhood parks throughout the city – old and worn from decades of use, with a touch of nostalgia. The park has the look and feel of an area that is in constant use. […]

 

Northwest Philadelphia: Five Places You Need to Know

Northwest Philadelphia: Five Places You Need to Know

The neighborhoods in Northwest Philadelphia are unique to the city. With signature cobblestone roads, rowhomes and Colonial-style architecture, this region represents historical Philadelphia’s journey to the present. Organizations and iconic sites in areas like Germantown have gone through journeys of their own – some flourishing, others not so much. 1. The Queen Lane Apartments The […]

 By Sarah E. Maceachern and Ryan A. Shellenberger

Germantown: Local Teacher Brings Girls Soccer to Germantown

Soccer Sisters United (SSU), a girls youth travel team located in Germantown, is a nonprofit organization run by head coach, Walter Stewart.  Stewart started the program in 1998 as a part of the Anderson Monarchs’ Girls Soccer Club, but later branched off to form SSU. Despite moving from South Philadelphia’s Point Breeze neighborhood to their […]

 By Thomas E. Zamonski

Germantown: Friends of Vernon Park Hosts Countdown to Germantown Day

Germantown: Friends of Vernon Park Hosts Countdown to Germantown Day

The Countdown to Germantown Day in Vernon Park was hosted on this week to celebrate the past, present and future of the neighborhood. The event marked the 329 and a half-year anniversary of Germantown and was a countdown to the community’s 330th anniversary, which is Oct. 6. Countdown to Germantown was hosted by the Friends […]

 By Monet S. Tucker and Shanise Redmon

Germantown: Teaming Up to Clean Up

Germantown: Teaming Up to Clean Up

Friends of Vernon Park has teamed up with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps in an effort to maintain Vernon Park’s beautiful landscape. Members of AmeriCorps NCCC and volunteers from Friends of Vernon Park had no problem rolling up their sleeves and getting dirty for a good cause. They pulled up weeds, raked leaves, cleaned out gutters and […]

 By Marchelle Roberts and Tiffany Mercer-Robbins

Germantown: Center Promotes Positive Aging Through Programs

Germantown: Center Promotes Positive Aging Through Programs

The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging funds many senior citizen centers throughout Philadelphia, but only one in Germantown. Located at 5818 Germantown Ave., Center in the Park is a senior center that provides supportive services and activities that strive to enhance the personal growth of Philadelphia’s aging population. Since its founding in 1968, Center in the […]

 By Hattie Cheek and Grace Dickinson

Germantown: Cleaning Up Vernon Park

Germantown: Cleaning Up Vernon Park

Benjamin Hawkins sat in Vernon Park eating a chocolate cupcake he was given by the Vernon Park cleanup crew. Upon finishing the snack, Hawkins quickly tossed its crinkled wax wrapper to the ground. “Oh, my god, what did I just do?” Hawkins said. Just as quickly as it left his hands, Hawkins picked the wrapper […]

 By Natasha Shapiro and Niambi McDonald

Germantown: Francis Daniel Pastorius, the Founder of Germantown

Germantown: Francis Daniel Pastorius, the Founder of Germantown

The fact that a German immigrant founded Germantown may seem common knowledge, but the various layers of Francis Daniel Pastorius’ legacy are often overlooked. While a monument in honor of Pastorius is positioned along Germantown Avenue in Vernon Park for many to see, less well-known symbols of his importance can be found at the German […]

 By Max Webber and James Riggio

Germantown: Festival Unites Historic Sites

Germantown: Festival Unites Historic Sites

Germantown’s annual festival celebrating history and culture has historical roots that go deep. “Fest for the Quest” was an annual collaboration among Historic Germantown and students from Germantown High School and Germantown Friends School. The two highlights of this event were the open forum “Germantown Speaks” and the open-air festival “A Great Day On The […]