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Politics: Committee Of Seventy Works to Improve City Government

Politics: Committee Of Seventy Works to Improve City Government

It is no secret that Philadelphia has been marred by political scandals and corruption throughout its storied past. From the Abscam sting to the controversies surrounding Mayor Street’s administration, from Vince Fumo’s conviction to current allegations against State Senator Larry Farnese and Congressman Chaka Fattah, the city of Philadelphia does not have a great record when it comes to government […]

 

Center City: “We Have an Ongoing Need to Increase the Quality of Our Political Leadership.”

Center City: “We Have an Ongoing Need to Increase the Quality of Our Political Leadership.”

David Thornburgh may have Pittsburgh roots but his passion lies on the other side of the Keystone state in Philadelphia politics. As the President and CEO of the historic Committee of Seventy, a non-profit organization founded in 1904, Thornburgh and his team have served as local political watchdogs in the city of Philadelphia. Operating on […]

 By Desiree Disney and Marian Dennis

Manayunk: First Fridays in Manayunk

Manayunk: First Fridays in Manayunk

“First Fridays in Manayunk” takes place every first Friday of the month from five to nine in the evening. The event draws in people from across the city and suburbs to appreciate music, art, food and shopping along Main Street and the canal path in Manayunk. This day is also a great opportunity for musicians, […]

 By Nia Prater and Alexis Wright-Whitley

Germantown: Two day symposium discusses education in Philadelphia

Germantown: Two day symposium discusses education in Philadelphia

Germantown was recently the host of two days’ worth of events that revolved around the theme of education. The symposium, titled “Equally Entitled to Freedom: Benezet Now, Benezet Then” focused on the works of Anthony Benezet, an abolitionist and educator. The conference featured many lectures and other activities that sought to connect Benezet’s teachings and […]

 By Marian P. Dennis and Desiree M. Disney

Roxborough: Roxtoberfest Aids Local Businesses

Roxborough: Roxtoberfest Aids Local Businesses

[vimeo 76554962] Hoards of people recently bustled down Lyceum Avenue in Roxborough for the first ever Roxtoberfest. With dunk tanks, face painting, live music and a moon bounce, the event was suited not only to adults over 21, as the name suggests, but to people of all ages. While adults stood by the beer garden […]

 By Aaron Stevens and Christine Mattson

Chestnut Hill: Wellspring at Saint Martin-in-the-Fields

Chestnut Hill: Wellspring at Saint Martin-in-the-Fields

[vimeo 75819579] The Church of Saint Martin-in-the-Fields in Chestnut Hill is reviving spirituality in the community with its new program, Wellspring. The program’s intent is to provide an outlet for a less structured religious experience. “Wellspring is an attempt to offer [inner spirituality] to more people so they don’t have to leave the church to find inner […]

 By Elizabeth Diane Sim and Brianna Michelle Bosak

Mount Airy: Diverse Neighborhood Maintains Community Connections

Mount Airy: Diverse Neighborhood Maintains Community Connections

[vimeo 69619550] Mount Airy always seemed homely and quaint to Iman Marcano-Sowell. That’s why when she decided it was time to find a home for Calypso – the Trinidadian restaurant she runs with her mother, Claudette Campbell – she knew it had to be in Mount Airy. “I just felt like our style of food, […]

 By Brianna Michelle Bosak and Elizabeth Diane Sim

Mount Airy: Volunteers Bring Free Summer Lunch Program to Library

Mount Airy: Volunteers Bring Free Summer Lunch Program to Library

[vimeo 69521051] For most children in Philadelphia, summer means the ends of tests, homework and studying. Yet, for thousands of children from low-income families, it can also mean no more lunch. But thankfully for the Summer Food Service Program, children throughout the city can continue to receive a healthy lunch even when school is no […]

 By Brianna Michelle Bosak and Elizabeth Diane Sim

Chestnut Hill: Diverse Lineup Draws People to Pastorius Park Concerts

Chestnut Hill: Diverse Lineup Draws People to Pastorius Park Concerts

[vimeo 69421188] Chestnut Hill’s scenic Pastorius Park is great for a daily escape – a sprawling green space valued by the community for rest and relaxation. Come summertime, however, that tranquility is replaced by a custom even more coveted – the annual Pastorius Park concert series. “This has been going so long, it’s like a summer […]

 By Ryan A. Shellenberger and Sarah E. Maceachern

Germantown: ATVs Decrease in Germantown, Still Worry Residents.

Germantown: ATVs Decrease in Germantown, Still Worry Residents.

[vimeo 69507776] With a recent April crackdown of illegal all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) in Philadelphia, not as many have been seen in the streets or parks.  The new law promises a higher penalty fee for using or parking ATVs illegally. Section 117.1 of this ordinance states that “no person shall operate, park, stop, stand, place or maintain […]

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