Text, Images, and Video by Julian Hamer

Haddington: Urban Tree Connection Promotes Growth for Community

Haddington: Urban Tree Connection Promotes Growth for Community

Skip Wiener knows it sometimes takes a little dirty work to make a difference, which is why he founded the West Philadelphia-based non-profit organization, Urban Tree Connection. The Urban Tree Connection’s purpose is to revitalize vacant lots and homes into green spaces, promoting community engagement in low-income areas within the Parkside and Haddington communities through […]

 By Coeli Danella and Gillian Francella

Overbrook: Neighborhood Rivalries Left on the Court

Overbrook: Neighborhood Rivalries Left on the Court

Neighborhood tensions between the three sub-communities of Hilltop, Wynnefield and Parkside are a part of life growing up in the Overbrook community. Where someone lives is where his or her identity is rooted. “They call it riding with their neighborhood,” Naim Bellinger, former police officer at Overbrook High School, said. “The kids hang out together […]

 By Fatia Kasumu

Wynnefield: Townwatch Essential for Residents

Wynnefield: Townwatch Essential for Residents

[vimeo 64087895] While crime in Wynnefield may be minimal today, long-time residents say this wasn’t always the case. Paul Zimmerman Jr., has lived in Wynnefield for over 25 years and has witnessed shootings, thefts and even a murder in the past. “I had a nephew that used to live here and he came out and found a […]

 By Fatia Kasumu

Wynnefield: Wyndale Avenue Boasts Stability and a Councilman

Wynnefield: Wyndale Avenue Boasts Stability and a Councilman

Coined by many residents as an “attractive block” the 5400 block of Wyndale Avenue stretches over a two-block span with over 60 homes and almost the same number of old, tall trees. This block populated primarily with seasoned residents and young professionals has a neighborly history that long term residents love to tell. Robert Clarke, […]

 By Danielle Rosati

Wynnefield: Program Provides Employment for Residents with Disabilities

Wynnefield: Program Provides Employment for Residents with Disabilities

[vimeo 53122880] People with disabilities are a large but largely overlooked minority group in America.  The desires for employment among people with disabilities are no different from other groups. The Inglis Community Employment Services offers people with disabilities job coaching and training.  Although this entity focuses mainly on clients with physical disabilities it occasionally serves a […]

 By Matthew R. Yost and Danielle M. Rosati

Wynnefield: Gainor Road is More of a Family Than a Block

Wynnefield: Gainor Road is More of a Family Than a Block

At first glance, the 5600 block of Gainor Road, may seem just like any other block in Philadelphia. Residents on this block work on their lawns, pick up trash and tend to their gardens while exchanging a friendly chat with a neighbor or passerby. Neighbors on this block of Gainor Road talk casually with each […]

 By Danielle Rosati and Matt Yost

Wynnefield: Urban Tree Connection Grows Business and Community Involvement

Wynnefield: Urban Tree Connection Grows Business and Community Involvement

Many automatically assume that fresh produce like spinach, lettuce, carrots and tomatoes originates from farms outside Philadelphia in places like Pennsylvania’s Lancaster County or the ‘Garden State’ of New Jersey. However, Urban Tree Connection has made it possible for West Philadelphia residents to harvest and purchase locally grown produce. Urban Tree Connection is a non-profit […]

 By Danielle Rosati

Wynnefield: Cancer Support Community Of Philadelphia Goes Beyond Basic Care

Wynnefield: Cancer Support Community Of Philadelphia Goes Beyond Basic Care

Over 40,000 people in Philadelphia suffer with several different forms of cancer according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. One organization that offers extensive emotional and educational support to people affected by cancer is the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia, located at 4100 Chamounix Drive. “We provide a lot of information, resources and referral to […]

 By Ahlora Thomas-Lyons and Tim Hindin

Wynnefield: The PSALM Salon Offers Community an Intimate Musical Experience

Wynnefield: The PSALM Salon Offers Community an Intimate Musical Experience

At  5841 Overbrook Ave. in Wynnefield you arrive at the home of Jamey Reilly. From the outside, besides a neon light in a second-floor window, there is little that looks particularly special. The experience begins upon entering. You walk right into the living room, which also just happens to be a 60-seat listening room with […]

 By Tim Hindin and Ahlora Thomas-Lyons

Wynnefield: Free Library Gears up for Summer Reading Programs

Wynnefield: Free Library Gears up for Summer Reading Programs

State budget cuts in education have forced schools to cut back on summer school programs. That could lead to many children with nothing to do. But The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Wynnefield branch has geared up its summer programs just in time to counteract the lack of schooling available to children this summer. The library […]