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Philly Free School Offers Public, Private School Alternative

by Cassie Hepler The Philly Free School, located at 2001 Christian Street, was founded in 2011 by a group of parents, educators and community members. It is a democratic free school, modeled after the Sudbury Valley School (1968) in Massachusetts, and Summerhill (1921) in England. PFS’s founders wanted to create a school where students would […]

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OUR OPINION: Voters, Please Sign Nominating Petitions

Nominating petitions are being circulated by political campaigners to get their candidates on the primary ballot for the Republican and Democratic Parties this spring. They have 19 days left to meet their quota and turn in their petitions to Harrisburg. They need voters to help. Voters who are registered in the party their candidate is […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Petition Season Brings Politicians To The People

by Joe Shaheeli Pennsylvania’s political footsoldiers threw themselves into the tough entry-level task facing those who would run for state or national office in the Apr. 26 primary election: circulating nominating petitions to get their candidates on the ballot. This is tedious and often chilly work as well – doubly so this season, as much […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Party, Labor Unity Seen For Street

by Joe Shaheeli It could have been a mini-Democratic Convention, a sight probably never seen before at the venerable Berean Institute Building, 19th & Girard. The occasion was the passage of power, much as was seen when former Councilwoman Marian Tasco announced her retirement and bequeathed her 9th Dist. seat to then-Representative, now Councilwoman Cherelle […]

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Sen. Shirley Kitchen To Retire; Backs Sharif Street

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Courts Fail Many, Losing Their Properties; Council To Move To Eliminate Loopholes

by Joe Shaheeli Councilman Curtis Jones’ Public Safety Committee will introduce a series of recommendations to City Council which should end loopholes that have created an epidemic of mortgage fraud in this city. When approved by the full Council and signed by the Mayor, it will close a history of families suffering mortgage foreclosures who […]

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Matthew Darragh Aims To Knock Out Young Foes

by Tony West At age 30, 58th Ward Democratic Committeeman Matthew Darragh considers himself the grand old man of the 170th Legislative Dist. in Far Northeast Philadelphia. That seat is currently held by freshman State Rep. Martina White (R-Northeast), who won it in a fiercely contested special election last year. She is now 27. To […]

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Community Relations Officer Gary Harkins Lives On At ‘Best Friend’ Fundraiser

By Maria Merlino A fundraiser for the family of the late Community Relations Officer Gary Harkins was held on Jan. 8 at the Ballroom of the Stadium Holiday Inn. The beloved police officer was a fixture in South Philadelphia for more than 25 years. His death left a gaping hole in the hearts of his […]

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Meeting Bares Soul Of 60th St. After ‘ISIS’ Attack On Philadelphia Cop

by Tony West Bryant Elementary School lies three blocks from where Police Officer Gary Hartnett was shot by Edward Archer last week – shot, Archer said on his arrest, in the name of the Islamist terrorist organization ISIS. Tonight its auditorium filled with more than 200 people from the Cobbs Creek neighborhood of Philadelphia to […]

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MLK: Girard College Events Mark Day Of Service With Mural

Organizers, sponsors, and community partners joined together in a ceremony at Girard College to announce plans for the upcoming 21st annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service. Girard College will serve as the region’s signature project site. Founder and director Todd Bernstein, who is also president of Global Citizen, announced that a national […]

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