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Special Olympics Find South Philly Home

BY ELDON GRAHAM Parents of special-needs children know how difficult it is to raise a child with mental and physical disabilities. So when they get to chance to let their hair down and participate in a fun family event, that is something a parent can easily get behind. Thanks to Special Olympics Pennsylvania having recently […]

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Hawthorne Neighborhood Faces Change

By Eldon Graham Every third Monday in January, Philadelphia celebrates a national icon who courted controversy as the voice of the downtrodden. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was concerned about the rights of exploited workers, as well as those birthright citizens who were subjugated in their own skin. It didn’t matter if you were Caucasian, […]

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East Passyunk Goes Arctic

By Eldon Graham Passyunk Avenue was abuzz last weekend with the sights and chills of the second annual “Arctic Ave.,” a festive event featuring ice sculptures. People got to experience the avenue while taking in the frozen art, music, shopping specials and more. Anyone strolling down the avenue saw the uniquely crafted sculptures along the […]

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Holiday Giving, South Philly-Style: Making a South Philadelphia Christmas Wish

By Eldon Graham Taking Our South Philadelphia Streets Back, a nonprofit dedicated to providing communication and sharing resources with residents, businesses and local authorities, is reaching out to all of South Philly to deliver some wish fulfillment. As Samantha Regalbuto explained, the group wants to give back to the community by helping neighbors less fortunate […]

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#Right2Work Dinner Sheds Light on Workers’ Plight

By Eldon Graham “Our focus is that work is a basic human right that should be accorded to everyone.” Those were the words spoken by Catzie Vilayphonh, the master of ceremonies for the #Right2Work Dinner held at the Aquinas Center at 1700 Fernon Street. The event was the eleventh in a series created by Popular […]

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Community Comes Out For Rejuvenation Fundraiser

By Eldon Graham On a usually warm sunny October Sunday morning, a community came together to return green to Bainbridge Street. Oct. 16 was the inaugural Bainbridge Green Brunch Festival, which organizers hope will become an annual fundraiser to raise money and bring awareness and support to Bainbridge Green, the two-block stretch of Bainbridge Street […]

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Fundraiser Set for Bainbridge St. Remake

by Eldon Graham This Sunday, the Friends of Bainbridge Green, South Street Headhouse District, and Queen Village Neighbors will hold their first annual Bainbridge Green Brunch Festival. The event will take place on the south side of Bainbridge Street, between 3rd and 4th Streets. Jonathan Rubin, chair of Friends of Bainbridge Green, discusses what this […]

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Up on the Roof: East Passyunk Fashion Show

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20 Years Later, Sports Arena Still the ‘Center’ of Attention

by Eldon Graham In August 1996, Bill Clinton was President, Ed Rendell was Mayor of Philadelphia, and cellphones were primarily used for calling people. And people had a new place to see concerts, sporting events and other entertainment in South Philadelphia. Since opening its doors, the building first known as the CoreStates Center, now called […]

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9th Street Eyes A Bid

by Maria Merlino Some 9th Street business folks are bidding to have a BID, a Business Improvement District. They believe by spending a little money to spruce up the street, its businesses will prosper. Is everyone on board? Not really. Some merchants are culturally wary of bureaucracy, while others are ready to retire without taking […]

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