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POLS ON THE STREET: Battle for Pennsylvania Will Be Fought Here

by Joe Shaheeli Hillary Clinton stops in Harrisburg following her first in Philly at Temple University, the day after the DNC crowned her, were followed by an appearance by Donald Trump in Mechanicsburg. These campaign moves are an early sign both understand Pennsylvania is now rated by pollsters as a swing state. The Clinton campaign […]

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How Delegates Experienced the DNC

by Eldon Graham Electricity filled the air as delegates, reporters, out-of-town visitors, celebrities and politicians packed inside the Wells Fargo Center for the Democratic National Convention, where Philadelphia played host to its 48th incarnation. On the first day, no one could deny the amount of enthusiasm inside the building. The noise on the convention floor […]

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Pt. Breeze Agency Is Model For Mayor’s Community Schools

by Tony West Mayor Jim Kenney based his winning campaign last year on a bright new proposal for “family service centers” where children’s educational needs can be met while his family learns to cope with many other challenges. If you want to know what these centers might look like – check out Diversified Community Services, […]

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In Our Back Yard Under I-95 Thrives A Lucrative Nonprofit

by Eldon Graham Tens of thousands of people drive alongside ILMAC’s work every day — or even park on it – without really noticing it. Some Philadelphia-based organizations do more business behind the scenes than many people realize. Among them is Interstate Land Management Corp., a nonprofit joint venture between the City and State located […]

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From Bok To Bark: Old School Sprouts New Dog Park

by Maria Merlino Passyunk Crossing has a new dog park, compliments of Scout Ltd., a collective of young, enthusiastic urban designers and strategy makers who like to think about design at a city scale. The park, located at 9th & Dudley Streets, is an iron-gated outdoor space outside of the former Bok HS. This outdoor […]

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Positive Force Offers Free Self-Defense Classes For Women

By Maria Merlino Who trained with Chuck Norris? 6th Degree Master Joe Pennisi did. 6th Degree Master Hugo Armando said the class teaches women how to identify and prevent dangerous situations. Women will also learn hands-on defense training in the two-month weekly course. The course has foundations in education and awareness that also includes lecture, […]

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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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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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Clean Air Council Points To Energy Solutions Refinery For Pollution Problem

by Monica Robinson The Clean Air Council points to the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery in Point Breeze as a major source of air pollution in the city. It “has been in constant violation of the Clean Air Act for the past several years and is a high priority violator as defined by the EPA (The […]

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Jim Kenney Hits Home At Town Hall Meeting

by Monica Robinson Community schools, affordable housing, trash pickup, gun violence and small-business contracts with the city … all were hot topics at Tuesday night’s town-hall meeting with Mayor-Elect Jim Kenney at South Philadelphia HS. This was the second of five town-hall meetings Kenney had planned to get feedback from Philadelphians. Last night, he answered […]

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