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On the front lines: Fighting the opioid addiction with Narcan

  This is the final article in a series that examines adolescence and addiction. Instead of focusing on the growing problem, it attempts to make the public aware of some the programs that are attempting to address addiction and provide hope for those who struggle with addiction every day.   by Sue Ann Rybak  In […]

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From Honduras to Philadelphia Nearly killed, immigrant walked 7,500 miles to survive

  By Len Lear Luis Canales’ story should be in Time magazine, the New York Times and on “60 Minutes.” It is that compelling and probably unique. After all, how many people have walked 7,500 miles in one pair of shoes to escape murderers? Canales, 29, now lives in the city’s Nicetown section — not […]

Hill Environmental Justice Center to host solar informational

The Environmental Justice Center at Chestnut Hill United Church has been working for years to slow climate change.  Although climate disruption will hurt almost all sectors of the natural and human worlds, the Center recognizes that those at the margins of society – the elderly, the very young, people of color, the medically fragile, the […]

St. Martin’s sets high standard for community service

by Eric Dolente  A man of devout faith, the Rev. Jarrett Kerbel, rector of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, preaches well beyond sermons and community prayers. When it comes to social justice, Kerbel and his progressive church have a major influence in the community. Kerbel’s 24-year career in the priesthood has influenced not only this small Philadelphia […]

City demographics not represented by building trades unions 

by Jay A. McCalla Anyone who’s been even causally paying attention to the tortuously dull, partially public, negotiations over Mayor Kenney’s $500 million Rebuild (renovations of recreation centers, libraries and parks) could be forgiven if he or she feels they had returned to the 1970’s. Hearkening back to the movie Groundhog Day, black Council people […]

Food Moxie: Mt. Airy kids really digging what they eat

By Jill Fink Urban agriculture has increased in popularity in recent years, in no small part due to the achievements of Michelle Obama, who made nutrition and access to healthy foods the focus of her efforts during her time as First Lady. This year Food Moxie, a small, but mighty non-profit based in northwest Philadelphia, […]

A biometrics business is launched in Chestnut Hill

by Eric Dolente  Hidden beyond the carefully placed dumbbells, assorted workout machines and welcoming fitness trainers of Balance Chestnut Hill are beeping monitors and breathing masks ready to be used by earnest clients of BioFit Philly. Besides those machines preside two enthusiastic fitness coaches capable of helping make your ideal workout dreams become a reality. […]

Who’s the fool in presidential shtick show?

by Stan Cutler We are fascinated by the president’s shtick. When we tune to our favorite news channels or read what’s printed, his latest mockeries are the headlines and top-of-the-show stories. As defined by Google, “shtick is a gimmick, comic routine, style of performance, etc., associated with a particular person.” Trump’s shtick attracts more interest […]

Advocate’s death  should spur faster action on traffic safety plans

Last week, the City of Philadelphia and the Northwest region lost a remarkable and committed citizen when Peter Javsicas died of injuries he sustained in a vehicular crash. It was just the sort of incident that the 76-year-old Mt. Airy resident dedicated his life to make less frequent. As a transportation advocate who worked in […]


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Hill Environmental Justice Center to host solar informational

The Environmental Justice Center at Chestnut Hill United Church has been working for years to slow climate change.  Although climate disruption will hurt almost all sectors of the natural and human worlds, the Center recognizes that those at the margins of society – the elderly, the very young, people of color, the medically fragile, the […]

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After tough loss, Mt. Airy Stars rebound over Roxborough

by Jonathan Vander Lugt After Mt. Airy concluded Sunday night’s game over Roxborough with a 6-3 win, the mood was distinctly different than that which befell Leeds Field the week prior. If you’ll recall, the Stars got shelled by Loudenslager, 9-2, in a game that featured constant missteps. This Sunday, though, you wouldn’t know it. […]

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SCH House Tour on Friday

Learn more about “one of the Top Ten Great Neighborhoods,” as recognized by Forbes.com on the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Community House Tour and Boutique on April 21, 2017. The tour will offer guests special access to eight lovely and historic homes in and around Chestnut Hill while also weaving in significant local landmarks. Funds […]

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From Honduras to Philadelphia Nearly killed, immigrant walked 7,500 miles to survive

  By Len Lear Luis Canales’ story should be in Time magazine, the New York Times and on “60 Minutes.” It is that compelling and probably unique. After all, how many people have walked 7,500 miles in one pair of shoes to escape murderers? Canales, 29, now lives in the city’s Nicetown section — not […]

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City demographics not represented by building trades unions 

by Jay A. McCalla Anyone who’s been even causally paying attention to the tortuously dull, partially public, negotiations over Mayor Kenney’s $500 million Rebuild (renovations of recreation centers, libraries and parks) could be forgiven if he or she feels they had returned to the 1970’s. Hearkening back to the movie Groundhog Day, black Council people […]

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A marriage of Shakespeare and screwball comedy on Hill

By Hugh Hunter Stagecrafters winds up its season with an eye-popping version of “Shakespeare in Hollywood” (2003) by noted farceur, Ken Ludwig. It blends Ludwig’s love of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with an homage to Hollywood screwball comedy of the 1930s. From the start, Director Yaga Brady is determined to keep a light-hearted tone. You […]

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