Inspirational leaders honored for great work with kids

Local Life | February 2nd, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak For over 20 years, young people from all over the city have gathered at the Manatawna-Saul Farm in Roxborough to learn about agriculture, work with livestock animals and build lifelong friendships, thanks to the dedication of 4-H leaders Scott Moser, of Roxborough, and the late Michael McCrea, of Olney. Pennsylvania State […]

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FOW outlines major trail projects for next 3 years

News | February 1st, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak Peg Shaw, director of land management for the Friends of the Wissahickon, told a packed auditorium at the Allens Art Center, 601 W. Allens Lane in Mt. Airy on Jan. 24 that the nonprofit is entering the final stage of the Sustainable Trail Initiative (STI), by completing five major trail projects […]

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Blossom Philadelphia group homes acquired by four social service providers

News | January 24th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak  Blossom Philadelphia, formerly United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia, transferred its residential services and 31 community group homes earlier this year to four social service providers: the Barber National Institute, JEVS Human Services, The Salvation Army and KenCrest. In October 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) revoked Blossom’s license to […]

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City seeks bridge lease to complete Cresheim Trail

News | January 18th, 2018 | 1 Comment

by Sue Ann Rybak The City of Philadelphia currently is negotiating with the Philadelphia Electric Co. (PECO) to acquire the train trestle over Germantown Avenue next to the Trolley Car Diner and sign an agreement to lease the adjacent right-of-way to complete the Philadelphia portion of the Cresheim Trail. Both the trail and the trestle […]

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Community honors Martin Luther King, Jr. through service

Local Life | January 17th, 2018 | Leave a comment

Nearly 50 years after the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., local community members once again came out to participate in this year’s 23rd Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 15. Religious leaders, local politicians and community members gathered in Northwest Philadelphia to honor the legacy of […]

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Former SCH teacher a ‘hidden child’ of the Holocaust

Local Life | January 16th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak One of Ruth Kapp Hartz’ earliest childhood memories is of her older cousin Jeannette warning her not to use her own name in Nazi-occupied France in 1941. “Remember,” her cousin warned her, “your name is Renee, and you are French!” In a recent telephone interview, the former Springside Chestnut Hill Academy […]

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Hill doctor honored for half-century of service

Featured Post, News | January 11th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak When Dr. Divo Messori graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1957, doctors were still making house calls. Now, thanks to the internet, patients can download a doctor on demand. Technology has changed modern medicine, but not a doctor’s true purpose to heal others. For more than 50 years, he has remembered […]

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