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What's Happening in:  Pennsport 

Pennsport group uses lacrosse to help girls improve life skills at EOM

A version of this post was published in partnership with PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com, a project of Temple University’s journalism program.

Text and images by Nina Lispi and Eddie Durkin


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When Beth Devine quit her job to focus on fitness full time, she knew things were getting serious.

Devine, founder of the organization Philly Girls in Motion, has been a coach and athlete for many years.  Now she has the opportunity to share her passion for athletics with a new generation of girls.

Philly Girls in Motion started in 2010 with the assistance of Councilman-at-Large Jim Kenney, who advised Devine to start the nonprofit and seek the support of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista :  Lower Moyamensing :  Passyunk Square :  Queen Village 

Philadelphia Neighborhoods: 5 places to eat great ethnic cuisine in South Philly

A version of this post was published in partnership with PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com, a project of Temple University’s journalism program.

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Forget Pat’s and Geno’s. We all know that South Philadelphia’s food culture encompasses much more than just cheesesteaks.

The area is home to a vibrant mix of ethnic communities and it is only apropos that South Philadelphia’s gastronomical offerings reflect that. From homestyle Vietnamese dishes to Middle Eastern shawarma straight off a vertical spit, it’s pretty easy to get a taste of the world from the many ethnic (and authentic) restaurants in the area.

1) Nam Phuong Restaurant 1100 Washington Avenue

South Philadelphia: Five Places to Eat Ethnic Cuisine

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What's Happening in:  Dickinson Square West 

Dickinson Square West: Neighbors’ efforts to improve community pay off

A version of this post was published in partnership with PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods.com, a project of Temple University’s journalism program.

By Nina Lispi and Eddie Durkin


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It’s a crisp spring day on Fifth Street in Dickinson Square West. On every block, neighbors are sweeping, picking up trash, or toting home brand new blue recycling bins. But Philadelphia’s Spring Cleanup Day, April 5, was just one of the many ways neighbors have worked to improve Dickinson Square in recent years.

Ted Savage, president of the Dickinson Square West Civic Association, which covers 4th to 6th streets, Washington to Mifflin, said the neighborhood has really turned around in the past decade.

“From what I understand, the drug problem here was unbelievable. As recently as 10 or 11 years ago, neighbors didn’t walk on Fifth Street during the day,” Savage said. “By the time I moved here in 2008, things were already improving. When I moved into my house, there were vacant lots across the street. By 2009 there were three new homes there.”

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