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Building on a legacy with Lisa Rodriguez

 01/03/2017 - 13:36
Building on a legacy with Lisa Rodriguez

Lisa Rodriguez’s father was a part of one of the first Spanish-speaking Latino families in Camden. With a Puerto Rican and Cuban background, her father knew the importance of being involved in your community at a young age. “His parents started the first Puerto Rican community and social club and because of that he was involved in the politics in the city of Camden,” Rodriguez stated.

Adriel Garcia encourages diversity

 01/03/2017 - 13:02
Adriel Garcia is a lawyer at Stradley Ronon. Photo cred: Peter Fitzpatrick

A graduate of Temple Law School, Adriel Garcia started his career with great promise. He finished his studies knowing that he wanted to help people through his legal practice. He began as a clinical student with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, where he developed examination and interview skills during his participation in preliminary hearings and municipal court trials.

Game Over?

 12/22/2016 - 11:54

In your quest to search for the perfect gift for your electronic savvy kid, there is one gift you might have a hard time finding at stores. The Nintendo Classic has been flying off the shelves since its debut this week. Advanced orders of the console have been at an extreme high. 

$3 Million donation puts Philadelphia at the center of cannabis research

 12/20/2016 - 08:51

The cannabis green rush is spreading throughout the country now that eight states have legalized recreational pot and 28 more have approved medical marijuana. 

Pennsylvania is among the latter, with the state’s first medicinal program slated to take off in 2018. Now, a $3 million donation to Thomas Jefferson University from an Australian philanthropist is adding to Philadelphia’s already robust research landscape and helping to create a cannabis corridor in the City of Brotherly Love. 


Una donación de 3 millones de dólares pone a Filadelfia en el centro de la investigación sobre la Cannabis

 12/20/2016 - 08:45

Un prado de verdes juncos de Cannabis se ha diseminado por todo el país, ahora que ocho estados han legalizado su uso recreacional y 28 otros han aprobado la marihuana medicinal. 

Pennsylvania se encuentra entre estos últimos, con el primer programa medicinal del estado que pretende despegar en el 2018. Ahora, una donación de 3 millones de dólares a la Universidad Thomas Jefferson por parte de un filántropo australiano, está siendo agregado al robusto paisaje investigativo de Filadelfia para ayudar a crear un corredor de cannabis en la Ciudad del Amor Fraternal.


Hit and Sunk

 12/14/2016 - 06:13

Former U.S Congressan Chaka Fattah, one of the top politicians in the city of Philadelphia for many years, has been sentenced to spend a decade in prison and pay $614,000 in restitution to victims of corruption charges on which the longtime legislator was convicted last June.

Fattah was found guilty of dozens of counts of corruption stemming from charges filed in 2015 that came down from the FBI after an eight-year long investigation into the congressman’s financial dealings. 

Bright Spark

 12/13/2016 - 05:21

One year ago, Maj Toure founded Black Guns Matter,  a gun safety workshop in a North Philadelphia community center. Now he’s in the midst of a nationwide tour, teaching in schools about de-escalation techniques and local gun laws, taking any and all questions.

Toure, who grew up in Philadelphia, is a celebrity on, he has read Mein Kampf three times, and feels like an heir to Pan-African awareness, as reported in The Philadelphia Citizen.

La renovación del American Legion Playground abre una nueva etapa para los parques de la ciudad.

 12/12/2016 - 19:41
Photo: City of Philadelphia/ Department of Parks & Recreation

La presidenta de la Comisión de Parques y Recreación de Filadelfia, Kathryn Ott Lovell, presidió ayer junto al Concejal Bobby Henon y varios miembros de la comunidad, la ceremonia inaugural del American Legion Playground, en el noreste de Filadelfia,en motivo de la finalización de las obras de renovación recientes.

La modernización del parque es fruto de las continuadas quejas por parte de los habitantes de la ciudad, no solo del noreste, que lamentan la falta de espacio para que los niños puedan jugar y aprender.

Updates to American Legion Playground: A Sign of More Parks to Come

 12/12/2016 - 19:30
City of Philadelphia and the Department of Parks & Recreation

Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell initiated a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Councilman Bobby Henon and community members at American Legion Playground in Northeast Philadelphia to celebrate the completion of recent renovations.

This is coming off the heels of several criticisms through the city, not just the Northeast, that children need places to play and learn in the area.