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April 16, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
Community Integrated Services is expanding its operations at 441 N. Fifth St., in Northern Liberties, to about 8,700 square feet, according to brokerage PernaFrederick Commercial Real Estate, which represented the employment-search and -support agency in the lease. CIS, which specializes in job placements for people with disabilities, has occupied about 6,400 square feet in the 80,000-square-foot, four-story building since 2006, PernaFrederick said in a release on Thursday. The lease extends to "the later years of this decade," the brokerage said.
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April 14, 2016
By Daniel J. Hilferty and Bill Roberson National Volunteer Week, which began on Sunday, was established by President Richard Nixon in 1974 to recognize the incredible social and economic impact volunteers make. Coincidentally, that was the same year the first Ronald McDonald House was founded here in Philadelphia. In 2014, roughly 62.8 million Americans spent 7.9 billion hours volunteering, and the Independent Sector estimates the value of those efforts at nearly $184 billion.
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April 14, 2016 | By Melanie Burney, Staff Writer
On warm days, Sylvester "Button" Combs could often be found sitting on a wooden bench on Swedesboro's Kings Highway. During cold weather, he would find shelter in a local Christian thrift store and pantry, where he was greeted regularly by staff and volunteers with a cup of coffee and doughnuts or a pack of his beloved chicken nuggets from Wawa. Known by many simply by his nickname, the homeless man was a fixture for years in the tiny rural Gloucester County community that lovingly tended to him. Residents and business owners regularly gave Combs meals and clothing, cigarettes, and sometimes a warm place to stay.
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April 9, 2016 | Inga Saffron, Architecture Critic
Mention the Fairhill neighborhood in Philadelphia and the conversation almost always turns to crime and drugs. The dense North Philadelphia community was branded the Badlands two decades ago, and it remains, according to police statistics , the most violent section of the city, a place where bullets whiz past the schoolyard and drug dens line the railroad tracks. The poverty rate is off the charts. What you rarely hear anyone say is that Fairhill is rich by other measures.
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April 7, 2016 | By Shaun Brady, For the Daily News
The eight students gathered at Grover Washington Jr. Middle School last week fidgeted as they sang, but this wasn't just typical teen antsiness. Conducting from the front of the classroom, jazz singer and retired middle school music teacher Wendy Simon had asked the young singers to visualize a bead of sweat slowly dripping down their backs as they repeated the words, "So hot / Please, please help. " The squirming aptly communicates the feeling of discomfort that Simon hopes will help spur audience members to action after the premiere this weekend of "Vision Song: Our Hearts, Our Voices, Our Future" at the Kimmel Center.
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April 7, 2016 | Stephan Salisbury, Staff Writer
Pop-up art exhibitions will begin to appear throughout the region Wednesday, when high-quality reproductions of artworks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be installed in public places from Coatesville to Doylestown. About 70 works from the museum's collection - everything from portraits of Jacqueline Kennedy by Andy Warhol to landscapes by Claude Monet - will be exhibited in Coatesville, Doylestown, Lansdowne, Narberth, and Old City and Tacony in Philadelphia as part of the second year of Inside Out, a community project funded by the Knight Foundation.
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March 31, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
A group of young men and women are launching a project in West Philadelphia's Carroll Park section next week that they hope will develop programming to help divert their peers from the streets in violent neighborhoods. Starting Thursday, five young people ages 15 to 23 will recruit residents to complete a survey at the Carroll Park Center for Hope, Help, and Healing, said Latisha Webb, who with her husband, William, founded Opportunity Inc., a community group assisting with the effort.
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March 26, 2016 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Staff Writer
Sister Kimberly Kessler has learned the solitary truth about the path she has chosen. She has prayed, studied, and served with the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer in Huntingdon Valley for eight years, with two more to go before taking her final vows. She already has outlasted three other aspirants, who gave up along the way. At age 39 one of the youngest nuns in a community of just 18, she sometimes worries about a future with a dwindling group of sisters to carry on the mission. In Kessler, the predicament of religious life crystallizes.
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March 25, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
J.D. Bravo Co. of Malvern and Philadelphia-based JacobsWysper Architects have been selected to design and build the long-planned Lucien E. Blackwell Community Center in West Philadelphia. The team was chosen for the $6.3 million project near 48th and Brown Streets through an open bidding process that begin in November, J.D. Bravo said in a release on Wednesday. Design and construction are scheduled to take 21 months, with completion slated for early 2018, the company said. jadelman@phillynews.com 215-854-2615 @jacobadelman  
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March 23, 2016 | By Julia Terruso, Staff Writer
Mayor Kenney's administration will select from five to seven schools this summer to become community schools, with the city and private sector providing health, social, emotional, and after-school services. Kenney wants to establish 25 such schools citywide in the next four years. They would be funded with $40 million, paid for by Kenney's proposed sugary-drinks tax as well as contributions from nonprofits and the business community. Schools would not be selected until after City Council approves a budget by June 30, said Susan Gobreski, Kenney's director for community schools.
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