My latest piece at Star Community News about the amazing Grace Townhomes – affordable housing for women in Port Richmond.

http://www.starnewsphilly.com/2016/sep/22/building-grace-port-richmond/#.V-QsM8nD_qD

http://www.starnewsphilly.com/2016/sep/15/church-grows-port-richmond/#.V9_XpsnD_qA

http://www.starnewsphilly.com/2016/sep/15/setting-sail/#.V9_XA8nD_qA

An es­tu­ary is a coastal body of wa­ter that is en­closed, but with free con­nec­tion to open sea.

A place for trans­it between rivers and the coast and the Delaware Es­tu­ary stretches from as far north as Trenton, NJ, to as far south as Lewes, DE. The Part­ner­ship for the Delaware Es­tu­ary ad­voc­ates for the pre­ser­va­tion of this es­tu­ary, one of the largest in the world.

On Sat­urday, Sept. 10, the Part­ner­ship for the Delaware Es­tu­ary, along with Phil­adelphia Wa­ter, will cel­eb­rate the im­port­ant por­tion of this es­tu­ary that flows through Phil­adelphia with its an­nu­al Pennsylvania Coast Day event.

 

Read more about PA Coast Day at Star Community News

A year ago, Brides­burg Troop 120 Scout­mas­ter Bob Giz­in­ski had an idea.

At the time, the troop he leads was vis­it­ing Fort Wash­ing­ton State Park.

Giz­in­ski no­ticed that there were, at the time, 120 of­fi­cial state parks in Pennsylvania.

Since they are Troop 120, he thought it would make a strong im­pact on the scouts to vis­it each of the state parks.

Since be­gin­ning the trips, an­oth­er state park has been ad­ded to the re­gistry, Wash­ing­ton’s Cross­ing, and they an­ti­cip­ate more will be ad­ded be­fore they fin­ish, but they will be stick­ing to the ori­gin­al 120 parks and plan to make their goal by the time this core troop moves on to be­come Eagle Scouts in five to sev­en years.

Since last year, the troop has vis­ited 30 of the 120 parks they have com­mit­ted to vis­it­ing.

 

Read more about the adventures of Troop 120 at Star Community News

Loc­al res­id­ents or­gan­ize the Pink Ele­phant 5K Race to bring aware­ness to the drug epi­dem­ic fa­cing the River Wards.

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The Drug En­force­ment Ad­min­is­tra­tion (DEA) re­leased an ex­tens­ive re­port, Ana­lys­is of Drug Re­lated Over­dose Deaths in Pennsylvania, 2015, es­tim­at­ing there were more than 3,000 over­dose deaths last year in the state.

In 81 per­cent of those deaths, some kind of opioid was present.

Fentanyl was the second most fre­quently iden­ti­fied drug in over­dose deaths last year, and loc­al res­id­ent Dawn Han­ratty knows that tragedy per­son­ally and is one of hand­ful of res­id­ents or­gan­iz­ing a 5K to bring aware­ness to the is­sue.

She was com­pletely un­aware her daugh­ter, Am­ber, used fentanyl, and was shocked by her daugh­ter’s death in Septem­ber 2015.

As the one year an­niversary of her daugh­ter’s death ap­proaches, Han­ratty and her fam­ily still struggle to cope with the loss. The fam­ily now helps to raise Am­ber’s chil­dren, ages 2 and 6.

Read more at Star Community News. 

The an­nu­al Liberty Lands Flea Mar­ket and Mu­sic Fest will be held Sunday August 7, mark­ing the 20th year for the North­ern Liber­ties-based ex­tra­vag­anza.

 

Read more at Star Community News

Since the early 1990’s, a dynamic form of feminism began brewing, Riot Grrrl. Part music genre, part artistic style, part fashion aesthetic, and all about people associated with the feminine being able to fully express themselves.

 

Read more at Huffington Post Arts

 

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On Sat­urday, Ju­ly 16, the Com­munity Cen­ter at Vis­it­a­tion (CCV) and Walk­ing with Pur­pose held a Wo­men’s Day of Beauty and Dig­nity, a day fo­cused on cul­tiv­at­ing the many at­trib­utes of strong wo­men.

Di­verse wo­men from the area came to re­ceive makeup tu­tori­als, makeovers and man­i­cures, but the day was not just about phys­ic­al beauty. Emo­tion­al and spir­itu­al well­ness was on the agenda, as was ac­cess to edu­ca­tion­al op­por­tun­it­ies.

 

Read more at Star Community News

Amaury Ji­me­nez is 23 years old, cur­rently liv­ing in Doylestown and one of the re­por­ted 10 mil­lion people who have down­loaded the Pok&ea­cute;mon Go app.

On Thursday, Ju­ly 21, he walked from the area by the North­east Air­port to Am­al­gam Com­ics and Cof­fee­house, 2578 Frank­ford Ave.

 

Read more at Star Community News