Philadelphia Neighborhoods: Exploring Your Options
Imagine waking up each morning in a neighborhood that may have been made just for you, with friends and neighbors that exemplify the qualities and values you appreciate most. Our town is what we make it, and Philly's residents make it a great one. To the sports fan and the housewife, to the nature enthusiast and the biker, we bring to you the neighborhoods that will enliven your senses and bring out the true you. Be yourself and enjoy a life in Philly.
Philadelphia is a wonderful conglomeration of very unique and distinct neighborhoods, cultures, influences, and backgrounds. We see that reflected in the architecture, the food, the art, and the fun things to do in the area, and as visitors travel from one area to the next, they may be surprised at the differences. For people looking for that perfect neighborhood – that place to settle down and be yourself – there are a few things to consider before buying or renting a home there.
So how do you find the neighborhood that matches your own personality and interests? Where do you even start looking? Obviously, there’s a lot of subjectivity to these kinds of questions, but if we start by examining the personality in some of these areas, we can find the area that matches your interests. Whether you’re an artist, academic, sports fan, or anything else, there’s a place for you in Philly.
Let’s start with those die-hard sports fans we’re so famous for. In Philadelphia there’s only one place to go if you want to be close to your favorite pro teams and that’s out towards the sports complex. Since the city placed Citizens Bank Park, the Wells Fargo Center, and Lincoln Financial Field all in one location, it makes the choice a lot easier.
The great thing about the sports complex is that it is located closer to the outskirts of the big city, which means no one has to deal with absurd levels of congestion downtown whenever the Phillies are playing at home. There’s plenty to do in the area, and all of the stadiums contribute to an organization that supports and protects the community interests. There are around 9,000 residents living 4,100 homes around the area. While not all of them are going to be sports fans, you will definitely find the seriously dedicated in this neighborhood.
The art scene is alive and thriving in this city. We’ve always been a welcoming home for artists and creative individuals, and this sentiment is a major part of the overall feel of our urban and suburban neighborhoods. Northern Liberties, for example, has become a haven for those of an artistic mind. It was once a manufacturing district, but the cheap studio space was enough to coax a lot of struggling artists up this way. Now, the neighborhood has a significant impact on the culture around it, too, and in places like Fishtown you’ll see where a lot of the same personality has spilled over into the art, music, food, and fun.
The Educated Masses
Over in University City, you’ll find the kind of area that is influenced by the academic community. Which is to say: there’s a lot of great student housing in the area, but there are also some wonderful places for the people who make their living in academia and research. This area is home to the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, so it’s filled with a vibrant energy and a lot of unique restaurants, shopping opportunities, and learning experiences.
Philadelphia is one of the oldest cities in the country, and it is absolutely filled with opportunities to get into the culture. If you enjoy history, culture and fine art museums, you might want to look around Fairmount, or just outside the city in historical Newtown Square for a great home. You’ll find the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Franklin Institute, historical churches, homes and more. The culture goes further than the museums, though, and you’ll see a lot of historical influence on the buildings and people in the area.
Finding the ideal home in Philadelphia isn’t hard, and there are so many different neighborhoods, each with its own history and personality, that you can help you feel immediately at home. Of course, even if you’re not sure where you’d like to settle down, you still don’t have to worry. When you start to feel the infectious energy of the people around you, you’ll start to fit right in wherever you go.
Doug Raymondgrew up in Idaho, and has worked in and around home construction and real estate for most of his life. He is interested in home building, construction, architecture, interior design, landscaping, green living, writing, blogging, internet marketing, travel, sports, and the outdoors.
I can remember a conversation I had with an older woman at the grocery store. It was about three months after I had become a mother. My new daughter was slung in a baby carrier, her tiny face nestled close to my chest, when I shared with the woman how she always wanted to be held. With great wisdom that took me a few years to fully understand, the stranger told me to enjoy it because it wouldn’t last.
Right she was. That baby now rides a bike large enough for me, and she certainly wouldn’t want me to carry her while I shop. Many of us have heard similar advice from others. Children grow up fast, so treasure the little moments.
Toward that end, one of the most important things we can do to remember these early years is to take lots of pictures. Obvious, right? And in this day of instant communication, cell phones and digital cameras, it should be a breeze.
Sadly, my childhood can be leafed through in a few old shoe boxes of photographs and other items. I don’t hold a grudge. My parents divorced when I was nine, and mom led a largely non-traditional life as a pilot in the 80s. Scrapbooking was definitely not part of her nomenclature. But, hey, I loved being her sidekick, and I even learned how to “preflight” an airplane at age 10.
But still being somewhat sensitive to my limited historical records, I’ve definitely put a large focus on capturing the everyday moments with my children—birthday celebrations, holidays, family trips and little milestones. And, of course, I have to keep solid proof of my daughters’ antics dressing up their little brother in sundresses and princess costumes.
So when I first decided to fully commit to the important role as our family’s historian, I had some lofty ideas. I bought scrapbooks, special stickers, colored pages and other tools to create masterpieces worthy of Martha Stewart’s praise. In reality, I found little time for such detailed projects, having three babies in four years and working full-time until our second child was born. I never strayed far from my camera, but I struggled with the next steps—actually putting pictures in albums. Instead, I procrastinated- choosing park outings and play dates, baking cookies and having tea parties with my children. After all, I wasn’t really that crafty, so the idea of scrapbooking sounded more like a chore to add to my growing lists: do laundry, clean baseboards, and make your children’s first years look worthy of a spread in American Baby Magazine.
Then I discovered how easy it was to become a digital scrap-booker using well-known, online services like Snapfish and Shutterfly. I could download photos straight from my camera to these sites and create albums to share with others, print (not to be stored in shoeboxes) or create my own little Sherwin family history books.
Now, without putting heaps of pressure on myself, I create a simple photo scrapbook after each child’s birthday celebration. We go big on birthdays in our household, throwing fun parties and taking lots of pictures, so creating personalized memory books makes sense. Each year, no matter how disorganized I sometimes feel, I know my children are guaranteed photos from their special day.
While I love to claim I’m still somewhat mysterious and unpredictable, those who know me well can always catch up on my family’s doings when I hand them one of these hard-backed shiny books. I’m proud to say I no longer feel like this is a chore in my life, and I love reaching into the bookshelf to grab a few books that each tell its own story about those little moments that will soon pass us by.
Julia Sherwin is a freelance writer and mother of three who lives in Chester County. She is a former college journalism instructor who enjoys running, biking, swimming, traveling and cooking.
The gala is held once every five years and funds raised goes towards expanding the mission and reach of people the charity serves. The Ronald McDonald House is an independent 501c3 and relies heavily on the support of South Jersey.
The Ronald McDonald House helps over 13,000 local families in their hospitals each year and another 850 at their house in Camden.
Your support is always welcomed and you can be part of this event!
Joe Vallee, Ryan Downs, Matt Goldberg and Billy Vargus will be appearing at the store from 1pm-3pm. The four will answer questions from the audience and sign copies of the book- which will be available on site at Barnes & Noble.
“A Snowball’s Chance” has been a critical success and a fan favorite with fans throughout the Delaware Valley and beyond. It’s a must for EVERY Philly sports fan!!
On October 6th, VSEC and B&R Fitness will be hosting an event called Winston’s Wish. This event will raise money for the VSEC Lend-A-Paw Foundation which helps fund emergency and specialty veterinary care for homeless pets and pets whose owners are in demonstrated financial distress.
The event will feature: A musical performance by the band SORAIA. They will perform songs from their new album co-written with Bon Jovi. A fashion show of past VSEC patients (pets) dressed to impress light refreshments and wag bags (swag bags) will be provided. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the door.
We hope you will consider supporting our event. Below you will find a list of ways to get involved.
1. Vendor Tables – if you are interested in having a table at the event to promote your company or sell products. Please call Tracie 215.938.6557
2. Give-a-ways for our gift bags – we are assembling wag bags for the attendees (similar to swag bags at other events). We are looking for small promotional items, samples or coupons that can be included in the bags, 100 pieces needed. Please call Tracie 215.938.6557
3. Silent auction items – we are looking for gift baskets or prizes that can be included in our silent auction. Please call Tracie 215.938.6557
The event, which served as a fundraiser for Discovery Ministries, featured LaSalle University men’s basketball coach Dr. John Giannini, former number one NBA draft pick Pervis Ellison, NCAA basketball coaching legend Theresa Grentz and ESPN Basketball Analyst Tim Legler. The group shared their tremendous life experiences and spoke on behalf of Discovery Ministries and the impact that it’s had on its participants for over four decades.
The two most responsible for putting the event together are Msgr. Michael Mannion and event coordinator Jeanine Reynolds Delaney. Msgr. Mannion, the Director of Community Relations for the Diocese of Camden, has been a part of Discovery Ministries since its inception in 1974. Not one of the speakers on the evening failed to recognize the impact Msgr. Mannion has had on their life as well as countless others he has touched along the way.
Since the launch of Discovery House almost 40 years ago, over 30,000 youth, young adults, and family members have participated in spiritual retreats at Discovery Ministries that have helped participants grow, pursue their dreams, and develop their God-given talents and gifts.
Discovery Ministries now also provides social, recreational, and spiritual opportunities for families with chronically ill children, handicapped children, or special needs children. Discovery House thus serves as a "home away from home" for families who deserve special care and attention.
Located in South Jersey (3730 Richards Ave, Mullica Township, NJ 08037) near Hammonton, the newly renovated and expanded Discovery House also hosts workshops, conferences, meetings, and training sessions sponsored by church and community groups, service and educational organizations.
To make a donation to the Discovery House, checks should be made out and mailed to:
For Philadelphians, I don’t know which is worse: Being the city that threw snowballs at Santa Claus and NEVER being able to live it down because of the national media, or having the train wreck known as Miley Cyrus cite the city for taking part in her transformation to Hannah Montana to (fill in whatever blank you want here). Cyrus, who spent a lot of last summer in Philadelphia while her then-fiance Liam Hemsworth shot Paranoia with Harrison Ford. Cyrus recently discussed this in the recent edition of Rolling Stone Magazine.
It seems like only yesterday that Dexter Morgan began using The Code to exact his macabre version of vigilante justice on those he deemed wrong. But, after eight amazing seasons, Dexter has come to an end.
Fans have been waiting impatiently all season to see just what would become of the likeable serial killer.
Tonight they got their wish.
“Remember the Monsters?” took a few minutes to start because, unsurprisingly, there were some flashback clips and some sound bytes from the cast—past and present. When it did start, we were in for a doozy of an episode!
If you haven’t watched it yet and you want to be surprised by how the whole shebang went down, then stop reading now. If not…
The show started with Dexter and Harrison in the airport getting ready to leave for Argentina. Hannah calls them from the bathroom to let them know that Elway is in the waiting area. He hasn’t yet seen her, but will if she tries to board with them. So Dexter comes up with an ingenious way to shake Elway. Once he’s taken care of, he calls Hannah and tells her that the coast is clear- although his stunt has also cost them their flight.
Deb is found and is put in an ambulance for transport to the hospital. Quinn rides with her and she tells him that she’s done things that she isn’t proud of. He tells her that the good she’s done cancels out the bad and that she’s a good person. They finally make it to the hospital and she tells Quinn that she loves him before being wheeled away for surgery.
Batista makes the decision to tell Dexter about his sister and Matthews makes the call. Dexter tells Hannah that Saxon shot his sister and that he has to go to the hospital to see her. Before leaving, he tells her that they should go to a different place when they finally leave in order to once again shake Elway. Saxon makes an appearance, commandeers a truck, and takes off. In the meantime Dexter makes it to the hospital.
Elway continues to try to contact DM Clayton and lets him know that Hannah is still in town and he will keep trying to locate her. Elway makes some calls and learns that Clayton has been killed. When Deb wakes up Dexter is waiting. She’s surprised to see him since he should be on his way to Argentina. He’s upset and guilty and feels as if he’s screwed up Deb’s life. She tells him otherwise and that she wants him to be happy. A doctor comes in to check up on Deb and tells them that she’s optimistic about her recovery. When the doctor leaves, Dexter tells her about what happened at the airport. Dexter still wants to find a way to get Hannah out of the country, yet also wants to take care of Saxon before he goes with her.
While in the hospital, he flashes back to when Harrison was born and when Deb met his son for the first time. He also talks to Matthews, who offers to help. Dexter asks him to watch over Deb because Saxon is still out there. Elway goes to the hospital and runs into Dexter. He asks about Deb, but also lets him know that he knows about him and Hannah.
While Miami gets ready for the impending hurricane, Saxon heads to a veterinary hospital where he threatens the vet with a gun and makes him stitch up his wounds.
Dexter meets up with Hannah and they discuss how she can leave. She offers to take Harrison with her, and he wants her to so that they are both safe.
Saxon is stitched up, and while the vet is finishing up, the news of Deb’s shooting and Clayton’s death flash on the TV.
Dexter takes Hannah and Harrison to the bus station and sends them to the airport to once again try and fly out. He tells Harrison that he will join them as soon as he ties up a few loose ends. They say their touching goodbyes and plan to soon reunite in Buenos Aires.
Saxon has the vet take him to the hospital. Instead of letting the man go, Saxon cuts out his tongue and lets him go into the hospital. During the chaos, Saxon heads to Deb’s room, but Dexter is on to him and following closely behind. Before Dexter can get to him, Batista and his officers take Saxon instead. Dexter finds Quinn, who is visibly shaken because Deb has stopped breathing and was taken to the ICU. She is on a ventilator and the doctor tells them that there were complications—a possible clot that triggered a major stroke that deprived her brain of oxygen. Even if she can breathe on her own, she will never be ok again. Only a miracle would make things better. Dexter once again flashes back to the day that Harrison was born: when things between him and Deb were good.
Hannah is on the bus and talking to Harrison about Argentina when she looks up and sees Elway sitting across the aisle from her. He tells her to sit quietly until they reach Daytona and then, when there, he will turn her in and give Harrison to CPS.
Batista and Quinn interrogate Saxon while Dexter watches. Quinn loses it during the interview and is sent out of the room. Saxon asks to speak to his attorney.
Hannah offers Elway some tea. As he’s refusing, she injects him with a horse tranquilizer and makes her getaway with Harrison.
Dexter acts as if he is going to perform a GSR test on Saxon, but his intentions are much more menacing. Once face to face with the man who shot his sister and killed Vogel, he tells him that he only blames himself for what happened, and that Saxon’s actions forced him to look at himself and see the trail of blood and body parts he has left in his wake. He tells Saxon that he plans to kill him with the pen that he’s placed on the table. Saxon gets to it first and stabs him in the shoulder, but Dexter is quicker—taking the pen from his shoulder and stabbing him in the neck. He hits the panic button and tells the officers that Saxon tried to kill him.
Batista reviews the tapes and asks Dexter why he wanted to personally do the test, especially since he no longer works there. Dexter says that he is technically employed until the end of the week and wanted to do it so that he could look him in the eye and make sure the test was done right. They deem the murder self defense and Dexter is off the hook.
Dexter takes his boat and heads to the hospital to see Deb. The storm is beginning to rage and the hospital is preparing for it. Deb is still unconscious and on the ventilator and Dexter is completely overwhelmed. He apologizes to his sister as he sits and holds her hand. He tells her that he can’t leave her like that and turns off the ventilator. Dexter watches Deb slowly stop breathing and tells her one last time that he loves her. He personally wheels her out on a gurney and takes her body to his boat, and in the chaos of the coming storm no one notices. He drives out into the water and calls Hannah. She is about to board the plane with Harrison and is happy about their future. He talks to Harrison and tells him one last time that he loves him and to remember that every day until they see each other once again. After Dexter hangs up, he takes Deb’s body, drops it overboard, and watches as it sinks.
He then decides that he needs to protect Hannah and Harrison from himself and steers his boat right into the storm. The storm is over and a rescue crew finds the wreckage from his boat floating in the water. Batista receives the call that Dexter is dead. And Hannah reads about it while safely in Argentina with Harrison.
Just when you think it’s over, it cuts to a lumber yard, where we find Dexter very much alive and living a very sad and secret life.
Valerie Schirmer is a freelance writer/editor who has written about a wide variety of topics for newspapers, magazines, and websites. She currently resides in South Jersey with her husband, daughter, and a crazy dachshund.
Dexter’s second to last episode, “Monkey in a Box,” got a bit of a late start, but it was worth the extra few minutes we had to wait!
It starts off with Dexter cleaning up after finding Dr. Vogel dead and also removing info from her office that could possibly implicate him. The police and crime scene techs arrive. Dexter is interviewed, but is not allowed to work the scene.
Dexter heads to Deb’s house and tells her that Vogel has been murdered by Saxon and that he plans to go after him. Hannah starts to show him the plans that she’s made for them to leave. Dexter also tells her of the murder and that he will use his last two days in Miami taking care of business.
Dexter meets with a realtor and they discuss selling his apartment. He also meets with a potential buyer for his boat- officially making this move very real.
After heading to the office, Dexter begins researching places where Saxon might be and finds an abandoned hospital that looks promising. While doing so, Masuka comes in to tell him that they found no fingerprints or trace evidence at Vogel’s crime scene that will help them find the killer.
Masuka’s daughter comes in to tell Dexter that someone is in the interrogation room that needs his attention. It’s Saxon, who has come under the pretense of clearing his name from Cassie’s murder. He is alarmed that Dexter will take a DNA sample from him, but lets him take it. Quinn lets him go and Dexter finds Deb (who has returned to work) to tell him what just happened. The realize that the DNA sample will not tie him to Vogel and out him- as her son who was previously thought to be dead.
Dexter heads to the hospital in search of Saxon and finds his kill room, where he uncovers a laptop in a secret cabinet compartment. On it are videos of all of his kills.
Deb is in the office working when Deputy Marshall Clayton comes in looking for her. He asks her about the blonde woman who brought Harrison into the ER and signed her name. She told him that it was her who brought Harrison in and that the nurse who ID’d Hannah’s picture was wrong. Clayton leaves, but says he’ll keep in touch.
Dexter, Deb, and other members of the force attend Vogel’s funeral service and then head to Papa’s Café for a drink. Deb tells Dexter that everyone will miss him once he leaves and Matthews tells him that he is welcome back if he ever wants to return. Dexter talks with Quinn and they discuss Quinn and Deb getting back together. While there, his realtor calls and tells him that there is a buyer who wants to meet him and is willing to offer him cash if they could meet. But, before he leaves, he talks to Batista, who calls for a toast in Dexter’s honor.
Dexter shows up for his meeting with the buyer and finds Saxon with his realtor. The realtor begins her sales pitch, but Saxon asks if Dexter can show him around himself. Once she leaves, Saxon tells Dexter that he has a proposal for him. He asks that they both walk away from each other and forget about each other. He confesses that killing his mother was a test—that he gave her one last chance to choose her and slit her throat when she didn’t. He tells Dexter that if he comes after him he will lose, just like his mother did. Saxon also brings up his sister, children, and even Hannah—who could all end up disappearing if Dexter continues to hunt him.
Clayton meets with Elway and tells him that he thinks that Hannah is at Deb’s house. He asks him to help by looking around.
Deb returns home to find Hannah once again cooking. Elway shows up soon after and Hannah must hide so she isn’t seen. He pretty much pushes his way through, tells her that he has some personal items that she left behind and also wants to apologize for how he acted when she left. She tells Elway to leave and he does, but she knows that he is suspicious. Hannah calls Dexter to tell him what happened and he rushes to Deb’s house. When he gets there he tells them about his meeting with Saxon. Hannah and Deb urge him to leave early, but he still feels as if he must continue with his plan. Deb drives Hannah to a motel near the airport and they discuss Dexter.
Dexter goes back to his apartment to send a video to WGYK Miami that will out Saxon for who he really is. He realizes that his need to kill has lessened since Hannah has come back into his life, but it is still there when it comes to Saxon.
Masuka’s daughter delivers a DNA report to Quinn and Deb and they see that Saxon is related to Vogel. Deb goes to see Dexter and tells him what has happened and that a warrant has been issued for his arrest. She has brought food and wants to stay and eat, but Dexter tells her that he’s expecting company and she can’t be there. But Deb won’t let anything stand in the way of spending one last night with her brother, so she stays and cooks.
In the meantime, her house is being tossed around by the US Marshals, but it has been wiped clean so no trace of Hannah is found. However, they do find her Internet search and realize that they might be heading to Argentina.
Dexter and Deb sit down to enjoy their meal and it is weird that he will soon be gone. She is sad that he’s leaving and is afraid that she can’t live without him, but he tells her that she’ll be fine. She assures him that he is a good person inside, and not just because of The Code. While they are talking, a news report comes on and announces that they have received footage of Saxon’s grisly murders. He tells her that this is the reason that she must leave.
Saxon is pumping gas when he hears of the footage and is angry. He hops in his truck and heads to Dexter’s apartment, where Dexter is literally lying in wait for him. Saxon approaches him with a knife, but is surprised by not only Dexter, but also Deb. Dexter tranquilizes him and Deb leaves so Dexter can do what he has been waiting to do.
He brings Saxon to his own kill room and when he comes to, they have an almost friendly discussion before Dexter gets to work doing what he does best. Saxon tells Dexter that he hopes that he doesn’t wake up and stab Hannah, but Dexter confesses his immense love for her. This revelation seems to knock any last bit of murderous need out of him. Instead of killing Saxon, he calls Deb to come and make an arrest. Deb shows up and doesn’t realize that Clayton is following her. She heads inside and Dexter tells her to arrest Saxon and gives her a story to tell her co-workers.
Before she does, they head outside and say what should be their final goodbyes before Dexter leaves, which he does. Deb calls it in, but before she can return to the room, Clayton goes inside and finds Saxon, who tells him that he has been abducted. Clayton foolishly releases him and he stabs Clayton. Deb comes in while this is happening and he shoots her. She manages to call this in, too, but it doesn’t look good for her.
Dexter heads to his apartment to pack up the last of his things, completely unaware of what is happening. Hannah is at the airport waiting for him and doesn’t realize that Elway is on her tail.
The show ends with Dexter and Harrison heading out to meet her.
OMG!! One episode is left!! Will Deb survive?? Dexter?? How will it all end????
Valerie Schirmer is a freelance writer/editor who has written about a wide variety of topics for newspapers, magazines, and websites. She currently resides in South Jersey with her husband, daughter, and a crazy dachshund.