Writing

“Tyrese Johnson, 17, ‘A Shark for Life,'” published on Philadelphia Obituary Project‘s website on November 19, 2018

“A gown and tassel were awaiting Tyrese Johnson in a few short months. He was counting down the final months of his senior year of high school, with his graduation seeming like the only thing in his way. After that momentous day, he would head to college with a full-ride scholarship. What would have been a defining moment in his young life became a milestone that he would never reach.

‘His proudest moment would have been walking at graduation at his time,’ Tymicha Johnson, Tyrese’s sister, said. ‘It was his dream.’

On Feb. 15, 2017, Tyrese became a victim of gun violence. He was shot and killed in Point Breeze at just 17 years old.

Tyrese was always known to be a good person, ‘a kid who’s not in the streets, a kid who is not in trouble and that has potential,’ Tyrese’s former football coach, Byron Barnes, said. When we heard the news of Tyrese’s passing, we didn’t think it could be true. No one thought it would be Tyrese. When Byron and the other coaches of the South Philly Sigma Sharks received the call that day, there were ‘lots of tears involved.'”

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“I Now Pronounce You Bride and Froome,” published on Bicycling magazine‘s website on November 11, 2014

“While the 2013 Tour champ (wisely) didn’t ask our advice when selecting his wedding vows, here’s how we imagine the ceremony playing out:

‘I, Chris, take you, Michelle, to be my lawfully wedded wife, my stage victory. I promise to love and cherish you, in good times—like yellow jerseys—or bad times—like Wiggins feuds.'”

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“Building community around butcher,” published on the Philadelphia Department of Commerce’s website on August 26, 2018. 

“Primal Supply Meats is dedicated to supporting local farmers. Heather sources the grass-fed, sustainably-farmed meats from a network of 12 livestock farmers in the region. ‘I work directly with the farmers to understand their land and their animals, and we commit to buying whole animals from them,’ Heather adds. ‘It’s great for the farmers because they can kind of focus on farming and not going out to sell parts and pieces of the animals that they raise.’

In addition to the meat she prepares and sells, the shop stocks other local food products, including a selection of produce from Fishtown-based Riverwards Produce.

Primal Supply Meats is dedicated to sustaining local connections, not just through its food. When launching this new shop, Heather kept things local with her contractor and other personal touches in the shop.

‘The neighborhood loves us,’ Heather expresses. ‘You hang your sign, and you open your door, and you hope that people are going to come in and visit your business. When the neighborhood walks in and welcomes us, I think we’re doing it right.’

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“Tyshiem Chainey, 17: ‘Don’t You Know the Coyotes Are Out Here After Us!” published on Philadelphia Obituary Project‘s website on July 19, 2017

“His grandmother tried to create a better life full of opportunities for him, but ultimately, Tyshiem became a victim of the streets his grandmother tried to save him from. Tyshiem was killed on March 26, 2017 in West Philadelphia.

“I was trying really hard to save his life because I knew this day was going to come,” Alice said. “If not this, it would be jail.”

When he was living in North Carolina, he was deeply involved in the community there. His grandmother helped to keep him busy, going with her to feed the homeless at the food pantry on Mondays, helping the elderly in the community with small tasks and getting involved at church.”

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“Proposed Freda Meat facility mixed-use project is all about the billboard,” published on Passyunk Post on December 21, 2016

“The problem residents had with the project was not about the apartments, townhouses and commercial space this project would bring to the neighborhood in an attempt to “reconnect to the waterfront”, but instead was related to the “eyesore” on the rooftop. The current billboard on the Freda building is 58.5 ft. tall, so the proposed development would more than double the height to 120 ft. Instead of being just a plain billboard that is lit from the front and shines light in all directions, the proposal is for a LED, light-controlled sign.”

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“Local Author Shows Downside of Negro League’s Demise,” published in The Morning Call on May 29, 2014

“History was made in the late 1940s when some of black baseball’s elite players made it into the major leagues. But the downside was that the quality of the Negro Leagues slowly declined. With the demise of the black baseball leagues, the community and businesses surrounding them also began to collapse.”

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“Pro Downhiller Amanda Batty Wants to Pay You to Race,” published on Bicycling magazine‘s website on November 26, 2014

“The sport of downhill mountain biking is predominantly male—but professional racer Amanda Batty is hoping to change that, through a new program called Proving Possible.’I get really frustrated at how it seems impossible to grow women’s downhill,’ Batty says. ‘The more women that try downhill racing, the more women there will be who will love it.'”
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“Will construction ever begin on the Brush Factory? LoMo Civic hosts meeting to voice concerns,” published on Passyunk Post on October 25, 2016
 

“On Monday, October 24, the Lower Moyamensing Civic Association hosted a meeting to express concerns over the status of this property, as a way to “let [developer Tony Rufo] know that we’re noticing,” said Todd Schwartz, president of the organization.  When plans first emerged, the community group was optimistic about the project, but after two years and no progress, LoMo Civic and nearby residents want to see something moving forward at the property.”

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“What’s the Buzz? Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Create Awareness on Saturday,” published in The Morning Call on August 15, 2014

“Honey practically runs through the veins of New Tripoli native Joe Zeller. At 95 years old, he has been beekeeping since 1953.

He has spent the majority of his life involved with agriculture.

‘I was raised on a farm,’ says Zeller, a state representative for 10 years who served on the Agriculture Committee. ‘They had bees, too. I didn’t take care of them, I was afraid of them at the time.'”

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