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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“North Philadelphia podiatrist expands practice to give back to community,” published on the Philadelphia Department of Commerce’s website on May 31, 2019

“For Dr. Ali Anaim, his business is about more than just podiatry—it’s about helping the residents of North Philadelphia however he can.

‘We’re really busy because we service the whole community,’ Dr. Anaim shares. ‘You have insurance or you don’t have insurance, it doesn’t really matter. We take care of the community.’

It’s not unusual to see people lining up outside of his practice on Mondays and Thursdays when he is working from this location. Dr. Anaim helps those who may not be able to afford a traditional hospital visit, simply asking that pay what they can.

‘I fuse an ankle [at my] Collegeville practice and I end up with $2,000. If I fuse an ankle in Philadelphia, I may end up with $400,’ he shares. ‘The [price] difference is huge, but the population is in need. I like to serve, I like to render care, and I like to give back what I have.’

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“Justin Reyes, 17, Lover of Iguanas, Dogs, Snakes, Tarantulas, Scorpions and Even Eels,” published on Philadelphia Obituary Project‘s website on March 12, 2018 

“Iguanas, dogs, snakes, tarantulas, scorpions and even eels filled the North Philadelphia home of 17-year-old Justin Reyes. As Justin’s mother says, he owned and cared for ‘everything except farm animals.’ Their home became a petting zoo attraction for all of Justin’s friends.

Justin’s dream was to become a veterinarian or a zoo keeper. He cared for stray cats, took in a turtle with a crushed shell and adopted a pit bull that was left behind as the runt of the litter. He was just a kid, but even his neighbors would come to Justin for advice about their pets.

‘Everyone in the neighborhood knew him, he’d help anyone,’ Kathy Lees, Justin’s mother, said. ‘Animals, people, anyone in need.’

On June 11, 2011, Justin Reyes was killed in North Philadelphia. In the same area where Justin was murdered, he cared for a colony of stray cats.

After his death, a man came up to Kathy and asked her, ‘Do you know there’s a whole bunch of stray cats, and Justin used to feed all these cats?’ Kathy said. ‘Justin used to ask me for money for cans of food… I found out [after his passing] that it was for buying cans of cat food.’

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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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“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.'”Read More


“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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