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Philly mayoral candidates speak on LGBTQ rights

By: - December 4, 2022

As of Nov. 29, seven individuals have announced their candidacy for the May 2023 Democratic primary.

In this June photo, Ramona Reeves of Uniontown walks down Evans Street while holding an image of her son, Semori K. Wilson, who was killed in 2018. Reeves founded the SKW Foundation, which co-sponsors the Wear Orange Day (Herald-Standard photo).

SKW Foundation seeks to help those impacted by gun violence | Helping the Helpers

By: - December 4, 2022

'We need people to speak up and let people know what they have seen to get it under control,' Ramona Reeves said.

Nina Ahmad, women’s advocate and entrepreneur seeks open council seat

By: - December 3, 2022

A native of Bangladesh, Ahmad came to the U.S. alone when she was 21 and improved her English by watching U.S. television shows and waiting tables at a diner. Later she earned a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

African-American Museum

Philly City Council greenlights surplus funds for public safety, cultural venues

By: - December 3, 2022

Council also approved a citywide curfew for teens.

Chestnut Ridge Counseling Services CEO Mike Quinn (Herald-Standard photo).

Chestnut Ridge using new state, federal programs to expand services | Helping the Helpers

By: - December 2, 2022

'We’ve always been the 24-hour mental health and crisis service for Fayette County,' CEO Mike Quinn said. 'That has been going on for 25 or more years.'

Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity of Washington stand in front of a new house. 

Habitat for Humanity in SWPA recovering after pandemic’s one-two punch | Helping the Helpers

By: - December 1, 2022

'The pandemic had – and to some degree still has – a profound effect on our operations,' Mark Twyford, of Habitat for Humanity of Washington, said.

A week out from Election Day, outside groups have reported spending $7.7 million on behalf of Democratic and Republican candidates. (Photo by Daniella Heminghaus for the New Jersey Monitor)

Inside the post-election review designed to give Pa. voters more confidence in the results

By: - December 1, 2022

All 67 counties were required for the first time to participate in a 'risk-limiting audit,' a statistical method of checking the accuracy of the election outcome.

How a U.S. Supreme Court case could curtail Medicaid patients’ rights | Analysis

By: - November 30, 2022

Twenty-two Republican-leaning states have urged the court to block beneficiaries from suing.

Pet Search recently held a low-cost rabies clinic at Canonsburg Fire Department. They hold four each year: April and August in Washington, and February and October in Canonsburg, Pa. (Herald-Standard photo).

Pet Search: Seeking foster families, volunteers in SWPA | Helping the Helpers

By: - November 30, 2022

By Jon Andreassi WASHINGTON, Pa. — Since 1986, Pet Search has been building a network of foster families for dogs and cats in need of homes. Sherry Knight, co-founder of the Washington-based nonprofit, said the organization is an all-volunteer, no-kill animal rescue. They currently have 45 foster families in Washington, Greene, Westmoreland, Allegheny, Beaver, and […]

Africatown Groundbreaking

Philly’s Africatown project to get $9M in state aid

By: - November 29, 2022

The corridor is intended to become a tourism destination in a community that is home to African and Caribbean immigrants, officials said.

Washington guitarist Dan Baker is the vice president of the Washington Jazz Society.

Washington Jazz Society: Fostering love of music in area youngsters | Helping the Helpers

By: - November 29, 2022

'By building a foundation on music, that just gives them so many other opportunities,' DeDe MacTaggart said.

Jessica Seger Hilker, a lifelong Washington resident, and her brother, David Seger, founded Elana's Blessings in 2015, as tribute to their mother after losing her to breast cancer in 2015. The nonprofit provides area women battling cancer of any form with beauty sessions to feel as normal as possible during their cancer journey (Herald-Standard photo).

Elana’s Blessings: Offering beauty sessions to women battling cancer | Helping the Helpers

By: - November 28, 2022

By Katherine Mansfield WASHINGTON, Pa. — Born of the grieving process was Elana’s Blessings, a Washington-based nonprofit co-founded in 2015 by Jessica Seger Hilker and her brother David Seger, to honor their late mother, Elana, who died in 2014 following a 16-year battle with breast cancer. During that battle, Elana Seger continued dressing up, doing […]