Posts Tagged ‘captains’

Sarita Broadnax and Alberto Serrano

Broadnax and Serrano, 1800 N. 4th Street. Ask Alberto Serrano about being a block captain and he immediately begins to praise his newest neighbor, Sarita Broadnax. Sarita moved to the block four months ago after a fire destroyed her family’s former home on North 6th St. Alberto has been living here for 38 years, a […]

Elizabeth Waring

Elizabeth Waring – 4000 Powelton Avenue Elizabeth has been known to hug the trees she’s planted. And, as a volunteer for UC Green, she has planted hundreds of trees.  She is also a member of the UC Green Pruning Club. “That’s my therapy,” she says. “If I had a stressful day, I get to be […]

Renée McBride-Williams

Renée McBride-Williams – 5100 Webster St. I met Renée at the WPEB studio, with it’s windows facing 52nd Street. She remembers 52nd Street in it’s glory days, when it was called the Golden Strip. She remembers being drawn to the excitement around famous theaters like the Locust, the Nixon, the State, the Capital, the Belmont, […]


Free Portraits of Junior Block Captains

Them That Do (Lori Waselchuk) is a sponsor of the 2015 West/Southwest Philadelphia Block Captains Forum. I will set up a portrait booth to make portraits of junior block captains. Sorry, senior block captains, this is my effort to encourage young people to attend the event. I will also introduce upcoming creative projects, like the […]

Windowishes Street Exhibition

  Calling creative West Philadelphia block captains! I am looking for six block captains who would like to work with me to create storefront installations for Windowishes, a street exhibition designed for the seven storefront display windows on the west side of S. 40th Street, between Chestnut and Ludlow Streets in West Philadelphia. Windowishes will […]

Chester Williams

Rev. Chester Williams – 6200 Chew Avenue Reverend Chester Williams places a green washcloth on his head for protection from the hot sun. He just finished leading a two-hour volunteer cleanup crew on Chew Avenue and is still wearing his orange safety vest. The 68-year-old block captain looks worried as he stands in the parking […]


Sigrid Craig – Mother of Philadelphia Block Captains

Sigrid Craig, the founder of the “Clean-up, Paint-Up, Fix-Up” campaign — initiated an urban environmental partnership between the City of Philadelphia and its residents. (Photographer and date unknown. The photo is part of the PMBC archive) In honor of Mother’s Day… In 1938, Sigrid Craig saw a woman throw garbage out of a third-floor window […]

Rena Graves

94 and ‘Working, As Usual’ Deacon Rena Graves wants you to vote. If you live in her Germantown neighborhood, she may have called you to invite you to attend  the “All Candidates Forum” tonight at 6pm in the Wissahickon Charter School gymnasium. And if Graves convinced you to attend the event, she will greet you […]

Andrea D. Carter

Fresh Strawberries at 100 N. Peach St. Andrea Carter’s regrets planting too late for strawberries last year. “There is nothing like the taste of a strawberry off the vine,” says Carter. Carter created a container garden in a vacant lot on N. Peach St. The lot was filthy. “I knew no one would want to […]


Street Movies – Shared Stories

Thank you Scribe Video Center for organizing Street Movies! and screening Them That Do Films. The film about Lisa Barkley and the Haddington Homes gardens screened on Wednesday  in North Philly at another amazing urban garden built by the Philadelphia Urban Creators. Last night’s screening at Malcolm X Park was rained out by a beautiful, soaking […]

Light and Sound and the Moon

Photo by Mitch Borden Saturday’s screening at the 54th Street Memorial Garden provided a moment for all the volunteers, cooks, and kids who participated in the 3rd annual Neighborhood Foods Block Party, to relax. Lisa Barkley, who watched the video that featured her for the first time, covered her smiling cheeks with her hands and […]

Lisa Barkley: ‘More colors, more vitamins’

I’m proud to release the second video of the Them That Do film series featuring Lisa Barkley. I will screen the film Saturday night, August 9th (after sunset – 7:30) at the 3rd Annual Neighborhood Foods Block Party on the 500 block of North 54th Street in the Memorial Garden. Lisa Barkley will be there to […]


Audience and Actor

A folded table for a screen. Stones for a tripod. Extension cords for power. Our first street screening of Them That Do had a guerrilla feel to it. I am not sure what kind of impact these screenings will have, but it feels like a good place to start. Sharon Joy Shoatz-Mayazi, the block captain […]

Block Captains Forum This Saturday

Block captains living in West and Southwest Philadelphia are invited to attend the 2014 Block Captains Forum this Saturday, August 2, at 5501 Cedar Avenue. It is hosted by the Partnership CDC. Contact Leon Robinson at 215-662-1612 Ext. 24 for more information.  

Juanita Hatton Rallies For A Clean-Up

Here at Them That Do we are excited to release our first video, this is the beginning of a larger component to this project. Hope you enjoy! Juanita Hatton, 73, a block captain for 38 years, meets three kinds of people in the world. “There are them that do, them that don’t and them that […]


Video and Poetry @ Annual Block Captain Rally

Frank Sherlock, the new Poet Laureate of Philadelphia, and I will have a booth at the Annual Block Captain Rally Saturday, March 15th at the Convention Center. We will be looking for block captains to help us make a video poem about the city’s neighborhoods. If you are going to the rally, look for the […]

Leonia Johnson

Leonia Johnson – 200 S. Millick Street Last March, Leonia Johnson stood up at the Cobbs Creek Block Captain Association’s monthly meeting to speak about the murder of her neighbor and friend, Gregory “Chop” Scott, two weeks earlier.  Scott had been shot seven times, at point blank, in front of his home on South Millick […]

Jeff Lutzner

Jeff Lutzner – 4900 Cedar Avenue Jeff Lutzner has served as block captain for 23 years. It’s been smooth sailing. But he would consider handing over the title to the next generation. If you live on the 4900 block of Cedar Avenue and are interested, Lutzner could share how his laid-back approach helped him reduce […]


Rebecca Metraux Canna

Rebecca Metraux Canna – 4600 Hazel Avenue They call themselves the Hazelnuts. And Rebecca Metraux Canna is their captain. Canna, soft-spoken with a friendly smile, took over as block captain four years ago. “I love to plan events. I love West Philly. I thought I could contribute.” The Hazelnuts love to party. They apply for […]

JoAnn Manuel

JoAnn Manuel – 5200 Pennsgrove Street Stoop culture is big on Pennsgrove. Climb the eleven steep steps up to JoAnn Manuel’s front porch, pass through a small iron balustrade gate at the top, look left and right, you will see through every one of her neighbors’ identical porches. Look across the street for an eye-level […]

Dead Block!

Lisa Barkley, the latest featured block captain, told me about the game she played on Pearl Street: Dead Block (a.k.a. Deadbox; Skully). I have started to make a video about the game once played by kids all over Philadelphia. Does anyone have any photographs or videos of people playing that they’d like to share? I […]


Lisa Barkley

Lisa Barkley – Haddington Homes – 55th Street & Vine Lisa Barkley shows me the view of her fruit tree orchard from the window of her bright yellow kitchen. “We have apple trees, pear trees, plum trees, cherry trees, peach, apricot and nectarine trees,” Barkley says. She sounds surprised by the bounty she helped create. […]

Angie Coghlan

Angie Coghlan – 4800 Springfield Avenue Coghlan has planted hundreds of trees in West Philadelphia and she wants to plant more. A retired nurse, Coghlan has been the block captain of 4800 Springfield Avenue for 32 years. During that time, she was also active in  Cedar Park Neighbors and in the revival of the Firehouse […]

Juanita Hatton Delivers Newsletter

Juanita Hatton, 72, steps out of her house on a cold morning to deliver her monthly newsletter to the residents of 3900 Poplar Street in Philadelphia PA. Hatton is a block captain and uses the newsletter to connect the residents to news, opportunities and resources.