Dr. Patten, owner of Liberty Vet Clinic in Roxborough, is a graduate of Princeton University and earned her VMD and PhD (in Neuroscience) from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Patten has extensive experience in preventative care, dental procedures, emergency medicine, and soft tissue surgery. She lives on Fox Street in East Falls with her husband and their two sons. Read Dr. Patten's latest
Pizza connoisseur extraordinaire
Born in Chicago, arguably the capitol of world class pizza options, the pizza ninja consumes pizza an average of 3 to 4 nights a week. From local options to frozen pizza, no crust is left behind. He has been eating pizza for 34 years and currently resides in East Falls along with his daughter and dog. On occasion, he will graciously share a slice of his pizza with them. Read Pizza Ninja's latest
A native son of Philadelphia, Jon has over two decades of restaurant & hospitality experience. He’s worked in every aspect of the business, from dive bar to high-end and proudly calls East Falls home. The only thing he cares more about than making others happy through food and drink is sharing his knowledge of both, and hopefully knocking back a couple drinks in the process. Read John's latest
Joseph Minardi is a local photographer and author, specializing in historic architecture in Philadelphia. The third of his books features the East Falls neighborhood, as well as Manayunk and Roxborough.
Joe is also the vice president of the University City Historical Society and editor-in-chief of their bi-monthly newsletter, On The West Side. Joe currently resides in the Girard Estate neighborhood on South Philadelphia. Read Joe's latest
Mesmerist and Man About Town
Dr. Karl Von Lichtenhollen earned a doctorate in Science and Everything from Lichtenhollen Universität in Munich, Germany (1973). Although he didn't win, he appeared on the Dutch version of "Wheel of Fortune" where he delighted the audience with double entendres, delivered in a sarcastic French accent. He has a cat.
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Caity MacLeod has been the lens of East Falls Local's Instagram for over a year now – she’s a huge community person, a coffee fanatic, vegetarian, and an admirer of all things vintage. She's also one of the best portrait/wedding/events photographers you will find in our neighborhood. She lives near Fiorinos with her husband, a 60’s soul-rock musician, and two black indoor kitties. She's been known to sling a beer or two at Murphy's. Read Caity's latest
Matt Suwak was reared by the bear and the bobcat and the coyote of rural Pennsylvania. This upbringing keeps him permanently affixed to the outdoors where most of his personal time is invested in bird watching and hiking. He presently resides in Philadelphia and works under the sun as a landscaper and gardener, and by moonlight a writer. An incessant questioning of “Why?” affords him countless opportunities to ponder the (in)significance of the great and the small. He considers folksy adages priceless treasures and is fueled almost entirely by beer and hot sauce. Read Matt's latest
State Representative PA 194th Legislative District
Pam DeLissio has served the 194th Legislative District since 2010. The District includes parts of Philadelphia and Montgomery counties. She is currently in her third term.
Living and working in the District for over 16 years, she is proud to represent the 194th and is dedicated to her constituents and getting the job done with efficiency and determination.
Pam works diligently to reflect constituents' views. Read Pam's latest
Maureen is the Senior VP for Development for the VNA Hospice of Philadelphia; the only nonprofit, freestanding hospice unit in the Philadelphia Metro area. She is privileged to work with enormously compassionate caregivers and she finds meaning, dignity, and beauty in every patient’s life.
She believes very strongly in ethical fundraising and has been dedicated to working in the nonprofit-fundraising field for more than 20 years.
She loves this East Falls neighborhood and enjoys exploring it on foot. Read Maureen's latest
East Falls Development Corporation
Gina is Executive Director of the East Falls Development Corporation, a non-profit entity dedicated to community-based economic development for the benefit of East Falls.
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Owner, Opportunity Barks Training and Behavior
Leigh is an Associate member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and is a Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She conducts private behavior counseling sessions, group training classes in basic and advanced manners and agility, and a variety of workshops. Read Leigh's latest
Owner, Blue Skies Chiropractic
Dr. Merriel has been in practice for over a decade, graduating from New York Chiropractic College in 2000. He has treated thousands of patients of all ages and body types using a gentle approach to improve muscular efficiency, relieve pain, and strengthen and balance the body's biomechanics.
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Teacher & Public School Advocate
Robin has been a teacher for over 20 years. She's worked in public schools that have transitioned to charters, and she's now leading the charge to keep Germantown's Wister Elementary school public, despite the school district's current efforts to hand the keys over to Mastery Charter.
Robin shares her successes and challenges here, with links and information for anyone who wants to know more about a teacher's front-line take on public education and the charter school movement. Read Robin's latest