These are the people in our neighborhood! East Falls’ favorite photographer gets up close ‘n personal with neighbors who share their hobbies, happy places, and secrets for enjoying life as a Fallser. 

Can a bar be your best friend? Is it possible to adopt a cat by accident? This second installment of Captured by Caity‘s “Faces” brings up some fun head-scratchers from JP Palmer and Sarah Wingo.

Name: JP Palmer, Marketing & Business Development Specialist for a CC law firm
Where? Queen Lane with 6 month old Samoyed puppy, Oliver
How long? 1 year & change (Sept 2016 – 36 years in South Philly)
Favorite thing about your house? My front patio. We love to have friends over, spark up a fire in the chimnea, and of course serve adult beverages.
What do you enjoy most about your job? It’s proximity to East Falls! And I guess my team is pretty awesome, too.
Best friend in East Falls? The little pop-up bar that I see everywhere like under the Twin Bridges and at Vault + Vine, etc.
Where’s your happy place? My patio! Stop by sometime.
What do you do for fun? Run and/or walk my dog. Maybe I’ll find a new best friend that’s not a bar.
How do you prefer to get around? Walk, because I, too, am obsessed with our neighborhood.
Schuylkill or Wissahickon? Wissahickon
Secret talent? I’m probably the best parallel parker in Philadelphia.
Most likely to get into a bar argument over: Who has the best cheesesteak (hint: it’s NOT D’Alessandro’s)
How likely is it that your house is haunted? Not likely at all.
What would you like people to learn about you from your photo? That I am always happy, even if I’m not smiling that very moment.
Anything else? I’m still getting to know the neighborhood. Whether it be spring clean-up day, community council meeting, or a fundraiser at the library, I try to stay involved and get to know my neighbors any way I can.

Name: Sarah Wingo, Academic Librarian
Where? Ainslie with 3 cats Bruce, Babou, and Arya (I know, the first two were planned, the third was a “surprise.”)
How long? 3 years
Favorite thing about your house? The grape arbor in our yard or my beautiful walk-in closet.
What do you like most about your job? Helping students and faculty find answers to research questions. I work with the departments of literature and theatre and the theatre students, especially, always have these fascinating and weird things they need to find out about.
Best friend in East Falls? My yoga friends Mia and Liz who live at Dobson Mills (and our instructor, Liza)
Where’s your happy place? Mellow Massage (taking one of Liza’s classes) or just walking through the neighborhood after work, listening to my podcasts.
What do you do for fun? Go to yoga at Mellow Massage, take walks on Kelly Drive & through the Wissahickon, go out in East Falls for dinner or brunch.
How do you prefer to get around? Walking when I can. I love that I can walk to my mechanic, my yoga studio, my pharmacy, my hair salon, and a number of great restaurants because they’re all in my neighborhood.
Schuylkill or Wissahickon? Wissahickon
Secret talent? I’m a librarian so obviously this makes me a wizard.
Most likely to get into a bar argument over: Oh god I’m such a stereotype: books. I’m definitely most likely to argue about books. Also, I’m a bit of a media junkie — my SO & I watch a lot of TV and movies — and I’ll be happy to argue about those as well as books.
How likely is it that your house is haunted? The cats see ghosts all the time, but they must be friendly.
What would you like people to learn about you from your photo? I moved from Michigan to Philly 4 years ago for my job, I’ve been in East Falls for 3 of those 4 years and I love this neighborhood so much.
Motto or favorite quote? I hate taking quotes out of context so I don’t really have one though “Illegitimi non carborundum” from the Handmaid’s Tale sure does ring true these days.
Anything else? I got on the Canadian News because of a Game of Thrones party we threw the night before the premiere this summer trended on Twitter. It’s silly but it was fun to get interviewed about the season premieres.

YOUR TURN — Share your story for a free photo session with Captured by Caity, who’ll find your best self to feature here on East Falls Local and in our monthly newspaper. Click here to apply for East Falls Faces

Follow Captured by Caity on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM and of course follow East Falls Instagram for local photos of people and scenes around the neighborhood.

DECEMBER 10, 2017

Name: Nick Malfitano, reporter
Where? New Homes
How long? 3+ years
Favorite thing about your house? It’s near Wissahickon Brewing Company and the Wissahickon trail.
What do you enjoy most about your job? I’ve loved to write ever since I can remember, and communicating information to people whose lives it can positively impact has always meant something special to me.
Best friend in East Falls? My fellow members of the East Falls Flyers running club.
Where’s your happy place? Billy Murphy’s Irish Saloon, what I believe is the best pub of all time.
What do you do for fun?
Running and photography are my two favorite hobbies.
How do you prefer to get around? My own two legs.
Schuylkill or Wissahickon? Wissahickon!
Secret talent? Karoke. I love karaoke more than someone who considers themselves rational and sane probably should.
Most likely to get into a bar argument over: Anything related to the minutiae of music and film.
How likely is it that your house is haunted? The supernatural seems to be drawn to me for reasons beyond my comprehension, so if it was haunted I’m sure I would’ve found out by now.
What would you like people to learn about you from your photo? That there’s more to me than meets the eye.
Motto or favorite quote? “If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.” — Marty McFly
Anything else? I love the character of East Falls, and I’m glad this neighborhood is now home for me.

Name: Kathy Anderson, writer/playwright
Where? Queen Lane
How long? 4 years
Favorite thing about your house? Our light-filled sun room
What do you like most about your job? Making people laugh
Best friend in East Falls? Donna Vito
Where’s your happy place? Fiorino! I love going there with friends and a bottle of wine or two.
What do you do for fun? Bicycling here and in other countries, going to theater and movies, eating out!
How do you prefer to get around? Biking and walking.
Schuylkill or Wissahickon? The Schuylkill can’t be beat for boat and people-watching.
Secret talent? I can summon the #32 Septa bus anytime I want it.
Most likely to get into a bar argument over: Where to get the best fries in the city.
How likely is it that your house is haunted? We definitely have a poltergeist who throws things around at night.
What would you like people to learn about you from your photo? I contain multitudes.
Motto or favorite quote? “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” Mary Oliver, “The Summer Day
Anything else? East Falls is full of stories and I am a collector of stories — watch out!

YOUR TURN — Share your story for a free photo session with Captured by Caity, who’ll find your best self to feature here on East Falls Local and in our monthly newspaper. Click here to apply for East Falls Faces

Follow Captured by Caity on FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM and of course follow East Falls Instagram for local photos of people and scenes around the neighborhood.

ABOUT CAITY: 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.