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Built by the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society to serve as a meeting place for abolitionists, Pennsylvania Hall ws burned to the ground by "anti-black" rioters , four days after it opened. (Photo courtesy of the Free Library of Philadelphia)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

When Pennsylvania Hall burned

By Constance Garcia-Barrio

On the morning of May 14, 1838, a small group of black women from South Philadelphia, home at that time to many of the city’s African-Americans, made their way north, past Market Street’s smelly fish stalls and dye shops, to Pennsylvania Hall. The Anti-Slavery Convention of American Women would soon start in the stately new building on Sixth Street between Mulberry and Sassafras, about where WHYY stands now. Besides being excited about the convention, only the second of its kind in U.S. history, the women felt wary.

Getting an eye exam when you notice any sudden vision changes could save your sight. (iStock)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Helping people with low vision

With people in the United States living longer, eye diseases and vision loss have become major public health concerns. Low vision is a visual impairment that cannot be corrected by standard eyeglasses, contact lenses, medication or surgery. Having low vision can make activities like reading, shopping, cooking, writing and watching TV difficult. In addition, the consequences of vision loss may leave people feeling anxious, helpless and depressed. Vision rehabilitation can help people with low vision to maximize their remaining vision and maintain their independence and quality of life.

Posted By Marcia Siegal

PCA to present ‘Engage Your Body and Brain’

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) will present a senior education event, titled “Engage Your Body and Brain,” on Saturday, March 24. The event, featuring classes ranging from cyber safety to gardening, will take place from noon to 4:30 p.m. at PCA, 642 North Broad St. The cost to attend is $5 per person and includes a healthy snack. Registration is required by March 2.

Knowing the warning signs of a heart attack could save your life. (iStock)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Knowing heart attack risks

By Marcia Z. Siegal

Every 40 seconds, someone suffers a heart attack. Many of these attacks prove fatal. In fact, heart disease — or the buildup of plaque in the heart’s arteries that can lead to a heart attack — is the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many people are unaware that they are at risk – or realize the added heart risks that can occur in wintertime, warns the CDC. February, American Heart Month, is a good time to think about your heart health.

Follow the recommendations of your doctor to manage your heart and overall health. (iStock)
Posted By Alicia Colombo

Taking care of your heart

By Alicia M. Colombo

This month, take time to love yourself by thinking about your heart health. Heart health is a broad term that is often used to describe healthy blood flow through the vessels, healthy tissue in the heart walls and a normal rhythm, said Sonela Skenderi, D.O., a board-certified cardiovascular disease specialist at Mercy Cardiology at Nazareth Hospital.

Dorothy Stanaitis' childhood ice skating aspirations were inspired by famed ice skater famous ice skater. Sonja Henie. (istock)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Recalling ice skating dreams

By Dorothy Stanaitis

As the next Winter Olympics are upon us this month, I recall my childhood dreams of becoming a famous ice skater. Sonja Henie started it all. That tiny Norwegian figure skating sensation whirled, twirled and twisted her way to three Olympic gold medals in ladies singles figure skating, as well as six European and 10 World Figure Skating Championships – more than any other skater.

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