Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Carmen Morales, a resident on the 200 block of E. Westmoreland Street, is the official block captain. Her duties include making sure neighbors on the street aren’t experiencing any problems and also reporting any issues or damages to the City of Philadelphia.
Besides her well-known title around the neighborhood, Morales has a special talent—a talent that helps make her house unique and welcoming.
Morales worked as a nurse’s assistant for ten years before changing career paths. “One day I woke up and decided I was sick of the same routine,” said Morales. “I wanted to pursue what I truly loved, so I decided to continue my education.” Morales went back to school and received her degree in carpentry.
Her house, which she shares with her husband, mother and four kids, is filled with unique decorations and furniture fixtures which Morales made.
Her backyard is decorated with hand-crafted bird houses and various benches, including a vintage 1920s bench found at a flea market.
“I come back to my yard and look at all my decorations and it’s like I escape North Philadelphia,” said Morales. “I love putting my energy into things I craft—it’s my passion and I’m glad I can fill my house with my own creations.”
Amanda DiPaolo and Monica Sellecchia, Group 19, Fairhill
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