Since 2010, I've served as a columnist, editorial board member, and writer for the Upside, writing good news and uplifting stories.

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As a tax preparer, violist hits the right notes

Furloughed from her job due to the pandemic, Metropolitan Opera's Zoë Martin-Doike began to study accounting and is helping people prepare their taxes.

Goodwill shoppers and donors help students earn diplomas, degrees — and a fresh start

Goodwill’s brand is well-known, but its free classes for adults seeking to finish high school, and earn college credits, is unfamiliar to many of the shoppers and donors who make the classes possible.

To save a Revolutionary War house, Camden seeks to honor a more honest history

“There were 75 Black and Native American soldiers at the Battle of Fort Mercer,” O’Bryne said. “These stories don’t often get told.”

A Villanova grad out of South Jersey wins an Oscar at the Academy Awards

Anthony Giacchino’s 25-minute film, “Colette,” winner for Best Documentary Short Subject, was the first Oscar nominee produced by Facebook, in partnership with the video game maker Electronic Arts.

Rutgers-Camden’s Nyeema Watson has a new job title — and a lifetime stake in the city

The vice-chancellor for diversity, equity, and civic engagement at Rutgers-Camden knows from personal experience how essential it is for town and gown to work together.

Brain cancer ended his NFL dreams. Now he’s scoring touchdowns for rare-disease researchers.

Rob Long is the head of Uplifting Athletes in Doylestown. The nonprofit raises money for research into rare diseases that don’t often make headlines.

A neurological disorder ended his surfing days. Now he’s making waves in disability advocacy.

Former surfer Kevin Cook has a progressive neurological illness, uses a scooter, and is bashing down barriers to accessibility at convenience stores and other retailers.

A ‘DJ Academy’ gives Philly and Camden kids a chance to experience their musical heritage

The Philadelphia and Camden chapter of the national After-School All-Stars program has long provided free enrichment classes in a wide range of disciplines. But the recent 'DJ Academy' was a first.

Archer-Epler VFW Post 979 in Upper Darby preserves massive drum corps memorabilia collection

Bill Ives, who grew up playing the drum in a drum and bugle corps, has built a collection of 24,000 items that illustrate the history of this enduring form of cultural expression.

This charity founded in memory of Fred DiBona is a godsend to families with very sick children.

Fred's Footsteps — named in honor of G. Fred DiBona Jr., the Independence Blue Cross CEO who died in 2005 — provides grants to families who have seriously ill children.