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  • 03 Jan 2023 1:16 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    In today’s world, a fast and reliable internet connection is essential. The City of Philadelphia is launching a new public survey to gather information about the type and speed of the community’s Internet access. The survey will: 

    • Identify if and where there is inadequate high-speed internet access 
    • Provide clear data to guide the City’s digital equity strategy and make policy recommendations 
    • Support targeting funding streams to where it is most needed.  

    Learn more about the initiative and take the survey below. 

    Internet Reliability Survey

  • 30 Dec 2022 4:51 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The store at 1044 Market St. is closing on Jan. 14, 2023, a spokesperson confirmed with Patch.

    "We are always assessing and reviewing our real estate strategies, and our decision to close this store reflects that thinking," an email to Patch said. "We are grateful for the loyalty of our Philadelphia customers and invite them to visit our nearby stores to continue to find great values, including the Marshalls on South Swanson Street and the T.J. Maxx on Market Street.

    It's unclear what spurred the decision to close the store, but managers and associates working at the Market Street location are being offered employment at other nearby stores.

  • 20 Dec 2022 11:27 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The skyward growth is meant to help the 160-year-old Union League remain competitive and provide a more relaxed environment, where the club’s strict dress code can be modestly eased.

  • 20 Dec 2022 1:56 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    An elementary school was placed on lockdown Tuesday morning after a student brought a gun to the Northeast Philadelphia school, police said.

    The principal of Louis H. Farrell School, on the 8300 block of Castor Avenue, placed the school on lockdown around 8 a.m. when a parent called to report a student brought a firearm into the building, according to authorities.

    The student was taken in custody, police said, and the weapon was secured.

    No other weapons were located, and once officials deemed the school building safe, they lifted the lockdown around 9:30 a.m., the school district said.

  • 13 Dec 2022 3:43 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The City will hold virtual ceremonies to accompany Holiday lightings on Boathouse Row throughout the month of December.

    These virtual holiday lightings are organized by the Mayor's Office of Public Engagement, Faith-Based & Interfaith Affairs, in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the Office of the City Representative and local Faith community partners! Join us below!

    Winter Holiday Season!

  • 13 Dec 2022 3:42 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The City’s website is an important resource for Philadelphians to find the information they need for their everyday lives. On the site, residents can stay updated on City services, trash and recycling collection schedules, job postings, events, and so much more. is a vital tool, and we continue to improve the user experience.  In fact, visitors to the site will notice some important enhancements happening soon. 

    Language accessibility a top priority. 

    We are making room for major changes to improve language accessibility for non-English speakers and readers. Next year, will feature native translations in multiple languages. The team is piloting translations for key areas of the site in Spanish and Chinese, to start. To help support these important improvements, we’ve also been working on several new features.  

    Learn more about the improvements being made to below.

    Language Accessibility

  • 06 Dec 2022 1:12 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    'Tis the season to be jolly --- and to take advantage of our annual holiday parking specials!

    During the holiday season, we provide a little stocking stuffer in the form of parking discounts. So if you plan on doing some window shopping during the holiday season, make sure you check out the holiday parking rate offered at six of our Center City garages --- and while you're at it, hit the link below and register for our "Parking During the Holidays" virtual town hall where we'll highlight all of your parking options during the holiday season.

    Holiday Parking Rate:

    For a flat rate of only $10 on Saturdays, you can park at the following PPA garages between 11 a.m. and 12 midnight.  This discounted rate runs from Saturday, November 26th, 2022, until the new year.

    Note: To receive the $10 flat-rate, please visit the garage management office for your discount validation ticket.

  • 01 Dec 2022 3:20 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    If signed by the mayor, the bill would require teenagers 14 to 17 to be home by 10 p.m., and children ages 13 and younger to be home by 9:30.

    Philadelphia curfew: Minors must be home by 10 p.m. under new council bill (

  • 30 Nov 2022 4:55 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

  • 30 Nov 2022 2:28 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    If you ever see a purple porch light, it's there to bring awareness to incidents of domestic violence (DM).  DM goes undetected for far too long, especially if the victim feels they cannot leave due to a dangerous response from the attacker.

    The Purple Light Nights movement not only aims to increase awareness of DM, but also show those who suffer that there are safe spaces and people who stand with them. The movement's motto is, "Shine a light and save a life." Sometimes, survivors themselves will also use a purple porch light to stand in solidarity and show it can happen to anyone.

    Watch for purple porch lights in October—Domestic Violence Awareness Month—and throughout the year.

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