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  • 12 Jan 2023 1:35 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)
    • A new tool to help is getting some use. In March, the city rolled out an option on the United Way’s 211 hotline. Available only in Philly, it connects people to anti-violence resources, and offers followup check-ins.

    Hundreds use new 211 hotline; Why Mummers switched channels; Explosion levels Port Richmond houses | Morning roundup - On top of Philly news (

  • 12 Jan 2023 10:42 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Mark your calendars and start a training schedule, because the 2023 Independence Blue Cross Broad Street Run will take place on Sunday, April 30! The nation’s largest road race, traditionally held on the first Sunday of May, is moving back one week for this year only.

    New date, same great race: the 2023 Independence Blue Cross Broad Street Run takes place April 30 | Philadelphia Parks & Recreation | City of Philadelphia

  • 09 Jan 2023 9:59 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

     A heavy police presence gathered near Philadelphia City Hall Monday morning after reports of gunshots.

    Several squad cars have blocked off an area at the intersection of 15th and JFK near Dilworth Park around 8 a.m. as commuters were on their way to work.

    Shots were reportedly fired in the area, where several shell casings, a gun and knife were seen marked by police on the streets.

    One person was taken into custody at the scene, but police have yet to release any further details.

    Traffic was blocked off the area for more than an hour as police investigated but has since reopened.

  • 06 Jan 2023 3:27 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Face masks are now back in some area schools. Students in Philadelphia and Camden are covering up for two weeks. Lots of holiday gatherings and travel had people crowded together inside where respiratory illnesses easily spread.

    Now, officials are trying to prevent a big surge of infections.

    Officials concerned with post-holiday surge as COVID, RSV cases rise - CBS Philadelphia (

  • 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.

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