Google+

Improvements coming to Cobbs Creek Parkway; take online survey

Posted on 12 December 2017

Improvements are coming to the Cobbs Creek Parkway, which has been identified as problematic due to its speeding traffic, complex intersections, and high rates of pedestrian and vehicular crashes. Residents are invited to learn more about the planned improvements at a community meeting, which will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the Police Department’s 12th District Headquarters at 65th and Woodland. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.  Continue Reading

Comments (0)

Buying books as holiday gifts? Stop by a local bookstore

Posted on 12 December 2017

Books make excellent holiday gifts, but instead of going to Amazon to purchase them, consider visiting a local bookstore first. We have several great bookstores in our area that are still somehow holding on despite most folks shopping for books online these days. Some of these stores are having special holiday hours, events and offers this month:

Bindlestiff Books (4530 Baltimore Ave)

Bindlestiff Books will be open daily through Sunday, Dec. 24, from Noon – 7 p.m., except on Sundays (Noon – 5 p.m.). Gift certificates are back in stock, and special orders received on or before Tuesday, Dec. 19 will be available by Friday, Dec. 22. Bindlestiff Books will also be tabling at an upcoming Benefit for Jewish-Muslim Solidarity Work on Sunday, Dec. 17, 4 – 7 p.m. at Kol Tzedek, Calvary United Methodist Church, 48th and Baltimore. Admission is on a sliding scale $5 to $25, but no one will be turned away. There will be latkes, a potluck dinner, a Bindlestiff book sale, a craft fair, candle lighting, blessings, desserts, a Klezmer concert by the Simcha Band, and dancing.  Continue Reading

Comments (0)

Candlelight Christmas Concert this Wednesday to help with ongoing renovations at St. Francis de Sales

Posted on 11 December 2017

Saint Francis de Sales Church is an architectural landmark in West Philadelphia that recently celebrated its 125th anniversary. On Wednesday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m., the public is invited to a Candlelight Christmas concert, proceeds from which will go towards the ongoing renovation of the church.

The Choir of St. Francis de Sales, under the direction of Isabel Boston, will be presenting a program of Christmas choral music in a candlelit sanctuary, featuring works by Biebl, Holst, Palestrina, and others – along with some of the usual seasonal favorites.

The theme this year is most light, as the concert falls on the feast of St. Lucy–in many northern European countries, she’s associated as the “bearer of light” in the winter darkness. Besides the choir, there will also be a few children from the parish congregation performing several pieces. Entrance is through the front doors at 4625 Springfield Avenue.  Continue Reading

Comments (2)

‘Savesie Things’: Police video reminds residents about saving shoveled-out parking spots

Posted on 08 December 2017

Snow is in the forecast for tomorrow, and The Philadelphia Police Department has released a reminder that a new season of “No Savesies” will begin.

“We’ve seen some strange things used over the years to save parking spots – and we’re hoping we see a lot less of them this year. Shovel and share – it’s not worth fighting over,” reads a tweet by PPD.

Check out the video below:

 

Comments (1)

Second chances for lifers focus of community forum on Friday

Posted on 07 December 2017

A community forum at the Kingsessing Recreation Center (4901 Kingsessing Ave.) on Friday, Dec. 8 will focus on life-without-parole sentences and include speakers ranging from legislators and family members of victims to recently released “juvenile lifers.”

The Community Educational Forum on Life Without Parole, which will run from 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., will include discussion of state legislation that would provide parole eligibility for men and women serving life sentences. Under current law, anyone convicted of first- or second-degree murder in Pennsylvania receives a mandatory sentence of life without parole.

Forum organizer Gregory Benjamin said that he used to be skeptical of providing parole eligibility to lifers, but changed his mind after meeting with prisoners at Graterford, the maximum security prison 25 miles outside of Philadelphia.  Continue Reading

Comments (0)

Brotherly love and sisterly affection: Holiday drives to help homeless, youth and seniors in need

Posted on 07 December 2017

We’re continuing to post information on how to help those in need during the holidays. Several holiday drives are currently underway, including the Cedar Park Holiday Food Drive, which we wrote about last week.

There are more holiday drives going on in the area:

Socks for Homeless, Seniors, Students

State Rep. James Roebuck and community partners are collecting socks for seniors, homeless people and students in their annual “People for People” sock drive. New socks are being accepted through Dec. 16 at Roebuck’s office, 4712 Baltimore Ave., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and at the Squirrel Hill Sub-Police Station, 4619 Chester Ave., from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays. If you have questions, please call Roebuck’s office at 215.724.2227.  Continue Reading

Comments (0)

Go West! Holiday Craft Fest returns to The Rotunda on Sunday

Posted on 06 December 2017

Go West! Craft Fest is one of the biggest shopping events in the area that supports local artists and artisans. On Sunday, Dec. 10, the holiday edition of the Fest will return to The Rotunda at 40th and Walnut and will feature handmade items by 70 local makers.

If you’re looking to buy unique holiday gifts for your family, friends or colleagues, make sure to stop by The Rotunda on Sunday and check out such items as handmade jewelry, ceramics, knitted accessories, clothing, prints, original art, stationery, home wares, childrens’ items, soaps, candles, holiday items and much more. The vendor list is available here.

The Fest will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit: gowestcraftfest.com.

Comments (0)

Help fight homelessness in Philadelphia: Items made by Project HOME residents on sale at The Porch this month

Posted on 05 December 2017

This holiday season, we’ll be sharing information on how community members can give back and help those in need.

University City District has just launched a new holiday pop-up at The Porch at 30th Street Station, which will run through Dec. 22. The pop-up is a collaboration between UCD, Project HOME and Schmear It and contributes to the fight against homelessness in Philadelphia.

From noon to 6 p.m. on weekdays, Project HOME will run a holiday shop selling items made by Project HOME residents. The HOME shop offers homemade candles, homemade soaps, and holiday cards with artwork created by Project HOME residents. The shop is a part of a social enterprise where the residents earn income from the sale of their unique items. This pop-up is an ongoing partnership between UCD and Project HOME.  Continue Reading

Comments (0)

Where to buy a Christmas tree and student-made ‘Jawnaments’

Posted on 04 December 2017

If you’re looking for a Christmas tree, one option is at 50th and Baltimore, where Curtis and Co. have been selling trees for more than 30 years. Also check out trees at 52nd and Spruce and 39th and Lancaster.

Christmas trees and wreaths at 50th and Baltimore. #holidayseason #cedarpark #westphilly

A post shared by West Philly Local (@westphillylocal) on

Continue Reading

Comments (0)

West Philly resident charged in murder of teen whose body was found in alley on S. 49th Street (updated)

Posted on 30 November 2017

UPDATED (7:12 p.m.): A 23-year-old West Philly resident has been charged in the murder of a teenager whose body was found in an alley on the 200 block of South 49th Street earlier this week.

Police say Cole Herring led them to the body of 15-year-old Sabriyah McLean on Tuesday morning. Herring’s parents convinced him to turn himself in to police after he told them about the alleged murder. McLean, who turned 15 in October, was from Delaware, and her parents had reported her missing, according to police.

Herring, who lives in an apartment building near where McLean’s body was found, reportedly met her online.  Continue Reading

Comments (0)

SEPTA’s “Jolly Trolleys” are back for holiday season

Posted on 30 November 2017

Here’s something that might put you in the holiday spirit: SEPTA’s decorated holiday trolleys are back in service, operating on Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 or 36!

Operators Gary Mason and Dave Musgrave used hundreds of lights, yards of garland and tons of ornaments to decorate the “holly, jolly trolleys” in an effort to make the season brighter for their passengers.

The festive trolleys can be found on the following routes:
• Trolley #9104, operating on Route 10
• Trolley #9055, operating on Routes 11, 13, 34 or 36

If you haven’t yet, we hope you’re lucky enough to catch a ride on one of these festive trolleys.

Comments (0)

Hop on Winter Express Shoppers’ Trolley this Saturday: Shop locally and learn neighborhood history

Posted on 29 November 2017

It has become a solid holiday tradition in West Philly: The Winter Express Shoppers’ Trolley will be back this Saturday, Dec. 2, touring Baltimore and Lancaster Avenues. This is a great opportunity to visit dozens of local businesses and to get a head start on your holiday shopping (while keeping your money in your neighborhood). Many participating businesses will be offering discounts off their retail items and other special offers.

Here’s how you can get on this trolley:  Continue Reading

Comments (0)

Woman’s body found near 49th and Spruce; suspect in custody (updated)

Posted on 28 November 2017

A woman’s body was found late Tuesday morning on the 200 block of S. 49th Street, according to police. A suspect has been arrested in connection with the murder.

Police told 6ABC Action News that the suspect told his parents that he had killed the unidentified woman. He reportedly directed police to an alley where the body was found. The suspect, who is reportedly the victim’s boyfriend, lives in the apartment building near where the body was found. A police source said that the victim’s body was set on fire after she was killed.

The motive is currently unknown and the names of neither the victim nor the suspect have been released. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday morning.

 

Comments (1)

#GivingTuesday in West Philly

Posted on 28 November 2017

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday when people are encouraged to support not-for-profit organizations. There are so many great nonprofit organizations with many great causes in our area. We don’t want to point out any specific ones, but you can check out our Civic Life page and choose one or more organizations with a cause you’re most passionate about. Here are also Twitter messages from some local non-profits:  Continue Reading

Comments (0)

Neighbors Helping Neighbors: Cedar Park Holiday Food Drive underway

Posted on 27 November 2017

Cedar Park Neighbors in cooperation with area churches and other nonprofit organizations, will again prepare and distribute food baskets for those in need during the holiday season. The 2017 CPN Holiday Food Drive is currently underway. The suggested donation is $36. Support at this amount will help CPN supply meals for two families.

In 2016, CPN was able to reach over 150 local families.  Continue Reading

Comments (0)

Post Bros. buy Apple Storage, plan 153-unit apartment building

Posted on 27 November 2017

Former Apple Storage facility at 780 S. 52nd St (Google Street View image).

The real estate development firm Post Brothers has bought the long vacant Apple Storage facility on South 52nd Street and plans to build a 153-unit residential building.

Philly.com reported that the Post Brothers, which has acquired several buildings in recent years including The Netherlands at 4300 Chestnut, Hamilton Court at 3800 Chestnut, and Garden Court Plaza, paid $2.4 million for the hulking shell at 780 S. 52nd St., a couple blocks south of Baltimore Avenue. That price reflects the fact that the zoning approval had already been granted in 2012 for “Apple Lofts,” a residential housing proposal that drew mostly praise but prompted discussions about gentrification.

A zoning permit approved last week expanded the proposed project from 112 to 153 units and commercial space. The original zoning permit also includes 92 “accessory” parking spaces.  Continue Reading

Comments (11)

Mayor Jim Kenney visits 52nd Street businesses on Small Business Saturday

Posted on 25 November 2017

Mayor Jim Kenney talks to small business owner Mayathan Joan Fletcher during his 52nd Street Commercial Corridor visit on Small Business Saturday (Nov. 25, 2017). (Photo by Mike Lyons/West Philly Local)

Today is Small Business Saturday, and Philly mayor Jim Kenney visited several businesses along the 52nd Street Commercial Corridor to support local business owners and to encourage folks to shop small today. The mayor began his visit shortly after 10 a.m. at the corner of 52nd and Chestnut by chatting with Mayathan Joan Fletcher, a sidewalk vendor, and buying a Jamaica hat. Kenney was also planning to visit NV My Eyewear at 137 S. 52nd St., African Cultural Art Forum at 221 S. 52nd St., Urban Art Gallery at 262 S. 52nd St., and more.  Continue Reading

Comments (0)

Thanksgiving hours, closings, schedule changes

Posted on 23 November 2017

leavesHere’s some useful information on public transportation, parking, trash/recycling collection and hours/closings at local businesses during the holiday weekend. Happy Thanksgiving!

Parking

The Philadelphia Parking Authority is not enforcing meters, kiosks or residential parking time limits on Thanksgiving Day (Thu, Nov. 23).

SEPTA Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend Service

Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 23:
• Regional Rail, buses, trolleys and the Norristown High Speed Line will operate on a Sunday/Holiday Schedule.
• Detours will be in effect from 3 a.m. to 2 p.m. on and around the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on routes 2, 7, 17, 27, 31, 32, 33, 38, 43, 44, 48, 124 and 125 due to the Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Continue Reading

Comments (0)

Last-minute Thanksgiving shopping? Mid-week Clark Park Farmers’ Market is this Wednesday

Posted on 21 November 2017

Photo via The Food Trust’s Facebook page.

This is Thanksgiving week, so if you’re planning to do last-minute shopping for your feast please note that the mid-week Clark Park Farmers’ Market, which usually takes place on Thursdays, will be set up on Wednesday, Nov. 22 this week. The market, which is located at 43rd and Baltimore, will have special pre-Thanksgiving hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. After tomorrow, the mid-week Farmers’ Market will close until next summer. The Saturday market is open all year round, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Both markets are run by The Food Trust. For more information on the vendors, go here.

Comments (0)

SEE MORE ARTICLES IN THE ARCHIVE



Holiday Gifts at VIX Emporium

  • Do you have a septa key card? How about ahellip
  • Today only pick up a 50 VIX gift card forhellip
  • This is our location 50th and Baltimore as painted byhellip
  • This Sunday! gowestcraftfest returns to therotundaphilly from 10 to 4hellip
  • This givingtuesday we sent aclupa the first 1000 of proceedshellip
  • Sneak peek at radicalhearts 2018 calendar filled with revolutionary trailblazershellip






Tag your photos #westphillylocal on instagram

Follow Us:

Classifieds