Archive | June, 2011

3-year-old in critical condition after incident on 4700 block of Chestnut

June 30, 2011

Police are investigating injuries to a 3-year-old boy sustained in an apartment building on the 4700 block of Chestnut St. yesterday. Detectives are interviewing the child’s caregiver, who originally reported that the boy fell down stairs and was unconscious.

The child was taken to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia after the incident yesterday. He was listed in critical condition today, police said.

Here is video from 6ABC:



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Adopt-a-Dog: Mouse

June 29, 2011

Mouse - adoptable dog

Today’s puppy is Mouse, a beautiful blue brindle American Pit Bull Terrier mix. She is currently living in a foster home.

Mouse is between 10 and 12 months old. She weighs approximately 25 lbs and probably won’t get much bigger than she is right now.

Mouse is playful and a delight to be around. She is wonderful with kids, cats, and other dogs.

If you are interested please contact Mouse’s foster mom Maddy at mdavishayes [at]

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Storytime at the Turtle returns

June 29, 2011

Clark ParkHere’s something our little neighbors and their parents will enjoy doing again now that the section “A” of Clark Park has reopened. A traditional “Storytime at the Turtle” has returned and is taking place every Thursday at 7 p.m.

Stories and short books are read by volunteers from the Parent Infant Center (PIC). Snacks and refreshments are also available. So head down with your little ones tomorrow night to the turtle for this fun and educational activity.

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Inky: Schools key to neighborhood success

June 29, 2011

An article in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer reflects the anguish that many in West Philly are feeling as their children approach school age: Go to the neighborhood school? Look at other schools in the city? Or, move to the suburbs? The anguish has been compounded in recent months as confusion about admission to West Philly’s Penn Alexander School has grown.

One Queen Village parent, whose children attend the well-regarded Meredith Elementary School, told Inquirer staffer Miriam Hill:

“If you hurt Meredith, you will rip the heart out of this neighborhood,” he said. “It’s the primary driver of economic and social development in this part of Philadelphia because education-minded, working, taxpaying, civic-minded parents move here or don’t leave here because of Meredith. It sounds very suburban, but here we are.”

The real estate premium that residents in the Penn Alexander catchment pay, of course, gets a mention in the story, as does the effort to help improve other neighborhood schools.

Read the full story here.

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Adopt-a-Cat: Babs – Update: Babs has been adopted!

June 28, 2011

Babs, adoptable cat
Babs needs a family.

Today’s cat is Babs. He’s available for adoption through Project Meow.

Babs is a curious kitty. He’s also shy, but still open for love. He’s quite smart as he’s figured out how to climb up next to his foster mom’s bed and drink her water! Despite his shy side you can still pick him up and rub his beautiful hair. In fact, he likes it when his hair gets brushed.

Babs would love to be adopted with his brother, Boser, because they’ve always been there for each other. They are a great pair of gentlemen, love other cats, and are very appreciative of constant love.

Babs is a playful cute kitty, who will give you plenty of purr-filled lap snuggles – contact Project MEOW to see for yourself!

Babs is neutered, vaccinated, flea treated, housetrained, FIV/FeLV negative, and micro-chipped. Please contact projectmeowadoptions [at] to meet him.

Application and $85 adoption fee applies.

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Drexel buys large parcel for eastward expansion

June 28, 2011

The parking lot Drexel recently purchased in front of 30th Street Station. (Photo courtesy of Drexel University.)


Drexel University has purchased a long, thin 3.6 acre lot along JFK Boulevard west of 30th Street Station that will become the “gateway” for its main campus and could include a mix of uses, including retail.

Drexel paid $21.8 million for the land, which is currently a parking lot sandwiched between JFK Blvd. and train tracks to the north (see the map below).

“The prime location of this site will significantly enhance Drexel’s capacity to be a powerful engine for regional economic growth,” said Drexel President John Fry in a written statement. “It provides various options not only for the development of the space for classrooms, research and other academic facilities, but also for sources of revenue for Drexel through potential residential and retail opportunities.”

Fry, who oversaw community development projects while a vice president at the University of Pennsylvania, has said that extending Drexel’s reach into its surrounding West Philadelphia community is a priority.


View Drexel land purchase in a larger map

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