Archive | February, 2013

One-day meat sale/fundraiser at The Calvary

February 28, 2013

BeefPssst. Hey, West Philly meat eaters! This Saturday, March 2, there’s a great opportunity to try meat from local farms and help neighborhood schools. Philly CowShare, a West Philly-based company that  sells “shares” of locally-raised, grass-fed beef and pastured pork, is hosting a one-day meat sale at the Calvary Center at 48th & Baltimore, from 2 – 6 p.m. A portion of the proceeds from the sale will go to the West Philly Coalition for Neighborhood Schools and Penn Alexander School’s HSA.

The sale offers a one-stop shop where you can learn about participating farms, buy a package of beef or pork to cook at home and even get some recipes! The following items will be available for purchase: steaks, roasts, ground beef, no-nitrate bacon, sausage, pork chops, and sampler packs (pre-orders for sampler bundles are available online). All meat is individually packaged, labeled, and USDA certified.

Philly CowShare helps connect “communities of responsible farmers and butchers with urban communities who simply want to eat well.” The company sells bundles of beef called CowShares and bundles of pork called PigShares that are available to purchase individually and as a group. Philly CowShare challenges the consumer to eat healthy meat and to eat meat more mindfully and wants to make sure that “the farmer and butcher are paid fairly and the animals are raised in accordance with their nature and in harmony with the land.”

To learn more about how Philly CowShare operates, visit their website or Facebook page.


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Forum on school closings today

February 28, 2013

Mount Zion Baptist Church (50th & Woodland) and the pastor, Reverend Cedric Jones, are hosting a forum on school closings in Southwest Philly tonight, from 6 – 8 p.m.  The following schools in the School District of Philadelphia’s Southwest Planning Area are slated for closure: Wilson Elementary, Pepper and Shaw middle schools, and University City High School.

You can find more information on the proposed closings and other changes in the Southwest Planning Area here (PDF file).

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West Philly Kindergarten Open Houses in March 2013

February 27, 2013

Here’s a list of kindergarten open houses scheduled in West Philadelphia in March compiled by the West Philly Coalition for Neighborhood Schools and co-sponsored by Cedar Park Neighbors, Garden Court Community Association, Spruce Hill Community Association, and Walnut Hill Community Association.


A. D. Harrington School
5300-34 Baltimore Ave., 19143
(215) 471 – 2914
Open House: 3/5, 9:09-9:45 a.m.

Alain Locke School
4550 Haverford Ave., 19139
(215) 823 – 8202
Open House: 3/5, call school for time

Alexander Wilson School
1300 S. 46th St., 19143
(215) 823 – 8206
Open House: 3/5, Starts 9:00 a.m.

B. B. Comegys School
5100 Greenway Ave., 19143
(215) 727 – 2162
Open House: 3/5, 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Henry C. Lea School
4700 Locust St., 19139
(215) 471 – 2915
Open House: 3/5, 9:15 – 10:15 a.m.

Martha Washington Academics
766 N. 44th St., 19104
(215) 823 – 8203
Open House: Not having Open House in March
Will have Open House on 5/17, 12:30-1:15 p.m.

Morton McMichael School
3543 Fairmount Ave., 19104
(215) 823-8272
Open House: 3/5, 1:30-2:15 p.m.

Penn Alexander School
4209 Spruce St., 19104
(215) 823 – 5465
Open House: 3/5, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Samuel B. Huey School
5200 Pine St., 19143
(215) 471 – 2901
Open House: 3/5, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Samuel Powel School
301 N. 36th St., 19104
(215) 823 – 8201
Open House: 3/5, 8:30-10:00 a.m.

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Second Spruce Hill planning meeting this week

February 25, 2013

SpruceHillPlanningSpruce Hill residents are invited to attend a second meeting to guide future development decisions in their community. This Action Planning Workshop will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Wilson Student Center on the campus of the University of the Sciences (42nd & Woodland).

The session will again be led by Jennifer Hurley, a professional planner hired by the Spruce Hill Community Trust. Residents will be asked to confirm their community vision, brainstorm about ways to make it a reality, and plan next steps.

This meeting follows up on one in December that drew an unexpected turnout of about 90 people who were asked to indicate their likes and dislikes about directions that development could take in Spruce Hill. Hurley has taken that material and pulled it together in a presentation that may be viewed on the Spruce Hill Community Association’s website.

The Spruce Hill neighborhood boundaries run from Market Street to Woodland Avenue, 38th Street to 46th Street.

For more information about the planning workshop, contact Barry Grossbach, chair of the trust, at or at 215-349-7825.


About 90 people participated in the first meeting about the future development of the Spruce Hill neighborhood. (Photo from Spruce Hill Community Association’s Facebook page).


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Man killed in house fire near 46th and Woodland

February 25, 2013

A man died on the second floor of the rowhome at 1257 S. 46th St. overnight.

A man died on the second floor of the rowhome at 1257 S. 46th St. overnight.

A neighbor was killed and two others were injured in a house fire overnight on the 1200 block of S. 46th Street. The fire broke out around midnight and was put out about 20 minutes later. The victim, a man in his 30s, was found on the second floor and was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other men who were at the house when the fire started were able to escape.

We spoke to a next-door neighbor this morning who said that the attached row home at 1257 S. 46th is a boarding house that includes five units. The woman said she had some damage in her ceiling where firemen broke through to ensure the fire didn’t spread to adjacent buildings.

Apparently, the house was in pretty bad condition, with portable oil and electric heaters in use and no working smoke alarms, Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers told NBC10.

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Dog bites neighbor, rabies shots needed, owner sought

February 24, 2013

A West Philly resident, Nati Passow, was bitten by a dog last night while he was biking down Larchwood Avenue between 44th and 45th Streets. He is looking for the dog’s owner to see if the dog was up to date on all of his shots, in order to avoid a series of rabies shots. Here’s what Nati wrote us in an email:

On Saturday night around 9:45 I was biking down Larchwood between 45th and 44th. A woman was walking her dog and the dog ran at me. She called after him (that’s how I know the name), but Clyde proceeded to bite my leg. It’s not too bad of a bite, but it broke skin, so I went to HUP, and because I didn’t know the dog, they started me on the rabies vaccine. I’d really prefer not to have to get the remaining 3 doses, and they said that if I track down the owners and learn that Clyde has gotten all of his shots, I’m good to go.

If you know someone in the area with a dog named Clyde, please put them in touch with me. It was a very quick interaction, but I believe Clyde was a big dog, slender build, with a lighter colored coat.

If you know anyone in the neighborhood who has a dog named Clyde that fits the provided description, please email Nati as soon as possible at, as he will need to return to HUP in three days for the next dose.

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