Archive | February, 2018

Information session Monday on schools governance transition from state to city

Posted on 23 February 2018

Five community organizations are hosting an information session on Monday, Feb. 26 about the transition of governance of the School District of Philadelphia from the state back to the city.

Otis Hackney of the Mayor’s Office of Education will be a featured speaker.

The School Reform Commission voted in November to abolish itself, beginning the end of 17 years of state control of the district. The Mayor’s Office is now tasked with assembling a Board of Education, a multi-step process that will be explained in more detail at Monday’s meeting.

The event is hosted by Cedar Park Neighbors, Cobbs Creek Neighbors, Garden Court Community Association, Spruce Hill Community Association and Walnut Hill Community Association.

The information session will be held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Calvary Center for Culture and Community (48th and Baltimore). The regular monthly Cedar park Neighbors board meeting will follow from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Learn more about homeowners’ taxes and new tax laws at two community events

Posted on 22 February 2018

The tax season is underway, and we recently reported on free community-based tax preparation and filing sites helping working families and individuals in the area. There will also be a free tax workshop for homeowners next week at the Blackwell Library (52nd and Sansom). The workshop will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 27 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and will cover property tax programs, EITC, and other topics. The workshop is presented by the Enterprise Center.

On Saturday, Feb. 24, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., State Rep. James Roebuck will host an event to inform constituents about the updated tax laws. A local tax firm will be on hand to review the new tax laws, how they apply to constituents, and what they may be able to do now and in the future concerning their taxes. This event will take place at the Calvary Center (801 S. 48th St).

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Couple robbed, assaulted by three people sitting on stoop on 4500 block of Osage

Posted on 21 February 2018

Police have provided details about a robbery and assault on Monday night in the Spruce Hill neighborhood.

The victims, a couple, were walking on the 4500 block of Osage Avenue at approximately 9:50 p.m. when they passed three people, one female and two males, sitting on a stoop. As the victims passed, the suspects pushed the female victim, then took her purse and began punching the other victim, according to police. The victims ran, and the suspects fled eastbound on Osage Avenue in an older model green Chevrolet sedan, according to police.

One victim was reportedly injured in the assault, but is expected to be okay.  Continue Reading

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What do I do with this animal I found?

Posted on 20 February 2018

One of the most common kind of questions on West Philadelphia-local mailing lists, forums and Facebook communities has to do with what to do about lost, stray or injured animals. Here are some official resources that can help if you find one of those animals and want to help:

If you find a lost or stray dog, cat, or other household pet, ACCT (Animal Care and Control Team) Philadelphia are the most likely to be able to take a found animal. You can visit for more information. Make sure to fill out the ACCT Found Pet Report: If you can’t keep the animal until its family can be located, ACCT will accept it at their central location. They are not a no-kill shelter.  Continue Reading

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$5 million grant to expand job-training programs for unemployed West Philadelphians

Posted on 20 February 2018

The University City District (UCD), the University City Science Center and Drexel University have been awarded a $5 million grant from the Lenfest Foundation to expand programs that train and place unemployed West Philadelphia residents in jobs, including UCD’s nationally-acclaimed job training program, the West Philadelphia Skills Initiative.

The program will connect nearly 600 previously unemployed residents to careers over three years and will reportedly result in over $16 million in wages generated in the community. More than 200 adults and high school students in West Philadelphia will also attain credentials, certifications, and exposure to STEM careers, setting them on meaningful pathways to employment.

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ReAnimator Coffee expected to open in Garden Court by end of March

Posted on 16 February 2018

Here’s a little update on ReAnimator Coffee‘s West Philly location, which is in the works in Garden Court Plaza on the 4700 block of Pine Street. The popular Kensington/Fishtown coffee shop was expected to open its West Philly location in mid-November, according to the owners, but the new space renovation somehow stalled at the end of last year, and still hasn’t finished.

The good news is that the new shop set up seems to have sped up in the last few weeks. We saw a counter and other furniture finally being installed earlier this month. So, according to a worker, the shop is now expected to open by the end of March. We’ll keep you posted.


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