Archive | November, 2018

Arrest made in murder of four people in Cedar Park

November 30, 2018

Police have arrested a suspect in connection to the shooting death of four people, two men and two teenage women, in Cedar Park last week, according to reports. Jahlil Porter, 32, of the 200 block of E. Ashmead Street, was charged with murder, robbery, and other related charges. At least one other suspect is in custody, but had not been charged as of Thursday, Nov. 29.

The victims, identified by police as Tiyaniah Hopkins, 17, Yaleah Hall, 17, Akeem Mattox, 28, and William Taylor, 31, were found shot in the head “execution-style” in the basement of a residence on the 5100 block of Malcolm Street on Monday, Nov. 19 after a welfare call. Neighbors reported hearing banging sounds coming from the building, which was undergoing renovation, the day before.  Continue Reading

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Where to buy holiday wreaths & greens, Christmas trees

November 28, 2018

Holidays are approaching fast and if you’re looking for wreaths or greens to decorate your home, there will be a great opportunity this Saturday, Dec. 1. Bartram’s Garden in Southwest Philly (5400 Lindbergh Blvd.) is hosting its annual Handmade Holiday Greens Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can shop for decorated and undecorated wreaths, centerpieces, fresh evergreens, and more. You can also purchase ornamental greens and roping to create your own decorations for the holiday season.

If you’re looking to buy a Christmas tree, check out these locations in West Philly (some of them also sell holiday wreaths and greens):  Continue Reading

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Support local non-profits on #GivingTuesday

November 27, 2018

During this #GivingTuesday, the nationwide campaign encouraging charitable donations, we want to remind our readers about local not-for-profit organizations. Throughout the day, we’ll be posting messages from West Philly-based non-profits, encouraging folks to support them (see below). Please also check our “Civic Life” page for the list of local non-profits, including neighborhood community associations, arts and cultural organizations, libraries and educational organizations, animal rescues, historical venues, parks and public spaces, and more.  Continue Reading

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Cedar Park Neighbors’ Holiday Food Drive underway

November 26, 2018

The annual Holiday Basket Drive organized by Cedar Park Neighbors is back. This year, CPN will be partnering again with local nonprofits and various places of worship to provide food baskets to neighbors in need during this holiday season.

Last year, the organization was able to reach over 150 local families – a great testament to the community’s willingness to help others.

Just like last year, a suggested donation for this year’s drive is $36. Support at this level will provide baskets to two families. Donations can be made on this page. For other ways to donate (including bulk items), please email Michelle Lewis (  Continue Reading

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Four people found shot to death in Cedar Park (updated)

November 21, 2018

UPDATE (Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018): Police are still investigating the murder of four people, two men and two women, whose bodies were found Monday afternoon in the basement of a residence on the 5100 block of Malcolm Street in Cedar Park. All four were shot once in the head, according to police. The male victims, 28 and 31 years old, are reportedly cousins. One of the female victims is 20 years old, according to police. No names and no suspect information have been released as of 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Philadelphia Police Captain Derrick Wood tweeted shortly after the discovery of the victims that “it [was] the worst crime scene I have seen in my 20 years with the Philadelphia Police Department”:  Continue Reading

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Thanksgiving closings, hours, schedule changes

November 21, 2018

Here’s information on SEPTA’s Thanksgiving holiday service, city service changes, and closings/special hours at some local stores and cafés. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.


• Buses, trains, and trolleys will operate on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving Day.
• Broad Street and Market-Frankford Line trains will operate with all-night service beginning Thursday, Nov. 22 at 12:01 a.m. Regular Owl Bus service will resume Friday, Nov. 23 at 12:01 a.m.
• On Friday, Nov. 23, Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 15, 34, and 36 and several bus routes will operate on a Modified Weekday schedule.  Continue Reading

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