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Early dismissal for public schools due to freezing rain in forecast for Monday afternoon

January 8, 2018

All Philadelphia public schools will dismiss at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 8, due to freezing rain and sleet in the forecast for late Monday afternoon. All after-school activities including all athletic programs and professional development sessions scheduled for Monday are canceled as well. In addition, all District early childhood centers will also be closed early.

 

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West Philadelphia Skills Initiative recruiting for Landscape Crew Members

January 5, 2018

University City District’s award-winning job training program, The West Philadelphia Skills Initiative, is recruiting a new cohort of trainees for a program that includes a guaranteed job interview with a local landscaping company. From Jan. 3rd through the 26th, the program will be recruiting unemployed West Philadelphia residents for a training program with BrightView Landscapes LLC.

BrightView is a commercial landscaping company that holds over 80 percent of the landscaping contracts in University City.  Continue Reading

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Public, parochial schools to remain closed Friday due to snowstorm. UPDATE: Snow emergency will end Thursday at 8 p.m.

January 4, 2018

All Philadelphia public schools will remain closed on Friday, Jan. 5, due to heavy snowstorm that hit the area on Thursday. All after-school activities, including all athletic programs and professional development sessions scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are also canceled. All District early childhood centers will also be closed.

School District headquarters will open on a two-hour delay.

All Archdiocesan high schools and parochial elementary schools will also be closed on Friday due to today’s storm.

Snow emergency for Philadelphia will end at 8 p.m. on Thursday.

 

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Snow emergency in effect. Is your car on a snow route? (UPDATE: Public, parochial schools to be closed Thursday)

January 3, 2018

The City of Philadelphia has issued a snow emergency effective at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday. That means that vehicles should be moved from certain streets in the city, including the entire length of Chestnut and Walnut Streets and Woodland Avenue in West Philly.

The region is under a winter storm warning with three to six inches of snow expected.

Vehicles remaining on the emergency routes will be ticketed and towed. More info on snow emergency routes can be found here. If your car is moved, call 215-686-SNOW to find it. Do not call 911.  Continue Reading

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The Woodlands Gobble Wobble 5K Fun Run returns Saturday, Nov. 11 (Sponsored)

November 6, 2017

The Woodlands third annual Gobble Wobble 5K Fun Run is back!

This individual or team relay 5K wobble takes you through the historic grounds of William Hamilton’s 18th century estate, 19th century cemetery and modern day urban oasis. Outrun the West Philly Turkey and support the neighborhood’s best running spot. Compete to win the first prize, a Thanksgiving turkey or tofurkey from Mariposa Food Co-Op! The 5K takes place on the paved road within The Woodlands Cemetery, with the start and finish line near the Hamilton Mansion.

Team Relay Entries: Each team member registers individually. Make sure to put down your team name. Each team member will run 1/3 of the 5K, so get your relay baton ready!

Register early, because the first 150 people signed up will receive a limited edition Gobble Wobble pint glass that you can fill with beer at the finish line, generously donated by Clarkville. All proceeds will go towards improving runner amenities at The Woodlands.  Continue Reading

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West Philadelphia Skills Initiative recruiting unemployed residents for Patient Sitter positions with CHOP

October 18, 2017

University City District’s West Philadelphia Skills Initiative is currently recruiting local residents for a job training program with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The program will prepare individuals to be Patient Sitters with the nationally renowned hospital.

The Skills Initiative is seeking applicants who possess a high school diploma or GED, are currently unemployed, and live in the West Philadelphia zip codes of 19104, 19131, 19139, 19143, or 19151.

Applicants should have professional experience working with children. Program graduates will have the opportunity to interview with CHOP, receive a performance-based stipend during the training, and learn the skills needed to successfully connect to employment and a fulfilling career path.  Continue Reading

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