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PW’s “Better than Best” chock full of West Philly flavor

October 21, 2011

Image from Philadelphia Weekly.


West Philly is well-represented in Philadelphia Weekly‘s “Better than Best” issue, a sort of edgier version of the “Best of Philly” awards that businesses across the city covet so much. We must say that we are quite flattered to be named “Best Community News Blog” (that’s a testament to you all and your engagement with your community) and we’re proud to be named alongside many of our favorite West Philly spots.

Here’s the rundown:

Best Coffeeshop to Find Your Next Collective Housemate – Satellite Coffee, 701 S. 50th St.

Best Prototype Neighborhood – Garden Court

Best Place to See Who (spent the night with) Whom in West Philly on Friday Night – Clark Park Farmer’s Market

Best Bookstore – Penn Book Center (130 S. 34th St.)

Venue With Most Squalor – Rathaus, 31st and Spring Garden

Best Place to Ask Stupid Questions About Power Tools Without Being Judged – West Philly Tool Library (1314 S. 47th St.)

Best Mechanic Who Will Treat You Like Family – Wayne’s Garage (4521 Springfield Ave.)

Funniest Medical Research Team – Penn’s HIV/AIDS Research Prevention Division (3535 Market St.)

Best Place to Eat Falafel in West Philly During Ramadan – Manakeesh Cafe and Bakery (4420 Chestnut St.)

Best Southern Food in this Yankee Shithole – Roost (4529 Springfield Ave.)

Best Place to Get a Hangover Destroying Gyro at 2 a.m. in West Philly – New York Gyro Place (4407 Chestnut St.)

Best Place Place to Drink Good Whiskey and Not Go F**king Broke – Fiume (45th and Locust)

Best Dance Party in a Cramped Room – Gojjo (4540 Baltimore Ave.)

Best Community News Blog – West Philly Local

Blurbs about all of the above are available here.


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Our own @TheFuzz9143 turns doughnut critic for a day

October 21, 2011

Southwest Detective Joe Murray, aka @thefuzz9143, tests a doughnut at Federal Donuts in Pennsport. (Courtesy of the Philadelphia Inquirer.)

OK, here’s your chance to read about our vaunted neighborhood Southwest Detective Joe Murray, aka @TheFuzz9143, in action.

Murray and his former partner in Southwest Philly, Sgt. John Hoyt, agreed to serve as doughnut testers for a Philadelphia Inquirer review of Federal Donuts, the “new, fancy-pants doughnut and fried chicken shop in Pennsport.”

Murray on Federal’s Key Lime doughnut:

“It wasn’t overly tart. I won’t eat doughnuts with filling in them – you eat it and it’s all over you. It’s too much, it’s gross,” Murray said. “But this was absolutely perfect – the concept and texture. You get the crust and crumbs from it. It even had the little crisps on it.”

Murray and Hoyt were up front about the stereotype they were playing into, but both said they are way more of coffee snobs than doughnut snobs.


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Help needed with tree planting projects around West Philly

October 20, 2011

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More trees are coming! Here’s a good chance to help make our area greener. Neighbors are welcome to help with the UC Green and The Philadelphia Orchard Project tree plantings and orchard care projects in various West Philly locations starting this week.

The first project is this Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School (58th St. & Lindbergh Blvd.), where you can help with the orchard care, including mulching, weeding, bulb planting and fresh local fruit.

Next week three other projects are scheduled, two for October 25 – at Bartram’s Garden (5400 Lindbergh Blvd.) and Mastery Charter School and Conestoga Playground (53rd & Media) and one for October 29 at Ogden Gardens (Ogden & Preston).

For information about November projects, hours, and to RSVP go here.

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St. Joe’s social media consultants looking for clients

October 19, 2011

beautifulsocialA program run out of Saint Joseph’s University is looking for non-profits and social entrepreneurs who want help in designing or bolstering their online presence.

Beautiful Social is a student-run social media consultancy designed to help non-profits and other entrepreneurs with everything from market research to website usability testing to developing a social media strategy. The idea is to help grow communities and civic engagement online.

The services are free of charge. Students put theory into practice and gain real experience while helping local organizations thrive. Two professors from St. Joe’s communication studies program, which incorporates social justice into its curriculum, oversee the students.

Beautiful Social has worked with a number of non-profits, including the Philly-based Power Up Gambia and InterAct Theater Company since it began last year.

Anyone interested in being part of the program should contact Mike Lyons at jlyons [at]

Full disclosure: One of the professors who oversees the projects is also a co-owner of this website.

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Neighbor donates an engine crane to West Philly Tool Library

October 13, 2011

Engine hoist
West Philly Tool Library staff member Robert Monk poses next to the donated engine hoist. (Photo from

Do you have something super heavy in your house or garage that you want to pick up or move, but don’t know how? No worries – neighbor Douglas Pugliese has donated a heavy-duty lifting engine crane to the West Philly Tool Library. The engine hoist can lift up to a two-ton item on its hydraulic arm and can move it around on heavy-duty casters. Doug, who is a West Philly Tool Library member, used the equipment once or twice and doesn’t need it anymore.

We’re told that the crane can even lift something high enough to get into the bed of a pick-up truck.

Now many folks can use this tool through the library’s low-cost tool rental or for free if you are a member. Think about how many things you can do with it! Anyone have a cow they need to move?


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Cedar Park meet and greet event Tuesday

October 3, 2011

neighborsCedar Park Neighbors is hosting a neighborhood Meet and Greet event tomorrow night at Aksum (4630 Baltimore Ave.). Don’t miss the opportunity to say hello to your neighbors and spend some nice time in their company while enjoying complimentary hors d’oeuvres served by Saba Tedla, Aksum owner and Cedar Park resident.

The meet and greet will begin at 6 p.m and go on until 8 p.m., unless, of course, you want to stay for dinner. To RSVP go to the event’s Facebook page.

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