Public, Archdiocesan schools to dismiss early on Friday, Sept 9 due to heat

Posted on 08 September 2016 by

The school year has just begun, but we have our first early dismissal due to lingering hot weather. The School District of Philadelphia has announced that all public schools will dismiss at noon on Friday, Sept. 9 due to the high temperatures forecasted for tomorrow (the temperatures are expected to reach the mid-90s). All after-school activities including all athletic programs and professional development classes scheduled for Friday are also canceled as well. All District early childhood centers will remain open as per their regular schedule.

All Archdiocesan schools will also dismiss at noon this Friday.


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The Democrats are coming! Here are a few things you should know

Posted on 11 July 2016 by


Check out this DNC Donkey at The Porch at 30th Street Station (Photo West Philly Local).

As Philadelphia is preparing for the 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC), here’s some useful info for the locals. Approximately 50,000 participants among delegates, media, and other attendees, are expected at the event, which will be held at the Wells Fargo Center on July 25-28. By the way, many guests will be staying in University City hotels. Also, The Daily Show will be at the Annenberg Center (3680 Walnut St) from July 26-29 (in total, four episodes will be filmed there!). Unfortunately, general public tickets have already been sold out.

All city services are expected to operate as scheduled during the event, and Philadelphia Police, Fire and EMS services will not be impacted by the DNC. The City has created a special DNC web page with the Convention news and official information, city service updates and changes, and things to see and do.  Continue Reading

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Water Department to conduct special lead testing program starting this month

Posted on 08 July 2016 by

The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) is conducting a tap water lead testing program and is seeking participants.

The program will run from July to December 2016, in advance of PWD’s regular water testing for lead under EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule, which is scheduled for 2017.

The 2016 lead testing program will check a minimum of 50 homes from what is categorized as Tier 1 (homes considered more likely to have lead in the plumbing). PWD is making efforts to increase the number of sampling sites to provide more data for assessment under this program, and residents interested in learning more about PWD’s programs should go to for additional information.  Continue Reading

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Excessive heat warning in Philadelphia Wednesday, July 6 through Friday, July 8

Posted on 06 July 2016 by

The first excessive heat warning of the summer has been issued as the temperatures are expected to reach 94 degrees (with the humidity it will feel like 107!). Philadelphia Health Commissioner Thomas Farley has issued a heat warning for Wednesday, July 6, through Friday, July 8 in conjunction with the National Weather Service’s excessive heat warning for the area.

The warning has activated the city’s special summer heat programs, including home visits by special field teams, the monitoring of the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging’s ‘Heatline’, enhanced daytime outreach for the homeless, and the City’s effort to encourage the public to look in on older friends, relatives, and neighbors.

The ‘Heatline’ (215-765-9040) will be open from 9 a.m. until midnight, on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

“We strongly urge the public to visit older friends, relatives and neighbors to ensure that air conditioners or fans are working and homes are adequately ventilated. In a heat wave, the majority of the victims are older people and those with pre-existing medical conditions,” Health Commissioner Farley said in a statement.  Continue Reading

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Public school breakfast, lunch menu – May 2016

Posted on 01 May 2016 by

Click on the images below to view breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus to be served in Philadelphia public schools in May 2016. Click here if your school uses the Satellite menu.

May 2016 K-8 breakfast, lunch and dinner menu


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2016 Primary Election results; how some sections of West Philadelphia voted (updated)

Posted on 27 April 2016 by

The 2016 Pennsylvania Primary Election results are in, and here are some local results and a breakdown by wards on the vote for presidential candidates. Overall, West Philadelphia’s Democratic voters supported Hillary Clinton, except for the 27th Ward where Bernie Sanders came out on top. Note: the results below are unofficial and incomplete. To view more results, go here.

PA Representative, District 190

Vanessa Lowery Brown – 36.45 percent (5381 votes)
Wanda Logan – 28.37 percent (4188 votes)
Ray Bailey – 12.02 percent (1775 votes)
Darryl Thomas – 11.37 percent (1679 votes)

PA Representative, District 188 

James Roebuck (incumbent, unopposed) – 99.87 percent (12134 votes)

Representative in Congress, District 2 (Democrats)

Chaka Fattah (incumbent) – 36.76 percent (58821 votes)
Dwight Evans – 43.51 percent (69622 votes)

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