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West Philly Events Roundup, April 17-19 (updated)

Posted on 17 April 2015 by

How do we know that spring is here? Yes, beautiful flowers and blossoms are all around, but also so many cool events now happen every weekend – parties, community fairs, markets, concerts, exhibitions and more! This weekend’s round up is below. For more events, please visit our Events Calendar.

Friday, April 17

DJSpooky• ‘The Imaginary App’ Book Launch with DJ Spooky

The Slought Foundation, 4017 Walnut Street

Global software company ThoughtWorks is sponsoring the launch of ‘The Imaginary App’, a new book about digital apps and the way they have changed our world, featuring essays and articles by writers, artists, and theoreticians. Co-editor DJ Spooky (pictured right), who is also a composer, performer, professor, and activist, will spin music and discuss the cultural and technical shifts that have accompanied the emergence of mobile app technology. 6:30 p.m. Free. More infoContinue Reading

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Anti-violence march, rally to be held in Mantua this Friday; panel discussion in Drexel on Saturday

Posted on 16 April 2015 by

Two events raising awareness to violence within the community are planned this weekend in Mantua. Neighborhood and church groups are organizing an anti-violence rally and march on Friday, April 17, and everyone is invited to join them and other community members, city officials, clergy, and other organizations as they rally and pray for peace.

“Violent crime in Black neighborhoods has reach(ed) epidemic proportions and requires everyone to commit to finding ways to solve the problem,” reads a press release by Transfiguration Baptist Church, signed by Reverend Dr. Charles L. McNeil. “In our effort to raise awareness to this problem, churches and organizations in the Mantua section of Philadelphia sponsor an anti-violence rally and march against black on black crime.”

The rally will begin at 6 p.m. with a prayer and introductions at Transfiguration Baptist Church at 3732 Fairmount Avenue, then will proceed to designated churches throughout Mantua, ending at Second Antioch Baptist Church at 912 North 41st Street for refreshments and conversation.  Continue Reading

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30th Street station development plan gets community feedback, new ideas

Posted on 15 April 2015 by


30th Street Station District Plan open house (Photo via from

As we reported earlier this year, the stakeholders behind the 30th Street Station District Plan are seeking feedback from the community and interested parties on the project through a series of public open houses and via the District Plan’s website.

The results of a project survey completed between January 28 and February 27 have just been announced. Some 339 people completed the survey distributed at the open house or online. Participants answered the questions about their experiences at the station and in the surrounding area, and their future expectations. Also, they submitted hundreds of ideas about improvements to the station, transportation network and the neighborhood, which the project team will analyse.

Here are some of the ideas that the project team will be considering.  Continue Reading

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Four-year-old boy killed in hit-and-run in Kingsessing; black SUV sought (updated with video)

Posted on 15 April 2015 by

UPDATE (2:10 p.m.): Police told NBC10 that they recovered the SUV suspected in the hit and run after the owner contacted them. The investigation continues.

UPDATE (1:35 p.m.): Police released surveillance video of the fatal hit and run in Kingsessing on Monday, April 13 and are asking for the public’s help to identify and locate the suspect.

Police are looking for a black Ford Edge with chrome front. They say the vehicle was operated by an unknown female. The City of Philadelphia Mayor’s Office is offering a $20,000 reward leading to the arrest of the suspect. For more information, go here.

(4/14/15): A four-year-old boy was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Monday, April 13 in the Kingsessing neighborhood. Police are searching for a dark-colored SUV. The tragedy happened at about 6:30 p.m. on S. 57th Street near Litchfield, when the boy was crossing the street. An unidentified female driver was behind the wheel of the vehicle that fled northbound after striking the child, according to police.

Police say they have surveillance video of the fleeing vehicle from a nearby business.

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Spring in West Philly… Finally

Posted on 15 April 2015 by



Post your photos of Spring in West Philly on Instagram with the hashtag #westphillylocal.

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The Arty Bunker – part gallery, part classroom – planned for 45th and Baltimore

Posted on 14 April 2015 by


Artist and West Philly resident Samantha Mayo and her partner Kevin Buttery have an interesting, West Philly-centered idea for the empty space at the corner of 45th and Baltimore, right across the street from Milk and Honey Market. They are planning to open “The Arty Bunker,” part art shop for local artists to sell their work to the community and part classroom for kids to take art classes during the day and for B.Y.O.B. painting classes for adults in the evening.

Samantha and Kevin have everything in place to start their business as soon as possible except for the funding, and are currently raising money that would help cover start-up costs and overhead of the shop and classroom. This past Saturday the pair went to Clark Park to spread the word (some of you probably saw The Arty Bunker flyers around the park), and next Saturday they are planning to set up a facepaint table in the park and talk to more people about their idea.

The fundraising goal is $12,000, and the money is being raised through Kickstarter. “No one would get charged until we reach our goal and we have until May 7 until our Kickstarter expires,” writes Samantha. “This is really West Philly community oriented so any support from the community helps!”

Samantha and Kevin say that they understand the risks associated with starting a business:

“We have the motivation and inspiration to overcome the challenges of starting a company. We are two, well-educated and passionate people who are determined to make The Arty Bunker a reality in West Philadelphia.”

If you like Samantha and Kevin’s idea and would like to support it, please go to their Kickstarter page for more information and to make a donation:

Also, check out the video the guys posted on Kickstarter:

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