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Rowhome fire near 36th and Spring Garden displaces 15 residents

Posted on 24 April 2014 by

A fire that broke out in a rowhome on the 3600 block of Spring Garden Street Wednesday night displaced about 15 residents, according to reports. Smoke was reported coming from the first floor of the three-story building at 6 p.m. The fire quickly spread throughout the building, according to a report by Philly Fire News. The building was evacuated. The blaze was placed under control shortly after 7 p.m. No injuries were reported.

The American Red Cross responded to the fire to assist the displaced residents. Two people required Red Cross help. One of them spent the night at Red Cross House, according to Red Cross spokesperson Dave Schrader.

Red Paw Relief was also on the scene and helped at least two displaced pets.



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Summer CSAs that deliver to West Philly

Posted on 23 April 2014 by


As the summer approaches, some of our readers may be looking for CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) options in their neighborhood. The number of CSA programs that deliver fresh, locally grown fruits and veggies, as well as dairy, eggs, meat and other products to our area has grown, so we compiled this guide to help you navigate through some of the available options (for more, visit this page).

Also, please consider supporting local urban farms, like Mill Creek Farm, Farm 51, and Neighborhood Foods Farm. For information on local farmers’ markets and gardening options check our Civic Life page.


Greensgrow Farms Summer CSA

Schedule: mid-May through early November

Pick-up locations:

  • Greensgrow West, 4912 Baltimore Avenue, Fridays 3–6 p.m.
  • Lancaster Avenue, 37th & Lancaster, Thursdays 3:30–6:30 p.m.

What’s in the share? A variety of five-eight vegetables, plus fruit, and a protein choice (a dozen eggs, two cups of yogurt, a package of locally made tofu, a package of locally made seitan, or a wedge of butter). Eight times during the season, the share will include a locally made artisan cheese (vegan sub is available). Some weeks the share includes a locally made prepared food such as fresh pasta or locally made beer from Philadelphia Brewing Company.

Cost: Full share (24 weeks): $800; Half share (13 weeks): $448

Click here to sign up.


Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative

Schedule: TBA

Pick-up locations: Garden Court (5000 block of Osage Ave); Powelton Village (3700 Baring St); The Spruce St. Cafe at the Hospital of UPenn (3400 Spruce St)

What’s in the share? In the full vegetable share, you can expect to receive 9 to 12 varieties of vegetables per week. In the half vegetable share, you can expect to receive 4 to 7 varieties of vegetables per week. When abundant, fruit will be included in Full Vegetable Shares. Other options: a fruit share, which consists of 2 to 3 varieties of seasonal fruit, and other shares (bread, eggs, meat, chicken, cheese, herbs, flowers, and CSM (community supported medicine).

Cost: Full Vegetable Share: $750; Half Vegetable Share: $475. Info on other shares is available here.

Click here to sign up.


Philly Foodworks

Schedule: May 27 – October 23 (22 weeks)

Pick-up locations:

  • Hibiscus (4907 Catharine St). Wednesdays 3 – 7:30 p.m.

What’s in the share: Your Choice option: You commit to spend $395 with Philly Foodworks throughout the season but what you get is entirely up to you. Choose from a variety of produce, meats, dairy items, fruits, breads, spreads and more. You do not have to buy something every week, so feel free to purchase as you choose. Mix Share option: In this option you get five produce items each week based on what is available. In addition, you receive a total of $65 in credits that can be spent throughout the season at the online marketFarmer’s Choice option: In this option you receive 10 items each week based on what local farmers have available (zucchini or yellow squash, sweet corn, cantaloupe, multi-colored peppers, heirloom tomatoes, eggplant, lettuce, red or yellow onions, potatoes, basil and more).

Optional shares include: bread, eggs, jams, coffee, fruit, apothecary, cheese, bacon, flowers, and more.

Cost: Your Choice option: $395; Mix Share: $395; Farmer’s Choice: $625.

Click here to sign up.


West Philly Foods CSA

Schedule: mid-May through mid-October (22 weeks)

Pick-up locations:

Choose from one of pick up locations each Thursday:

  • Walnut Hill Community Farm (46th and Market) from 4-7 p.m.
  • Renewal Church (47th and Cedar Ave.)  from 5-7 p.m.
  • Heritage Farms (4300 Monument Blvd.) from 3:30-6:30 p.m.
  • CHOP Hospital (Abramson Research Center Lobby) from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • CHOP Hospital (Karabots), 4:15-6:30 p.m.
  • High Point Cafe (2831 W. Girard Ave.) from 3-6 p.m.

What’s in the share? The veggie & fruit share includes: Green beans, sweet corn, cucumbers, heirloom tomatoes, basil,  summer squash, zucchini, eggplant, sweet potatoes, okra, sweet & hot peppers, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, peaches, cantaloupes, and nectarines. Full Share: Approx. 10-12 lbs; Half Share: Approx. 5-6 lbs. Value-added shares include: jams, artisan bread, nut butter, cheese, coffee, beer, cookies, ice cream and more.

Cost: Full fruit & veggie share: $610; Half share: $360. For more information on additional shares, click here.

Click here to sign up.

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Man shot in apparent misunderstanding near 51st and Willows

Posted on 23 April 2014 by Mike Lyons

Update (3:36 p.m.): Police have identified the victim as 20-year-old Phillipe Holland from Upper Darby. The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that Holland works for Slices and More in Upper Darby. A police report that we received on Wednesday afternoon stated that when ordered to stop, Holland fled to his gold Ford Taurus on Willows, backed out the parking spot and drove “forward toward the officers.” Two officers fired several shots each, striking both Holland and the vehicle. Holland, who was delivering a pizza to a home nearby, was shot in the leg, neck and head. He remains in critical condition at HUP.

A top Philadelphia Police official told reporters on Wednesday that the man plain-clothes police shot last night near 51st and Willows may have been a pizza delivery driver who tried to flee in his vehicle because he thought he was being robbed.

The shooting took place at about 10 p.m. on Tuesday night when police responded to gunshots near 51st and Baltimore. Neighbors reported hearing a couple of shots fired in the area and after a couple of minutes more shots.

Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross told reporters that the man was walking down the sidewalk when police approached him and identified themselves. Ross said the man apparently misunderstood the officers and fled to his car and drove at a high rate of speed toward the officers.

“The officers then discharged out of fear for their lives,” Ross said.

The man was struck three times, according to police. He is expected to survive.

Ross said the man was unarmed. No police officers were injured in the incident.

An investigation into the shooting is underway.

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Police-involved shooting reported on 51st St

Posted on 22 April 2014 by

We have received a few reports of a shooting near 51st and Willows. Three helicopters were circling the area until about 10:30 p.m.

Police opened fire and shot a suspect around 9:50 p.m., according to CBS Philly. A reader said he heard a shot or two and then more shots a couple of minutes later.

NBC is reporting that police responded to reports of shots fired near 51st and Willows and confronted a suspect. A police officer shot the suspect, an unidentified male, who was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Know Your Candidate: State Rep. James Roebuck

Posted on 21 April 2014 by Annamarya Scaccia

James Roebuck

James Roebuck speaking at the Mariposa Food Co-op in 2012. (Archived photo/West Philly Local)

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of Q&A’s with local political candidates before the primary election on May 20. Our first Q&A, with Algernong Allen, is here. Next up is Matt Wolfe, who is running for a seat in Philadelphia’s City Council. Also, today is the last day to register to vote in the primary. For more information, visit:

Since assuming office in 1985, James Roebuck has represented West Philadelphia and the rest of the 188th district as state representative, and focused on education as the chairman of the House Education Committee.

Roebuck says he leans on his background as a trained teacher and former Drexel University professor to inform his work as an educational advocate. Through his years of service in the legislature, and under former Governor Ed Rendell, Roebuck lays claims to many successes, including an improved pre-K system and an increase in educational funding. And, on his off-time, he says, you can find him at any local school, reading to grade school students or tutoring second graders.

“To me, education is not just about the way you fund the schools, it’s also about the way you involve yourself in local schools,” Roebuck told West Philly LocalContinue Reading

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Today in Cedar Park: CPN annual meeting, candidates’ talk

Posted on 21 April 2014 by

parkThe Cedar Park Neighbors community organization will hold its annual meeting tonight, from 7 – 9 p.m. at Calvary Center for Culture and Community (48th and Baltimore). All neighbors are welcome. The annual meeting is a great introduction to the organization, its work and accomplishments over the last year and plans for the coming year. You can also meet candidates for the CPN Board of Directors (more information about the candidates is available here). Voting for CPN Board Members will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting will also include a conversation with the two local candidates for the state representative – James Roebuck (the incumbent) and Algernong Allen. The talk will be moderated by Cedar Park resident Bill Hangley Jr., a journalist with The Philadelphia Public School Notebook.

An informal meet and greet will follow the meeting.

Note: The meeting will take place at Calvary Center Sanctuary (please enter through the doors on the second floor).

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