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Italian Market Festival is a Hit

By Eldon Graham Philadelphia’s largest block party returned this weekend to celebrate another year of Italian culture. The 102nd annual S. 9th Street Italian Market Festival is the nation’s oldest outdoor market, which brings together family, fun, and activities for all. The two-day festivities took place this past weekend. The festival was organized by Michele […]

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S.R.C., Change Smith School Ruling

“For all children, a great school, close to where they live.” —Vision statement, School District of Philadelphia When it comes to this vision, the School District of Philadelphia is operating with blinders on. The SDP still has some vacant properties on its hands, left over from the closure of 24 public schools in 2013: It […]

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Pt.  Breeze Arson Investigation Begins

BY ELDON GRAHAM Point Breeze is still recovering from the alarming fire that tore through construction houses owned by South Philadelphia businessman Ori Feibush. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives Philadelphia Field Division ruled that the cause of the fire was arson. Investigators have conducted a thorough examination of the fire scene and […]

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Bartram’s Garden Becomes A Trailhead

BY ELDON GRAHAM If you love biking, long walks, spring weather and fresh air, then the newly developed Bartram’s Mile Trail at Bartram’s Garden is a place for you to experience. The city finally completed its long-awaited community trail on the Southwest Philadelphia stretch of land along the Schuylkill River. Last Saturday, Mayor Jim Kenney, […]

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Revolutionary Museum Comes to Town

BY ELDON GRAHAM The American Revolution is alive again in the streets of Philadelphia. Located in Old City at 3rd & Chestnut Streets is The Museum of The American Revolution, the city’s newest attraction, housing over 250 years of American, British, French and Native American tribal history. Kicking it off was a stellar opening ceremony, […]

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Media Day at Philly’s Newest Museum Deepens Insight into Colonial Era

BY ELDON GRAHAM Old City has a new resident which brings its history back to life. The Museum of The American Revolution is Philadelphia’s latest attraction: an effort to tell the story of America’s founding comprehensively. Press members from all over the region were invited on Wednesday to get a sneak peek at what lies […]

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Spring Reawakens Gardening Season

BY ELDON GRAHAM South Philadelphia is greener than some might think. As spring begins to engulf us in warmer weather, you can find oases of natural beauty blooming forth in neighborhoods from Point Breeze to Queen Village. Community gardens all across the city are enabled through the Neighborhood Garden Trust, an organization affiliated with the […]

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City’s Judicial District Must Now Defend Its Forfeiture Practices

BY JOE SHAHEELI The 1st Judicial Dist., long criticized for the way it handles civil forfeiture proceedings, finally has to answer charges filed by the Institute for Justice on behalf of four Philadelphia residents. Federal Judge Eduardo C. Robreno has the 1st Dist.’s motion to dismiss the class action challenging its administration of civil forfeiture […]

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Choose Your Judges

In Pennsylvania, citizens are expected to choose the men and women who sit on the bench by electing them. Some like this fact, others don’t. But it is a duty every voter should accept. Judicial candidates cannot take positions on points of law. But there are many other ways to judge them. It is possible […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Budget-Busters, Budget-Trusters

BY JOE SHAHEELI The first half of every year is governmental budget season. Both City Hall and Harrisburg have to get their act together between now and June, if they want to run a government. And both local bodies are held to budget-balancing in ways that don’t reflect federal politics; they have to get it […]

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