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Pool Season Kicks-Off from South Philly

South Philadelphia was the place to be on June 22 as Mayor Jim Kenney joined city officials at Murphy Recreation Center, located at Third and Shunk streets, to kick off the 2017 public pool season and also to dedicate Murphy’s newly renovated playground. The mayor blew the ceremonial whistle to officially open the pools throughout […]

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Soda Tax Bubbles Over at Senate Hearing

BY TONY WEST The only thing heard in the Pennsylvania Senate hearing at City Hall on June 23 was the roar of an angry crowd. City Council chambers were packed with protestors who come to make it impossible for the Senate’s Local Government Committee to hear beverage-industry complaints about Philadelphia’s Sweetened Drinks Tax. They were […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Stop-and-Go Bill on the Move

BY JOE SHAHEELI It’s not often the minority party in Harrisburg gets what it wants in the General Assembly. But the Philadelphia delegation in the State House of Representatives may be on the verge of scoring a rare win. The cause at hand is State Rep. Jordan Harris’ (D-S. Phila.) HB 1547, which aims to […]

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Philadelphia City Hall Hosts Iftar Celebration

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Council Chamber Erupts in Senate Soda-Tax Hearing Protest

BY TONY WEST A Pennsylvania Senate hearing on the negative business impact of Philadelphia’s landmark Sweetened Drinks Tax in City Council Chambers was stymied before it could begin at 11 a.m. this morning. Hundreds of protestors crammed the spectators’ gallery and burst into sustained chants of “This is our house!”, backed up by raucous blasts […]

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Maritime Academy Open Doors to Maritime Careers

BY ELDON GRAHAM Some people are called to the sea. When that happens at a young age, education comes into play and there is no better place to learn sea life than the Maritime Academy Charter School. Two campuses comprise the MACHS. One, at 2275 Bridge Street, is considered the middle school; it instructs kindergartners […]

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OPINION: Clean-Energy Investments Can Boost State and City Businesses

BY SALEEM CHAPMAN Philadelphia City Council recently passed a resolution urging the Pennsylvania General Assembly to enact new legislation that enables municipalities across the state to establish Property Assessed Clean Energy programs for commercial properties. This new form of finance is opening doors for more business owners to install their own renewable-energy and energy-efficiency projects. […]

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East Passyunk Celebrates Italian National Day

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Ramping Up Summer Camps

BY ELDON GRAHAM Andy Williams’ classic Christmas song, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” will no doubt be heard being sung by Philadelphia schoolchildren as they prepare to go on summer vacation. However, parents will be singing that same tune come September. Until then, students on summer vacation must occupy their time with […]

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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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