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BY ISAIAH THOMPSON (Reprinted courtesy of AxisPhilly)/ How much is a vacant lot worth? That depends — on where it is, what it’s next to, what will get built on it. It also sometimes depends on whether you’re asking a prospective buyer — or the city. Take, for example, three vacant lots on the 1100 […]

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Philadelphia Federation of Teachers President Jerry Jordan has blasted the School District for its move to outsource Head Start services. He said, “More disturbing than the School District laying off hundreds of early-childhood education workers in favor of outsourcing Head Start services is the increasing acceptance of drastic reductions in the services we provide our […]

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Thousands Of Philadelphia Flower Show Fans Receive Royal Treatment As Brilliant! Exhibit Opens At Convention Center by Bonnie Squires The British-themed 2013 Philadelphia Flower Show is wowing anglophiles, and thousands of visitors as it opened its doors at the  Convention Center this weekend. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Philadelphia Flower Show is the nation’s, probably […]

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CONGRESSWOMAN ALLYSON SCHWARTZ joined a who’s who of Philadelphia notables at the opening of a new art exhibit at the Philadelphia Art Museum. Schwartz, who this week said she will be a likely gubernatorial candidate in 2015, attended the opening gala of Great and Mighty Things: Outsider Art from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection. […]

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BY JOSHUA VINCENT/ After years of false starts and extended deadlines, new real-estate values are in the mail. Hundreds of thousands of Philadelphians are slitting open that mail. Hundreds of thousands of Philadelphians are screaming. Council now has the responsibility of grappling with the real meaning of these numbers, by implementing a fairer and more-accurate […]

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A doyenne of the Pennsylvania legislature stepped down from office on Jan. 1. First elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1984, Babette Josephs represented the 182nd Legislative Dist., which encompasses Center City and South Philadelphia, for 28 years. As the senior woman legislator in the General Assembly, she served as the Democratic chairwoman […]

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In a Senate resolution unanimously adopted State Sen. LeAnna Washington (D-Northwest) celebrated the 100th birthday of Rosa Parks. Washington delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor to mark the occasion: “I am humbled and honored to rise today to mark the 100th birthday of Rosa Parks, the first lady of civil rights. “In one simple […]

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Sharp-Shooting Joe Turns 100 Years Old

by RORY McGLASSON South Philadelphia senior Joe Mastropoalo takes a lot of vitamin C. It helps him see the balls on the billiards table. Joe, 100, played a special game of pool this week against his brother, Anthony. It was Joe’s 100th-birthday party. South Philadelphia’s latest centenarian, Mastropoalo of 10th & Wolf Streets, was hosted […]

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