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Da Vinci Art Alliance Gets New Look

By Eldon Graham The Da Vinci Art Alliance has gone through extensive renovations and is ready to show South Philadelphia and the rest of the city what it has been up to. Located at Seventh and Catherine streets, DVAA has been a community staple for decades. It has showcased some of the most talented artists […]

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Brady to Step down from Congress

Congressman Bob Brady announced at Democratic City Committee that he will not run for re-election in the spring 2018 primary. Twenty years in Washington, D.C. is enough, he said. The congressman, who is 72, he wanted to spend more time with his grandchildren. He also said he could make a more-effective chair of DCC if […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Deeley to Head City Commission

BY JOE SHAHEELI There’s a new chair at Philadelphia City Commission. Democrat Lisa Deeley, who was elected to that body in 2015, was nominated as chairwoman by Republican Al Schmidt at City Commission’s monthly board meeting on Dec. 13. Schmidt had always previously supported Democrat Anthony Clark for that post. Chairman Clark had earlier announced […]

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Holiday Reading by Charles Santore

BY ELDON GRAHAM Charles Santore, the renowned Philadelphia author, stopped by at the Free Library’s Charles Santore Library, located at 7th & Carpenter Streets, last Saturday to share ideas and inspiring personal stories about his life and his work – and to raise money for the library in a book sale. He signed copies of […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: PPA Local Control a No-Go

BYJOE SHAHEELI Everybody who is a Democrat, from Gov. Tom Wolf on down, is calling for the Philadelphia Parking Authority to revert to City government. But it won’t happen. This odd State agency was set up in 2001 under the aegis of powerful Republican State Rep. John Perzel, who argued that it could generate more […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: Three’s Too Many in the First

BY JOE SHAHEELI Pennsylvania’s 1st Congressional District, which takes in most of the River Wards and South Philadelphia along with a good chunk of Delaware County, is preparing for an unaccustomed tussle in the Philadelphia Democratic primary next year. Deputy Mayor of Public Engagement Dr. Nina Ahmad quit her City position to announce a run […]

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POLS ON THE STREET: The Stack Attack Is Back

BY JOE SHAHEELI Lt. Gov. Mike Stack announced he will seek re-election at City Hall yesterday, surrounded by a legion of Philadelphia political leaders. A Northeast Democratic ward leader of long standing and former state senator, Stack is Philadelphia’s highest-ranked statewide elected official. As the lieutenant governor presides over the State Senate, his position gives […]

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