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  • 24 Feb 2021 11:55 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    On Thursday, February 4, Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled a plan that would provide a major boost to education spending in Pennsylvania.

    Wolf proposes $1.3B investment in education with funding reforms, new spending | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (post-gazette.com)

  • 23 Feb 2021 1:47 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    On Tuesday, February 22, CCRA held a public community meeting via zoom regarding the building of 2300 Market Street.  The developers are Lupert-Adler Properties. This location is where the Culinary School used to be.  It sits next to the new Aramark Building on Market St.  To see the plans of this project, visit here.  To view the meeting, visit our YouTube channel.

  • 23 Feb 2021 10:38 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Returning MLK Drive to “normal” — a high-injury-prone speedway that cut the people of Philadelphia off from the Schuylkill Waterfront — just isn’t an option.


  • 22 Feb 2021 2:35 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    As mayors of Pennsylvania cities, we witness the human toll the pandemic takes each day it stretches on. We see families losing loved ones, jobless workers struggling to make ends meet, kids stuck at home and isolated, and businesses closing their doors for good. Across our Commonwealth, residents continue to suffer.

    We see this pain every day. We see it in the family waiting in the snow for their weekly box of food, the elementary school student who hasn’t signed on for online learning in weeks, and the small business owner who has finally laid off their last two employees after fighting to stay open for months.

    It’s time for our Congressional leaders to step up.

    Read the full article written by, Mayor Paige Cognetti (Scranton), Mayor Jim Kenney (Philadelphia), Mayor William Peduto (Pittsburgh), Mayor Derek Slaughter (Williamsport), and Mayor Danene Sorace (Lancaster) below. 

    Contact your Congressional representatives and encourage them to support a swift passage of the American Rescue Plan so we can beat back the virus and pursue a speedy and inclusive recovery.

    The American Rescue Plan

  • 22 Feb 2021 11:41 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Philadelphia on Monday opens a new set of mass vaccine sites for eligible residents. The city Health Department will operate the invitation-only clinics, with plans to vaccinate about 500 people at each one.


  • 21 Feb 2021 4:15 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Philadelphia radio legend Cody Anderson has died.

    a close up of a sign

    Anderson passed away on Saturday, officials said.

    Anderson was part of the WURD family for years, first as General Manager and most recently as a beloved host, mentor and friend, according to a Facebook post from the station.

    Philadelphia radio legend Cody Anderson dies (msn.com)

  • 19 Feb 2021 4:14 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The site will be filled with doses supplied from the federal government and could administer shots to as many as 6,000 people a day.

    Coronavirus Vaccine: FEMA Will Run COVID-19 Vaccination Center at Pennsylvania Convention Center – NBC10 Philadelphia (nbcphiladelphia.com)

  • 18 Feb 2021 3:27 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    According to Haley Jordan, project lead at the city's Office of Sustainability, "As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we've seen 25-50 percent increases in trash and recycling tonnage curbside due to more waste being generated at home." 

    There are many ways you can help. First, recycling "right" - making sure to rinse containers and checking the list of recyclable materials According to the City of Philadelphia, "' 'wrong' recycling is actually worse than not recycling at all. It contaminates the recycling stream which not only ruins good materials and damages equipment—it endangers our recycling workers. And it only takes one bad bin to ruin a truckload of good recycling."

    Many of our household essentials and products we buy most often come in single use packaging and / or with additional packaging waste when bought online. Refilling into reusable containers solves this problem...think hand soap into a glass container. Both refilling and reusing are even better options than recycling, as they put less strain on our systems. Here are some great tips on reducing and reusing from the EPA

    Composting may seem intimidating, but it can also make a major impact in decreasing climate impacts of waste. There are several local companies that will provide you with the materials, pick it up for you, and in some cases, even sell soil that's been fertilized by the compost. 

    With a few steps, you can help decrease Philadelphia's waste particularly during this time of increased trash. For a broader view, check out the City’s

    Zero Waste (by 2035) goal and associated programs.

    Jacqui Hehn, Mlkmn

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