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  • 06 Dec 2021 1:02 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    As 2021 comes to a close, the Office of LGBT Affairs is celebrating some of the positive moments our communities experienced this year despite the overwhelming challenges we continue to face. Our office will continue to create opportunities to elevate the voices of LGBTQ+ community members and foster an inclusive environment for all LGBTQ+ Philadelphians in 2022 and beyond. 

    Check out the full year in review below!

    2021 Year in Review


  • 02 Dec 2021 4:03 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    https://rewardvolunteers.coop/holiday-volunteer-opportunities-philadelphia/

    https://mommypoppins.com/philadelphia-kids/christmashanukkah/holiday-volunteering-for-philly-area-families

    https://www.inquirer.com/philly-tips/philadelphia-volunteering-thanksgiving-20211119.html

    https://thephiladelphiacitizen.org/help-philadelphians-in-need-thanksgiving/

    Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphiahttps://www.grannypeacebrigadephiladelphia.org  whose mission is to make a safe and peaceful world for all children and grandchildren, recently celebrated its 15th birthday.

    Bethesda Project For questions or to arrange a donation drop-off, please contact communitylife@bethesdaproject.org. For more information, please visit: https://www.bethesdaproject.org/how-to-help- during-the-holidays 

    Ten Organizations Helping People Survive

    By Bonnie Eisenfeld

    Here are 10 nonprofit organizations, local and global, helping people survive by meeting basic needs such as food, shelter, medical care, and more. You can help these organizations help people in need by sending a donation this holiday season.

    Help refugees and immigrants: HIAS Pennsylvania and Nationalities Service Center

    Help seniors, children, and families experiencing food insufficiency: Philabundance

    Help people experiencing homelessness get meals, health care, housing, and other services: Broad Street Ministry and Project Home

    Help prevent evictions: Community Legal Services and Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network

    Help provide quality health care to the poorest people around the world: Partners in Health. Help provide food to disaster victims and helpers: World Central Kitchen

    Help provide clean water, shelter, and health care to refugees and displaced people: International Rescue Committee 


  • 02 Dec 2021 3:20 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    George R. Brodie Jr., 80, died peacefully at his home in Eagles Mere, Pa., on Fri., Nov. 12, 2021, after valiantly fighting a lengthy and debilitating illness. Son of the late George Rogers Brodie and Frances Peter Brodie, he was born Nov. 21, 1940, and raised in Penn Valley, Montgomery Co., Pa. George attended Episcopal Academy and settled in center city Philadelphia in his 20s where he still maintains a home.

    He was a contractor and real estate developer who purchased and renovated many properties in Philadelphia, including his current residence. As a master woodworker, George built his two residences himself as well as many pieces of furniture. Most notably, he built the house in Eagles Mere from lumber milled from trees on the property.

    George and his wife of 35 years, Nancy Stricker Brodie, traveled widely and especially enjoyed visiting opera houses throughout the world. George loved music and was a regular subscriber to performances at New York City’s fabled Metropolitan Opera House and the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. He and his wife were also regular supporters of Broadway musicals. In his younger days he belonged to the Savoy Company of Philadelphia, performing Gilbert and Sullivan operas in Philadelphia and at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa.

    He was an avid reader, especially of history, and savored visiting historic sites and museums. George was active in the Center City Residents' Association, for which he served a two-year term as president.  Through George’s leadership, CCRA initiated the sidewalk cleaning program which has benefitted our neighborhood for more than twenty years.

    His welcoming smile was familiar to residents in his center-city neighborhood where he was well known to enthusiastically greet and speak with people on the street.

    George was a member of the Racquet Club of Philadelphia and the St Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia. He was also a member of the Eagles Mere Association.

    George and Nancy very generously gave their numerous nieces and nephews many years of memorable experiences, entertaining them in their homes and arranging trips for them in the states and overseas. They also hosted them at many operas and musicals.

    In addition to his wife, George is survived by a brother, Frederick Peter Brodie and his wife Sally of Radnor and Eagles Mere, and two sisters, Barbara Frances Brodie and her husband William Riggar of Philadelphia and Sarah Hunter Brodie of Tucson, Ariz., as well as a number of nieces, nephews, and other family members.

    A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

    Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Homer Funeral Home, 206 Water St., Dushore, PA 18614.

    To send condolences or sign the e-guestbook, please go  to homerfuneralhome.com.

    To plant Memorial Trees in memory of George R. Brodie Jr., please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

    Memorial Donation

  • 02 Dec 2021 2:35 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The all-new VISIT PHILADELPHIA® Holiday Parade will take place on Saturday, Dec. 4th. The parade will kick off at 5:00 p.m. at 2nd & Market Sts. and will proceed up Market St., ending at City Hall.

    The following streets will be closed from 4 p.m. to the conclusion of the parade on Saturday, December 4:      

    • Market St. from Front St. to City Hall
    • Numbered streets between Chestnut & Race Sts. from 2nd St. to City Hall
    • City Hall area from S. Broad St. to E. Market St.
    • S. Broad St. (eastside) from Chestnut St. to City Hall
    • N. Broad St. from JFK Blvd. to Vine St.
    • JFK Blvd. from Juniper St. to 15th St.

    Parking restrictions will also be in effect in the parade areas.

  • 29 Nov 2021 1:31 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The City of Philadelphia is launching Boost Your Business, a fund for equitable business growth. Businesses owned by people of color face unique barriers in accessing resources and opportunities, which was only worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic. Boost Your Business will provide funding to help diverse entrepreneurs in Philadelphia grow and sustain their businesses.

    10 businesses will be selected to receive a $50,000 investment in the first round, and another 10 will be selected in the second round. Applications for the first round will be available in December 2021.

    Get more information about the Boost Your Business Fund and apply below!

    Boost Your Business Fund


  • 18 Nov 2021 2:33 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Because life is trade-offs, the return of the Philadelphia Marathon brings with it the requisite road closures, too many of which to list here, so for all the details sprint here.


  • 18 Nov 2021 12:01 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Rep. Dwight Evans has extended the deadline to Wednesday, Nov. 24 for students in the 3rd Congressional District to apply for a nomination to one of the nation’s five service academies

    (U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY; the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD; the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY. (The fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT, does not require a congressional nomination for appointment.)). For requirements, click here.

  • 17 Nov 2021 4:13 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Governor Tom Wolf on Wednesday signed seven new bills into law, including one that designates three new holidays in Pennsylvania.

    Wolf signed Senate Bill 248, which establishes Persian Gulf War Veterans Day on March 6, Global War on Terrorism Veterans Day on Oct. 7 and First Responders Day on Sept. 27.

    Additionally, Wolf signed a bill that requires a district attorney to hold an active law license while in office.

    Gov. Wolf Signs 7 New Laws, Establishes 3 New PA Holidays (msn.com)

  • 16 Nov 2021 2:37 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    This holiday season, the heart of the city will once again transform into an authentic, open-air German Christmas Market. The 2021 Christmas Village will bring cherished traditions and new additions to LOVE Park and City Hall.

    The festivities begin after the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 25. They continue through Christmas Eve, December 24. The event is one of the largest and most authentic German Christmas markets in the United States. Admission to Christmas Village is free. Shopping, food, and drink are pay-as-you-go.

    Be sure to check out the Preview Weekend—November 20 to 21, 2021. The Preview runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 20 and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, November 21.

    Learn more about the Christmas Village below!

    Christmas Village 2021



  • 15 Nov 2021 1:17 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The City of Philadelphia has a new tax filing and payment website. Find out how the Philadelphia Tax Center is making life easier for residents and businesses.

    What to expect | Department of Revenue | City of Philadelphia

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