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News and Updates

  • 27 Jul 2020 9:55 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Philadelphia City Institute Library on Rittenhouse Square will accept returns of library materials in lobby on the following days and times:

    • Monday July 27, 10 am - 4 pm
    • Tuesday July 28, 10 am - 4 pm
    • Wednesday July 29, 10 am - 4 pm
    • Friday July 31, 10 am - 4 pm
    Please wear a mask or face covering when returning library materials. Please allow at least 5 days for your items to be checked in once you have returned them.
  • 25 Jul 2020 4:45 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    City officials say recycling pickup on will be suspended on Monday and Tuesday of next week as sanitation workers continue to manage the overflow of trash that has accumulated across the city.

    The Streets Department on Saturday said residents should put their garbage curbside on their normal pickup dates, but withhold recycling until the following week for Monday and Tuesday collections. The department will return to a normal recycling schedule on Wednesday, July 29th.

  • 23 Jul 2020 11:33 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Non-binary now gender option on Pennsylvania driver’s licenses, ID cards

    Non-binary will now be a gender option on Pennsylvania driver’s licenses and ID cards, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation announced Thursday.

    “In keeping with its dedicated efforts to provide commonwealth citizens with fair and equitable services, PennDOT announced today that it now offers a non-binary gender designation option for its driver licenses and photo identification cards,” a news release said.

    Gender designation options on Pennsylvania drivers licenses and photo ID cards will now be “M” (male), “F” (female) or “X” (non-binary).

  • 22 Jul 2020 1:54 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    VoteSafe Pennsylvania has launched a statewide bipartisan campaign that aims to ensure every Pennsylvania voter has access to safe voting options for the November election.

    As covid-19 threatens to disrupt traditional voting procedures, VoteSafe Pennsylvania is advocating for secure mail-in ballots and safe in-person voting sites. The group is also educating voters about what voting options are available to them, as this year marks the first time all Pennsylvania voters can vote via mail-in ballot.

  • 22 Jul 2020 10:19 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    These actions requiring officers to undergo pre-employment background checks and mental health evaluations are just a start toward a fairer and better system for everyone.

  • 21 Jul 2020 2:05 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    As the City Reopens with Care, organizations and sites across the city still need volunteers to do things like:

    If you are able to volunteer, please take a look at the opportunities available through the Mayor's Volunteer Corps portal and sign up!

    If you aren't able to volunteer at this time, please help us spread the word!
    Visit e Mayor's Volunteer Corps portal to search and sign up for volunteer opportunities

    If you are interested in volunteering and feel safer at home, there are virtual volunteer opportunities like:

    Search virtual volunteer opportunities

  • 20 Jul 2020 2:55 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

     There is a scheduled protest for tomorrow, Tuesday, July 21 from 8pm-10pm in the Square.  The number of participants is very low as of now, but that could change.  A police presence will be there regardless.  Please be safe.

  • 20 Jul 2020 2:26 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Mayor Jim Kenney and other City officials today provided an update on the City’s Pathways to Reform, Transformation and Reconciliation. The effort is supported by a Steering Committee of diverse civic, business, and faith leaders. The committee was created last month to help the City enact a meaningful agenda for reform, reimagine public safety, and advance racial justice. 

    The Steering Committee’s role is to advise, inform, connect, and work to eliminate race-based disparities in Philadelphia communities and promote racial and social justice across institutions.

    The committee is staffed by senior City staff, who support the planning and implementation of reform, transformation and reconciliation strategies developed by the Steering Committee. The City’s internal work group that supports the committee is co-chaired by Deputy Mayor Cynthia Figueroa, City Solicitor Marcel Pratt, and Acting Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Nefertiri Sickout. 

    The Steering Committee’s short- and long-term objectives will be released next month. Members of the public can sign up to receive updates from the Steering Committee. For more information about the City’s reform, transformation, and reconciliation work, visit the webpage below!

    Pathways to Reform

  • 20 Jul 2020 2:24 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Due to an expected high heat index, the Health Department had declared a Heat Health Emergency today, Monday, July 20th. 

    Residents should take special care to avoid the heat and get into air conditioning. The City has also activated the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging's Heatline, a free service that can connect residents to Health Department nurses who can help assess situations and offer recommendations on the best way to stay safe.
    Because some folks will have difficulty with reaching air conditioning, the City will be opening sites where Philadelphians can cool off safely. They include libraries, schools, SEPTA buses, and spraygrounds throughout this city. 

    Learn more below and please check on your neighbors and loved ones!

    Heat Emergency Guidance

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