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  • 25 Jan 2021 1:34 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The City is requesting feedback on the design for public space and traffic safety improvements at Broad, Germantown, and Erie. The plans are based on previous phases of community input conducted in 2020.  

    The design incorporates input received through print, in-person, and digital methods from 781 residents, workers, shoppers, and SEPTA riders. View results of community engagement.   Learn more about the design ideas and submit your feedback through the links below!

    Broad, Germantown & Eerie Design Feedback

  • 25 Jan 2021 1:33 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The Philadelphia COVID-19 Restaurant and Gym Relief Program (RGRP) is designed to provide financial relief to small businesses located in Philadelphia that have been among the most adversely affected by the latest round of pandemic-related restrictions enacted in November 2020.

    Eligible businesses are limited to restaurants with indoor dining, gyms, and businesses whose primary activity is indoor exercise. Grant awards are estimated to be up to $15,000 per business.

    Learn more and start applying on January 27 below!

    Restaurant and Gym Relief Program
  • 25 Jan 2021 10:48 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)


    Please make sure you register so the city will invite you to vaccinate and let you know about vaccination sites. If you've registered already with COVIDReadi, this site does not share information with the city. So sign up for the city registration also!



    Vaccination Websites



     Pennsylvania soon plans to utilize an online portal where individuals can sign up for a timeslot to receive the vaccine at a vaccine provider. This will ensure Pennsylvanians can safely receive the vaccine without lines or people congregating in locations during the pandemic.

  • 25 Jan 2021 10:34 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    A top CBS television executive allegedly disparaged Ukee Washington, CBS3′s Eyewitness News co-anchor, as “just a jive guy,” the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday in an article about “a hostile work environment” at CBS3 and other local network-owned stations around the country.

    Report alleges racism, hostile work environment at CBS3 (inquirer.com)

  • 22 Jan 2021 5:03 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    EPGN:  LGBTQ health organizations in Philadelphia have begun to vaccinate staff for COVID-19 and are eager to expand their reach. The Mazzoni Center, whose staff serves 7,600 patients, has inoculated close to 100 employees after receiving their first batch of vaccines, and they anticipate receiving another large shipment by Tuesday of this week. 

    “We are using a phased approach to prioritize order of vaccinations per city guidelines,” said Larry Benjamin, Director of Communications at Mazzoni Center. “Phase 1 eligible staff includes the staff and management of Prevention, Care Services and the Health Center because they have direct patient/client contact. Phase 2 eligible staff include staff who do not have direct patient/client interaction and/or who work remotely. Phase 3 will be for Mazzoni Center patients. We have already started vaccinating patients who are health care providers and will continue to do so.”

    Statewide, the Wolf Administration recently expanded eligibility for the vaccine, including for people living with HIV. The Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, along with the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, LGBT Center of Central Pennsylvania, Philadelphia FIGHT, The SERO Project, and the William Way LGBT Community Center sent the letter to Dr. Levine and the Wolf Administration in Harrisburg asking for those living with HIV to be included in the initial vaccinations. 

  • 22 Jan 2021 4:52 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)
    Trinity Memorial Church at 22nd and Spruce street is distributing two bags of groceries per household to anyone who is having food insecurities. No questions asked. You must reserve in advance. If you are unable to pick up due to a disability or illness, we can try to deliver. Groceries are distributed in the afternoon on the second and fourth Tuesdays.

    Volunteers needed: We need volunteers with large vehicles to drive and load the groceries from our partner in the Northeast and about 6 to 8 volunteers to unload and sort the groceries and drive groceries to disabled people. The amount of food varies each week.

    Bags and other items needed: We need strong double paper grocery bags (or strong fabric bags) and smaller bags for sorting fruit as well as socks and notes that say “You Matter.”

    Financial donations needed: You can donate funds to our main provider of groceries: www.caringforfriends.com

  • 22 Jan 2021 4:28 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    There is a great deal of uncertainty about the vaccination rollout, which leads to stress, and sometimes desperation, says NBC News health editor Madelyn Fernstrom. Scammers are taking advantage, offering “shortcuts” and preying on people’s fears.

    5 Covid-19 vaccine scams to watch out for (nbcnews.com)

  • 22 Jan 2021 4:03 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The City of Philadelphia has launched a registry site for the coronavirus vaccination. This is a critical resource that will assist with better planning and coordination efforts during this public health crisis. 

    Please visit the site and make sure you register today! https://covid-vaccine-interest.phila.gov

    Additional Covid-19 related information is also available for the region. We are all in this together! So, please continue to follow the recommendations of public health officials and help slow the spread.

  • 21 Jan 2021 2:05 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The Rittenhouse home of Pennsylvania Banking and Securities Secretary Richard Vague, a prominent Philadelphia venture capital investor, was visited by federal agents Thursday morning over a cyberstalking case involving his 20-year-old stepson.

    Richard Vague’s stepson arrested in cyberstalking FBI investigation - WHYY

  • 21 Jan 2021 1:19 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has reopened applications for eligible businesses. Businesses that did not receive a PPP loan last year (“First Draw” businesses) are eligible to apply if they have 0-500 employees. Businesses that received a PPP loan last year and are seeking another PPP loan (“Second Draw” businesses) are eligible to apply if they have 0-300 employees. Sole proprietors may be eligible to apply. Existing borrowers who did not receive loan forgiveness by December 27, 2020 are eligible to reapply for a First Draw PPP loan if they previously returned some or all of their First Draw PPP funds.

    What Business Owners Need to Know about the Latest Round of PPP | Department of Commerce | City of Philadelphia

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