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  • 15 Jul 2021 3:49 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The Craft Concepts Group beer garden has signed a long-term lease in Penn Center at 1500 JFK Blvd., across from LOVE Park and nearby City Hall.


  • 15 Jul 2021 3:32 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    New guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested it’s safe for fully vaccinated students and teachers to go without masks indoors. However, School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William Hite said the district will keep its mask requirement, based on the CDC’s recommendation that students be kept at least three feet apart and that unvaccinated people keep wearing masks.

    Masks Will Be Required for Philadelphia Public School Students in the Fall – NBC10 Philadelphia (nbcphiladelphia.com)

  • 14 Jul 2021 4:33 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    It doesn’t take much searching to find a solid hoagie in Philly: corner stores, buzzy bars and standby delis have been serving the goods for generations. At hoagie shops throughout the area, options range from classic Italian hoagies on seeded rolls to vegan-friendly hoagies on baked-that-day bread. Here’s a list of some of our favorite hoagies in Philadelphia:


  • 14 Jul 2021 2:33 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    trash and recycling cans out curbside for pick up

    A recent TIME magazine article pointed out what has been obvious in Philadelphia — we, like nearly every major city in America, have a trash problem. Similar sanitation  challenges experienced by neighboring municipalities, such as Cherry Hill, Collingswood and others, were recently highlighted in The Philadelphia Inquirer and 6abc. The Streets Department has gone on record explaining the pitfalls of a 30 percent increase in tonnage curbside, a workforce afflicted and impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, efforts to resolve staffing shortages and more. While some consider these excuses, and we understand their perspective, we know that countless Americans face delays in collections, suspension of services and that transitioning to a normal sense of life is challenging because many struggles brought about by the pandemic still remain prevalent.

    We understand the frustration of not knowing which day your materials will be collected and how it makes one feel slighted, forgotten, and vulnerable. We also get that not knowing leaves one to feel as if there’s just one more thing out of their control. It isn’t lost on us that our messages to “set trash out and expect delays” is vague and doesn’t answer the seemingly simple question of “When are you coming to get this trash?”

    Since the start of the pandemic, much has been done to address the challenges. We’ve added 120 temporary laborer positions to help capture the additional tonnage brought on by more people working and learning from home. We are further proud to say many of these laborers have transitioned over to full-time employees, and we are processing and training new hires weekly to fill existing vacancies. During our greatest incidents of delays, we’ve brought in staff from other agencies and interdepartmentally to assist with collections.  We are forever grateful for the willingness of city employees to help  and the collaboration of Department and Union leadership across agencies for the support of the all-hands-on-deck effort.

    Like many industries today, the Streets Department is also challenged with retaining staff while filling vacant positions as quickly as they open. Municipalities across the country have been forced to cancel certain sanitation services such as bulk collections and have suspended recycling programs and street sweeping altogether. In Philadelphia, we have worked hard to keep these services available to residents despite our challenges, and unfortunately this has contributed to delays.

    This doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten about residents or the impacts of trash sitting at the curb beyond the normal collection day. We too are concerned about our employees working six to seven days straight without a break. We too worry about the conditions of our roadways when we can’t remediate illegal dumping spots as quickly as we’d hope and what our neighborhoods look like when there are increased incidents of litter strewn along curb lines.

    Through all of this, we are here to reassure you that you are not forgotten and we take our jobs serving the public very seriously. Our mission to provide clean, green, and safe streets has not changed. As we work through the challenges, we will:

    As always, we thank residents for being kind to our crews and for their patience as we work through the delays and get us back to a normal collection schedule.

  • 12 Jul 2021 1:18 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jennifer Berrier today reminded Pennsylvanians receiving unemployment benefits that work search requirements will resume the week of July 11. Because claimants always file for benefits the week after they are unemployed, individuals will start certifying they looked for work beginning July 18.

    Reminder: Work Search Requirements Resume Next Week (pa.gov)

  • 12 Jul 2021 1:13 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    As City buildings begin to reopen, more services are being offered in-person and without an appointment. During the pandemic, numerous City departments required residents to make appointments in advance for in-person services. Some departments will still require appointments, but others will now also accommodate walk-ins.

    Service directory: get in touch! | Department of Human Services | City of Philadelphia

  • 07 Jul 2021 4:39 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The Benjamin Franklin Parkway is having a moment. As residents and visitors return to Center City, there is something for everyone to enjoy on the Parkway this summer.


  • 07 Jul 2021 4:37 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    As the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages fully vaccinated individuals to resume pre-pandemic activities, the City of Philadelphia has fully rolled back its Safer-at-Home rules.


  • 07 Jul 2021 4:35 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    With the summer temperatures expected to climb into the high 90s today and with the humidity pushing the heat index to 100 ​degrees or higher, the Wolf Administration is encouraging all Pennsylvanians to protect themselves and loved ones, including pets, from the heat.


  • 30 Jun 2021 4:47 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    House Bill 1024 acts on recommendations made by the Department of Health to revise the Medical Marijuana Act, which was signed into law in 2016. Specifically, it protects patient safety standards and product quality of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program while empowering the Medical Marijuana Advisory Board to continue to consider new medical conditions for eligibility. It will also retain certain flexibilities enacted under the state’s COVID-19 disaster declaration that patients and dispensaries found convenient.


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