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  • 06 Jan 2022 10:34 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Philadelphia City Institute library, 1905 Locust, is a drop-off location for the Bebashi Transition to Hope and Sunday Love Project Food Drive. The library will be collecting high-priority food and personal care items (see the list below) in January. Drop off items Mondays through Thursdays, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • 05 Jan 2022 8:55 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Updated Visitor Policies

    Proof of full vaccination is now required to dine indoors and for all museum visitors (age 5+) beginning Jan 24

    To ensure the safety of our visitors and staff, they have recently updated our COVID safety protocols. As of January 3, they are requiring proof of vaccination to visit our dining establishments.

    Beginning January 24, they will require all visitors (age 5 and older) to show proof of full vaccination to visit the museum. Visitors 18 and older must also show a valid ID.

  • 04 Jan 2022 1:52 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    • First things first: The first line of defense should always be shoveling sidewalks and pathways to keep them clear and prevent ice from forming. Salt and deicers are not effective when more than 3 inches of snow have accumulated.
    • Consider the temp: Salt and calcium magnesium acetate (CMA) are much more effective at melting snow and ice at temperatures above 25 degrees.
    • Get a grip: Reduce salt and other chemicals by adding sand for traction.
    • Work smarter: If you have to use them, focus your application of deicing products on high-traffic areas and slopes where traction is critical. By using the least amount necessary to get the job done, you save money and will minimize damage to paved surfaces, vehicles and plants. 
    • Have pets? You should look for pet-safe deicers that are less harmful to paws or consider using reduced amounts of traditional road salts. Wipe your friend's paws after a walk on salted areas, and keep these products out of reach of pets and children.
    • Protect the source: Keep salt-laden snow piles at least 100 feet from creeks and floodplains, and never shovel snow over a storm drain inlet.
    • Consider the Alternative: Many safer alternatives to road salt can be found at local hardware stores. Check the labels for products containing potassium chloride, calcium chloride, and magnesium chloride, corn processing byproducts, and calcium magnesium acetate (CMA). These alternatives can be spread in a dry form or sprayed as a liquid and work best when used with salt. Together, they work more efficiently so you can use less.

    Remember: you can still effectively control ice and keep surfaces safe even with reduced usage of traditional road salt! Check out this post from Penn State to learn more about watershed-friendly deicing. 

  • 03 Jan 2022 12:55 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The mandate, which was announced back in December in response to a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in Philadelphia, includes a two week grace period where establishments may choose to accept a negative test from the last 24 hours in lieu of proof of vaccination.

    Philadelphia vaccine mandate: Proof of vaccination now required at indoor dining establishments (

  • 21 Dec 2021 9:23 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Wawa has shut down another Philadelphia location for good. The store at 13th and Chestnut Streets closed Monday.

    The company says operational challenges along with other factors led to the decision to close the store.

  • 13 Dec 2021 1:11 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    City officials announced on Monday that bars and restaurants that have indoor dining must ask patrons for proof of vaccination before entering the establishment.  This will be in effect on January 3

    Philly to Require Vaccine to Eat or Drink Inside Restaurants, Bars – NBC10 Philadelphia (

  • 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)

    Granny Peace Brigade Philadelphia  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 For more information, please visit: during-the-holidays 

    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

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

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  • 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.

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