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  • 05 Nov 2021 12:55 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    2021 promises heaps of holiday things to do in Philadelphia and the Countryside. Every must-do holiday list includes a visit to Macy’s for the iconic Christmas Light Show, a seat at the Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker, the purchase of that perfect gift for that perfect someone from Christmas Village in Philadelphia; a walk through the splendid horticultural display on view during A Longwood Christmas at Longwood Gardens; and a view of the Rivers Casino New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront.

    26 Must-See Holiday Attractions in Greater Philadelphia for 2021 — Visit Philadelphia (

  • 03 Nov 2021 8:58 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

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  • 29 Oct 2021 2:50 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    SEPTA and its largest union, Local 234 TWU, have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, avoiding a strike that was slated to start Monday morning. Spokesperson Jamie Horwitz said Friday the union representing 5,000 workers reached a tentative deal for a new two-year labor contract.

    SEPTA, TWU Local 234 Reach Tentative Deal On New 2-Year Contract, Avoiding Strike – CBS Philly (

  • 28 Oct 2021 3:12 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Last week, WHYY hosted TrashTalk -Working toward a clean Philadelphia! The conversation focused on panelists: Meir Rinde, Terrill Haigler, Matthew George, Shari Hersh, and Kyle Lewisdove discussing the work being done in the city to clean streets and reduce illegal dumping.  Learn more here.

    I Love Thy Hood - a program that launched two years ago, distributes bright orange bins to encourage trash collection and discourage littering. 

    Like-minded residents and business owners take up the burden of emptying these cans and their program so far has placed more than 106 cans on blocks around the city and collected over 100,000 pounds of trash. Philadelphia’s sanitation department helps I Love Thy Hood, in that its workers empty many of the orange cans and haul away the collected bags of trash. The city has installed municipal trash receptacles on some streets, but they’re not emptied often enough and regularly overflow.

    The city has experimented with litter-reduction pilots, such as placing colorful trash cans on blocks in two neighborhoods. A pilot program called PhilaCan provides residential bins on certain blocks. But the city has never provided the consistent attention that neighborhoods need.

    Surveillance Cameras remain Philadelphia's best idea to combat Illegal Dumping. To discourage and punish offenders, the Streets Department expanded its use of surveillance cameras at dumping hotspots, he explained. The agency installed 15 new, high-end devices in 2018 and gradually increased the number, first to 50 and then to 100.

    The new cameras, which cost $4,000 each, soon showed their worth. The District Attorney’s office prosecuted 31 dumping cases in 2019, won 10 guilty verdicts or pleas, and resolved seven cases through misdemeanor diversions. Judges ordered defendants to pay almost $8,000 and serve 302 hours of community service. Whatever technology is deployed, it only leads to cleaner streets if it is part of a comprehensive program supported by residents and multiple levels of government,

    Municipal action is needed to purchase and distribute large trash bins with attached lids and wheels.  Switching to a system of standardized trash cans and semi-automated collection trucks will save time (which should mean more pick-ups), prevent more injuries, and reduce mess.

    Neighborhood buy-in is essential and a prerequisite to municipal action. If you would like to get involved with CCRA’s TrashForce, please email

  • 28 Oct 2021 2:35 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    While Facebook will still be the name for the blue-colored social media app, Meta will be the umbrella company that also includes Instagram and WhatsApp.

    Facebook goes Meta: Zuckerberg announces major restructuring (

  • 28 Oct 2021 12:47 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The search was prompted by the June discovery of a human skull at Central High School belonging to a Native American man.

    Philly School District searching for ‘skeletal teaching items’ after skull found at high school (

  • 25 Oct 2021 3:10 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The City of Philadelphia has a bold goal of becoming a Zero Waste City by 2035, aiming for 90% of the city’s waste to be diverted away from the landfill and commercial incinerators.

    Some of the most difficult items to keep out of the landfill are the waste from single-use items or products that are packaged in single-use containers. Food and beverages are common culprits of this take-and-throw habit, from paper coffee cups to polystyrene to-go food boxes – but they don’t have to be! The Philadelphia Health Department has issued new guidance explaining how restaurants and food businesses can safely incorporate reusable to-go containers into their takeout service.

    On August 25th, the Office of Sustainability and Circular Philadelphia co-hosted a webinar describing the new rule change that allows food businesses to lend and take back reusable containers. Local businesses ECHO Systems and Tiffin Indian Cuisine shared their expertise at the event, as well.

    “By changing our own mindset about moving from disposable to reusable and creating a platform that makes it easy for our customers to participate, the impact will be far-reaching and long-lasting,” explained Munish Narula of Tiffin Indian Cuisine on the impact of the PDPH code change. “We applaud the removal of such unnecessary restrictions on use of the containers which only created a barrier for other restaurants and businesses to do the same. This win also encourages us to develop a broader range of sustainable practices in our own business and help others to do the same.”

    Reusable containers can be made of a variety of durable materials including hard plastic, metal, bamboo, or glass. On average, one $5 takeout container can be used over 1000 times, whereas a business might spend $250 on only 875 single-use containers. While many single-use containers display recycling symbols, still 14.5 million tons of plastic packaging was produced in the U.S. in 2020 – and only 14% was actually recycled, according to the EPA.

    The webinar covered the details of acceptable container types, washing and distribution guidelines, and the benefits of offering reusable containers to customers. Here are some key takeaways for restaurant and food business owners:

    • Beginning immediately, all existing food establishments in Philadelphia will be allowed to start offering reusable containers without applying for a variance and incurring fees, and new businesses will be required to check off that they are using reusable containers on their Food Establishment Plan Review.
    • All food establishments will be required to follow specific guidelines on washing, drying, and storage of the reusable containers. The complete guidelines were compiled by Circular Philadelphia and ECHO Systems for the Health Department.

    The Office of Sustainability has updated the Zero Waste Guide for Foodservice Establishments in Philadelphia to reflect the most recent Health Department regulations about reusable containers. The Guide now also includes tools and resources to help business owners learn more and start using these containers as part of their regular takeout or to-go food service. The Zero Waste Guide for Foodservice Establishments was created by Elizabeth Main of the Fels Institute of Government in 2019.

     Download the Zero Waste Guide for Foodservice Establishments

  • 25 Oct 2021 2:57 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    We want to ensure everyone is prepared and ready for Election Day on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. Below are some key steps to take to get ready to vote!

    Get more information below!

    November 2nd Election Guide

  • 25 Oct 2021 2:32 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    October is National Disability Awareness Month and the theme for this year—through the US Department of Labor—is inclusion. We at the Mayor’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are making an intentional effort to elevate important issues through personal connections. .

    Last month, Amy Nieves, Executive Director of the Office for People with Disabilities,  wrote a post about highlighting her personal story in recognition of  National Recovery Month. These stories represent ways we can use personal experience to showcase our advocacy, as we work towards building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse Philadelphia.

    If you or someone you know is struggling with navigating inclusion as a person with a disability, we encourage you to explore resources through the City’s  Office of People with Disabilities.

    Learn more below.

    National Disability Awareness Month

  • 21 Oct 2021 4:26 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Headquartered right in our neighborhood- at Peirce College—Beyond Literacy (BeLit) is gearing up to compete in this year’s Philanthropitch Philadelphia.

    BeLit’s mission is to expand opportunities and improve lives by unleashing the power of literacy through free, high-quality education. They help adult students get their GED (high school equivalency); they help immigrants learn English as a Second Language. They place adult learners in Community College level learning environments.   All programs are through grants, volunteers, supporters and sponsors. Want to help them win the most prestigious Philanthropy prize in Philadelphia?  

    Philanthropitch Philadelphia is like Shark Tank for nonprofits except that YOU unlock the majority of the dollars to support BeLit. 

    BeLit is one of five nonprofit finalists to pitch an innovative new program to a panel of esteemed judges on October 28.  To support BeLit: 

    #1) VIEW & VOTE: It’s the best and most impactful $25 you’ve ever spent! 

    Each vote costs $25 and 100% goes directly to BeLit.  

    Watch the online pitch and vote during the public voting period: 10/20-10/26. 

    Here’s the link: 

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