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News Blog

  • 03 May 2021 1:42 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Restaurants and food businesses are coming out of the pandemic with yet another crisis: How to find workers. Some have gotten creative. Care for some Crabfries?


  • 03 May 2021 10:37 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    For a year, Center City has recorded alarmingly low rates of visitors and office workers. As vaccinations have become readily available and the weather has warmed up, people are coming back.


  • 03 May 2021 10:28 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Wednesday, May 5, 6pm

    Urgent Zoom scheduled with City Leaders to discuss the impact of the ever-increasing presence of ATVs, dirt bikes, slingshots and motorcycles of all sizes racing on our streets.

    At our Multi-Community Town Hall, sponsored by QVNA, we invite neighbors to ask questions of and hear answers from:
    * Councilmembers
    * Office of the Managing Director of Philadelphia
    * Philadelphia Police
    * The District Attorney’s Office
    * The Streets Department
    * The Department of Commerce 

    Click here to register

  • 29 Apr 2021 1:04 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    In response to the number of new COVID-19 cases beginning to fall in Philadelphian and the region, the Health Department announced a series of changes to the City’s Safer-at-Home restrictions.

    Beginning Friday, May 7, 2021, the following changes will go into effect:

    • For indoor dining
      • Capacity will be increased from 25%, or 50% if restaurants meet enhanced ventilation standards, to 50%, or 75% if restaurants meet enhanced ventilation standards.
      • Maximum table size will be increased from four to six, and there is no longer a requirement that everyone at the table be from the same household.
    • For outdoor dining
      • Maximum table size will be increased to 10, which is the state limit.
    • For indoor catered events
      • Important to remember that events like indoor weddings are the highest risk.
      • For the first time in more than a year, the City will allow indoor catered social events up to 25% occupancy of space with a cap of 75 persons total.
        • If case rates continue to fall, the City may increase that cap to 150 beginning  May 21.
    • Other gatherings and events
      • Indoor gatherings and events will be able to increase their maximum capacity to 25% of normal capacity and outdoor gatherings and events will be able to increase maximum capacity to 50%.

    In all of these situations, the Health Commissioner made a strong recommendation that anyone participating in these higher-risk and higher-density events should be vaccinated first.

  • 27 Apr 2021 3:03 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    People who are fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus don’t need to wear masks when walking, hiking, biking, running alone or gathering in small groups outside, federal health officials said, taking a major step to ease pandemic restrictions while encouraging more people to get shots.

    CDC Eases Mask Guidelines for Vaccinated People Outdoors (msn.com)

  • 26 Apr 2021 3:18 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Each year Philadelphia Parks & Recreation hires hundreds of lifeguards. One of the best-paying summer jobs around, Parks & Rec lifeguards earn up to $16.97 per hour, with starting pay set at $14.74 per hour.

    We help candidates train and prepare for the required Red Cross lifeguard certification. Red Cross certification is:

    • Required for most lifeguarding jobs.
    • Valid for two years. Candidates must be recertified after two years.

    Lifeguard certification is free for applicants ages 16-24 who commit to working at a City pool. The Red Cross lifeguard certification fee is $110 for all other candidates. 

    Learn more and apply below. 

    Become a Lifeguard

  • 23 Apr 2021 11:17 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Soon you’ll be able to walk on water at the southern edge of the Schuylkill River, thanks to a giant, lime green pathway curving out from land near Bartram’s Garden.

    FloatLab Philadelphia: Schuylkill River to get giant new circular deck - On top of Philly news (billypenn.com)

  • 22 Apr 2021 10:32 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Philly wildlife is not limited to pigeons, sparrows and rats! More than 325 species of birds have been recorded in Philadelphia. Numerous butterflies including monarchs live and breed here, as well as snakes, frogs, dragonflies, foxes, bats, and much more including plants and fungi. The City Nature Challenge gives us a way to explore and document the biodiversity in the city we call home. This, in turn, is useful for science and conservation.

    Between April 30 and May 3, 2021, Philadelphia and its adjacent counties will join over 200 other cities in the world to find plants and animals in their regions. To participate, download the iNaturalist app (or visit the website) and start documenting wildlife. You can also visit the project page to see the latest observations as they come in.

    Knowing what species are in our city and where they are helps us study and protect them, but the ONLY way to do that is by all of us – scientists, land managers, and the community – working together to find and document the nature in our area. By participating in the City Nature Challenge, not only do you learn more about your local nature, but you can also make your city a better place – for you and other species.
  • 22 Apr 2021 9:30 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Over the past year and especially in the election last November, we were reminded of just how much our voices and our votes matter. Now is not the time to sit back. Now more than ever we need to make sure that our elected leaders know we are paying attention and we will make our votes count!  

    The Voter Registration Deadline in Pennsylvania is Monday, May 3 for the May Primary Election. Are you and everyone you know registered to vote at their current address?

    When we vote, we elect leaders who make decisions on issues that affect our lives. In Pennsylvania, you must be registered by Monday, May 3 to have your voice heard in the May 18 primary election for local and state candidates. We will be voting for candidates for District Attorney of Philadelphia, Judges in the Municipal and State courts, and other important local offices.


    • MONDAY, MAY 3:  Deadline to register to vote in the May 18 Primary Election. Print this poster for your shelter or program.

    • TUESDAY, MAY 11:  Deadline to apply for a mail-in or absentee ballot.  Do not wait – apply today to make sure you vote in time! Apply online at votesPA.com or call 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772).

    • TUESDAY, MAY 18:  Election day! Deadline to return your voted ballot. For more information about how to vote, go to projecthome.org/vote. 

    Use and share this easy link to register or change your address: www.projecthome.org/register

    Additional Election Info for Pennsylvania Voters

    Not sure if you are registered?

    • Check hereYou can also see your polling place here!

    Already applied for a mail-in ballot, and wondering where it is?

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