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  • 08 May 2023 2:45 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    To allow for quicker, more accurate voter check-ins on Election Day, the Philadelphia City Commissioners will use a new electronic poll book system starting with the 2023 Primary on May 16.

    Voters can expect a smoother, faster check-in process at their polling locations. When voters enter their polling location, they’ll notice that poll workers will be working off of tablets instead of paper poll books. These tablets are the new, electronic version of poll books.

    For voters, the sign-in and voting process will be the same as it has been in past elections. Learn more about what to expect on Election Day in Philadelphia below. 

    Electronic Poll Books


  • 04 May 2023 10:47 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Nearly two dozen shops at Philadelphia's historic Reading Terminal Market were forced to close Wednesday due to an electrical issue.

    The Center City market listed the temporarily closed merchants -- which include DiNic's, Famous 4th Cookie Company, O.K. Produce, Sang Kee Peking Duck and Termini Brothers Bakery -- on its website and social media late Wednesday.

    This is the list of the stores forced to close:

    • Butcher’s Pantry
    • By George Pizza, Pasta & Cheesesteaks
    • Contessa’s French Linens
    • DiNic’s
    • Down Home Diner
    • Downtown Cheese
    • Famous 4th Street Cookie Company
    • Kismet Bialys
    • Little Marrakesh Bazaar
    • Little Thai Market
    • Ma Lessie’s Chicken & Waffles
    • Market Bakery
    • Mueller Chocolate Company
    • O.K. Produce
    • Old City Coffee (main)
    • Pearl’s Oyster Bar
    • Profi’s Creperie
    • Really Reel Ginger
    • Sang Kee Peking Duck
    • Sweet Nina’s
    • Tea Leaf
    • Termini Brothers Bakery

    The rest of the market would be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., the market said, while not revealing when the electrical issue would be resolved and the impacted vendors could reopen.

  • 01 May 2023 2:50 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

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    We want to ensure everyone is prepared and ready for Municipal Primary on Tuesday, May 16, 2023. Here are some key steps to take to get ready to vote!

    Remember, the last day to register to vote is Monday, May 1.

    Review the Election Day guide below for more information and resources to make sure your vote counts!

    Election Day Guide


  • 14 Apr 2023 2:51 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    APPLE STUDIOS

     

    Thursday, April 13th, 2023

    Dear Residents and Business Owners,

    Apple Studios will be filming scenes for the upcoming season of the television show, “Catamount” in your neighborhood on Monday the 17th. To support our equipment and production vehicles, streets will be permitted as NO PARKING zones marked by No Parking Signs. We kindly ask that residents move their vehicles prior to our arrival. Any vehicles not moved will be relocated to another street in the neighborhood by the Philadelphia Police Department. Below are the dates and times of the NO PARKING zones for the neighborhood. subject to change, please obey signs when posted if the street is not listed below:

    Sunday, April 16th, 12:00 PM to Monday, April 17th, 11:00 PM

    •          North side of `Spruce St. between 19th and 22nd St.
    •          West side of 20th St between Locust St and Pine St
    •          East side of 21st St between Locust St. and Pine St.
    •          East side of 22nd St, between Spruce St and Pine St
    •          North side of Rittenhouse St. between 21st St. and 20th St. Half block closer to 20th St.
    •          South side of Locust St between 16th St and 17th St
    •          Both sides of Locust St between 17th St and 18th St half block closest to 17th St
    •          West side of 16th St between Locust St and James St
    •          South side of Market St. between 21st St and 18th St.

     

    Resident Displacement Parking will be provided to residents affected by our filming. The displacement parking zone will be located on the North side of Locust Street between 20th Street and 23rd Street. Displacement Parking will take place between Sunday, April 16th, 9 AM and Tuesday, April 18th, 9 AM. Please remember to not block truck turns.

    In addition, our scenes will involve the production crew working with equipment on the street. For safety reasons, this will require us to implement  Intermittent Traffic Control during filming. Please see the information regarding the affected streets and times Above:

    Intermittent Traffic Control:

    •         Spruce Street (at 19th Street) – Monday, April 17th: 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM
    •         20th Street (at Pine Street) - Monday, April 17th: 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM

    • To ensure our shoot is completed safely, and with minimal impact to the neighborhood, our production is working closely with the City of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Police Department, and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office (215.686.2668). In order to safeguard the public as well as our cast and crew we are working under the protocols determined by the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Pennsylvania Department of Health, film industry COVID-19 specialists, and our own Health & Safety Advisory team. All our crew will be tested for COVID-19 prior to filming in your neighborhood. Symptoms will be monitored daily. All crewmembers will be required to wear PPE at all times and maintain social distancing when possible. Our crew will also be relegated to specific work areas while on site.

    If you should have any questions or concerns about our filming, please call, Email, or look for a Location Department representative on set.

     

    We look forward to filming in your neighborhood and thank you in advance for your cooperation and consideration.

    Sincerely,

     

    Apple Studios

    Season 1 Locations Department

    484-402-4873

    Locations.Catamount@gmail.com


  • 11 Apr 2023 3:00 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    With our public partners, we’re working hard at the city’s Office of Children & Families to deliver a rich line-up of free and low-cost programs and locations that are safe and adult-supervised for children, teens and families.

    Register now summer camps, free swim lessonsacademic enrichment and more.

    Below, you’ll find locations, enrollment information and important timelines. Please check this space regularly, as we continue to update residents on more programs and activities. From the toddler who appreciates a good SprayGround to the maturing teenager who needs a summer job, we’ve got you covered with #ItsASummerThing. Enjoy!

    #ItsASummerThing


  • 06 Apr 2023 9:37 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)
    A design called the Portland Loo was selected last fall. The standalone metal structure is used by dozens of other cities,  including Hoboken, Miami, San Antonio, and Vancouver. It's coming next year to NYC.

    Philadelphia installing first public restroom: Portland Loo in Center City (billypenn.com)

  • 04 Apr 2023 3:45 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Join the Office of Domestic Violence Strategies, the Mayor’s Office for the Engagement of Women, and community partners in recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). During SAAM, we lift up awareness and prevention of sexual violence, harassment, and abuse. The roots of SAAM began during the civil rights movement, and ending sexual violence is deeply related to ending other forms of oppression.

    Addressing and preventing sexual violence needs people like you. Read the blog below to learn about local resources and events where you can get involved during SAAM and beyond!

    Sexual Assault Awareness Month


  • 30 Mar 2023 3:07 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)


  • 29 Mar 2023 5:37 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Catch up on last year, off-season moves, new rules, new eats and more.

    Everything You Need to Know for the Phillies 2023 Season (phillymag.com)


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