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  • 13 Oct 2020 4:03 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    School District of Philadelphia will begin a phased return to in-person learning at the end of November. Students in kindergarten through second grade will be the first to return to the classroom.


  • 12 Oct 2020 1:52 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    People with disabilities are at a higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19 because of underlying conditions.

    For that reason, it is critical that members of the disability community and their caregivers take all necessary precautions to protect themselves. 

    The Philadelphia Department of Public Health regularly updates its guidance on how to prevent transmission of COVID-19 on the COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions page.

    Prevention Practices

  • 12 Oct 2020 1:13 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Inquirer - A 19-year-old man was shot in his left hand at about 6 a.m. Sunday on the 2300 block of Lombard Street in Center City. He was taken by medics to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and was listed in stable condition.

  • 12 Oct 2020 12:38 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Eastern State Penitentiary’s first-ever night tours have proven so popular that the Fairmount institution is considering keeping them in lieu of Terror Behind the Walls.


  • 12 Oct 2020 12:06 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    With acres of land and fresh outdoor air, pumpkin picking is still a go despite the pandemic. There’s lots of options in the townships surrounding Philadelphia, and many farm fall festivals also feature markets, apple orchards, mazes and hayrides.


  • 10 Oct 2020 1:29 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Pennsylvania reported 1,742 cases of the coronavirus Saturday, the third highest one-day count since the start of the pandemic.

  • 08 Oct 2020 10:46 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Tonight at 7:30pm, fire apparatus sirens will sound throughout the city to indicate the start of the citywide fire drill.  Philadelphians are urged to participate by putting their home escape plans to the test.  Homes should have smoke alarms installed on every level, including the basement.  If you need a smoke alarm, call 311 and the fire department will come install one for free. 

  • 08 Oct 2020 9:29 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Despite the pandemic headwinds plaguing the hospitality industry, the much-anticipated Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia opens in October. Situated at 1620 Chancellor St., the venue features 332 rooms, 22 of which are suites. The development has been five years in the making.


  • 07 Oct 2020 12:24 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

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    As businesses shuttered and illness spread across the country, we saw immigrants lose their jobs, and with that, their security, in a matter of weeks. 97% of the people we serve, primarily restaurant workers, are unemployed and searching for work. In response, we created the Garces Foundation Food Pantry. In partnership with local restaurants, we are providing boxes of food to support our local community. Since March, every week 800 immigrants have received a box of healthy and fresh food. With help from our community partners, team of volunteers, and donors, we have provided 4,739 boxes of food. Your contribution ensures that the Philadelphia region's vulnerable immigrant workers will continue to have enough food in 2020. Please consider supporting this important new program, which provides one week of food to a family in need. Donate by mail to Garces Foundation, 1901 S 9th Street, Suite #205, Philadelphia, 19148 or  


  • 06 Oct 2020 4:39 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    To date, there have been more than 356 homicides and over 1,500 reported shooting victims in Philadelphia in 2020. Approximately 17 percent of shooting incidents (250 shootings) have been classified as fatal, and tragically, the City has now surpassed the 2019 end-of-year total for citywide murders. While many major U.S. cities are seeing similar spikes in gun violence, we maintain that one homicide is one too many, and that gun violence is entirely unacceptable.


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