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News Blog

  • 12 Apr 2021 1:12 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    PHILADELPHIA - The Pennsylvania State Police have issued an Amber Alert as they seek to locate a missing 2-year-old boy from Philadelphia. 

    Byron McDonald, 2, was last seen on April 9 at approximately 1:30 p.m. in the area of 2500 North Bancroft Street.

    Byron is reportedly 2 feet 2 inches tall, weighs approximately 30 pounds, and it is unknown what clothing he was in. 

    Police say Byron was reportedly abducted by Byron McDonald II. He is a 28-year-old Black man and is approximately 6 feet 1 inches tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds. 

    McDonald is believed to be driving a 2017 red Chevy Malibu with dark tinted windows and a Pennsylvania registration of LMD 3353. 

  • 12 Apr 2021 12:50 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The Free Library's new pilot project allows you to bring a plant cutting and take a plant cutting, so you can share and grow your plant collection for free.

    The Free Library of Philadelphia is opening a free plant cutting swap station. Here's how it works. (inquirer.com)

  • 12 Apr 2021 10:20 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    For the first time in 10 years the Delaware River Toll Commission raised prices on eight of their bridges Sunday, including the Trenton-Mooresville Route 1 bridge, New Hope-Lamberville Route 202 bridge, and I-78 bridge.


  • 09 Apr 2021 11:43 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    It’s no secret (or surprise) that Philadelphia offers a wealth of authentic and top-notch experiences.

    And with so many museums, attractions, parks, markets and more in this vibrant city and region, it’s challenging to know where to begin.


  • 09 Apr 2021 11:31 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The City of Philadelphia has partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to open the Esperanza Community Vaccination Center, located at Esperanza in the Hunting Park neighborhood.


  • 09 Apr 2021 11:28 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Amazon is opening its first grocery stores on the East Coast, the company confirmed Thursday, in the latest sign of its efforts to upend traditional supermarkets.


  • 09 Apr 2021 11:25 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The U.S. Attorney's office, along with the local FBI office, in Philadelphia held a joint press conference with Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw on Thursday to announce a partnership to lower the city's out-of-control shootings


  • 09 Apr 2021 10:51 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Atlanta’s tragic shootings on March 16, 2021 broke the hearts and minds of the Asian and Asian American community across the United States. After generations of marginalization and invisibility, and especially after a full year of being targets of racist taunting, rhetoric, hate, and violence, the community’s tolerance came to a halt. 


  • 08 Apr 2021 1:46 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Now that all of our K-2 families have had the opportunity to opt into hybrid learning, we are excited to announce the next phase of our plan to slowly and safely welcome more students back to school buildings for in-person learning. For Phase II, families of students in the following two groups will be able to choose between the hybrid learning model and the 100% digital learning model -- whatever works best given the needs of your child and family:

    • all students in grades 3-5, and
    • students with complex needs in grades 6-8 only.  

    The Phase II Learning Model Selection Survey will open on Tuesday, April 6th, and close on Tuesday, April 13th. Hybrid learning students in this phase will attend school in person two days per week and engage in digital learning three days each week, beginning the week of Monday, April 26, 2021. Staff supporting Phase II students will return to school buildings on Monday, April 12th, to engage in professional development and prepare their classrooms for their students’ return. 

  • 08 Apr 2021 11:01 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The Philadelphia area is uniquely qualified to pilot the Civilian Climate Corps (CCC), a central feature of Biden’s proposed $2 trillion infrastructure and jobs plan, according to ­­­­a spokesperson from the William Penn Foundation.  If the acronym CCC sounds familiar, it is because it evokes the Civilian Conservation Corps, the most popular program of F.D.R.’s New Deal. Unlike the original CCC, though, the Civilian Climate Corps would train and employ a diverse workforce in climate-focused projects in urban, suburban as well as rural areas. 

    The Philadelphia region offers the three elements vital to jumpstarting CCC’s goal of green job creation. First, it has a diverse array of landscapes including parks, watershed, farmland and urban green spaces. Second, healthy public-private partnerships are already at work restoring these public lands. Finally, CCC could built upon and expand existing model jobs training programs in Philadelphia and Camden. Read more about this unique opportunity for Philadelphia in this recent Inquirer op-ed piece.

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