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  • 24 Jun 2020 3:42 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Mayor Kenney said in a statement today that the city will ask the Art Commission on July 22 to approve the statue's removal "in light of ongoing public safety concerns about the presence of armed individuals at Marconi Plaza [in South Philly] and confrontations between those who support the statue and those opposed to it."

    Individuals will have an opportunity to testify before the Art Commission, and residents can submit their thoughts via an online form that will be open through July 21.

  • 23 Jun 2020 2:37 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    From the Inquirer:  At the University of Pennsylvania, administrators wanted to do something to help rising seniors in Philadelphia’s public high schools close any gap that may have been opened by the coronavirus pandemic.

    Penn is offering a free, four-week virtual summer academy — including college and career preparation and academic enrichment — for up to 2,500 seniors in the city’s district and charter high schools. For students unable to commit to the three hours a day of instruction, Penn also is offering a free “How to Apply to College” course that students can take on their own time and at their own pace during the summer. That is open to all 14,000 public school seniors in Philadelphia.

    Students don’t need to meet any test score or GPA requirements. The $1.15 million cost of the program is being covered by Penn.

  • 23 Jun 2020 12:36 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Philadelphia Zoo will open for members only July 6-8 and will open to the general public starting July 9.

    Reservations are required for ALL GUESTS, including members.

    https://philadelphiazoo.org/reopen/


  • 22 Jun 2020 4:27 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The Parking Authority is, once again, enforcing parking meters citywide.  Enforcement of residential time limits will resume Monday, June 29.

  • 22 Jun 2020 4:01 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    As you likely have heard by now, Philadelphia is looking ahead to the green phase of reopening. COVID-19 daily case counts are falling, residents are wearing masks, and hospitalizations are dropping.
     
    This Friday, we’ll reopen more businesses and restart more activities—still as part of the yellow phase. If our progress continues, we will be ready to carefully enter the green phase in early July.
     
    Even in the green phase, we will still restrict some activities that are allowed by the state, and we’ll have stricter guidance. We don’t want to see a second wave, as many states are now experiencing.
     
    Philly: You didn’t just flatten curve—you suppressed the virus and saved thousands of lives. Thank you for your perseverance. Let's continue our progress.
     
    Yours in service,
    Jim
     
    Jim Kenney
    Mayor of Philadelphia


  • 19 Jun 2020 12:33 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    While the City will move green ahead of Mayor Kenney's July 3 target date, Wolf says Philly residents and businesses will still follow the plan laid out by the city officials. 

    Counties in the green phase will enjoy the return of indoor entertainment and recreation businesses, such as movie theaters, casinos and shopping malls.  Restaurants and bars can reopen indoor dining with a 50% capacity cap.

    Salons and barbershops, gyms, spas, and other personal care services will be allowed to reopen under the green phase.  All health and wellness facilities must operated at 50% capacity. 

    Outdoor gathering size will be limited to 250 people under the green phase. 

  • 18 Jun 2020 4:31 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    City offices and facilities will be closed to the public on Friday, June 19 to observe Juneteenth, which celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. This designation comes from an executive order signed by Mayor Jim Kenney.

    Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, the date when Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas to ensure that enslaved people were freed. The troops arrived two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Lincoln.


    Learn more about Juneteenth in Philadelphia, and be sure to join us tomorrow for some special events commemorating this important moment in American history! 

    Happy Juneteenth!


  • 17 Jun 2020 3:21 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Facebook announced this week that users will be able to disable political and social issue ads amid criticism of its policy that allows politicians like President Donald Trump to post false information.

    The feature, on both Facebook and Instagram, will allow people to turn off “all social issue, electoral or political ads from candidates, Super PACs or other organizations that have the ‘Paid for by’ political disclaimer on them,” according to a blog post by Naomi Gleit, VP of product management and social impact at Facebook.



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