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  • 07 Apr 2020 4:53 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    SEPTA is making major changes across all transportation services after a third employee died from the coronavirus. Beginning Thursday, 4/9,  SEPTA will operate on a “life service schedule.”

    The changes include closing 10 Market-Frankford Line stations and eight Broad Street Line and Broad-Ridge Spur stations while also limiting bus and trolley service.

    The station closures include:

    • Market-Frankford Line: Church, Tioga, Somerset, York-Dauphin, 2nd Street, 5th Street, 13th Street, 56th Street, 63rd Street and Millbourne.
    • Broad Street Line/Ridge Spur: Tasker-Morris, Lombard-South, Spring Garden, Fairmount, Susquehanna-Dauphin, Wyoming, Logan and Chinatown.

    SEPTA says all operating buses, subways and trolleys will continue to run on a Saturday schedule and open Regional Rail service will run every two hours.

  • 06 Apr 2020 12:49 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Recycling materials will be collected on an every other week schedule.  Residents should hold their recycling materials for the week of Monday, 4/6 through Saturday, 4/11.  Recycling collection will resume on Monday, 4/13 with every other week collections through 5/15 or further.

  • 03 Apr 2020 1:11 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Dear Members:

    I hope you, your family, and friends are successfully navigating the near lockdown conditions under which we're operating and are remaining healthy.  I am glad to report that no one on staff and the board has notified me that they have coronavirus.  Here's some updates.

    Travis Oliver, our operations manager, has been successfully working remotely.  There was a case of Coronavirus at WeWork, where the office is located; after deep cleaning, card holders do have access to the facility.  But now there's a stay-at-home order in place, we have been managing remotely.

    We are increasing our communications to members, to be a resource in these difficult times.  These include:

    • Useful information about the Coronavirus as well as links to resources to help you cope with the new normal, including open local restaurants and stores
    • Articles/information about how to spend your time, volunteer, or otherwise cope as they become available

    Let Travis know if you have any other ideas.

    Survey Results- a of Saturday, 3/28, we have received 235 responses to our member survey, and none (as far as I know) from any of the other organizations we asked to distribute on our behalf.

    Zoning Committee--The zoning committee did not meet in March; their next scheduled meeting is April 28, 2020.  We are looking into holding a virtual meeting, where public comment is invited.  Luckily, the City is granting RCOs lots of flexibility when it comes to meeting our requirements of public accountability, made easier by their suspension of CDR and ZBA hearings.

    Parkway Development, 23rd and Market-Originally the developer was on the April 7 Civic Design Review agenda; that meeting has been cancelled.   The earliest available meeting is now April 21, 2020.  Both the major development task force and entire board need to vote before the CDR meeting.  

    Annual Meeting - we are currently planning our annual meeting for May.  

    So sorry for the lengthy message, but a fair amount has gone on despite the virus crisis.  I am so happy with the way we have continued to operate and communicate so well in this time. 

    Stay safe, keep in touch, and hope you enjoy some of these jokes.

    Maggie Mund - President


  • 31 Mar 2020 4:28 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Police are investigating a case of vandalism against the owner, Joel Freedman, of the now-closed Hahnemann Hospital.  Someone sprayed "Joel Kills" and "Free Hahnemann" on the home on the near 21st and Locust Streets.

    The graffiti comes after the City had been negotiating with Freedman to try to reopen the the hospital, but they couldn't reach an agreement on how much Freedman would charge the City.

  • 31 Mar 2020 1:00 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia police say there’s been an uptick in vehicle break-ins amid the coronavirus outbreak. According to police, thieves have been targeting cars with water bottles and cleaning supplies left at plain sight.

    a close up of a sign © Provided by CBS Philadelphia

    Police tweeted Tuesday warning residents to not leave anything valuable inside their vehicles.

    “Thieves are targeting common items such as bottled water, cleaning products, and other household items,” police said. “Please do not leave these items or any valuables in your vehicle and always keep your vehicle locked.”


  • 30 Mar 2020 2:49 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Schools and businesses in PA will remain closed until further notice because of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Wolf said today.

    The stay-at-home order is still in effect.  The order only permit residents to leave home for life-sustaining reasons like grocery shopping, picking up prescriptions, tending to a family member or visiting a hospital for emergency care.  You can also take short walks or runs outside for exercise but must adhere to social distancing guidelines. 




  • 30 Mar 2020 11:42 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    One of our members reported that her son was almost robbed. He was accosted by an armed man, in his 40's at 10 a.m. this morning on the East side of Broad Street, at the intersection of Pine Street.

    The man grabbed his arm and repeatedly said, "Give me the cash, give me the cash as he pulled a gun out of his waistband." When he said, "I don't have any," the man said "OK, we're going to Wawa at Broad and Walnut. Walk ahead of me." The son did so, and once at Wawa, began to open the door. The man, seeing an officer inside, tried to pull him away, saying, "You're coming with me." The son entered Wawa, and the man ran off.  He gave a description to the transit officer, who then ran down the street to give a description to the police who were down the block. Homeless men at Wawa were very helpful, pointing in the direction of the robber. They told the son that this was the second attempt at robbery that they had witnessed this morning.

    Be careful! Especially during this difficult time.  Be aware of your surroundings at all times.  Be safe!

  • 28 Mar 2020 3:51 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    All Regional Rail Lines will begin operating a ESSENTIAL SERVICE SCHEDULE. This means, trains will operate every 2 hours.  THIS SCHEDULE WILL OPERATE 7 DAYS A WEEK, EXCEPT ON THE CYNWYD LINE. CYNWYD LINE SERVICE WILL BEGIN MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2020 AND WILL ONLY OPERATE MONDAY-FRIDAY.

    View schedules here

  • 27 Mar 2020 12:17 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The murals and hand-washing stations are now located at the Broad Street Ministry (315 South Broad St.), 839 South St., 2774 Kensington Ave. and the 1700 block of east-bound Vine Street. These visual representations of health and safety will continue to be a reminder for Philadelphians that containing this virus is of utmost importance—especially for those who can't self-quarantine during these trying times. Although these displays are temporary, the lasting effect they will bring is incredibly essential. 

    The artists behind this project include: Philadelphia-area public and gallery artist NDA, Rad Girl Artist of the Year in 2018 Nile Livingston, Cuban-Egyptian portrait painter Symone Salib and Costa Rican artist Dora Cuenca. All four have a vast range of talent and dedicated their skills collectively to make this mission possible. 

  • 24 Mar 2020 10:48 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Originally scheduled for March 25, 2020 at 7 PM, the debate between PA State Sen. Larry Farnese and Challenger Nikil Saval has been postponed because the primary has been pushed back from April 26, 2020 to June 2, 2020. Thanks to those of you who sent in questions; we will save them for consideration when the debate is rescheduled. We will keep you posted.



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