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  • 14 Jul 2020 10:47 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    KYW Newsradio — Philadelphia parents, students and teachers should find out soon what going back to school in a pandemic will look like. The School District of Philadelphia is expected to release its back-to-school plan this week.

  • 13 Jul 2020 3:53 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has updated the recently issued travel guidance for people traveling to or from high-incidence states.

    The Health Department still recommends that people should not travel to any of the states shown in red on the guidance map. For people coming to Philadelphia from any of those states, the Department’s primary guidance is that they should self-quarantine for 14 days.

    If that’s not practical, they should wear a mask at all times around non-household members, including around coworkers, and closely pay attention to their health and monitor for the development of any new onset cough, fever, or other COVID-19 symptoms. If any symptoms occur, they should stay home and seek out testing.

    Travel Guidance Map

  • 13 Jul 2020 3:48 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Children and Families, Reinvestment Fund, Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC), and United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey are conducting a city-wide survey to understand childcare needs as people head back to work and school.

    The survey will be open on the Reinvestment Fund website for the next two weeks, and is available in eight languages. Parents and guardians can participate in the online survey anonymously to share their needs and concerns around care for children ages 0 to 5 in their household. Participants who complete the survey will be entered into a daily drawing for a $100 Visa gift card.


    PHL Childcare Reopen Survey

  • 13 Jul 2020 3:45 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    On June 26, Mayor Jim Kenney and Health Commissioner Dr. Tom Farley signed an executive order requiring people to wear face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Philadelphia.

    In addition to staying at home, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands thoroughly, wearing a mask in public is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others around you from COVID-19.

    Many people are making their own masks for themselves and others with what they have available at home. Click the link below for some tips to make sure you know why, when, and how to properly use a mask. 


  • 13 Jul 2020 12:52 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The City has announced that trash collection has been delay a day.  If your collection is schedule for Monday, it will be picked up on Tuesday. If it's Tuesday, it will be picked up on Wednesday, and etc. 

  • 02 Jul 2020 11:40 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Our neighborhood's beloved Marian Anderson Museum & Historical Society has recently suffered from flooding in the basement of the Museum and is working to repair the damage. In addition, the Historical Society and Museum has been closed due to COVID and yet to receive any support loans or grants to subsidize their ongoing operational costs. Today, we're helping Jillian of the Museum to fundraise the costs incurred over this period, including the cost of the damage to the basement.

    (*Official photograph presented for the new exhibit for the 2020 Season "Marian The Music The Women & The Movement")


  • 02 Jul 2020 11:32 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Petition for Fairmount Sports Association

    As many of you are aware, a considerable and growing encampment of homeless rights advocates have positioned themselves on the Southeast corner of Von Colln Memorial Field, which is the ball field that is bounded by the Parkway to the south, Pennsylvania Avenue to the north, 22nd Street to the East, and Spring Garden Street. This protest grew out of the George Floyd and Black Lives Matter protests that have dominated the national and local discussion for the past five weeks now.

    The issue of persistent homelessness and housing insecurity is one of the most vexing issues confronting this city, and while the Logan Square neighborhood can count itself fortunate and blessed in many regards, we are not strangers to this issue and stand firmly on the side of those who advocate for long-term solutions. We are known to many of the city’s most important advocates on this issue for our active involvement; we’ve made affordable housing a goal of our 2019 neighborhood development plan.

    But the issue of this particular encampment - unannounced, operating entirely outside the City approval process - is of a different order of free expression. And the encampment’s persistence is now a direct challenge to the resumption of one of this neighborhood’s most treasured outdoor resources: T-Ball and Little League and Softball play overseen at Von Colln Memorial Field by our neighbors who run the Fairmount Sports Association (FSA). Over 400 Boys and Girls from 36 zip codes across the city play in FSA’s leagues each year.

    As the City maps its way out of the worst of the COVID-19 lockdown, the City has given its approval for the resumption of these youth-oriented activities. A tentative start date of July 6th has been circled. As anyone from the neighborhood will know, once the ball-playing season at Von Colln Memorial Field commences, the park is thronged each evening and throughout the weekends as a vital outlet for our youth and their families. FSA has been a crucial institution for our neighborhood for over 60 years. Many kids from LSNA member families have participated in these activities.

    It is the judgement of the leaders of the Fairmount Sports Association that play cannot resume side-by-side with this protest encampment. The encampment now fully consumes the fields where the T-Ball activities are concentrated; tents now spill over on to the main playing fields closer to Pennsylvania Ave.

    The board of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association supports the FSA in this conclusion. The intention of this petition is to insist that City authorities undertake to move the encampment from its present location so that youth activities at Von Colln Memorial Field can resume.

    To sign this petition is not to be oppositional to the intention of the protesters nor their aims. But if the challenges of COVID-19 were not enough for the City, for this neighborhood, the undersigned are asking for the needed resumption of the organized youth-oriented activity for which this park is known and for the timely and humane conclusion of the ongoing encampment. 

    To Sign the Petition, click HERE.

  • 01 Jul 2020 3:21 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    COVID-19 UPDATE: In Pennsylvania, masks must now be worn whenever anyone leaves home.

    This is essential to stopping the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania.

    More about this requirement:

  • 01 Jul 2020 2:24 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    As childcare centers reopen with care, they must follow Safe Mode guidance from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. COVID-19 is not gone, so we must reopen with care. When we begin the green phase, not all activities can restart right away. As Philadelphia continues to reduce the spread of COVID-19 through social distancing and other precautions, the City’s PHLpreK team has compiled recommended activities and resources for families and childcare providers.

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