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  • 30 Apr 2020 3:55 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Violations of orders put in place to combat the spread of the covid-19 now carry fines up to $2,000 businesses and $600 for individuals.

    Enforcement officers also have the discretion to issue Code Violation Notices (CNVs) to allow payment of lesser amounts for violations of the order to avoid being taken to court. 

  • 29 Apr 2020 9:46 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    As the rate of new cases of the coronavirus in Philadelphia continues to decline, albeit slowly, the city will begin winding down the operation of the temporary hospital space at Temple University’s Liacouras Center.

    It was another sign of improvement after the city avoided a catastrophic surge of cases — and it was also a sign of the caution officials are using as they move forward: As the virus still circulates, the city will keep equipment at the center in case of an unexpected surge or second wave.

  • 27 Apr 2020 1:39 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

     SEPTA is making another important change to its bus and trolley routes. It is no longer using a fixed timetable. Instead, SEPTA will run them on what it calls a frequency-based schedule.

    For example, some routes will run every 15 minutes, instead of at specific times, to reduce the number of people waiting.

    SEPTA is rolling out this system over the next few days.

    They are encouraging riders to check the SEPTA APP and transit view feature to see their next bus or trolley.

  • 24 Apr 2020 1:24 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    DFTI Boutique, located at 2032 Chestnut Street, donated their shopping totes to be used as inserts for masks for extra protection to our first responders at UPenn Hospital.

  • 24 Apr 2020 11:22 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Center City Quarterly

    Call for Submissions

    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, which makes programming and event-planning challenging at best, we are taking a novel approach to the Summer issue of the CCQ.  We decided this would be the perfect time to focus on those in our neighborhood and the greater community who are having an impact in ways large and small in helping us through this crisis.

    Do you know of a neighbor, friend, relative, service provider or local merchant who is going to extraordinary lengths to make life better for others?  Do you have a story of your own to share?  Pictures of good Samaritans in action?  We want to gather them all, and share them in a special online edition of the Center City Quarterly.

    This will serve as our Summer issue, so any regular features, such as the President’s Report and Calendar of Events, will still appear accordingly, along with announcements and updates on events that were previously published.


    • Deadline:  May 15
    •  Send submissions via email to, with CCQeditor in the subject line; please be sure to obtain your subject’s permission to be featured
    • Copy preferred in the form of Word attachments, 250-700 words
    • Photos, artwork and graphics should be submitted as jpg files (as large-format as possible); be sure to include complete CAPTION and CREDIT information

  • 23 Apr 2020 1:16 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Gov. Wolf releases plan to reopen PA.  Restrictions will begin to ease in the Commonwealth on May 8, getting back to business gradually and safely.

  • 22 Apr 2020 2:02 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Notice: Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, ALL rec facilities are currently closed. Please respect social distancing guidelines when using the park open areas. 

    The Markward Rec Advisory Council and Fitler Moms are here for you during these challenging times. 

    In the words of the wise Sanjay Gupta, "social distancing does not have to mean social isolation." Join other neighborhood parents for virtual meet ups this week - details below. RSVP at and receive the link to connect.

  • 20 Apr 2020 1:31 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Gov. Tom Wolf announced the first small steps in reopening some businesses.

    "Our new case numbers have stabilized, and we have prevented the patient surges that we were all so concerned about and that we saw in other places," Wolf said during a news conference Monday. "We are taking small steps towards regaining a degree of normalcy."

    The statewide stay-at-home order has been extended through May 8, but then officials will start to ease some restrictions, Wolf said.

    The phased reopening, starting May 8, will vary by industry and region, the governor said.

  • 17 Apr 2020 2:47 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Pennsylvania will gradually reopen its economy using a “regional, sector-based approach” and a modeling tool that will help public officials decide when it's safe, according to a plan outlined Friday by Gov. Tom Wolf.

    The plan offered few details. It does not include a timetable or spell out the metrics that Wolf and his administration will use to decide that Pennsylvania can begin emerging from the coronavirus pandemic after weeks of social distancing.

    Wolf called the plan a “framework” and said he would lay out more concrete steps next week.

  • 17 Apr 2020 1:01 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Tips on How to Prevent Zoombombing (when strangers enter your Zoom meeting and disrupt it, or get access to Zoom calls/meetings that you thought were relatively private):

    How to Protect Your Zoom Calls – The Washington Post

    How to Prevent Zoombombing in a Few Easy Steps – The New York Times

    How to Prevent Zoombombing – Consumer Reports

    How to Prevent Zoombombing: 5 Easy Steps – Tech Republic

    No More Zoombombing: 4 Steps - CNET

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