Saturday, January 19, 2013
The 13th annual event will be held in West Mt. Airy.
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Saturday, January 19
The Thirtieth Annual Interfaith Celebration of the Legacy of Martin Luther King will be held this year on Sunday, January 20, 3 p.m., at the Germantown Jewish Center, 400 W. Ellet Street, just off Lincoln Drive in West Mt. Airy. Sponsored by the Neighborhood Interfaith Movement (NIM) for 29 years – since before the establishment of the annual MLK holiday – the event this year has been planned by local Christian, Jewish, and Muslim clergy to ensure that the long history of the celebration will continue despite the recent closing of NIM. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Working Together for Peace: Continuing the Legacy of MLK and NIM.” It will include brief reflections by religious leaders on what their traditions teach about …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Superintendent William Hite addresses the public about school closings.
About 17,000, or 10 percent, of public school students will feel the impact if a massive overhaul for the School District of Philadelphia goes into effect, the superintendent said in a news conference Thursday. On the heels of announcing that 37 buildings will close and 18 grade configurations could take place if the School Reform Commission adopts the recommendations, Philadelphia Superintendent William Hite said the district "embarks on a difficult process, a process that will rightsize the district." Since taking the top schools position in September, Hite had to get up-to-speed with a facilities problem that annually bled the district of money. The restructuring plan considered the best way to improve the district academically and …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
No official Halloween policy for Philadlephia.
Following a major storm and news that other municipalities cancelled Halloween, Northwest Philadelphia residents wondered if they can trick-or-treat Wednesday. Mayor Michael Nutter, as shared by his aide on Twitter, said it's up to citizens how they should spend Oct. 31 following Hurricane Sandy. Lauren J. Walker, or @laureninthehall, tweeted Wednesday: "'Its Oct.31st, go trick or treat......Let me announce live here on @FOX29philly I have nothing to do with Halloween.' Mayor@Michael_Nutter." The City of Philadelphia's official Twitter handle, @PhiladelphiaGov , retweeted the message. Similarly, Joshua Cohen, special assistant to Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr., said he had heard of no official policy on Halloween. Largely a resident-driven…
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Unite Fitness debuts Saturday at Wissahickon Valley Park.
Gavin McKay had one destination in mind when debuting a decathlon for the Philadelphia area. "I personally have an affinity for the Wissahickon. It's the most beautiful natural spot in the whole area. It was natural idea for us to come here since we wanted to keep it close to the city," he said. Presented by his company, the Unite Fitness Decathlon hits the ground running Saturday along Forbidden Drive in Wissahickon Valley Park. Through its 10 events, the Unite Fitness Decathlon strives to challenge both the strength and endurance aspects of the body. "Our brand is all about smart, well-balanced training. So the decathlon incorporates strength training and cardio endurance," McKay said. Formerly called Fusion Cross Training, Unite Fitness…
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Initial comments from Pennsylvania on Tuesday Voter ID decision.
Following the delayed implementation of the Voter ID Law's key provision—requiring voters to produce photo identification at the ballot—both Democratic and Republican lawmakers and activists reacted to the decision. Click through the photo gallery to read opinions from those who represent Northwest Philadelphia. For the initial Patch Voter ID story, click here. For the analysis of Judge Robert Simpson's opinion, click here. Eric Campbell contributed to this report.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Great Dane was hit by a train last week.
A search for a missing dog that rallied residents throughout Northwest Philadelphia—online and in person—ended Saturday. Shirley, a 3-year-old Great Dane who suffered from Addison's disease and went missing in Germantown Aug. 29, was killed by a SEPTA train along the Chestnut Hill west line. Her owners recovered Shirley's body Saturday after tips from a local veterinarian student. The dog went missing around West Coulter Street near Queen Lane Station. Since then, a Facebook page and Wordpress blog tracked sightings and organized searches around the Wissahickon Valley—with various reports coming in all from Forbidden Drive, East Falls, and both the Mt. Airy-Chestnut Hill and Roxborough side of Wissahickon Creek. Organizers continued their …
Friday, August 31, 2012
Citywide competition invites businesses and districts to nominate selves for prize.
When businesses consider a remodel, owners must grapple with the cost-benefit analysis to decide if it's worth it to front the expense for improvement. And while shops are rewarded through their businesses successes, it's hard to tell if the change was for the better. Hoping to give recognition to businesses that launched storefront improvements, the Philadelphia Department of Commerce and the Community Design Collaborative announced a competition for business renovations. "We wanted to highlight some of the great work that's being done throughout the city, highlight the best of transformations," said Jonathan Snyder, program manager for the city's Commerce Department. For the second time, businesses can compete against contemporaries …
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Credit cards were stolen from cars.
There have been two thefts reported by Philadelphia Police in the Wissahickon Valley Park—one bigger than the other—over the past two weeks. Here's what happened: There were also a couple of break-ins during the Wissahickon Wanderers trail series last month. Friends of the Wissahickon Executive Director Maura McCarthy told the Wanderers—a local running group—that break-ins generally increase in the park over the summer. Here are some tips from the Friends:
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church hosted the School Reform Commission and other officials for a series of speeches and discussions.
School District of Philadelphia officials Tuesday fielded a series of prepared questions that focused on low student attendance, deficits and youth violence at an organized town hall meeting meant to address the district's budget situation. “One of the biggest concerns parents have are that the schools are not safe,” School Reform Commission Chairman Pedro Ramos said at the crowded meeting at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church. “Nothing is causing the school district to lose more students than safety.” The school district has about 50,000 fewer students than it did 12 years ago, and Ramos, in his speech, cited a Pew study that said Philadelphia parents rank safety as a top concern and give poor ratings to the schools’ performance in this area…
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Educators to receive Lindback award Tuesday.
More than 60 high school teachers from the School District of Philadelphia are set to receive awards and prize money Tuesday night for outstanding teaching. For the fifth consecutive year, the district will award one high school teacher from every Philadelphia public school with a Distinguished Teaching Award created by the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation. Each teacher will receive $3,500 from the foundation. That includes teachers from Roxborough, Saul, Lankenau and Germantown high schools. Fellow teachers and students nominated educators. Principals then endorsed the winners. Local winners include: On Tuesday, teachers will receive their awards at the Prince Music Theater in Center City. Mayor Michael Nutter, acting …