My office is hosting an important community meeting next Thursday, June 14th at 7 p.m. at Woodcrest United Church of Christ (8105 Thouron Ave.) to discuss the relocation of Ad Prima Charter School to the former New Media Charter School building at 8034 Thouron Avenue. Please join us to share your feedback.
DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND, REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED. If you were unable to register, but would like to learn more about criminal record expungement or sealing, please contact one of the following: If your case was in Philadelphia AND you were represented by a public defender, contact the Defender Association of Philadelphia at 215-568-3190 or visit http://www.philadefender.org/ If your case was in Philadelphia, but you were not represented by a public defender, contact Community Legal Services of Philadelphia by going to their North Philadelphia Law Center at 1410 West Erie Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19140 on Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 9:00 am -12:00 pm.
A reminder that our annual "Let's Be Green" Shredding and E-Recycling Event is TOMORROW from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. We'll be at Hill-Freedman World Academy (1100 E. Mt. Pleasant Ave.) and Eugenia Maria de Hostos Charter School (6301 N. 2nd St.). RAIN OR SHINE. Stop by to jump-start your spring cleaning! #shredding #recycling #green #mtairy #olney
The new Board of Education is hosting “listening sessions” across the city. Students, parents, educators, and residents are invited to come talk about the future of our schools. You are encouraged to attend at least one session and share your views about the challenges and opportunities facing public education in Philadelphia. Registration is suggested but not required. All are welcome. Childcare, homework help, and refreshments will be available at each event. Members of the Board of Education will attend the sessions. Each event will begin with an opening presentation, followed by group discussions and a closing activity. Remaining listening session dates, times and locations: South Philadelphia Library, 1700 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19145 Saturday, May 5, 2:00 PM Blackwell Regional Library, 125 S. 52nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19139 Thursday, May 10, 6:00 PM Coleman Regional Library, 68 W. Chelten Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144 Friday, May 18, 6:00 PM Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19149 Wednesday, May 23, 6:00 PM Questions? Email email@example.com or contact the Mayor’s Office of Education at (215) 686-0333.
Teenshop, Inc. is hosting its FREE "Shoes for Life" event tomorrow at Berean Presbyterian Church, 2101 N. Broad St. Stop by and get new or gently used shoes for men, women and children, or take advantage of a free foot exam by Temple University's School of Podiatric Medicine. Supplies are limited so first come first served!
TOMORROW: We'll be in #Lawncrest tomorrow at 7 pm at St. William's Social Hall, Robbins and Argyle streets, for our Budget Briefing and Town Hall meeting. There will be representatives from the 2nd & 15th District PPD Philadelphia Gas Works and several other agencies to answer your questions. I hope to see you there!
The Water Rate Board is holding public hearings around the City to hear testimony on the Philadelphia Water Department's proposed rate increase. There will be one in our area: Monday, April 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Philadelphia Protestant Home, 6401 Martins Mill Rd. For the full list, click below.
🚨 Calling all volunteers!! 🚨 Join us for #PhillySpringCleanup on Saturday in #MtAiry as we beautify the 1900 block of Washington Lane. If you live in Mt. Airy and ❤️ your neighborhood, this is a chance for you to get involved!
Our third Budget Briefing and Town Hall Meeting rolls into #Burholme and #Summerdale on Thursday at 7 p.m. at St. Thomas Indian Orthodox Church, 1006 Unruh Avenue. As usual, we'll have City, state and federal agencies along with several nonprofits there to assist you with quality-of-life issues. Stop by and check it out!
TOMORROW: We'll be in #EastOakLane and #Logan for our second Budget Briefing and Town Hall meeting. Join me to learn about important resources and programs that could help you and your family, share your concerns on the quality of life in your neighborhood and provide feedback on the Mayor's proposed budget. The session starts at 7 pm at the York House, 5325 Old York Road.
City of Philadelphia Officials Announce Preparations for Winter Storm (Philadelphia) - With another storm approaching, Managing Director Michael DiBerardinis announced that a Snow Emergency will be declared for the City of Philadelphia beginning 8 am on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. CITY OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED. For citizens, a Snow Emergency means all parked cars must be moved off Snow Emergency routes for plowing. When moving your car, park as far from the corner of the street as possible; vehicles parked too close to the corner get in the way of snow plows trying to turn corners. Snow Emergency information and a map of Snow Emergency routes can be found at http://www.philadelphiastreets.com/highways/snow/emergency-routes/. Cars left on Snow Emergency routes will be moved to other parking spots to assist in snow plowing operations. If your car is moved, call 215-686-SNOW to find it. Do NOT call 911. Citizens are encouraged to travel with caution Wednesday. Please give yourself extra time to get to your destination, and workers are encouraged to make use of flex time if available. Caution will be particularly important during the morning rush hour. Salting/Plowing: The Philadelphia Streets Department – working in coordination with Parks and Recreation, L&I, Water, and CLIP – will mobilize at midnight. The Department has more than 40,000 tons of salt available. Crews will begin plowing as the snow accumulates, and will treat and plow side streets and neighborhood streets as conditions permit. The Department will have over 400 pieces of equipment deployed at the peak of the operation. City government: All municipal city offices in Philadelphia will be closed on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. All non-essential personnel are encouraged to stay home. All Courts and offices of the Philadelphia Courts will be closed. All critical services, including emergency protection from abuse, bail acceptance, and preliminary arraignments, are expected to remain operational. Sanitation and recycling collections tomorrow will be suspended. Residents who normally have collections on Wednesday are asked to hold their trash and recycling until Thursday. Thursday and Friday collections will also be delayed one day, and residents should be prepared for further delays depending on the severity of the storm. SEPTA will operate Regional Rail on a Severe Storm Schedule on Wednesday, March 7. A Severe Storm Schedule is a Saturday timetable with some adjustments. Please visit http://septa.org/service/winter/ for additional Regional Rail schedule details. Airport: Travelers and those picking up travelers should check their flight status before leaving for the Airport tomorrow. Contact your airline, get updates at 1-800-PHL-GATE, or check the Airport website, www.phl.org. The Departments of Parks and Recreation continues to contend with downed trees from this past weekend’s storm. Since Friday afternoon, PPR has received more than 520 calls for tree emergencies across the city. In order to get to all of them as quickly as possible in advance of tomorrow's storm, more than 80 workers have been removing trees from 7am until dark each day. If a tree falls during a storm and poses a safety threat, call 911. Otherwise, call 311. A crew of arborists from Philadelphia Parks & Recreation are on-call to respond to tree emergencies and they will come out to remove the hazard and any part of the tree that is an immediate risk to public safety. Other parts of the tree that don’t pose an immediate risk (such as tree trunks and stumps) will be removed at a later time so our crews can focus on other safety hazards around the city during extreme weather events. In the event that a tree has fallen on electrical wires, please call PECO’s emergency line: 1-800-841-4141. Call Centers Open The Philly 311 Call Center will remain open on normal business hours Thursday (8am- 8pm) to take calls for non-emergencies. Requests for salting and plowing will not be taken during the storm. Once the storm has moved on, the City will announce when such requests will be taken. The Philadelphia Water Department’s customer contact center 215-685-6300 will be open. Citizens are encouraged to shovel snow from the fronts of fire hydrants and storm drains on their block to allow snow melt to drain to the city sewer system. Homeless Outreach: The Office of Homeless Services is continuing its Code Blue until further notice. Throughout the Code Blue, Philadelphia’s homeless outreach teams will patrol the streets in greater numbers, urging homeless people to come to local shelters. People do not need ID to enter Code Blue shelters or cafes from the street, and they can remain indoors throughout the duration of the Code Blue. If you are concerned about someone who is homeless, please call the Outreach Coordination Center at 215-232-1984 at any time. Outreach is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. First responders can also transport people to shelter for their own safety. Pet Safety Awareness: Citizens should contact the ACCT Philly hotline (267-385-3800) if they observe a dog or other pet outside during extreme cold. It is against City ordinance to leave dogs outside in extreme cold without proper shelter, and owners can be fined up to $500. The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) will be offering a flat twenty-four hour $5 parking rate at the following Center City garages from 7pm this evening until the snow emergency is lifted. • AutoPark at Independence Mall (5th & Market Streets) • AutoPark at Jefferson (10th & Ludlow Streets) • AutoPark at the Gallery (10th & Filbert Streets) • AutoPark at Old City (2nd & Sansom Streets) • Parkade on 8th (801 Filbert Street) • Philadelphia Family Court Garage (1503-11 Arch Street - Going south on 15th Street, enter the garage on the west side just after 15th & Cherry St.) To receive the discounted $5 rate, customers must bring their ticket and pay at the PPA Management Office in each garage. During this snow emergency, the PPA will enforce all snow emergency and safety violations. Starting at 8am on Wednesday, meters, kiosks and time limit violations on residential blocks will not be enforced until the snow emergency is lifted. Additionally, beginning at 8am on Wednesday, vehicles illegally parked on snow emergency routes will subject to ticketing and towing. If your vehicle is towed during the snow emergency, please call 215-686-SNOW for its location. Philadelphia Prisons: All inmate visits are canceled Wednesday for all jails in Philadelphia County. Stay informed: • Tune to local news for weather updates. • Sign up for free emergency alerts and weather updates from ReadyPhiladelphia at www.phila.gov/ready. Text ReadyPhila one word to 888-777 to get text alerts. • For more winter weather tips, visit the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management online at www.phila.gov/ready. • For official updates from the City, follow @PhilaOEM on Twitter or find them on Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube. • Other City Twitter accounts to follow for information: @PhiladelphiaGov; @Philly311; @PhilaStreets; @PhillyPolice; and @PhillyFireDept.
Phase-Out of SEPTA Token Sales at Vending Machines Concludes – Week of February 26 The gradual phase-out of token sales at vending machines on the Market-Frankford and Broad Street Lines concludes this coming week. Sales of tokens at vending machines will end next week at the following locations: City Hall Station and Olney Transportation Center on the Broad Street Line and 15th Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line. By the end of February, tokens will no longer be sold at cashier booths or vending machines on the Market-Frankford, Broad Street and Norristown High Speed Lines. SEPTA Key Ambassadors will continue to be at stations to assist customers in purchasing fares and transitioning to the SEPTA Key Card and Travel Wallet. A SEPTA Key Card, loaded with funds in the Travel Wallet, offers the same discounted fare as using tokens and transfers. 2, 5 and 10 packs of tokens will continue to be available at SEPTA Sales Offices at: SEPTA Headquarters (1234 Market Street, Philadelphia), 69th Street Transportation Center, Frankford Transportation Center, Olney Transportation Center and 15th Street. While SEPTA will continue to accept tokens for fare payment until notice, in March, SEPTA will begin phasing out token sales at the remaining Authority-owned locations, including major sales offices and Regional Rail stations. A full schedule for these locations will be announced in the coming weeks. Token sales at over 200 third-party retailers will also continue until further notice. The phase-out of token sales represents the next major step forward for the SEPTA Key fare modernization project. Customers who still use tokens and paper transfers are urged to make the switch now to a SEPTA Key Card, which are currently free with a $10 minimum Travel Wallet load. The Travel Wallet feature allows customers to add value to a SEPTA Key Card for tap-and-go travel on all Transit modes, including buses, city and suburban trolleys, trackless trolleys, the Market-Frankford Line, the Broad Street-Line/Broad-Ridge Spur and the Norristown High Speed Line. Customers who currently use tokens, paper transfers or pay with cash can transition to the convenience, security and added features of the Key card.
FY 2019 Annual Service Plan Open House – Tuesday, February 27 | Noon and 5:00 PM As part of the Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Service Plan process, SEPTA is holding Public Open House Meetings prior to finalizing the Annual Service Plan later this year. The purpose of these meetings is to receive input from representatives of affected citizen groups, public agencies, elected officials and interested individuals regarding items included in the Plan prior to the tariff and public hearing process. Members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend one of the two Open House sessions on Tuesday, February 27. Tuesday, February 27, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM & 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM SEPTA Board Room 1234 Market Street – Mezzanine Level Philadelphia, PA 19107 The Annual Service Plan is a one-year plan that identifies new transit services or significant changes to existing services for the following fiscal year. The FY 2019 Annual Service Plan process began last August with SEPTA inviting the public to submit proposals for consideration. Submissions were received in accordance with SEPTA's Service Standards and Process guidelines, and have been or are presently being evaluated through the Comparative Evaluation Process. Implementation of recommended projects will proceed pending the outcome of the public hearing process, SEPTA Board approval, and available funding. Full details about the Open House and descriptions of the projects under consideration for inclusion in SEPTA’s Fiscal Year 2019 Annual Service Plan are available at http://www.septa.org/notice/fy19-service-plan-open-house.html.
My office is co-hosting an information session with Carpenters Regional Council and UBC Sisters In The Brotherhood for women interested in exploring a career in carpentry on Feb. 24 at Finley Recreation Center, 7701 Mansfield Avenue. See the flyer for details.