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Lana Del Rey, Ben Franklin's birthday, and more things to do in Philadelphia Jan. 19 to 25

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, 1400 North American St., free, 215-232-5678, philaphotoarts.org

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8 p.m. Saturday, Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore. $20 in advance, $25 day of show, $30 reserved. 610-649-8389

8:30 p.m. Saturday, Ruba Club, 416 Green St., $25 to $35, 215-627-9831, pinkstallionevents.com

8 p.m. Sunday, Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St. $39.50-$125. 215-336-3600, wellsfargocenterphilly.com

5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, the Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St., $50 for adults, $45 for students, seniors and military, 215-629-4026, historicphiladelphia.org

9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, Donna’s Bar, 2732 E. Allegheny Ave. 215-426-7618

7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, $35, 215-278-7000, barnesfoundation.org

Noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., $10 online, $13 at the door, phillyhomeshow.com

    Lana Del Rey, Ben Franklin's birthday, and more things to do in Philadelphia Jan. 19 to 25
    Rufus Wainwright with the Philly Pops Rufus Wainwright, one of the greatest vocalists and songwriters of his generation, will be joining the Pops to perform some of his most famous hits. The Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus will also be performing prior to the show and during the finale.
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2 days ago

Developer nabs $6.75M for millennial-oriented rentals in South Kensington

Developer Gagandeep Lakhmna has been issued $6.75 million to build a six-story apartment building at 1413 Germantown Avenue, announced Trez Forman Capital Group, which issued the loan.

...residential units to be housed in two buildings including 1413 Germantown with 50 units and 1427 Germantown with 70 units...

    Developer nabs $6.75M for millennial-oriented rentals in South Kensington
    A developer has received a multi-million dollar loan to build a mixed-use residential project geared toward millennials to South Kensington. Developer Gagandeep Lakhmna has been issued $6.75 million to build a six-story apartment building at 1413 Germantown Avenue, announced Trez Forman Capital Group, which issued the loan.
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2 days ago

Super Sunday: Coming to a Location Near You

345 Montgomery Ave.

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2100 Arch St.

    Super Sunday: Coming to a Location Near You - Jewish Exponent
    Laundry day? OK, that makes for a decent Sunday. Family day? That's a great Sunday. But to make it a Super Sunday, you need something extra: community, a big dose of caring and a whole lot of schmoozing. Now that's our kind of Sunday. Join the Jewish Federation on February 11th for Super Sunday, the ...
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3 days ago

We will have a delayed opening of 11:00 a.m. ...

We will have a delayed opening of 11:00 a.m. today, January 16th due to staff shortage.

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5 days ago

Fishtown Community Library shared Friends of ...

    Friends of Fishtown Library
    Reminders: Toddler Play date 1/17 from 5-6pm (volunteers welcome! Comment here and I will send you a PM with details) Friends of Fishtown Library Meeting reschedule 1/22 @ 6:30 See you then! :)
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Jan 13

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Jan 12

Make up date for last week's Friends meeting ...

Make up date for last week's Friends meeting will be on Monday, January 22nd at 6:30 p.m. Hope to see you then!

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Jan 12

Jan 12

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    NEW CONSTRUCTIONS; INTERIOR PLUMBING;4 RESIDENTIAL UNITS(LEVEL 2-4) &1 COMMERCIAL UNIT FIRST FLOOR; 4 STORY BUILDING; ROOF DECK; 9TOILETS, 9LAVS, 3TUBS, 5SHOWERS, 4KITCHEN SINKS, 3WASHERS; 5 WATER HEATERS-THE INSTALLATION WILL COMPLY WITH THE PHILADELPHIA PLUMBING CODE 2004

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Jan 11

Grubspotting: Cotoletta’s Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e Pepe is available for $16 for two as a preparation during dinner, Wednesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. The rustic Italian BYOB, located at 201 Jefferson Street in Bala Cynwyd, is also open for brunch on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Grubspotting: Cotoletta's Cacio e Pepe
    Cotoletta BYOB in Belmont Hills has introduced Cacio e Pepe. It's one of the very few restaurants in the Philadelphia area to offer the classic Roman staple, while guests watch the mouthwatering pasta creation being prepared in front of them, right in the dining room. For the "Cacio e Pepe" or "cheese and pepper" dish,...
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Jan 10

How to volunteer Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Philadelphia and 10 other ways to celebrate

2 p.m. Sunday, Convent of Mercy Auditorium, 515 Montgomery Ave., Merion Station, projecthome.org

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11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., $5 admission, 215-409-6600, constitutioncenter.org

Friday, Jan. 12 to Monday, Jan. 15, the African American Museum, 701 Arch St., free on Friday and $2 Saturday through Monday, 215-574-0380, aampmuseum.org

1:30 p.m. Monday, Girard College, 2101 South College Ave., free, 215-787-2600, philorch.org

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Saturday to Monday, Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave., free, 215-236-3300, easternstate.org

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut St., pay-what-you-wish admission, 215-925-2800, libertymuseum.org

12 to 4 p.m. Monday, Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Ave., free, 215-247-0476, woodmereartmuseum.org

    How to volunteer Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Philadelphia and 10 other ways to celebrate
    The Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service Each year, the Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service updates their website with hundreds of volunteering opportunities, from school and neighborhood cleanups to woodland restoration and trail work. You can opt for a site in the Greater Philadelphia area or participate at their Girard College signature site, where you'll join thousands of other volunteers on unique projects.
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Jan 09

10 Great Art Exhibitions & Events In Philadelphia This January

Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, 1400 N. American Street #103

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The African American Museum, 701 Arch Street

The Rosenbach, 2008 Delancey Place

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118-128 N. Broad Street

Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street

Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street

    10 Great Art Exhibitions & Events In Philadelphia This January
    Photo courtesy The Penn Museum A new year brings Renaissance masterworks, 2,000-year-old clay statues, monsters and more to Philly... Ring in 2018 with some pretty powerful exhibitions in Philly this January. Some feature old favorites, including Terracotta Warriors at the Franklin Institute (with 2,000-year-old clay statues!)
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Jan 08

The library system is closing at 2:00 p.m. du...

The library system is closing at 2:00 p.m. due to the impending icy weather. The Friends meeting is cancelled and will be rescheduled to another day this month (will post the date when confirmed.)

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Jan 06

Creative Reuse at the Mummers Parade

1701 n. 2nd street

    Creative Reuse at the Mummers Parade
    Check out how the Vaudevillains New Years Brigade repurposed large canvases as backdrops for their performance at the 2018 Mummers Parade! The title of their skit this year was "The Party Artery." The heart, veins, and blood work to nourish the parts of the body equally, but nefarious germs and diseases invade and attempt to block access to health for power and profit.
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Jan 06

Jan 06

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Jan 05

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Jan 04

An alert: The Free Library will be CLOSED Fri...

An alert: The Free Library will be CLOSED Friday Jan 5th citywide because of the dangerous weather conditions.

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Jan 04

Fishtown Community Library added an event.

The Friends of the Fishtown Library are hosting a Play Day. Enjoy an hour of free play in the upstairs community room. Recommended for ages 5 and under.

    Toddler Play Day
    The Friends of the Fishtown Library are hosting a Play Day. Enjoy an hour of free play in the upstairs community room. Recommended for ages 5 and under.
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Jan 03

Fishtown Community Library added an event.

Music plays a big role for the children in Jacqueline Woodson’s books. Sing classic children’s songs and add your own twist with shakers and other fun sound-makers.

    Make Some Noise! A Sing-Along for Toddlers
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Jan 03

Dec 1 Fire Academy Gra...

Dec 1 Fire Academy Graduation of FSP 34 Dec 1 Philly Pops Detail Kimmel Center Dec 2 FOP Lodge 5 Wreaths For Heros Program Dec 2 E-68 Lad 13 Batt 7 Med 3 Alumni Luncheon Dec 2 Box 7862 15th & Brown St Dec 2 Wreath For Heros Program Dec 2 Box 7713 22nd & Dauphin St Dec 2 Box 664 Bridge & Thompson St 2 ALARMS Dec 3 Box 2836 57th & Greenway Ave Recalled Dec 4 Wreath Presentations For Fire Stations Dec 4 Box 4562 13th & Rising Sun Ave Dec 7 Box 4146 58th & Hazel Ave Dec 7 Box 747 13th & Cumberland St Dec 7 Box 6146 Levick St & Torresdale Ave Dec 9 Box 1883 15th & Morris St Dec 9 Box 1472 Arrott & Large St Dec 9 Box 6579 Levick & Revere St Dec 9 11th & Pattison Ave ARMY NAVY GAME Dec 10 Box 2325 16th& Butler St Dec 10 Box 1877 Oakland & Orthodox St Dec 13 27th & Stiles St Haz Mat Incident Dec13 Engine 78 Station- Drill. Dec 13 Box 279 50th & Haverford Ave Dec 13 Box 7861 Hancock St & Girard Ave Dec 13 Box 7736 6th& Berks St Dec 14 Box 7785 Sedgley Ave & York St Dec 15 Box 7763 19th & York St Dec 15 Box 495 54th & Master St Dec 16 Box 2183 F St & Ontario St Dec-17 Engine 5 Ladder 6 Family Christmas Party Dec-17 Engine 19 Ladder 8 Alumni Luncheon & Housing of Ladder 8 Dec-18 Box 5343 Oakland & Arrott St Dec 20 Box 2315 Greene & Manheim St Dec-21 Box 2832 54th & Springfield Ave Dec 22 Box 4436 10th & Pike St Dec 23 Box 1256 Broad & Olney Ave Dec 26 Box 7745 9th & Susquehanna Ave Dec-26 Box 6154 21st & Stenton Ave Dec 27 Box 7165 School House Lane & Morris St Dec 28 Box 2183 F st & Ontario St 2 ALARMS Dec 28 Box 1683 59th & Drexel Rd Dec 29 Box 828 2nd & Cambria St Dec 29 Box 455 3rd & Chestnut St Dec 29 Box 4399 48th & Chestnut St 2 ALARMS Dec 29 Box 5492 Broad & Spencer St 2 ALARMS Dec 29 Box 1393 Foulkrod & Horrocks St Dec 29 Box 2443 26th & Tasker St Recalled by Batt 1 Dec 30 Box 5412 Shelmire Ave & Palmetto St Dec 30 Box 1787 3rd & Westmoreland St Dec 30 Box 6594 65th & Woodland Ave Dec 30 Box 4395 61st & Washington Ave Dec 30 Box 763 Wissahickon Ave & Hunting Park Ave Dec 31 Box 2878 Kensington & Lehigh Ave Dec 31 Box 6155 61st & Lansdowne Dec 31 Box 7861 Hancock St & Girard Ave Dec 31 9th & McKean St Barricaded Person

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    Dec 1 Fire Academy Graduation of FSP 34 Dec 1 Philly Pops Detail Kimmel Center Dec 2 FOP Lodge 5 Wreaths For Heros Program Dec 2...
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Jan 02

January First Friday!

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    January First Friday!
    Vape Product Sale! |11am-10pm Back for 2018! #THISISTHEBOUNCE $5 half liter Franziskaner Hefeweizen or $6 glass of Gruner Veltliner (w/ handbill) 1st Friday: January Happy Hour | 5-7 pm PlayArts is shaking things up in the New Year. Trying to figure out that#Adulting thing??
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Jan 01

Philadelphia 2nd Alarmers Association added 2...

55 YEARS AGO ON THIS DATE. JAN 1, 1963 New Year’s Day 1963 was a very cold and windy day with temperatures hovering near thirty degrees. Shortly after 5:00 P.M. as the late afternoon darkness fell upon the city, and the fire department prepared for its change of personnel at 6:00 P.M., the department began receiving reports of fire in the Fretz Building located on the northwest corner of 10th and Diamond Streets. Among the numerous fire alarm boxes pulled by civilians to report this fire, fire alarm box 95 at 12th Street and Susquehanna was received and struck out at 5:17 P.M. bringing a first alarm response of four engine companies, two ladder companies and two battalion chiefs. Built in 1903, the Fretz Building was an eight-story, irregularly shaped building which housed numerous manufacturing and commercial concerns as diverse as clothing and food preparation. The structure was bounded by Diamond Street on the south; by the rears of two-story row dwellings on Warnock street on the west; by Susquehanna Avenue on the north; and by the Reading Railroad on the east, which ran overhead diagonally from 10th and Diamond Streets, north westwardly towards Warnock Street and Susquehanna Avenue. The western perimeter of the building was over 500’ in length, from Diamond Street to Susquehanna Avenue. Engine 2, Ladder 3, and Battalion Chief 6, Joseph Fortunato, were the first due companies responding from their station at 2031 N. 7th street. Traveling a block and a half north on 7th Street and three blocks west along Susquehanna avenue, the first arriving companies found the entire eighth floor of the building fully involved in fire and beginning to rapidly spread downwards. Without getting out of his car to further “size-up” the situation, Chief Fortunato ordered the second alarm at 5:19 P.M. Numerous shafts and stairways throughout the building enabled the fire to spread with frightening speed. Within the next four minutes, the upper four floors were completely involved in fire. When Chief Fortunato ordered the third alarm at 5:23 P.M. he understood that the building was beyond saving, and that the major firefighting concern would be to curtail the spread of the fire in a densely populated and densely developed area. Deputy Fire Chief Howard O’Drain, Deputy Chief 2, responding from his quarters at 6th Street and Lehigh Avenue, took command after the third alarm. Faced with an extraordinary exposure problem, as tongues of flame 500 feet long emanated from the building, he ordered the fourth, fifth, and sixth alarms at 5:29, 5:30 and 5:33 P.M. Boxcars and a railroad tower on the 10th Street side of the building were quickly consumed. A fuel oil depot and feed and grain warehouse, situated between the Reading Railroad and 10th Street, were the next major exposures in the fire’s eastern path. Although the fuel oil depot was destroyed, the feed and grain warehouse was saved by the building’s own automatic sprinkler system and firefighter operated streams. Deputy Fire Commissioner and Chief of Department George E. Hink responded from his nearby Kensington home upon notification of the third alarm. By the time of his arrival, radiated heat and the fear of falling walls emerged as a major concern. Chief Hink ordered the seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh, and twelfth alarms between 5:35 P.M. and 6:29 P.M. Guided by an ever expanding orange and red glow in the sky, companies responding from as far away as the Somerton section of the city and Southwest Philadelphia were assigned to various positions surrounding the building. The homes on Warnock Street behind the building were in eminent danger from both the heat and possible wall collapse. Firefighters initially working on the rooftops of these dwellings experienced sunburn like discomfort from the fire’s intensifying heat. Despite the commotion within the neighborhood, many of the residents on Warnock Street were unaware of the fire raging behind them as police and firefighters began to evacuate these homes. New Year’s revelers in a bar located on the northeast corner of Warnock and Diamond streets had to be strongly persuaded to move to a safer location. As one might expect, these evacuations were completed none too soon, as the western wall of the Fretz Building collapsed onto Warnock Street demolishing the homes in its path. It is hard to convey in words the magnitude of this firestorm. As the fire continued, it burned with a white heat driven by a very strong wind blowing from the south. The building had the appearance of an 8-story blow torch. As the wind moved through the burning structure it produced an eerie, banshee-like noise that only magnified the frightening scene. Despite the loss of the homes on Warnock Street, the beginning of the building’s collapse enabled firefighters to get the upper hand on the fire. As portions of the building began to collapse into the center and the fire consumed this material, the influence of the many master streams surrounding the structure began to take effect, enabling Fire Chief Hink to declare the fire under control at 8:29 P.M. As dawn broke over the area on the morning of Wednesday, January 2nd, the scene of devastation was clearly reminiscent of many European cities at the height of World War II. Although Philadelphia firefighters were faced with one of their greatest challenges under adverse conditions, still some blessings accrued. First, there were no major injuries to civilians or fire department personnel. In fact the only minor injury befell Chief Hink as he slipped on a patch of ice and sprained his wrist. Second, by virtue of the fire occurring late in the tour of the day shift personnel, personnel from the on-coming night shift were readily available. In fact the entire day shift was held over until after 9:00 P.M., effectively doubling the available manpower for both front line firefighting at 10th and Diamond Streets, and maintaining adequate fire protection throughout the city. Finally, the fire department operated with approximately twenty-five “high pressure” engine companies. These companies consisted of two pieces of apparatus, typically a hose wagon and a pumper, and carried 3½-inch hoseline. Because the fire occurred in the City’s high pressure fire fighting district, it was not necessary to keep both pieces of apparatus on the fireground. Thus, some pumpers were released to be manned by on-coming “C” platoon personnel, creating “make-up” companies. The cause of this fire was determined over the course of the next few days. Because of the long New Year’s weekend, the heat in the building had been shut off. However, the absence of heat increased the risk of frozen water pipes in the building, and in fact, the building’s sprinkler system had been turned off as well. However, to prevent frozen pipes, and electric space heater had by rigged-up on the building’s eighth floor adjacent to an elevator penthouse. The space heater set fire to the flooring beneath it, which was considerably splintered. The splintered condition of the floor created a dry, tinder-like condition which accelerated the rapid spread of fire across the eighth floor. Tuesday, January 1, 1963 No.2 5:17 P.M. - Box 95, 12th Street and Susquehanna Avenue Eng. 2, 50, 25, 27 Lad. 3, 12, B.C.6,3 5:19 P.M. - 2nd Alarm, b/o B.C.6 - Eng. 13, 30, 26, 6, Lad. 14, B.C.8, D.C.2, Rescue 1, Car 505(Light Wagon) 5:23 P.M. - 3rd Alarm, b/o B.C.6 - Eng. 34, 20, 59, 8, Lad. 1, B.C.4, Car 4(Chief McCarey),500(Mobile Communications) 5:29 P.M. - 4th Alarm, b/o D.C.2 - Eng. 4, 28, 43, 32, Lad. 22 5:30 P.M. - 5th Alarm, b/o D.C.2 - Eng. 11, 1, 55, 21 5:33 P.M. - 6th Alarm, b/o D.C.2 - Eng. 35, 7, 51, 44 5:33 P.M. - Special Call - SS-99 (Giant Deluge Gun) 5:35 P.M. - 7th Alarm, b/o Car 2 - Eng. 47, 10, 15, 57 5:37 P.M. - 8th Alarm, b/o Car 2 - Eng. 41, 9, 14, 61 5:50 P.M. - Special Call - Eng.17 5:59 P.M. - 9th Alarm, b/o Car 2 - Eng. 53, 38, 66, 36 6:03 P.M. - 10th Alarm, b/o Car 2 - Eng. 56, 58, 40, 16 6:21 P.M. - 11th Alarm, b/o Car 2 - Eng. 33, 54, 73, 64 6:28 P.M. - 12th Alarm, b/o Car 2 - Eng. 39, 12, 19, 49 6:39 P.M. - Special Call - Eng.29 7:15 P.M. – Special Call, b/o Car 2 – Eng.81 (Phila. Reserve Fire Force) 8:29 P.M. - Fire Under Control, b/o Car 2 Cover-ups: 6:16 P.M. - Eng.5 to Eng.20 6:17 P.M. - Eng.71 to Eng.30 7:35 P.M. - Eng.60(W) to Eng.35 Eng.39("B" Platoon) with Fire School pumper as Eng.39 Lad.9("B" Platoon) to Spare Ladder at Lad.12 Lad.7("B" Platoon) to Spare Pumper at Eng.21 8:34 P.M. - Eng.56 to Eng.15 Apparatus Relocated with "B" Platoon members: 8:30 P.M. - Eng.50 8:36 P.M. - Eng.64 8:46 P.M. - Eng.14 (Eng.36 from firegrounds as Eng.14) 9:14 P.M. - Eng. 4, 27, 58, Eng.36("C" Platoon) to Spare at Eng.36, Eng.36("B" Platoon) to fire 11:06 P.M. - Eng.12 to Eng.34 12:30 A.M. - Eng.68 to Eng.21, Lad.5 to Lad.12 B.C.6: Joseph Fortunato D.C.2: Howard O'Drain Car 2: George E. Hink Car 4: James J. McCarey Occupants of the Fretz Building: I.J. Knight Realty Co. Ace Woodworking Corp. Cherry and Co., Children’s Jackets and Snowsuits Children Wear Limited, Inc. Eastern Lithographing Corp. Fashion Maid Knitting Mills, Inc. Golden Brand Food Products, Inc. Penn Quilting Products (Coat Linings) Lamaze Food Sauce Co., Inc. H.M. Levin Food Products (Mayonnaise) Philadelphia Shoe and Leather Co. See-Mar-Jac Industries Inc. (Vinyl suede women’s coats and jackets) B.W. Woodbury Shoes J. Greenstein Quilting N.C. Hoffman B. Micklin, Suits Vogeler Co., Fashionrire Knitting Co. Trim Salad Whip J. Seidler Trimming Co. B. and. G. Industries (Bank Furniture) Extensions of Fire: 2103 to 2139 N. Warnock Street, (20) 2-story/brick dwellings, demolished 2100 to 2144 N. Warnock Street, (23) 2-story/brick dwellings, damaged 2101 N. Warnock Street, Lou’s Crystal Bar (and apartments), 3-story/brick, demolished 2146 to 2162 N. Warnock street, (9) 2-story/brick dwellings, demolished 2164 N. Warnock Street, 3-story/brick dwelling, partially demolished SWC 10th & Diamond Streets, J.B. Hertzfeld Feed Warehouse, 5-story/brick, damaged 2042 N. 10th Street, Victorian Candy Co., 4-story/brick 1018-20 W. Diamond Street, Security Storage Co. 1000-16 W. Diamond Street, Glantz Luggage Co., 3-story/brick SEC 11th and Diamond Streets, Norris Appartments 930 to 942 W. Susquehanna Avenue, (7) 3-story/brick dwellings 2137 to 2141 N. 10th Street (3) 2-story/brick dwellings 2119 to 2123 N. 10th Street,(3) 2-story/brick dwellings 2134-38 N. 10th Street, United Fuel Co. 2115-17 N. 10th Street, Plastering Contractor, 1- and 2-story/brick and 2 trucks 931 to 939 W. Edgeley Street, (5) 2-story/brick dwellings 930 to 938 W. Edgeley Street, (5) 2-story/brick dwellings 930 to 938 W. French Street, (5) 2-story/brick dwellings SWC 9th and Diamond Streets, Philadelphia Gas Works, Welding Shop 919 W. Diamond Street, Master Fuel Oil Co. NWC 9th and Norris Streets, Adams Coal Yard, 1-story/brick 1838 N. Darien Street 1832 Germantown Avenue SWC 6th and Berks Streets, Bill Auto Rental 10th Street N.of Diamond Street, Reading Railroad Switching Tower, destroyed 8 Boxcars adjacent to building on Reading Railroad, destroyed. 12 Telegraph Poles 50 Automobiles

    Philadelphia 2nd Alarmers Association
    Philadelphia 2nd Alarmers Association, Philadelphia, PA. 18K likes. The Philadelphia Second Alarmers were formed in 1921 as a Total Volunteer Association and remains so today. We are a Non Profit...
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Dec 31

18 RUNS IN THE LAST 5 DAYS..... Before we cl...

18 RUNS IN THE LAST 5 DAYS..... Before we close out 2017 I would just like to commend our 2nd Alarmers who in the past week have put in some long enduring hours in some of the coldest temperatures in many years. Yes this is the holiday week and as you can see from below that fires and our PFD PPD responders do not take a holiday. Our 2nd Alarmers are there to provide any comfort so they can perform their job easier and get back to the station to clean up and get some rest especially after battling a fire or being out in frigid temperatures for any length of time.This is a recap on what we responded to since Christmas to ensure they can work comfortably at emergency scenes.STAY SAFE EVERYONE..... Dec 26 Box 7745 9th & Susquehanna Ave Dec-26 Box 6154 21st & Stenton Ave Dec 27 Box 7165 School House Lane & Morris St Dec 28 Box 2183 F st & Ontario St 2 ALARMS Dec 28 Box 1683 59th & Drexel Rd Dec 29 Box 828 2nd & Cambria St Dec 29 Box 455 3rd & Chestnut St Dec 29 Box 4399 48th & Chestnut St 2 ALARMS Dec 29 Box 5492 Broad & Spencer St 2 ALARMS Dec 29 Box 1393 Foulkrod & Horrocks St Dec 29 Box 2443 26th & Tasker St Recalled by Batt 1 Dec 30 Box 5412 Shelmire Ave & Palmetto St Dec 30 Box 1787 3rd & Westmoreland St Dec 30 Box 6594 65th & Woodland Ave Dec 30 Box 4395 61st & Washington Ave Dec 30 Box 763 Wissahickon Ave & Hunting Park Ave Dec 31 Box 2878 Kensington & Lehigh Ave Dec 31 Box 6155 61st & Lansdowne

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    18 RUNS IN THE LAST 5 DAYS..... Before we close out 2017 I would just like to commend our 2nd Alarmers who in the past week have put in some long enduring hours in some of the coldest temperatures...
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Dec 28

Can Original 13 Ciderworks persuade you to put down your beer?

The 1500 block of North American Street — lined with vacant lots and a few blank-faced commercial buildings — is dark and desolate...

1526 N. American St.,  215-765-7000, original-13.com

    Can Original 13 Ciderworks persuade you to put down your beer?
    The 1500 block of North American Street - lined with vacant lots and a few blank-faced commercial buildings - is dark and desolate when I arrive on a Wednesday evening.
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Dec 27

Dec 26

IN ORWELL WE TRUST: Q&A With Pulitzer Prize-Winning National Security Reporter Tom Ricks

...the American people. Someone once told me that if you really wanna’ succeed as an American at Oxford or Cambridge, the first thing you do is wear a cowboy hat. Don’t deny...

    IN ORWELL WE TRUST: Q&A With Pulitzer Prize-Winning National Security Reporter Tom Ricks
    EDITOR'S NOTE: This week we will be re-posting choice Q&As from the past year. We start with this still-timely interview with nat-sec reporter Tom Ricks, which originally posted on May 25th, 2017. Enjoy. BY JONATHAN VALANIA Under the darkening skies of the late 1930s, liberal democracy was on the ropes and fascism and totalitarianism...
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