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Today on our blog we check in with student Nancy Shell, who was named a top 20 finalist in Let’s Connect: Philly Artists Take on the Barnes last month. Read on to learn how Fleisher classes John Sevcik allowed her to express herself more fully.
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Great meeting the staff of Don Guanella & Divine Providence today. Got to present our READYHome emergency preparedness program to a very interactive crowd. Interested in our free READYHome program? More info ➡️ https://bit.ly/2CNuluT #AreYouReady
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Engaging artists and audiences in imaginative reflection. http://goo.gl/wXS2U6
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Hungry Pigeon considering 'aging' their eggs!
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Today we want to highlight the work of Jim McElhatton, a freelance reporter and private investigator whose research in our civil case files contributed to his article “The Homeless Man who Made Alexandria Civil Rights History“ in the Alexandria Times which chronicled James Lomax and his important but forgotten role in Virginia’s civil rights history. You can see his article at the following link (https://alextimes.com/2018/05/jameslomax/), and see his description of his research here at the National Archives at Philadelphia below: Years ago, my family and I lived in an old rental house in Alexandria, Virginia across from a church where volunteers fed lunch to the homeless. Among the same faces I would see day after day was a heavyset African American man with a long gray scraggly beard. His name was James Lomax. He did not talk very much. But he displayed a quiet generosity that set him apart. When he must have thought nobody was looking, James sometimes set plastic bags by our front of our door filled with cast off toys and clothes intended for my young children. After a while, our family finally saved up enough to buy a house of our own and so we moved away. I would still see James in and around town once in a while. Then, I stopped seeing him altogether. I would like to be able to say I tried to find out what happened. But the truth is, life moved on. And I had not thought much about James Lomax in several years. But that changed suddenly not long ago when I visited the National Archives in Philadelphia. A few months ago, I was researching an old civil rights case, Jones v School Board of Alexandria, a 1958 lawsuit that desegregated public schools in Alexandria. As a freelance reporter for the local weekly paper, the Alexandria Times, I wanted to learn more about this case. After all, the old newspaper clips only told so much: Four years after Brown v. Board of Education, seven African American families petitioned Alexandria’s school board to let their children attend whites only schools. The school system refused. So the families and NAACP sued. I took off from work from my day job as a private investigator to have a look at the original case file. I did not know what to expect. I had never visited a National Archives facility. But within ten minutes of my arrival, I had researcher card in hand and the staff laid out original case files that had not been seen or touched in many years. As I paged through the exhibits, I noticed grades and report cards for the 14 school children plaintiffs. I scanned the names of the students then stopped, stunned, to read about a brilliant second grader named James Lomax. I couldn't be, I thought. But it was. It took a few weeks to confirm the student and homeless man were, indeed, the same person. I eventually found James in an assisted living center in Maryland. He had lost a lot of weight. He lay curled up on a bed. I re-introduced myself. He said he remembered me. Then, without a word, I handed him an old wire services newspaper article showing a photo of him as a second grade boy crossing a police barricade. It was the first time public elementary schools were integrated in the Commonwealth of Virginia. “Yeah,” he said. “That’s me.” I later wrote a story about James and his important but forgotten role in Virginia’s civil rights history. Without the National Archives, though, nobody in Alexandria could have ever known, let alone imagined, that the homeless man we walked by countless times did more good by age 8 than most of the rest of us will do in a lifetime. Because that is the point of it all. You just never know. -- Jim McElhatton is a freelance reporter and private investigator; he can be reached at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter at @Jim_McElhatton Article: https://alextimes.com/2018/05/jameslomax/
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Where: Morning Glory Diner at 735 S. 10th St., 19147
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Flash Flood Watch issued by @NWS_MountHolly. In effect from 11am through this evening. Be aware of your local street and waterway flooding hazards. Never walk or drive through floodwater. More info ➡️ nixle.us/A9PNJ
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Philly's Magic Gardens is the starting point for an Isaiah Zagar scavenger hunt this Thursday. It's free, but participants can make donations to the Morris Animal Refuge along the way.
Although Zager’s work can be found all around Philly, the adventure, which starts and ends at PMG at 10th and South streets, takes participants on an exploration around Washington Square West and Bella Vista, as folks specifically search for the depictions of animals hidden in the public art.
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From South Street Headhouse District: The scheduled resurfacing of South Street will proceed from Broad to Front Streets beginning TONIGHT July 16 at 7pm. City contractors are scheduled to begin by milling and grading, (removing the top layer of asphalt) of South Street. Hours for milling will be from 7:00pm to 5:00am. Prep work around the manholes should start the following day after the milling is complete. Prep work hours are from 7:00am to 3:30pm. The paving itself is scheduled to take place on July 23rd to July 26th at night from 7:00pm to 5:00am.(Note: Exact dates may push due to weather delays.) Please look for NO PARKING SIGNS and other parking restriction during this period. Vehicles on the street will be moved by the City of Philadelphia. If you vehicle is relocated due to construction, call Philadelphia Police at 215-686-3030. Bike corrals have been removed and will be replaced after the paving is complete.
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Temps towards the 90’s today and tomorrow. Find your cool place: Take a break from the sun. Know the signs of heat stress. Helpful health info from our partners from @PHLPublicHealth ⬇️
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Where:Various locations including Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, 1020 South StreetThis article has 18 other Philadelphia locations (Show)
Where:The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad Street
Where:Various locations including Art Sanctuary, 628 S. 16th Street
Where:Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard
Where:Various locations including Spruce Street Harbor Park, 301 S. Columbus Boulevard
Where:Various locations including Dock Street Brewery, 701 S. 50th Street
Where:Various locations including Restaurant Marokko, 54 E. Lancaster Avenue, Ardmore
Where:Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut Street
Where:Spice Finch, 220 S. 17th Street
Where:Evil Genius Beer Company, 1727 N. Front Street
Where:The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Avenue
Where:Philadelphia Zoo, 3400 W. Girard Avenue
Where:Bok Bar, 800 Mifflin Street
Where:Burholme Park, 1400 Cottman Avenue
Where:Punch Line Philly, 33 E. Laurel Street
Where:Rodin Museum, 2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Where:Various locations including Red Owl Tavern, 433 Chestnut Street
Where:Various locations including 30th Street Station, 2955 Market Street
Where:American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Avenue
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Great interview with Emily Smith, who lives in Bella Vista AND is executive director of Philadelphia's Magic Gardens. Fun fact: the gardens are dog-friendly!
2 days ago
Volunteers needed for Queen Village Kids' Enrichment Program: Summer at Courtyard - https://mailchi.mp/20b933cda1c6/please-volunteer-for-our-queen-village-kids-summer-program
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Vive la France! In honor of their victory in the World Cup, here is "The Marseilles Hymn: in French & English," from our collection. It was printed in Philadelphia, and though undated, this version has an estimated date of 1793.
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Fans of the two teams in the finals will gather on the 700 block of South Street where the popular German Bierhall has closed down the block for a huge viewing party.
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Hello friends! As you may know, we are currently fundraising to rebuild the Vare Washington schoolyard. If you would like to help support or project, please consider purchasing a tshirt. A link to the order form is below. You can mail payment to me (email firstname.lastname@example.org for my address), or bring it to our meeting on July 25. Deadline for orders is August 1. Thank you for your support!
EveryBlock collects 20 types of news in Philadelphia — including articles, real estate listings, meetups and conversations neighbors are having — and organizes it by location. Here is all the recent news and discussion near 751-798 S. 8th St.