1 hour ago

How Does Your Garden Grow?

What does your garden say about you? Identifying (and celebrating) neighborhood gardeners with skill & style.  Introducing: the East Falls Beautification Awards by Scott Frith of Keller Williams.

    How Does Your Garden Grow?
    Never judge a book by its cover, but yards? A whole different story. What we plant and how we nurture it speaks volumes about who we are, and how we engage with the world around us. While back yards tend to be our own private dens, front yards are social hubs.
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23 hours ago

Schooling Locally, Learning Globally

Philadelphia Hebrew Public approved by School Reform Commission New charter school in East Falls set to open to students August 26, 2019

    Schooling Locally, Learning Globally
    Philadelphia Hebrew Public approved by School Reform Commission New charter school in East Falls set to open to students August 26, 2019 In a May 24 meeting of the School Reform Commission (SRC), the majority of members present voted to approve with conditions the charter of Philadelphia Hebrew Public Charter School.
    http://eastfallslocal.com

31 hours ago

Piece Maker

Local mosaic artist Trish Metzner creates beauty from broken fragments; wins international acclaim. 

    Piece Maker
    Congratulations to East Falls mosaic artist Trish Metzer for achieving international recognition her work creating a 900-foot tile mosaic mural in an indigenous mountain town of Zacatlan de Las Manzanain Puebla, Mexico. For three years, she a team of 14 apprentices (and hundreds of volunteers) worked together to turn the wall of Zacatlan's oldest cemetery into a colorful, glittering representation of the area's history, legends, and culture.
    http://eastfallslocal.com

41 hours ago

Nosy Neighbor Report: Queen Lane Reservoir

What’s going on at the Rezzie? PWD tells all…

    Nosy Neighbor Report: Queen Lane Reservoir
    What's going on at the Rezzie? PWD tells all... Philadelphia Water Department announced on Nextdoor May 1st that plans were moving forward for new security measures for East Falls' Queen Lane reservoir. They're installing new fencing to create a 50-foot buffer between the public and the water, a measure intended to help keep our water supply safe from terrorist bomb attacks.
    http://eastfallslocal.com

2 days ago

Lovin’ on McMichael

A favorite local greenspace shines for Friends and neighbors. 

    Lovin' on McMichael
    Though usually known for quiet zen, McMichael Park got its groove on May 12 with a special "Love Your Park" celebration. Thirty volunteers (and two babies) came out for a full day of fun, including pet adoptions, Music with Gina, and a children's story hour with long-time neighbor (and former Mayor & Governor) Ed Rendell.
    http://eastfallslocal.com

3 days ago

Yoga and a brew in East Falls - Sundays at Wi...

Yoga and a brew in East Falls - Sundays at Wissahickon Brewing Co. !

    How to justify your day-drinking: beer-yoga at Wissahickon Brewing in East Falls
    This is the standard Sunday afternoon ritual at East Falls' Wissahickon Brewing, part of a craft brewery boom that has swept across Philadelphia, bringing with it an influx of yoga-beer combination offerings. - Samantha Melamed, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News
    http://www.philly.com

3 days ago

Ghosts in the Graveyard?

Insights from a local paranormal investigator at Laurel Hill Cemetery and… beyond… On a warm spring night in East Falls my wife Mary and I joined around thirty skeptics and believers at Laurel Hill Cemetery to search for ghosts with the Free Spirit Paranormal Investigators and Laurel Hill tour guides. Armed with digital-magnetic field detectors and electronic voice recorders we went from grave to grave, asking questions, hoping to see or hear proof that ghosts exist. A branch moved. A pinwheel shifted. Signs of paranormal activity? Or just the wind. For two hours, through occasional rain, carefully avoiding gopher holes that could swallow half a leg, the  roar of motorcycles along Kelly Drive below us, we hunted. We learned about the lives of the locals buried there, including the story of Mary Peterson, who, when she died in 1912, asked that her heart be taken out of her body to be buried near her first husband, while the rest of her body was buried near the second. But still, no proof of ghosts. Different cultures around the world have always believed in ghosts. The Aztecs celebrated the Day of the Dead 3,000 years ago, the Bible has ghosts, and almost every family has a version of a ghost story. Even without concrete evidence,  polls suggest that there are many of us who believe in ghosts. According to a HuffPost poll, 45% of Americans believe that the dead can make some kind of appearance and 28% report having seen a ghost. This corresponds to a 2000 Gallup Poll that showed that 31% of Americans believed in ghosts, while in 1978 only 11% of Americans believed. While this increase in belief may have something with more ghost hunting shows on television and the amount of supernatural content in our popular culture, my guess is that it also has to do with our increasing dissatisfaction with reality. A 2015 Pew Report indicated only 19% of Americans said they trusted the Government — and this is before the Trump era. In 1958 that number was 73%.  Our trust in religion and the media  have also decreased. Not only is our trust in these institutions waning, but the real horrors they have inflicted upon the world are far scarier than what most ghosts could ever imagine. Philadelphia itself can be a spooky place. We not only have Laurel Hill Cemetery, but Eastern State Penitentiary and Fort Mifflin just down I-95. Even University of Pennsylvania formed its own Humanities workshop called “The Penn Ghost Project.” Indeed, the most convincing paranormal experience I’ve ever had happened right here in Philadelphia. On a hot July night seventeen years ago, in a first floor apartment on Christian Street across the street from a funeral home that was being gutted (to make room for an art gallery), the room suddenly went ice cold.  Mary blew a smoke ring that turned parallel to the floor and didn’t break until it almost reached the walls. Something lifted her arm that night. The next morning I saw what looked like the form of a five-year-old boy run through the apartment. I asked the neighbors about it. They said a five-year-old boy died on his tricycle in the backyard a few years before. We had nightmares. More ghosts came. I broke the lease and moved out. But even before I saw that ghost, I believed. Dead grandmothers, relatives, friends and professors would visit me in both dreams and memories. I see them still, in both the past and the present, often times with the message that things are going to be just fine. So even though we didn’t see any ghosts at Laurel Hill that night, I came away with the sense that there is a communal desire to believe that things don’t end when we die and that there are ghosts among us, perhaps waiting patiently, for that perfect moment to show us that something we’ve believed in for so long is actually real. Nate House and Mary Conway moved to Calumet Street in East Falls several months ago after living on the Delaware Bayshore for two years. They have yet to see a ghost in East Falls. Before that they lived in Philadelphia neighborhoods from the Northeast to South Philly. They teach English, Communications and Gender Studies at Community College of Philadelphia. Links to other stories about ghosts, birds, dogs and magical fish can be found at www.natehouse.wordpress.com.

    Ghosts in the Graveyard?
    Insights from a local paranormal investigator at Laurel Hill Cemetery and... beyond... On a warm spring night in East Falls my wife Mary and I joined around thirty skeptics and believers at Laurel Hill Cemetery to search for ghosts with the Free Spirit Paranormal Investigators and Laurel Hill tour guides.
    http://eastfallslocal.com

4 days ago

4 days ago

Hop for the Best

Beer-loving couple seeks to brew up community support in Wayne Junction – but some neighbors are fermenting with apprehension.

    Hop for the Best
    Beer-loving couple seeks to brew up community support in Wayne Junction - but some neighbors are fermenting with apprehension. Earlier this month, Todd and Laura Lacy held an investors night at Germantown's Our House Cultural Center to showcase plans for Attic Brewery.
    http://eastfallslocal.com

5 days ago

Graced with Art

When you see the princess’s mural at Conrad and Bowman, look up! Another East Falls icon defines Mackenzie Day’s new spin on the former “Epicure Café” building, and reflects her ever-evolving aesthetic.

    Graced with Art
    When you see the princess's mural at Conrad and Bowman, look up! Another East Falls icon defines Mackenzie Day's new spin on the former "Epicure Café" building, and reflects her ever-evolving aesthetic. True Story: The Artist Haus salon on Conrad Street wouldn't be here if owner Mackenzie Day hadn't entered a National stylist contest for KMS California in 2010.
    http://eastfallslocal.com

5 days ago

East Falls Dog Park shared Philadelphia Bully...

This group is doing amazing work for the underprivileged and ignored dogs of Philly

    Philadelphia Bully Team
    We are struggling to pay Lily's vet bill. We have to stop rescue efforts on all other dogs until we get this balance paid off. Every dollar counts right now. If you're able to donate PLEASE do via...
    https://www.facebook.com

May 19

No View for You

If you’re waiting for the Kelly House Museum to open to the public, don’t hold your breath…

    No View for You
    If you're waiting for the Kelly House Museum to open to the public, don't hold your breath... When his serene highness Prince Albert of Monaco came to East Falls to speak at Jefferson University's commencement last month, he stayed in his mother's childhood home on Henry Avenue.
    http://eastfallslocal.com

May 19

  • PLUMBING PERMIT

    HOUSE TRAP & FAI PA20181350592 "SELF-CERTIFICATION'S ARE NO LONGER PERMITTED" - "ALL EXCAVATIONS AND PLUMBING TRENCHES IN EXCESS OF 5 FEET IN DEPTH MUST HAVE APPROVED SHORING IN PLACE AT THE TIME OF INSPECTION"

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May 18

Meet East Falls Farmer's Market Manager

While you are at the Market this Saturday,stop by the Friends of the Market table. Meet our ever present,energetic Market Manager ,Julia Margulies.Julie is a world traveler and owner of Indian Queen Soap.Her devotion to the Market far exceeds what anyone could expect from a Volunteer.Stop by the Friends of the Market table,chat with her ,or any of the Friends of the Market,to find out how you can support our ever growing Market.We welcome anyone willing to devote any amount of time ! Not planning to visit the Market this week? Contact Julie @ eastfallsfarmersmarket@gmail.com Looking forward to meeting you!!

May 16

Great shot from The Local! Quick reminder of ...

Great shot from The Local! Quick reminder of tomorrow night’s meeting, to include discussion of Penn Charter’s plan!

    East Falls Forward
    Great shot from The Local! Quick reminder of tomorrow night's meeting, to include discussion of Penn Charter's plan!
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May 15

Delicious Italian cuisine in East Falls...htt...

Delicious Italian cuisine in East Falls...http://www.in-riva.com http://www.fiorino.us

    Italian Restaurant and Bar in East Falls, Philadelphia | In Riva
    In Riva is a Southern Italian inspired restaurant and bar with urban flair located in East Falls, Philadelphia "along the banks" of the Schuylkill River.
    http://www.in-riva.com

May 15

Welcome Well+Bone Wellness to East Falls!

Welcome Well+Bone Wellness to East Falls!

    East Falls Development Corporation
    Welcome Well+Bone Wellness to East Falls!
    https://www.facebook.com

May 15

It will be right across the street from Miffl...

It will be right across the street from Mifflin at the Fall of Schuylkill Library! So far we have plans for a short panel and networking. I appreciate any help spreading the word!FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/354645308391147/

    Friends of the Mifflin School, East Falls
    It will be right across the street from Mifflin at the Fall of Schuylkill Library! So far we have plans for a short panel and networking. I appreciate any help spreading the word!FB event page:...
    https://www.facebook.com

May 14

State Police Searching For Inmate Who Escaped Philadelphia Halfway House

It happened on Monday when police say Chase Matthew Vorhauer, 25, escaped from Gaudenzia DRC, a halfway house located on the 3200 block of Henry Avenue.

    State Police Searching For Inmate Who Escaped Philadelphia Halfway House
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - The Pennsylvania State Police are searching for a man they say escaped from a halfway house in the Philadelphia area. It happened on Monday when police say Chase Matthew Vorhauer, 25, escaped from Gaudenzia DRC, a halfway house located on the 3200 block of Henry Avenue.
    http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com

May 14

May 10

Comedy at the Trolley Car Cafe!

Comedy at the Trolley Car Cafe!

    East Falls Development Corporation
    Comedy at the Trolley Car Cafe!
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May 10

www.facebook.com/events/2030413703881895 htt...

www.facebook.com/events/2030413703881895 https://twinbridge.yapsody.com/event/index/242346/dirty-old-town-stand-up-comedy-showcase

    East Falls Development Corporation
    www.facebook.com/events/2030413703881895 https://twinbridge.yapsody.com/event/index/242346/dirty-old-town-stand-up-comedy-showcase
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May 10

Safety First: Driving for Dollars

Driving and delivering thru Uber/Lyft/etc. can be a tempting way to earn some extra cash this summer. Here are some quick tips to be as safe on the road as possible. 

    Safety First: Driving for Dollars
    Driving and delivering thru Uber/Lyft/etc. can be a tempting way to earn some extra cash this summer. Here are some quick tips to be as safe on the road as possible.
    http://eastfallslocal.com

May 10

  • PLUMBING PERMIT

    INSTALL NEW PLUMBING STACKS COPPER PIPING AND FIXTURES IN APARTMENTS(MULTI FAMILY)THE INSTALLATION WILL COMPLY WITH THE PHILADELPHIA PLUMBING CODE 2004

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May 10

May 09

We're getting close to the dead line, if you...

We're getting close to the dead line, if you've already donated thanks. If not plse do. As little as $10 Will help gofundme.com/Thomas-Mifflin-8th-gr-trip

    Click here to support Thomas Mifflin's 8th Grade trip organized by Kenya Nation-Holmes
    Star Date 2018. These are the students of the Starship Thomas Mifflin. Seeking out new knowledge and new destinations(8th grade trip). Plse help fuel this starship with donations. Help these students to boldly go on their 8th grade trip to New York. They will all miss Mifflin, don't let them mis...
    https://www.gofundme.com

May 08

Northwest Philly Spring Festival Saturday, Ma...

Northwest Philly Spring Festival Saturday, May 26th 7100-7200 blocks of Ogontz Avenue 2pm-8pm

    East Falls Development Corporation
    East Falls Development Corporation, Philadelphia, PA. 1,150 likes · 2 talking about this · 21 were here. For residents, businesses, and visitors to post photos fand ind out what is happening. By the...
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May 08

Celebrate Trees at the 23rd Annual East Falls...

Celebrate Trees at the 23rd Annual East Falls Tree Tenders Arbor Day Celebration at Inn Yard Park Join local school students Friday, May 11th, at 10 am at Inn Yard Park to celebrate trees and spring. Future tree tenders from Thomas Mifflin, William Penn Charter, and Wissahickon Charter schools through poems and songs will celebrate trees, ie handsome air purifiers. Following a range of activities from wet sponge relays to learning about our carbon footprint, they will picnic in this bucolic jewel. Sponsored by Philadelphia Parks and Recreation with funding support from DNB First and East Falls Ridge Partners, LLC. Questions? Contact Cynthia Kishinchand at crk3114@msn.com or telephone (2150 849-2474

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May 07

Not So Fast

Weather, work, and holidays can throw real roadblocks into training plans. Even when we couldn’t make our schedules fit, Naomi had our back.

    Not So Fast
    Weather, work, and holidays can throw real roadblocks into training plans. Even when we couldn't make our schedules fit, Naomi had our back. For a while there, it seemed we were making amazing progress with our reactive/impulsive dog Ducky. After learning some long-line skills, we'd moved onto greeting behaviors.
    http://eastfallslocal.com

May 07

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May 06

The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) is ...

The School District of Philadelphia (SDP) is hosting it's district-wide Kindergarten Open House Week from May 7, 2018 - May 11, 2018 (next week)! Kindergarten Open Houses are opportunities for families to learn more about the kindergarten experience at their neighborhood school. Find the complete list of dates and times by school here: https://www.philasd.org/studentplacement/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2018/05/KOH-Open-House-Week-May-7-11-2018-Dates-and-Times.pdf. For more information on the SDP's kindergarten registration process, flyers in other languages, and/or additional resources to help prepare for kindergarten, please visit: www.philasd.org/kregistration. Also, please feel free to reach out to me at aphopkins-ext@philasd.org with any additional questions.

    https://www.philasd.org

May 05

Friends of the Mifflin School, East Falls sha...

    Click here to support We Love Our Philly Public Schools for printing costs and materials
    Looking for a way to show your love for Philly Public Schools? Order a shirt today--help spread the word about why you love Philly public schools!
    https://www.customink.com

May 04

Crime Report: Robbery on Kelly Drive

Details at link -- http://eastfallslocal.com/may-2018 (includes map -- click on address).

    May 2018
    5/3 Robbery 2700 Kelly Dr. 10:15PM Complainant had a verbal altercation with her daughter's father (offender) which turned physical. Compl tried to pull away in her car when the offender tried to pull her out of the car, grabbing her clothes first, then her throat.
    http://eastfallslocal.com

May 04

RESCUE ME: Can You Bisou?

This shepherd mix was dubbed “Kissy Face” by the intake volunteer who fell for her super sweet disposition. Fostered in the Falls, she’s now seeking a forever home for all the love she has to give. 

    RESCUE ME: Can You Bisou?
    This shepherd mix was dubbed "Kissy Face" by the intake volunteer who fell for her super sweet disposition. Fostered in the Falls, she's now seeking a forever home for all the love she has to give.
    http://eastfallslocal.com

May 04

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May 03

Oral History #34Stan Gorski

Interviewee: Stan Gorski, Director, Gutman Library, Philadelphia University Interviewer: Ellen Sheehan Place: Philadelphia University Buildings Date: 9-15- 2009

    Oral History #34Stan Gorski
    Interviewee: Stan Gorski, Director, Gutman Library, Philadelphia University Interviewer: Ellen Sheehan Place: Philadelphia University Buildings Date: 9-15- 2009 Attached is the interview with Stan Gorski, Director, Paul J. Gutman Library at Philadelphia University (now Jefferson University) Library Director Stan Gorski gives the history of the significant buildings on the Philadelphia University campus.
    http://eastfallshistoricalsociety.com

May 02

Oral History #33Gerald (Jerry) Porto, b. 1928

Interviewee: Gerald Porto (GP) Interviewers: Lyda Doyle (LD) and Wendy Moody (WM) Date of Interview: March 5, 2018 Place: Meadowview Rehab Center, Ridge Pike, Philadelphia

    Oral History #33Gerald (Jerry) Porto, b. 1928
    Interviewee: Gerald Porto (GP) Interviewers: Lyda Doyle (LD) and Wendy Moody (WM) Date of Interview: March 5, 2018 Place: Meadowview Rehab Center, Ridge Pike, Philadelphia Jerry Porto, born on Calumet Street in East Falls, talks about his life in East Falls - St. Bridget, Ridge Avenue, making wine at home.
    http://eastfallshistoricalsociety.com

May 02

Oral History #32Robert Freed

Interviewee: Robert Freed (RF) – Historian, old Academy Playhouse Interviewer: Ellen Sheehan (ES) Date of Interview: March 26, 2009

    Oral History #32Robert Freed
    Interviewee: Robert Freed (RF) - Historian, old Academy Playhouse Interviewer: Ellen Sheehan (ES) Date of Interview: March 26, 2009 ES: Bob, I would like to ask you about growing up, where were you born, what section of the city?' BF: I was born in Logan but grew up in Germantown.
    http://eastfallshistoricalsociety.com

May 02

Oral History #31Joe Petrone (1943 – 2015)

Interviewee: Joe Petrone (JP) with Kathleen Petrone (KP) Interviewers: Lyda Doyle (LD) and Wendy Moody (WM) Date of Interview: April 15, 2013

    Oral History #31Joe Petrone (1943 - 2015)
    Interviewee: Joe Petrone (JP) with Kathleen Petrone (KP) Interviewers: Lyda Doyle (LD) and Wendy Moody (WM) Date of Interview: April 15, 2013 LD: This is Wendy Moody and Lyda Doyle from the East Falls Historical Society interviewing Mr. Joseph Petrone, Sr. at his current home at 83 Tiller Drive in Waretown, New Jersey.
    http://eastfallshistoricalsociety.com

May 02

A Little Help from Our Friends

As the Local reaches into nearby neighborhoods, a community Advisory Board keeps our message on track.

    A Little Help from Our Friends
    As the Local reaches into nearby neighborhoods, a community Advisory Board keeps our message on track. Our little publication has undergone significant changes since switching to non-profit status thru CultureWorks of Greater Philadelphia last November. With all our content plus forums, events, and grant efforts, we could use almost constant feedback.
    http://eastfallslocal.com

May 02

Oral History #29Rose Whittey, b. 1899

Interviewee: Rose Welsh Whitty Interviewer: Cherie Snyder Interview: July 31, 1981 Transcribers: Jane Antheil, Philadelphia University (9/15/2009), Wendy Moody (2010)

    Oral History #29Rose Whittey, b. 1899
    Interviewee: Rose Welsh Whitty Interviewer: Cherie Snyder Interview: July 31, 1981 Transcribers: Jane Antheil, Philadelphia University (9/15/2009), Wendy Moody (2010) Born in East Falls, Rose gives a detailed account of working at Dobson Mills. She also describes her house on Sunnyside, St. Bridget School, and local stores.
    http://eastfallshistoricalsociety.com

May 01

East Falls Traveler: Down Yonder

Slices owner and devoted dad Jim Williamson travels to the Smoky Mountains with his wife Dana to help their son conquer the Appalachian Trail (and sneak in some Gatlinburg nightlife)

    East Falls Traveler: Down Yonder
    Slices owner and devoted dad Jim Williamson travels to the Smoky Mountains with his wife Dana to help their son conquer the Appalachian Trail (and sneak in some Gatlinburg nightlife) It wasn't all a tourist adventure for Jim Williamson (co-owner of Slices Pizza, with Jimmy Joyce) during his Tennessee travels last month - in fact, the idea to travel south began as a way to meet his son Michael during a break in the latter's hike of the Appalachian Trail.
    http://eastfallslocal.com

May 01

Friends of the Mifflin School, East Falls add...

I want to say thank you yo some.of the many gr8 teachers @ Thomas Mifflin Elementary #TeacherTuesday

    Friends of the Mifflin School, East Falls
    Friends of the Mifflin School, East Falls added a new photo.
    https://www.facebook.com

Apr 30

Sweet!

A new “dessert studio” on Indian Queen? The Sugary takes a whisk in East Falls.

    Sweet!
    We're usually not this slow when it comes to dessert news around here, but apparently East Falls has been getting sweeter since last summer. The Sugary, a "dessert studio" on Indian Queen began baking cupcakes, cookies, and cakes in August in a commercial kitchen in the old Falls Methodist Church building (across from Fiorino's).
    http://eastfallslocal.com

Apr 30

East Falls Village (another initiative of Eas...

East Falls Village (another initiative of East Falls Community Council) has been staffing the Mifflin Library and reading to students. We'll be having an orientation for our volunteers (current and prospective) which will include a viewing of the Volunteer Training video. https://mailchi.mp/603e24ac5229/foms-meeting-notice-1477253?e=d15efcea58

    Learn About Volunteering at Mifflin School
    Special Volunteer Session at Mifflin School Thomas Mifflin School Conrad St. an Midvale Ave. East Falls Village, a group of (mostly) older Falls residents, has been helping at Mifflin School with two programs. In "Read to Me!" we read with children one-to-one or in small groups.
    https://mailchi.mp

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