2 hours ago

June Meetings This Week **TIME TO VOTE!** Ge...

June Meetings This Week **TIME TO VOTE!** General Meeting - Eager to see YOU! THIS IS A VOTING MEETING* at BuLogics on Midvale Thursday, June 21 6:30 pm Social 7pm Agenda Review Zoning Meeting Notes from Tonight's Meeting (Anticipated Agenda Below) 8pm Adjourn to the Beer Garden *Please note: this meeting will provide the necessary information for our democratic organization to vote on refusals by L&I. This is why our organization, East Falls Forward, exists. We will make information available via email, but here is your opportunity to be informed LIVE! Zoning Meeting Wednesday, June 20, 7 pm Tuttleman Auditorium Jefferson/Philadelpia University School House Lane & Vaux St (This is a new venue.) AGENDA ITEMS INCL: 1) The legalization of a long existing multifamily building (four units) located at 3502 Ainslie Street. There are four units in the property. One apartment on the first floor, two on the second, and one on the third. The building is configured as a four family dwelling, each unit with kitchens, bathrooms and sleeping areas in each apartment. 2) Penn Charter's baseball field project will be discussed as they have received a refusal from the City and seek a variance in order to initiate construction sooner than later. This project includes the demolition of the former JEVs property located just past Fox Lane off School House Lane (SHL) on the Wissahickon side of SHL and the conversion of that area plus part of the existing athletic fields into a new ballfield as well as parking. We reviewed detailed information on the project at our May Meeting and can review again should it be desired.

    East Falls Forward
    June Meetings This Week **TIME TO VOTE!** General Meeting - Eager to see YOU! THIS IS A VOTING MEETING* at BuLogics on Midvale Thursday, June 21 6:30 pm Social 7pm Agenda Review Zoning Meeting...
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21 hours ago

This Old Barn

A charming piece of East Falls history gets a facelift as we dig into the property's storied past. 

    This Old Barn
    This historic barn on JeffU's campus goes "topless" for the next few weeks as it undergoes $300k+ in upgrades, including repointed walls, new rafters, and a new roof. The barn will still need further improvements before it's fully restored, but this first phase is a big step towards preserving this unique structure from the early 19th century.
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23 hours ago

Up At The Tree House-A Little Tree House Library

By Christina Moresi, M.Ed., Wissahickon Environmental Center

    Up At The Tree House-A Little Tree House Library - Friends of Wissahickon
    By Christina Moresi, M.Ed., Wissahickon Environmental Center The summer is upon us at the Tree House, and the forest is full of life. There is adventure on every trail, and every day a new discovery. Our newest discovery for visitors is a small library on our back porch.
    https://www.fow.org

28 hours ago

Save the date! Learn about and give input on ...

Save the date! Learn about and give input on the proposed creation of a Ridge Avenue Thematic Historic District. The public meeting will be July 18th at 6pm at Roxborough Memorial Hospital.

    Wissahickon Interested Citizens Association - WICA
    Save the date! Learn about and give input on the proposed creation of a Ridge Avenue Thematic Historic District. The public meeting will be July 18th at 6pm at Roxborough Memorial Hospital.
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47 hours ago

Butterflies of Love

Full day of family fun for honoring loved ones and sharing joy to be alive.

    Butterflies of Love
    Neighbors from East Falls, Manayunk, Roxborough - and all over NW Philly - came out for VNA Hospice of Philadelphia's 8th Annual Butterfly Release and Community Celebration of Life. At least 100 people of all ages enjoyed hot dogs, pretzels, water ice, face painting, kid's activities, and local vendors offering everything from free neck massages to caricatures, plus delectable samples from Simon Says Brownies and Fifth of a Farm Creations.
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2 days ago

Buddhist Blessings on the Falls Bridge

Imagine all the people, sharing all the world. 

    Buddhist Blessings on the Falls Bridge
    The colorful flags seen recently on the Falls Bridge aren't mere decoration, but an ancient Buddhist tradition for invoking peace, compassion and harmony. While associated today with Tibetan Buddhists, the practice of printing prayers on cloth flags has its roots in India.
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3 days ago

Let It Flow

An East Falls love letter to the Schuylkill, a streaming source of peace, beauty, and positive chi. 

    Let It Flow
    June is National Rivers Month, a time to reflect on the history, health and beauty of our nation's waterways. These majestic rivers include the Mississippi, the Colorado, the Rio Grande and here in East Falls, no matter how you spell or pronounce it, the Schuylkill.
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4 days ago

Good Access = Good Business

How accessible are we here in the Falls? Daniella Slon’s very personal assessment of local establishments -- and the importance of including everyone. 

    Good Access = Good Business
    How accessible are we here in the Falls? Daniella Slon's very personal assessment of local establishments - and the importance of including everyone. Last fall, I heard about a book club meeting being held at the Wissahickon Brewing Company. I love books and enjoy meeting like-minded people, so I signed up.
    http://eastfallslocal.com

5 days ago

The Dogter Will See You Now

Local therapy dog brings smiles to future dentists. A proud owner reports... 

    The Dogter Will See You Now
    Certified last year thru Comfort Caring Canines, Ernie (a corgi mix) comes to work with me once a week at the VA to visit with homeless veterans. This April, he had his first therapy event outside of the VA, a de-stress event for Penn Dental students sponsored by Counseling & Psychological Services.
    http://eastfallslocal.com

Jun 13

Enjoy a Safe & Happy Summer Visit to the Wissahickon

Summertime in Wissahickon Valley Park is beautiful… and busy! Over a million people visit our park every year and the summer months are some of the most popular. Here are some recommendations to make your next trip to the Wissahickon fun, safe, and sustainable:

    Enjoy a Safe & Happy Summer Visit to the Wissahickon - Friends of Wissahickon
    Summertime in Wissahickon Valley Park is beautiful... and busy! Over a million people visit our park every year and the summer months are some of the most popular. Here are some recommendations to make your next trip to the Wissahickon fun, safe, and sustainable: * Parking is limited so think about walking, biking, carpooling, or ...
    https://www.fow.org

Jun 13

Local Preschool Earns LEED Certification

The Goddard School, a leader in early childhood education, located in Plymouth Meeting, PA has been awarded a gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. The Goddard School located in Plymouth Meeting was awarded the highest points earned from any certified daycare facility nationwide from the updated LEED certification program.

LEED certification, a third-party certification program and nationally accepted benchmark for green buildings, recognizes high-performance schools that are healthy and comfortable...

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The Goddard School, a leader in early childhood education, located in Plymouth Meeting, PA has been awarded a gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. The Goddard School located in Plymouth Meeting was awarded the highest points earned from any certified daycare facility nationwide from the updated LEED certification program.

LEED certification, a third-party certification program and nationally accepted benchmark for green buildings, recognizes high-performance schools that are healthy and comfortable for students and teachers. LEED certification is recognized across the globe as the premier mark of achievement in green building. By addressing the uniqueness of school spaces and children’s health issues, LEED provides a comprehensive tool for schools that wish to build green with measurable results.
Some of the school’s energy and sustainability features include:

• Triple pane windows that prevent drafts, save energy from escaping the building, and allow the sun to heat spaces during winter months.
• Super insulated walls, floor, and roof that reduce the size of heating and cooling equipment and keep room temperatures comfortable.
• A building envelope that is designed to reduce air infiltration to passive house levels.
o Passive house buildings are super-insulated, virtually airtight structures that rely on solar energy and the heat generated by people and appliances to do the heavy lifting on climate control, especially during the winter.
• An interior lighting system that harvests free daylight entering the building via classroom and clerestory windows.

For more information visit: https://www.goddardschool.com/philadelphia/plymouth-meeting-walton-road-pa

    Preschool & Daycare Plymouth Meeting, PA | The Goddard School
    We are NOW OPEN! We are located on Walton Road in Plymouth Meeting, serving families from the surrounding neighborhoods of Conshohocken, Lafayette Hill, East Norriton, Blue Bell and Norristown. We are more than a typical daycare; we are committed to providing the highest quality experience for Infants, Toddlers, Preschool and Pre-K children.
    http://www.goddardschool.com

Jun 13

Fatherless Father’s Day

Of memories and moving on: how our fathers continue to inspire us even after they've gone. 

    Fatherless Father's Day
    (Original post 6/5/18 on authorlarrybenjamin.blogspot.com) I remember the accident as if it was yesterday. I had been living in Washington, D.C. for three years. That particular morning, a Saturday, I was running late for work. It was a gray, wet morning at the edge of Winter.
    http://eastfallslocal.com

Jun 11

Principal Mason to be Honored Dear Friends, ...

Principal Mason to be Honored Dear Friends, It is our great pleasure to announce that Leslie Mason has been awarded the Dr. Robert Poindexter Award. The Awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday, June 12th at 4:00 p.m. at Temple University in Ritter Hall at Broad & Cecil B. Moore Avenue. https://mailchi.mp/85198413dfbc/foms-meeting-notice-1504973?e=d15efcea58

    Honor for Principal Mason
    Dear Friends, It is our great pleasure to announce that Leslie Mason has been awarded the Dr. Robert Poindexter Award. A few weeks ago in the midst of preparing for the Lion King we received an email from the district about awards. It was without hesitation that Mrs.
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Jun 11

Our Patriotic Park

This Memorial Day, Fallsers remembered those who gave their lives for our freedom. Coming July 4th, an American celebration for the whole family. 

    Our Patriotic Park
    This Memorial Day, Fallsers remembered those who gave their lives for our freedom. Coming July 4th, an American celebration for the whole family. About 75 neighbors came out to McMichael Park this Memorial Day for a special ceremony honoring local veterans and celebrating new improvements to McMichael Park's War Memorial.
    http://eastfallslocal.com

Jun 10

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

Thank you Ms. Salter for all you did this yr for my Jake. U r an awesome teacher.

    Friends of the Mifflin School, East Falls
    Friends of the Mifflin School, East Falls added a new photo.
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Jun 10

Jun 09

East Falls Community Council added 5 new phot...

Come hang out at the flea market and festival!!

    East Falls Community Council
    East Falls Community Council added a new photo.
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Jun 08

All Jazzed Up

The rooftop at Falls Center jives and swings with these Philly cats from a bygone generation. Meet Drew Nugent & The Midnight Society.

    All Jazzed Up
    Drew Nugent & the Midnight Society sets a magical mood this Sunday at the Top of the Falls. "This old music really does something to you, " he told us, "It's pretty much indescribable." A vintage jazz band with style and swagger, the guys play spirited Hot Jazz that will take you back to the days of vaudeville and Old Timey radio.
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Jun 07

Our community is AMAZING! So many businesses ...

Our community is AMAZING! So many businesses have stepped up and donated extremely generous gifts to help us raise funds for Friends of the Mifflin School, East Falls Want to see what you can win?? You've got to be at the East Falls Flea Market and Festival THIS SATURDAY! Come hang out, shop,e eat, sip, play and win some amazing stuff! Saturday June 9th, 8am-5pm at McMichael Park.

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Jun 07

What the FHA?

KenCrest makes a federal case out of their zoning issues with the neighborhood. Literally. 

    What the FHA?
    New sign last April outside KenCrest indicates that the transitional care home for children is going thru, despite a firm "no" from Community Council: OWNER: Ken-Crest Centers, 3467 W Penn Street APPLICANT: High Swartz LLP, 40 E. Airy Street, Norristown PA 19401 Examiner: Bindu Mathew Zoning Classification: RSA-1 USE PERMIT Subject to revocation if full information is misrepresented or not provided.
    http://eastfallslocal.com

Jun 07

Tattooed Dad

Happy 1st Father’s Day to Frequency Tattoo’s John Howie, who’s rearranging his schedule to make room for Daddy time.

    Tattooed Dad
    April 5 th, John Howie and his wife Dana Michael welcomed the birth of their daughter and first child, Olivia Perle Howie, who weighed 6lbs, 15oz. Olive came early to crash John & Dana's 5 th wedding anniversary, and since then has had her captivated parents in the palm of her adorable little hand.
    http://eastfallslocal.com

Jun 06

From the Archives- Wood, Stone, and Steel: Bridges in the Wissahickon

by Sarah West

    From the Archives- Wood, Stone, and Steel: Bridges in the Wissahickon - Friends of Wissahickon
    by Sarah West Another article in an occasional series of articles that appeared in FOW's publications in the past and still resonate with us today. This piece was written by Sarah West, West is a long-time FOW member, former FOW Board Member, and a current Trail Ambassador.
    https://www.fow.org

Jun 06

Back to School

When Dr. Patten visits, playing vet is serious fun for local kids.

    Back to School
    The vet is in at local schools and she wrote East Falls Local about some of the highlights: "This year I visited the Nursery at The Miquon School which is the class for four and five year olds. I brought in a stuffed animal dog, "Penelope," and all the kids brought in their own stuffies to work with.
    http://eastfallslocal.com

Jun 04

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

    The Problem with "Great Schools"
    by Ali McKay If you have young kids or use Redfin, you've probably seen the school ratings from GreatSchools. Our school is rated a "4". That's out of 10. When I was in school, forty percent is not a grade that I or my parents would have been happy with.
    http://integratedschools.org

Jun 03

Time Fleas

Hard to believe it's that time of the year again: McMichael Park hosts crowds of bargain hunters for a big day of shopping and community fun. 

    Time Fleas
    Hard to believe it's that time of the year again: McMichael Park hosts crowds of bargain hunters for a big day of shopping and community fun. Attention East Falls shoppers and festival fans! This year's East Falls Flea Market will be bigger than ever, and offer more than just great deals.
    http://eastfallslocal.com

Jun 03

REVIEW: Balboa Supper Club

Sumac? Romanesco? Almond dirt?! Our "Taste of Spring" with chef Alex Garfinkel offered an array of exciting ingredients in dishes that celebrated the season deliciously. 

    REVIEW: Balboa Supper Club
    Sumac? Romanesco? Almond dirt?! Our "Taste of Spring" with chef Alex Garfinkel offered an array of exciting ingredients in dishes that celebrated the season deliciously. Back in February, we interviewed our beer guru about his new gig h osting Balboa Catering's "supper clubs" at a stylish space in Fishtown.
    http://eastfallslocal.com

Jun 01

Live Well

A new luxury residential community in Falls Center this summer that spotlights a medical milestone in East Falls

    Live Well
    Named in honor Dr. Ann Preston, the first graduate of the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania, these one, two, and three bedroom units offer health and wellness amenities to celebrate the building's famous history as a medical college and hospital.
    http://eastfallslocal.com

Jun 01

Summertime & the Brews are Easy

Rare offerings and specialty collaborations top this "best of summer" list.

    Summertime & the Brews are Easy
    Summertime in the city is a great time for beer. Philly Beer Week is almost upon us, with breweries from far and wide preparing to invade our fair city to intoxicate the masses. Brew-loving, hometown folk and beer tourists alike will be tempted by rare offerings and specialty collaborations, as well as amazing brew-themed events.
    http://eastfallslocal.com

May 31

MAY MEETING RECAP: One restoration and a poss...

MAY MEETING RECAP: One restoration and a possible demolition. 😲 http://eastfallslocal.com/safety-first-history-second

    Safety First (History Second)
    Structural concerns shut down the year's biggest party on a local landmark, while a revered Quaker institution faces neighborhood ire for choosing progress over architectural legacy. The rumors are true: The Dance on the Falls Bridge has been CANCELLED, EFDC director Kathleen Hogan announced at May's East Falls Forward meeting.
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May 31

Safety First (History Second)

Structural concerns shut down the year's biggest party on a local landmark, while a revered Quaker institution faces neighborhood ire for choosing progress over architectural legacy. 

    Safety First (History Second)
    Structural concerns shut down the year's biggest party on a local landmark, while a revered Quaker institution faces neighborhood ire for choosing progress over architectural legacy. The rumors are true: The Dance on the Falls Bridge has been CANCELLED, EFDC director Kathleen Hogan announced at May's East Falls Forward meeting.
    http://eastfallslocal.com

May 30

Thomas Mifflin presents the Lion King

Thomas Mifflin presents the Lion King

    Friends of the Mifflin School, East Falls
    Thomas Mifflin presents the Lion King
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May 30

Excellent choreography

Excellent choreography

    Friends of the Mifflin School, East Falls
    Excellent choreography
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May 30

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

Thomas Mifflin presents the Lion King

    Friends of the Mifflin School, East Falls
    Friends of the Mifflin School, East Falls added a new photo.
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May 29

Hello to families & friends of Thomas Mifflin...

Hello to families & friends of Thomas Mifflin. Tomorrow @ 9:30, please join us in the auditorium as Thomas Mifflin presents the Lion King.

    Friends of the Mifflin School, East Falls
    Hello to families & friends of Thomas Mifflin. Tomorrow @ 9:30, please join us in the auditorium as Thomas Mifflin presents the Lion King.
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May 29

Oh Ship!

Calling all sailors, pirates, and history buffs for an unforgettable experience this Fourth of July.  

    Oh Ship!
    The best seat in the house for Welcome America's fireworks show this Independence Day weekend! The barkentine Gazela is one of the oldest wooden square-rigged vessels still actively sailing in North America. A Portuguese fishing ship, she's over 100 years old and brimming with historic charm and remarkable original details.
    http://eastfallslocal.com

May 28

A Bounty in Our Backyard

The Local heads to Germantown to sink in some serious local history at Second Saturday (and we found lots of other cool shit, too).

    A Bounty in Our Backyard
    Just up School House lane in Germantown, there's a remarkable stretch of Colonial America - literally, George Washington slept here (for two months during the Yellow Fever epidemic). Along cobblestoned streets, there's old architecture, cemeteries, battle grounds, the Underground Railroad, an Arboretum on the grounds of an historic mansion...
    http://eastfallslocal.com

May 27

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.
    http://eastfallslocal.com

May 26

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

May 26

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

May 25

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

May 24

Many thanks to those who came out last night ...

Many thanks to those who came out last night to the Wissahickon Gateway meeting! The City Planning Commission has asked that WICA send our response as a group. Please email your comments to secretary@wissahickon.us by May 31st. The officers will review them and put together a combined report to be sent to the City.

    Wissahickon Interested Citizens Association - WICA
    Wissahickon Interested Citizens Association - WICA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 202 likes. The Wissahickon Interested Citizens Association serves the Wissahickon Neighborhood in Philadelphia, PA 19128.
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May 24

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

May 23

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

May 23

Volunteer Spotlight: Morgan Sims

How do you volunteer with FOW?

    Volunteer Spotlight: Morgan Sims - Friends of Wissahickon
    How do you volunteer with FOW? Woodshop, or "The Hive," as some of the guys affectionately call it. We make trail signs, bird, and bat houses, benches, picnic tables, fence railings, and whatever else the park needs. What do you love about Wissahickon Valley Park?
    https://www.fow.org

May 23

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

May 22

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

May 21

Wissahickon Interested Citizens Association -...

    New development controls proposed for a hidden gem of the Northwest
    New limits on development are in the works for a leafy Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood best known for its proximity to the sprawling park with which it shares a name.
    http://planphilly.com

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