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#GivingTuesdayNow matching-fund initiative established to help Pennsylvania Non-profits during Pand

Community Landcare Project, Cleaning and Greening Project Southwest Philadelphia

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 Common Threads © 1998 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program/Meg Saligman, Broad & Spring Garden Streets.

Photo by Jack Ramsdale See “About Front

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Community Landcare Project, Cleaning and Greening Project Southwest Philadelphia

#GivingTuesdayNow matching-fund initiative established to help Pennsylvania Non-profits during Pand

Community Landcare Project, Cleaning and Greening Project Southwest Philadelphia

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The Institute for the Development of African-American Youth, Inc, (IDAAY), under the direction of Greg Thompson, Project Manager pictured here in a grey top with program participants. Greg's program has been contracted to train an estimated 50 returning citizens in landscape design throughout the City. The project is in collaboration and conjunction with Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and the Penn Horticultural Society.
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#GivingTuesdayNow matching-fund initiative established to help Pennsylvania Non-profits during Pand

#GivingTuesdayNow matching-fund initiative established to help Pennsylvania Non-profits during Pand

#GivingTuesdayNow matching-fund initiative established to help Pennsylvania Non-profits during Pand

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 Lincoln, NE, April 28, 2020 — Nonprofits across America are struggling. The financial crisis caused by COVID19 has put the organizations that benefit and serve our communities at risk. In an effort to provide immediate aid, GivingTuesday announced #GivingTuesdayNow, a day of unity and giving taking place on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.

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Beech scholarship fund extends deadline

Chester Housing Authority's Ruth Bennett Farms supports community during Covid-19 Crisis

#GivingTuesdayNow matching-fund initiative established to help Pennsylvania Non-profits during Pand

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 PHILADELPHIA, April 27, 2020 -- The Beech Scholarship Fund has extended the deadline to apply for its 2020 college scholarship to May 8, 2020. Beech Community Services awards scholarships of up to $2,500 each year to students attending Cheyney University, Lincoln University, Community College of Philadelphia or Temple University. Applications are now being accepted from high school seniors and current undergraduates attending those institutions.


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Chester Housing Authority's Ruth Bennett Farms supports community during Covid-19 Crisis

Chester Housing Authority's Ruth Bennett Farms supports community during Covid-19 Crisis

Chester Housing Authority's Ruth Bennett Farms supports community during Covid-19 Crisis

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by Lorraine Lavendar-Sims   

 In an effort to support struggling families during the Covid-19 crisis, Chester Housing Authority's (CHA), Ruth Bennett Community Farm distributed more than 100 boxes of food and fresh produce, on April 23, 2020 at Ruth Bennett Community Farms located at 1318 Carla's Lane, Chester, Pa 19013. The CHA Food Drive will be held on May 7, 2020, from 12 noon until 2 pm.

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Art Perseveres and Inspires - Mural Arts

Chester Housing Authority's Ruth Bennett Farms supports community during Covid-19 Crisis

Chester Housing Authority's Ruth Bennett Farms supports community during Covid-19 Crisis

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 Mural Arts Philadelphia has been hard at work, seeking to bring beauty and ignite change in this challenging time. The nation’s leading public art program has shifted with the times, developing several different initiatives to spread positive public health messaging while employing artists, provide athome art instruction for students, fly above the murals with tour guides, and engage in community conversations. 


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Honoring Cecil B. Moore

Honoring Cecil B. Moore

Honoring Cecil B. Moore

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 This weekend we will commemorate the birth of Cecil B. Moore. Moore was born on April 2, 1915 in West Virginia. Following his discharge from the Marine Corps, he moved to Philadelphia where he attended law school at Temple University. Moore earned a reputation as a “no-nonsense” lawyer who fought hard for his clients, the majority of whom were poor African Americans in the North Philadelphia area. 

Honoring Cecil B. Moore

Honoring Cecil B. Moore

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 He was a fearless fighter for justice. In this time of unchartered waters, remembering our leaders and all that was sacrificed so we have the lives that we live today is more valuable than ever. Our history is a precious commodity that we must bequeath to our generations yet unborn.   

Honoring Cecil B. Moore

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 It is also very important that we recognize the struggles we have overcome and understand our resilience. We must focus on the important aspects of life, recognize who we truly are and, work toward the goal of being successful as individuals and as a society.  


Read more about this stalwart soldier in the fight for Civil rights.


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Parenting Children During the Coronavirus Pandemic: Tips for Parents

By Stephanie C. Nash, LICSW President & CEO, Episcopal Center for Children
This is an unprecedented time in our world and, understandably, there are many questions and concerns due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The shut down of schools, business establishments, and restaurants combined with social distancing, and self-quarantine have resulted in major changes to how we navigate our daily lives. Families with children of all ages are impacted by these changes. Parents are creatively looking to adapt to new routines to support their children while seeking to establish responsibility, peace, and joy in the household. The balancing act can bring both rewards and challenges. Staying at home and following the directives from government officials is important. We all need to find safe and meaningful ways to support our children, one another and seek self-care. Here are some tips to help. Tips for family and self care while home:     Do frequent hand washing with soap and water. When not available use hand sanitizer.     Wash or clean incoming groceries before bringing them into your home.     Wipe down common household surfaces that are used frequently, such as the kitchen counters, dining table, doorknobs, refrigerator handles, bathroom counters, faucet handles, and other surfaces.     Create a calm tone in your home. Adults should strive to be self-aware. Anxiety may be high for adults in the home, but it is important to provide reassurance and calm to your children - they are watching and listening to how you respond to this crisis.     Check-in with your loved ones and talk with your children about their thoughts and feelings. For younger children, follow their lead. Be honest and use appropriate talk. Limit child viewing of daily news broadcasts. For older children, be honest and have age appropriate discussions. Validate their concerns while providing reassurance and understanding for their feelings.     Maintain routines as much as possible. Young children especially will need structure that replicates a school week. Make time for snacks and movement breaks.     Give daily, positive affirmations and encourage family members. This might be as simple as saying, “Wow, you are doing great at sharing the game with your sister” or “Thanks for being helpful by clearing off the table” or “You were so responsible with your online assignment.


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Mamba, We Love You

Universal Institute Charter Hosts 2nd Daddy Daughter Masquerade Ball

One of Omega Founders honored

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    (LOS ANGELES, CA, March 17, 2020) – There’s a new song ascending into the heavens above Hollywood’s horizon, crowning the many touching tributes recently paid to late and legendary basketball superstar Kobe Bryant, who sadly, and tragically transitioned this life on January26th at just 41 years of age, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven other souls.  


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One of Omega Founders honored

Universal Institute Charter Hosts 2nd Daddy Daughter Masquerade Ball

One of Omega Founders honored

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The Philadelphia City Council has approved renaming a street in honor of Founder Dr. Oscar James Cooper. The resolution was approved on Feb. 13 and would transform the street, which is located on the 1600 to 1700 block of West Jefferson Street to ‘Dr. Oscar J. Cooper Way’ and honors the legacy of one of undergraduate students who founded the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity at Howard University in 1911.


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Universal Institute Charter Hosts 2nd Daddy Daughter Masquerade Ball

Universal Institute Charter Hosts 2nd Daddy Daughter Masquerade Ball

Universal Institute Charter Hosts 2nd Daddy Daughter Masquerade Ball

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 February is a month that highlights the affection felt by amorous couples; however, there are few loves more profound than that between a father and his daughter. As part of their 

Positive Behavior Support Initiative, Universal Institute Charter School hosted  its 2nd Daddy Daughter Masquerade Ball.  


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City announces first death of a Philadelphia resident from COVID-19 Coronaviruse

PHILADELPHIA - The City of Philadelphia announced March 25, 2020, that a resident ill with COVID-19 coronavirus has died, the first fatality from the coronavirus in Philadelphia. Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said the resident was in his 50s and had underlying medical issues. To safeguard the privacy of the victim and family, no other details are being released.

“We are all deeply saddened by this news,” said Mayor Kenney. “Our prayers are with the family and loved ones at this difficult time. The death of this resident is a reminder of the extremely serious nature of this pandemic. The unfortunate reality is that there will likely be more deaths as the number of cases grow. Which is why our Stay at Home order is essential. This virus is very real, and deadly. So when we tell residents to stay at home, to avoid even small gatherings on the street corner, we are not messing around.”


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PECO to provide electric service to previously disconnected customers

PECO is taking several steps to help ensure all customers have access to electric service during this critical time. As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, PA Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses to close physical locations to slow coronavirus spread.  With more people, including children, at home during the day, PECO will be working with customers who have had their service disconnected to reconnect service and help ensure access to safe and healthy environments.

“We provide an important service and recognize that our customers are relying on electricity during this critical time,” said Mike Innocenzo, PECO president and CEO. “We need to come together in support of one another during this time, ensuring every customer has access to safe and reliable electric service is just one of the many ways we are doing just that.”

    Customers who have had their electric service disconnected should contact PECO at 1-800-494-4000 to begin the reconnection process. No new connection fees or deposits will be required however customers will continue to be responsible for previous unpaid balances.  As part of this process, PECO Customer Care Associates will work with customers to help identify assistance programs that can supplement bill payment and can help ensure service remains on after this pandemic.


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School District Expands Hotline to Multiple Languages

Philadelphia — The School District of Philadelphia has expanded its student and family engagement efforts by adding nine new hotlines in multiple languages so more families can get answers to a range of general questions in their native languages. In addition to the current English-language hotline, new ones are now available in the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, Chinese, French, Khmer, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.

 The hotline will be staffed with District employees who can answer a range of general questions about the District’s closure during the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) as well as about the K- 12 Learning Guides.


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“The Office of the Sheriff postpones Tax Liens Sales and Evictions due to COVID-19” Display real tes

    On Thursday, March 12, 2020 Sheriff Rochelle Bilal petitioned the Court to allow the postponement of Tax Lien Sales and Evictions for March 2020. The tax lien sales scheduled for March 18, 2020, March 24, 2020 and March 26, 2020 have been postponed as a result of COVID-19 health concerns and restrictions issued by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. 

    These tax sales gather hundreds of people and out of an abundance of caution, the sales have been postponed. At present, April 1, 2020 the suspensions will be revisited, and a determination will be made if it is safe to resume sales.


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Beech supports non-profits and small businesses during Coronavirus emergency

    Non-profit organizations in Philadelphia that provide urgent, essential services will receive emergency funding from The Beech Companies, Inc. through its Alston Beech Foundation. Beginning this week and for several weeks going forward Beech will make $1,000 contributions to selected non-profits to help keep them running during this national emergency.

   “As Beech celebrates our 30th anniversary this year, the worldwide Coronavirus crisis is a reminder of our purpose and mission from day one of providing service to the community,” said Dr. Kenneth Scott, president/CEO of Beech. “We are asking that other businesses and organizations join us in making donations to the various organizations we fund each week. These are serious times that require a timely, unified, compassionate response.”


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In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda seeks next generation of leader

WASHINGTON — In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda is seeking applicants for the Next Generation Leadership Institute, a paid two-year fellowship that serves as a formal pipeline for training young Black women, of all identities, from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to become Reproductive Justice leaders. Because many campuses have been shut down due to COVID-19, the 2020-2022 Next Generation Leadership Institute Fellowship application period has been extended to April 30, 2020, to allow students more time to apply.

 

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US Supreme Court rolls back historic Civil Rights protections in Comcast Ruling

    Washington, March 23, 2020 – Today the United States Supreme Court instructed a lower court to reconsider its ruling in a discrimination case involving National Association of African American Owned Media (NAAAOM) and Comcast. The decision issued by the Court weakens the reach of Section 1981, a core provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 – a historic statute that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color and ethnicity when making and enforcing contracts – imposing a burdensome pleading standard on victims of discrimination.

    “The Court's decision imposes a tougher burden of proof that will likely make it more difficult for discrimination victims to invoke the protections of Section 1981 in discrimination cases,” said Kristen Clarke, president & executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “This ruling weakens our nation's oldest civil rights statute and may shut the courthouse door on some discrimination victims who, at the complaint stage, may simply be without the full range of evidence needed to meet the Court's heightened standard. That said, the Court has ordered the district court to review its earlier decision to determine whether ESN'S claims satisfy the standard. We will be watching closely to ensure that courts give discrimination victims a fair opportunity to be heard in these cases.”


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ACHIEVEability cancels its Spring Fundraiser

  ACHIEVEabilty cancelsits Spring Fundraiser, Give and Groove, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we were disappointed at having to make this decision, we do not take this situation lightly. The health and safety of our guests and staff is of utmost importance to us.

ACHIEVEability’s annual fundraising event is a critical source of unrestricted funding, and in these extraordinary circumstances, our services are more important than ever. Canceling this event has a direct impact on the funds ACHIEVEability relies on to carry out our important work of breaking the cycle of poverty for West Philadelphians.


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Health, healing and preventive measures for virus epidemic

There is an hysteria that has galvanized communities locally, nationally and those abroad in regards to the virtual reality of COVID-19 as an infectious disease and the insurgency for epidemic proportions. Allergies and toxicology has served as my earlier discovery zone within appointments as a Trainer for the American Academy of Pediatrics Association and at the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Public Health Initiatives (Perelman School of Medicine), as an Adjunct Fellow and Community School. This has been my thrust since serving as the inaugural mentor for the Public Health Young Leaders Association. It has now emerged as a civic engagement reporting and investigative perusal involving the health economics and socialization incursions abundance of viral spreading.


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UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball Secures Better Futures for the Next Generation of Leaders

UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball Secures Better Futures for the Next Generation of Leaders

UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball Secures Better Futures for the Next Generation of Leaders

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 Mayor Jim Kenney and other dignitaries participated in the 8th Annual UNCF Philadelphia Mayor’s Masked Ball at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown in Center City to benefit the area’s future leaders. 


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Representative Roni Green sworn in to represent 190th District

UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball Secures Better Futures for the Next Generation of Leaders

UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball Secures Better Futures for the Next Generation of Leaders

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HARRISBURG, March 16 – State Rep. G. Roni Green, D-Phila., was sworn in on March 16 to represent 190th legislative district after winning a special election to fill the vacancy on February 25, 2020.


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Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland, Chester Police Urge Public to Speak Up in Wake of Recent Homicides/Shooting

    CHESTER, PA– Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland yesterday urged residents in the city of Chester to speak up and help city officials stop the violence in the community. During a late evening press conference on March 11 at Chester City Hall, Mayor Kirkland and Police Commissioner Otis Blair spoke publicly for the first time about the rise in violence throughout the city.

    “It breaks our heart that we have kings killings kings,” said Mayor Kirkland. “This uptick in gun violence is disturbing not only to the community, but it is equally as disturbing to all of us in Chester City government. We need you as parents, as a community, to help us protect your children—our children.”

On March 10, the city recorded its 11th homicide three months into the year. Police statistics show last year during the same timeframe, the city had only two homicides on record. “We are hitting a very rough patch right now,” said Commissioner Blair. “This department has been and will continue to work diligently to keep this community safe. Because of these bad actors, our policing efforts will have to be more radical. We will change some things that aren’t working. We will implement some new strategies. ”

    The Chester Police Department will begin a new patrolling schedule that will show a boost in police presence. Typically, patrolling assignments are relegated to “high-crime” areas; however, since several recent shootings have taken place outside of these locations, the Police Command Staff has altered normal patrolling placements. “Right now, we will increase patrols where we can all over the city,” stated Commissioner Blair.

Additionally, the department is in the process of creating a new unit that will focus on proactive measures to suppress criminal behavior. The new unit will also focus its efforts on gathering intelligence.


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COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

City Provides Update on COVID-19 for Sunday, March 15, 2020

ChristianaCare Announces Temporary New Patient Visitation Guidelines

ChristianaCare Announces Temporary New Patient Visitation Guidelines

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 PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley today announced four additional presumptive confirmed cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Philadelphia. That brings the number of confirmed cases to eight. The City is awaiting test results on 45 other cases.“These new cases appear to be spread from people who had not yet developed symptoms,” said Dr. Farley. “So we expect the number of cases to grow rapidly in this phase of the epidemic. Because of that, and because of increased testing availability, we are now encouraging physicians to test more widely. And that will help with containment.”The City’s previously-announced prohibition on gatherings of 1,000 or more people, and recommendation against gatherings of between 250 and 1,000 people, remains in force.  However, Managing Director Brian Abernathy made clear that evaluations of those standards are ongoing. “These are not easy decisions, and they are decisions that have a significant impact on the poorest big city in the United States. As we’re trying to manage this health care crisis, we are also trying to manage through deep poverty, and making sure we have appropriate services for our most vulnerable populations. We want to make sure they are protected as well.”The City reminds students and families affected by the closure of all Philadelphia schools that the City and the School District will provide meal service and drop-in activity space for students over the next two weeks:

  • Over the next two weeks, from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. through noon, any Philadelphia student (including students who attend district-run, charter, or private schools) can get up to two grab-and-go meals at any of the 30 schools included in the list linked below.
  • Over the next two weeks, from Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. through 6 p.m., the City will open 50 City-owned facilities, including gyms and recreation centers. The sites will provide safe spaces for students, and staff will offer limited meals at 3:00 p.m. These sites will be staffed by Parks & Recreation team members, however, they should not be considered a substitute for childcare. 
  • The list of locations for meal pick-ups and drop-in facilities can be found here.
  • Families can find an interactive map of both meal sites and activity spaces here.

The City also offered the following reminders:Libraries: To comply with the Governor’s statewide closure of libraries, all branches of the Philadelphia Free Library are closed to the public. All staff members should report to work on their regular schedules.Residents with questions can call the Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline at 1-800-722-7112. The Helpline, free and available 24/7, is staffed by trained healthcare providers and is for anyone in the Greater Philadelphia area, including the public and healthcare providers, to help answer questions about COVID-19.Residents can get COVID-19 updates sent to their phones. Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive free alerts with information and updates from the Health Department. Information is also being updated daily on the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s webpage www.phila.gov/covid-19.Notes to media: City officials will continue to update the press every day, including weekends, at 1:00 p.m. These briefings will take place at the Emergency Operations Center, located at the Fire Administration Building lobby, 240 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123, and will be livestreamed via the Department of Public Health’s twitter account, @PHLPublicHealth.Due to the volume of press requests related to COVID-19, members of the media are asked to hold all City-related questions for those daily briefings. Emailed press questions should go to press@phila.gov.

ChristianaCare Announces Temporary New Patient Visitation Guidelines

ChristianaCare Announces Temporary New Patient Visitation Guidelines

ChristianaCare Announces Temporary New Patient Visitation Guidelines

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(Wilmington, Del. – March 15, 2020) 

To protect our patients, caregivers and community from the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, the following new patient visitation guidelines will go into effect Monday, March 16, at 1 p.m.:

  • Visitors who are experiencing flu-like symptoms such as fever or cough should not come to the hospital or outpatient practices.
  • Patients at the hospitals, outpatient services and the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute may have one visitor or support person at a time. Additional visitors must wait outside of the building and not in the lobby or waiting areas. This does not apply to laboring mothers, the neonatal intensive care unit, or patients in hospice or palliative care.
  • Hospital visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • All visitors to the hospital will be screened for coronavirus risk before they are allowed to enter. Visitors who have symptoms or do not meet the screening criteria will not be allowed to enter the hospital.
  • Hospital visitors must be age 16 or older.
  • We also recommend that older adults who may be especially vulnerable to illness refrain from visiting loved ones in the hospital.

The screening consists of a series of questions related to symptoms, travel history and potential exposure. The screen is not a lab test. It is based on the most current guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

We encourage people to explore alternate ways of connecting with their loved ones who are patients in the hospital, including video and phone visits.

We understand that these restrictions are challenging for families who wish to visit and be with their loved ones. However, these restrictions are designed to protect patients, their loved ones and health care workers during this time of coronavirus, influenza and other respiratory illnesses circulating in our community.

What to do if you are concerned you may have coronavirus

ChristianaCare would like to remind the public that most people who are experiencing coronavirus symptoms do not need to go to the emergency department.

Please do not go to the emergency department unless you are experiencing symptoms that are severe or life-threatening. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911.

If you are concerned you have coronavirus, please do NOT show up at your doctor’s office. Instead, please call your doctor and ask if it is appropriate for you to keep or make an appointment, and get instructions from your doctor.

These steps help us to protect your safety and the safety of others.

Please check here for more information about coronavirus.

About ChristianaCare
Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, ChristianaCare is one of the country’s most dynamic health care organizations, centered on improving health outcomes, making high-quality care more accessible and lowering health care costs. ChristianaCare includes an extensive network of outpatient services, home health care, medical aid units, three hospitals (1,299 beds), a Level I trauma center and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a comprehensive stroke center and regional centers of excellence in heart and vascular care, cancer care and women’s health. It also includes the pioneering Gene Editing Institute and was rated by IDG Computerworld as one of the nation’s Best Places to Work in IT. ChristianaCare is a nonprofit teaching health system with more than 260 residents and fellows. We are continually ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Hospital. With our unique CareVio data-powered care coordination service and a focus on population health and value-based care, ChristianaCare is shaping the future of health care. Learn how we deliver greater quality and value at  https://christianacare.org.

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City and School District to Provide Meals and Activity Space

Additional Information


 

PHILADELPHIA - In light of schools being closed from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27, the School District and City of Philadelphia today announced plans to provide meal service and drop-in activity space for students over the next two weeks.

From Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. through noon, any Philadelphia student can get up to two grab-and-go meals at the following 30 schools: 

School Meal Site

Address (and zip code)

Dr. Ethel Allen School, 3200 W. Lehigh Avenue (19132)

Add B. Anderson School, 1034 S. 60th Street (19143)

John Barry Elementary School, 5900 Race Street (19139)

Mary McLeod Bethune School, 3301 Old York Road (19140)

Cayuga School, 4344-4358 N. 5th Street (19140)

Jay Cooke Elementary School, 1300 W. Louden Street (19141)

William Cramp School, 3449 N. Mascher Street (19140)

A.L. Fitzpatrick School, 11061 Knights Road (19154)

Benjamin Franklin School, 5737 Rising Sun Avenue (19120)

Edward Gideon School, 2817 W. Glenwood Avenue (19121)

Andrew Hamilton School, 5640 Spruce Street (19139)

William H. Hunter School, 2400 N. Front Street (19133)

John B. Kelly School, 5116 Pulaski Street (19144)

Martin Luther King High School, 6100 Stenton Avenue (19138)

Alain Locke School, 4550 Haverford Avenue (19139)

William H. Loesche School, 595 Tomlinson Road (19116)

William C. Longstreth School, 5700 Willows Avenue (19143)

James R. Ludlow School, 550 W. Master Street (19122)

Mayfair School, 3001 Princeton Avenue (19149)

Delaplaine McDaniel School, 1801 S. 22nd Street (19145)

General George G. Meade School, 1600 N. 18th Street (19121)

James Rhoads School, 4901 Parrish Street (19139)

Roxborough High School, 6498 Ridge Avenue (19128)

George Sharswood School, 2300 S. 2nd Street (19148)

Solomon Solis-Cohen School, 7001 Horrocks Street (19149)

Allen M. Stearne School, 1655 Unity Street (19124)

James J. Sullivan School, 5300 Ditman Street (19124)

Tilden Middle School, 6601 Elmwood Avenue (19142)

Vare-Washington Elementary School, 1198 S. 5th Street (19147)

John H. Webster School, 3400 Frankford Avenue (19134)

Essential personnel including a school police officer and other support staff will be on-site to distribute meals to students and families. “We encourage any School District families interested in obtaining breakfast and lunch meals for their students to visit these meal distribution sites,” said Superintendent William R. Hite, Jr., Ed.D. “We are eager to help support families during this difficult time and urge them to take advantage of the resources provided throughout the city.”

In addition, the City will open 50 City-owned facilities, including gyms and recreation centers, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday (see list below). The sites will provide safe spaces where students can drop-in for activities, and staff will offer limited meals at 3:00 p.m. These sites will be staffed by Parks & Recreation team members, however, they should not be considered a substitute for childcare. 

All other Parks & Recreation sites across Philadelphia will be closed to the public effective Monday, March 16, including environmental education centers, Carousel House, and ice rinks. Parks & Recreation’s six older adult centers will open on a regular schedule (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) for meal service. 

The following 50 Parks & Recreation sites will be open to young people 18 and under for meal distribution and drop-in programming:

Parks & Recreation Site

Address (and zip code)

Athletic Recreation Center, 1400 N. 26th Street (19121)

Belfield Recreation Center, 2109 W. Chew Avenue (19138)

Bridesburg Recreation Center, 4601 Richmond Street (19137)

Cecil B. Moore Recreation Center, 2551 N. 22nd Street (19132)

Christy Recreation Center, 728 S. 55th Street (19143)

Clemente Playground, 1800 Wallace Street (19130)

Cobbs Creek Recreation Center, 280 Cobbs Creek Parkway (19139)

Cohocksink Recreation Center, 2901 Cedar Street (19134)

Daniel E Rumph II Recreation Center Playground, 100 E. Johnson Street (19144)

Dorothy Emanuel Playground, 8500 Pickering Street (19150)

East Passyunk Recreation Center, 1025 Mifflin Street (19148)

Francis Myers Recreation Center, 5801 Kingsessing Avenue (19143)

Feltonville Recreation Center, 221 E Wyoming Ave # 231 (19120)

Fox Chase Recreation Center, 7901 Ridgeway Street (19111)

Gambrel Recreation Center, 1900 Wakeling Street (19124)

Hank Gathers Recreation Center, 2501-2519 W. Diamond Street (19121)

Guerin Recreation Center, 2201 S. 16th Street (19145)

Happy Hollow Playground, 4800 Wayne Avenue (19144)

Hawthorne Cultural Center, 1200 Carpenter Street (19147)

Houseman Playground, 5091 Summerdale Avenue (19124)

J. Finnegan Playground, 6801 Grovers Avenue (19142)

Jardel Recreation Center, 1400 Cottman Avenue (19111)

Kendrick Recreation Center, 5822-5824 Ridge Avenue (19128)

Kingsessing Recreation Center, 4901 Kingsessing Avenue (19143)

Lawncrest Recreation Center, 6000 Rising Sun Avenue (19111)

Lee Cultural Center, 328 Haverford Avenue (19104)

Lonnie Young Recreation Center, 1100 E. Chelten Avenue (19138)

Marian Anderson Recreation Center, 740 S. 17th Street (19146)

Max Meyers Recreation Center, 1601 Hellerman Street (19149)

McVeigh Recreation Center, 400-464 E. Ontario Street (19134)

Miles Mack Playground, 732 N. 36th St #66 (19104)

Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 2101 Cecil B. Moore Avenue (19121)

Murphy Recreation Center, 300 Shunk Street (19148)

Olney Recreation Center, 100 E. Godfrey Avenue (19120)

Palmer Playground, 3035 Comly Road (19154)

Palumbo Recreation Center, 725 S. 10th Street (19147)

Pelbano Recreation Center, 8101 Bustleton Avenue (19152)

Piccoli Playground, 1501 E. Bristol Street (19124)

Rivera Recreation Center, 3201 N. 5th Street (19140)

Samuel Recreation Center, 3539 Gaul St, Philadelphia, PA 19134

Shepard Recreation Center, 5700 Haverford Avenue (19131)

Simons Recreation Center, 7200 Woolston Avenue (19138)

Starr Garden Playground, 600-644 Lombard Street (19147)

Towey Playground, 1832 N. Howard St., Philadelphia, PA, 19122

Tustin Recreation Center, 5901-5929 W. Columbia Avenue (19151)

Vare Recreation Center, 2600 Morris Street (19145)

Vogt Playground, 4131 Unruh Avenue (19135)

Water Tower Recreation Center, 209-299 E. Hartwell Lane (19118)

Wharton Square, 2300 Wharton Street (19146)

Zeihler Playground, 200-264 E. Olney Avenue (19120)

“No child should go hungry because they are not in school,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “The City and School District will continue to do everything we can to make sure our students' basic needs are met during this challenging time. I ask Philadelphians to continue looking out for one another by sharing resources like this with their loved ones and neighbors.” 

Meal and activity sites were selected based on neighborhood needs, size of facilities, and a desire to be geographically spread throughout the city. Again, other than the sites listed above, all other Parks & Recreation sites across the City will be closed to the public effective Monday, March 16.

A full list of meal sites and activity spaces is available at phila.gov and a map is available at http://bit.ly/youth-meal-sites.

Health Dept. update: The Philadelphia Department of Public Health announced one additional presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Philadelphia, bringing the total so far to four. The City is awaiting test results on 56 other cases.

Libraries: To comply with the Governor’s statewide closure of libraries, all branches of the Philadelphia Free Library are closed to the public effective today. All staff members should report to work on their regular schedules.

Residents with questions can call the Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline at 1800-722-7112. The Helpline, free and available 24/7, is staffed by trained healthcare providers and is for anyone in the Greater Philadelphia area, including the public and healthcare providers, to help answer all of their questions about the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Residents can get COVID-19 updates sent to their phones. Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive free alerts with information and updates from the Health Department. Information is also being updated daily on the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s webpage www.phila.gov/covid-19.

Notes to media: Due to the volume of press requests related to COVID-19, members of the media are asked to send all City-related questions to press@phila.gov.

Until further notice, City officials will continue to update the press every day, including weekends, at 1:00 p.m. These briefings will take place at the Emergency Operations Center, located at the Fire Administration Building lobby, 240 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123.

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City Council, Steps to Protect Public, Council and staff from exposure to the Coronavirus

    March 11, 2020, Following consultations with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and Council’s leadership team, City Council President Darrell L. Clarke announced a series of proactive steps intended to reduce the risk of contracting coronavirus, while still permitting Council to conduct its session and the public to participate in it.

    “These steps are being taken as precautions and upon the advice of our city’s public health professionals,” said Council President Clarke. “These measures are temporary. Depending upon the course that this pandemic takes, additional steps may be required in the future.”

Council President Clarke and Council’s leadership team announced the following steps, effective with tomorrow’s Council Meeting.

   1. To ensure that everyone can keep a medically advisable social distance from each other, Caucus will be held in Council chambers.

  

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Kinsey hosts first public safety listening tour series, announces upcoming tour for youth

      Seeking the public’s ideas on curbing gun violence in communities across Northwest Philadelphia, state Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila, hosted a public safety listening event on February 18, 2020 at The First Presbyterian Church.

       “From our neighbors and law enforcement, to local leaders and organizations, we must all be part of the conversation in putting an end to this crisis,” Kinsey said. “The first listening tour is just the beginning and was a great success. We must now take the concerns and ideas we heard to help create solutions.”

      Residents across Northwest Philadelphia gave their insight and experiences on their bouts with gun violence and how to combat it to a panel consisting of Philadelphia Police Capt. Nicholas Smith of the 14th District; Chantay Love, founder and program director, Every Murder Is Real; Rochelle Curbreath, manager of legislative affairs, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority; state police Lt. Robert Bailey; and Kinsey’s Northwest Philadelphia House colleagues Reps. Chris Rabb and Isabella Fitzgerald of the 200th and 203rd legislative districts, respectively.


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Rep. Cephas announces grant for safety and security

March 11, 2020 – State Rep. Morgan Cephas, D-Phila., today announced a $25,000 state safety and security grant to Mahdieh Inc., a nonprofit Islamic educational center established in February 2000.

The center serves the Iranian American Muslim community of the Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware area and is founded and operated by its members. It serves as a resource for Muslim parents to raise their children and celebrate Muslim holidays. This grant will be used to bolster the organization’s efforts to reduce hate crimes and help those who are victims of hate. 


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Sanchez, Kenyatta discuss legislation about reporting lost or stolen firearms

State Reps. Ben Sanchez, D-Montgomery, and Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Phila., on Monday, March 10, 2020, co-hosted a news conference at St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Kenyatta’s 181st Legislative District to urge the General Assembly to vote on legislation about reporting lost or stolen firearms.

“We’re standing in the epicenter of the gun violence epidemic. It’s right here in North Philly – my community – where countless lives have been taken by guns, particularly guns that have been lost or stolen only to resurface in the hands of dangerous people,” Kenyatta said. “Today, we’re demanding our state legislature to stop ignoring this critical piece of legislation and to stop putting special interests and petty partisanship over what truly matters – lives.”


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Rabb announces PCCD grant for Germantown Jewish Centre

    March 11, 2020 – State Rep. Chris Rabb announced today that Germantown Jewish Centre has received a $49,810 grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to improve the safety and security of its facilities.

     “All people – people of all faiths, ethnicities, genders, races, sexual orientations and abilities – should be safe from violence wherever they gather,” Rabb said. “Our diversity is what makes our communities stronger and more interesting.
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Jazz Cultural Voices presents Philadelphia Clef Club Big Band

The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, PNC Arts Alive “Jazz Cultural Voices” series will  present The Philadelphia Clef Club Community Big Band under direction of Louis Cioci & John Clark on Saturday, March 21, at 7:30.  Appearing with the Big Band will be saxophonist Audrey Welber, and vocalists Ella Gahnt, and Paula Johns.   The concert will take place at the Clef Club's Blue Note Hall, located on 738 S. Broad St.  Parking will be available. Tickets are $25 and can be ordered online at clefclubofjazz.org.  For further information call (215) 893-9912.


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Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) celebrates 20th Anniversary in Philadelphia with All-Star Hip Hop Show

    Let it be known – the “boom bap” will be flowing HARD on Columbus Blvd. this month when legendary hip hop artists Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) and Talib Kweli hit THE AVE stage on Friday, March 20 at 8pm. THE AVE, 520 North Columbus Blvd. 

     This unprecedented live experience in Philly will feature separate sets by Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli as well as a Black Star reunion.  Yasiin Bey’s set list is sure to include tracks from his 1999 gold album Black on Both Sides in celebration of the 20th anniversary of his solo career.  But WAIT, there’s more!  

    Three more iconic hip hop artists, Slick Rick, M.O.P. and Pharaohe Monch, will also share the stage – giving literally no excuse for hip hop heads far and wide to be in the house on the 20th.

This all-star lineup is merely one manifestation of a larger plan behind THE AVE, which is to revitalize safe spaces for urban culture and highlight the best of the best in urban music by bringing in national acts and cultivating local talent.

Mastermind the Hustle

Bright Hope Baptist Church welcomes first female Pastor from the oldest Baptist Church in Africa

Getting the Scoop on Savings

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by Dr. Leslie Grace

 Can you hear the beat of the song “ The Hustle”? “Do the Hustle! Do it”! “Go ahead and do it, do it until you are satisfied” are the lyrics to another song I remember hearing. Today the term “Hustle” has evolved over the years.

Hustle as in having the tenacity, courage, and self -belief, confidence to get what we want out of life. Most of us cannot get what we want out of life because we are always on survival mode. Time to stop surviving and thrive. Most of us come from dysfunctional families and carry wounds and traumatic childhood experiences. This dysfunction has long lasting effects on our sense of worth, belief in self and capabilities, if not addressed or healed. The dysfunction rears its head and we fear people and isolate, develop control mechanisms, no sense of trust, no feelings, and people pleasing, become a victim, bully others, and addicted to drama. 

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Getting the Scoop on Savings

Bright Hope Baptist Church welcomes first female Pastor from the oldest Baptist Church in Africa

Getting the Scoop on Savings

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WYOMISSING, PA – Thirty young professionals and their children met recently at Sweet Ride Ice Cream Shop in West Reading for an interactive program on savings. The event, coordinated and presented by Tompkins VIST Bank, was for United Way’s Emerging Leaders United (ELU), a group for individuals, ages 21 to 45, focused on volunteering and personal development. The bank designed the program to help parents learn how to be good financial role models and teach kids some basics about savings.


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Bright Hope Baptist Church welcomes first female Pastor from the oldest Baptist Church in Africa

Bright Hope Baptist Church welcomes first female Pastor from the oldest Baptist Church in Africa

“Tax revenue for local Reparations projects,” Alderwoman tells Philly during Reparations Awareness D

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Bright Hope Baptist Church located at 12th & Cecil B. Moore Avenue where Rev. Dr. Darron D. McKinney is Senior Pastor is honored to present Pastor Linda Koroma of the Regent Road Baptist Church of Sierra Leone as guest preacher for Interna- tional Women’s Day March 8, 2020. Pas- tor Koroma is the newly appointed and first female pastor of the oldest Baptist church on the continent of Africa.

Dr. McKinney is excited to hear from Pastor Linda Koroma, a prolific and power- ful speaker of Sierra Leone during Sunday Morning Worship Services beginning at 10:15 am. “We are both honored and ex- cited in this our 110th Church Anniversary to begin Women’s History Month with Pastor Linda Koroma.”



“Tax revenue for local Reparations projects,” Alderwoman tells Philly during Reparations Awareness D

“Tax revenue for local Reparations projects,” Alderwoman tells Philly during Reparations Awareness D

“Tax revenue for local Reparations projects,” Alderwoman tells Philly during Reparations Awareness D

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by Ari Merretazon, 

Northeast Regional RepresentativeMembers of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations, N'COBRA, and residents were inspired to hear that a municipality had voted to use tax dollars, as a source of reparations payments. The city is Evanston, Illinois. The Reparations Commission of Evanston will help repair the vestiges of chattel slavery as a matter of public policy.

Alderwoman Robin Rue Simmons is the first elected official to lead a successful tax initiative for reparations. She was the keynote presenter at the "Reparations Awareness Day 2020 Event, sponsored by N'COBRA, and co-sponsored Dr. Molefi K. Asante, Chair, Department of Africology, on February 26th, at Temple University's Gladfelter Hall.


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Common Cemetary Burial Ground

“Tax revenue for local Reparations projects,” Alderwoman tells Philly during Reparations Awareness D

Mayor Kenney and other government officials host and mentor high school students at the 50th PAL Day

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Officials from UPENN and pastors from Mt. Pisgah AME and Monumental Baptist Church gathered to honor the remains former parishioners found during the demolition of a car wash at 41st and Chestnut St. It seems the car wash was built over an old cemetery called "Common Cemetery" in this burial ground parishioners of the two aforementioned churches were buried. In a cooperative/collaborative effort to honor and respect these ancestors PENN officials and the pastors of Monumental and Mt. Pisgah decided to Move the remains to historic Eden Cemetary. There was ceremony and reception attendees included Senator V Hughes.

Mayor Kenney and other government officials host and mentor high school students at the 50th PAL Day

“Tax revenue for local Reparations projects,” Alderwoman tells Philly during Reparations Awareness D

Mayor Kenney and other government officials host and mentor high school students at the 50th PAL Day

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February 26, 2020—Forty youngsters spent some qual- ity time with government officials and experienced life in the government workplace at the 50th PAL Day at City Hall, an empowering career-development program, which began with a morning orientation ceremony. PAL Day at City Hall was presented by Philadelphia Area Toyota Dealers


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Hundreds turn out for launch of new book celebrating Black women leaders in Philadelphia

Hundreds turn out for launch of new book celebrating Black women leaders in Philadelphia

Hundreds turn out for launch of new book celebrating Black women leaders in Philadelphia

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They Carried Us: The Social Impact of Philadelphia's Black Women Leaders, a new book that celebrates Black women, was unveiled last week at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Several hundred people were on hand and not only purchased the book but were soliciting the autographs of those contemporary women leaders featured in the 500 page plus book that outlines the lives and accomplishments of 95 Black women.


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Catapult Learning donates new bikes to Boys and Girls Club of Camden County

Hundreds turn out for launch of new book celebrating Black women leaders in Philadelphia

Hundreds turn out for launch of new book celebrating Black women leaders in Philadelphia

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Camden, NJ —Employ- ees from Camden, New Jer- sey-based built and delivered 10 brand new boys and girls children's Huffy bicycles to the Boys & Girls Club of Camden County (BGCCC) this week. The bikes, an in-kind donation as part of Catapult Learning's build-a-bike charitable team building event, will be donated to students who made the honor roll this marking pe- riod and will help provide fun, enjoyment and learning opportunities for children and teens in Camden County.


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Save our Soles

Hundreds turn out for launch of new book celebrating Black women leaders in Philadelphia

Wilmington City Council Welcomes Nigerian Delegation

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by Lorraine Lavender-Sams

The City of Chester's Bureau of Health held Save Our Soles Event; which focused on the devastating effect of amputation and the importance of consistently good foot care. This is especially important for those diagnosed with diabetes; as, diabetes is one of those diseases that is definitely tied to foot health. Diabetes can appear at any age and the complications of having the disease can affect major organs.


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Wilmington City Council Welcomes Nigerian Delegation

Wilmington City Council Welcomes Nigerian Delegation

Wilmington City Council Welcomes Nigerian Delegation

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Wilmington – On Monday morning, February 24, 2020, members of Wilmington City Council welcomed a delega- tion of Nigerian leaders, University of Delaware professors and Chairman “Wale” Adelagunja of the Delaware African Caribbean Affairs Commission.

City Council President Hanifa Shabazz along with Coun- cilwomen Michelle Harlee and Yolanda McCoy welcomed Abike Dabiri Erewa, Chair of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission and Tolulope Shadipe Akande, Chair of the House Committee on Diaspora (Nigerian House of Repre- sentatives).


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City Council announces poverty action plan with new investments and strategies to lift 100,000 Phila

Seeking to shed an unwelcome designation as the poorest large city in the country, a City Council special committee today unveiled a Poverty Action Plan anchored by innovations intended to lift 100,000 Philadelphians out of poverty over the next four years.

Council’s Special Committee on Poverty Reduction and Prevention, joined by Council President Darrell Clarke, Mayor Jim Kenney, and non-profit, business, academic and legislative leaders, delivered a detailed, 14-page Action Plan with strategies to lower Philadelphia’s high poverty rate of 24.5 percent – which includes 377,116 residents.

“One out of every four Philadelphians lives in poverty,” said Council President Clarke. “That is unacceptable. For the last year, our Special Committee has met with residents and stakeholders across the city, listening to their best ideas to create jobs and lift people out of poverty. The result is our Action Plan, a public- private partnership with actionable steps and a mission: Lift 100,000 Philadelphians out of poverty by 2024.”

The Special Committee is being led by Councilmember Maria Quiñones Sánchez (7th District), along with her co-chairs Sharmain Matlock-Turner of the Urban Affairs Coalition, Mel Wells of One Day At A Time Inc., Eva Gladstein with the city Managing Director’s Office, and Councilmember Allan Domb (At Large).


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Stand Up and Be Counted!

by Councilman Curtis Jones

    Being a citizen means different things to different people. Throughout my life there have been watershed moments that have allowed me to feel like Mr. Curtis Jones, Jr. (Citizen). 

The first moment was when I received a piece of mail with my name on the package. I was 4 years old and it was a Dr. Seuss book, Cat in the Hat. That piece of mail symbolized me as an individual in this world. Then there was the moment I received my driver’s license; which established my rights as a citizen to be identified as a driver, free to operate vehicles like other citizens. The greatest moment, may have been when I received my voter registration card which memorialized my right to vote and established that I counted to aspiring elected officials seeking my vote. 

    Today I come to realize that just as important as any of these moments that have molded me, is my responsibility to stand up and be counted in the U.S. Census. In the past, people have been reluctant to fill out the census because they felt “big government” would intrude upon their lives by having their information. News flash! With modern technology most of your personal information is already on the internet. 

Some of the 700 billion in programs that are determined by the US Census are: National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs (Philadelphia is at a 26% poverty rate); Federal Highway and Construction dollars ( most Philadelphia bridges are in poor or dangerous conditions); Section 8 Housing Vouchers (3 to 4 year waiting list);  Federal Pell Grant Programs, Medicare, Low Income Home and Energy Assistance;  CDBG Block Grant (affordable housing dollars have been reduced from $83M to $47M since the 1990’s); Foster Care-Title 4; and, Federal Transit Grants—just to name a few. 

    During the last Census, Philadelphia was severely under counted. Officials challenged the count and were credited with a fair count which equated to millions of dollars for Philadelphia. I am a citizen who pays taxes and therefore deserves my fair share coming back from the Federal Government in Washington D.C., ..... and so do you. 

Stand up and be counted. For more information, visit the website  2020Census.gov.

More than $2 Billion invested to fight gentrification in Philadelphia

    This  year, Beech Companies will celebrate 30 Years of economic development, financial stability, philanthropic and grassroots investment in the North Central Philadelphia community. The organization will have a year-long celebration and highlight their efforts by hosting an invitation only dinner on Thursday, May 28, two annual events, Beech “Jazz on the Ave” in August and Beech “Avenue of Treats” in October.

According to research, gentrification and displacement of long-time residents is most intense in the nation’s biggest cities, including Philadelphia. In addition, according to Census 2010, North Central Philadelphia is primarily a low-income African American/Latino neighborhood. The Beech Companies continues to play a pivotal role to combat poverty and a lack of opportunities by leveraging more than $2 billion in the community, creating more than 2,000 affordable housing units and sustainable employment for more than 6,000 residents.


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Philadelphia schools community organizations awarded $5.3 million in safety, violence prevention

    State Senator Christine M. Tartaglione (D-Philadelphia) today announced that the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency has awarded more than $5.3 million in grants to Philadelphia-based schools and community organizations for school safety and community violence reduction initiatives.

The Commission’s School Safety and Security Committee awarded $60 million statewide, including $52.5 million in School Safety and Security Grants and $7.5 million in Community Violence Prevention/Reduction Grants.

    “Every Pennsylvania child deserves access to quality education. And it is our responsibility as a Commonwealth to provide every child with a safe, secure, and healthy learning environment,” Senator Tartaglione said. “This funding will help schools and communities in Philadelphia and across the state to bolster their security while implementing programs that reduce the threat of violence.”


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Rabb, Policy Committee discuss voting and elections

Rep. Chris Rabb, D-Phila., and members of the House Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing Tuesday, Feb. 25 to discuss voting and elections after recent historic changes were made to the state’s voting laws.

“Voting is one of the most cherished rights endowed to the people in this country,” Rabb said. “When we cast our ballot, we’re giving voice to our values by choosing the people we want to serve as our representatives in the spheres that govern many aspects of our lives and determine how our resources are spent. Understanding the recent changes to our voting laws, which will affect people across Pennsylvania for years to come, is vital to our democracy, which is why I was grateful for the opportunity to facilitate discussion on the topic at this Policy Committee hearing.”

Rabb was joined by fellow state legislators, including Policy Committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.


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City Hires Environmental Consulting Firm to Support the Finalization of the School Asbestos Removal

    Arc Environmental, LLC. will facilitate the finalization of the District’s Asbestos Abate

February 26, 2020, The City announced today that it has selected an environmental consulting firm to support the finalization of the School District of Philadelphia’s Asbestos Abatement Program, in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia (District), Philadelphia Federation of Teachers (PFT), and 32BJ Service Employees International Union (32BJ SEIU). This third-party expert will foster facilitation between all parties and finalize the detailed process for the District’s Asbestos Abatement Program.

The Program will ensure that the District continues to be compliant with all federal, state, and local regulations and will provide best management practices for the District during all phases of asbestos abatement activities in schools.

    The selected consulting firm, Arc Environmental, LLC., is an accredited environmental firm specializing in industrial hygiene services with extensive facilitation experience. The City expects that Arc Environmental will begin its work in March 2020.

Arc Environmental was selected by a panel comprised of representatives from the City of Philadelphia, the District, PFT, and 32BJ SEIU. Ultimately, Arc Environmental was selected because of its nuanced experience dealing with asbestos abatement projects and its ability to build trust among a diverse set of stakeholders.


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Are you #ALLIN4WORKREADY? Apply, hire and donate to get involved with Summer jobs

Comcast NBCUniversal awards two Philadelphia students scholarships at Annual Mayoral luncheon

Comcast NBCUniversal awards two Philadelphia students scholarships at Annual Mayoral luncheon

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#ALLin4WorkReady,  is a campaign to support summer jobs in 2020. WorkReady is a 6-week summer job opportunity for young people 12-24 who live in Philadelphia. For many young people, summer jobs are a critical first introduction to the world of work. Each year, more than 16,000 young people apply for roughly 8,000 summer jobs. WorkReady partners including the City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Youth Network and the Sumer Youth Employment Cabinet are #ALLin4Work Ready working to engage more partners to scale efforts so that more young people can work this summer. There are three ways to get involved at workready.org:


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Comcast NBCUniversal awards two Philadelphia students scholarships at Annual Mayoral luncheon

Comcast NBCUniversal awards two Philadelphia students scholarships at Annual Mayoral luncheon

Comcast NBCUniversal awards two Philadelphia students scholarships at Annual Mayoral luncheon

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Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation on Tuesday honored two local college students with the Gustave G. Amsterdam Leadership Award at the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia’s annual Mayoral Luncheon. Comcast Senior Executive Vice President David L. Cohen presented students Jasmine Tran and Sabab Bhuiyan each with a $5,000 scholarship award at the luncheon, held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

 Finalists for the Gus Amsterdam Leadership Awards are chosen from the winners of the Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation’s Leaders and Achievers scholarships. The nationwide Leaders and Achievers® Scholarship Program recognizes high school seniors who demonstrate outstanding community service, exceptional academic performance and strong leadership skills. 

 

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PA Supreme Court takes Jurisdiction of Mumia’s case

Comcast NBCUniversal awards two Philadelphia students scholarships at Annual Mayoral luncheon

Senator Street and other Legislators join recovery community to protect drug-free addiction recover

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    In a blatant attempt to try and stand on the scales of justice, these judges sided with the Fraternal Order of Police’s (FOP) King’s Bench Petition requesting that the court take jurisdiction from Philadelphia’s District Attorney to investigate a charge of bias in favor of  Mumia!

    Really, “a special master” to investigate charges of bias in anti-corruption crusader Larry Krasner’s DA office?  

     You have got to be kidding me.  It is the old guard of the racist Philadelphia prosecutorial regime - who were biased and corrupt. 

    Philadelphia’s progressive DA, Larry Krasner, had stated that a new evidentiary hearing should be held in Mumia Abu-Jamal’s case because of exculpatory evidence suppressed by the earlier prosecutorial team.  The Judge Leon Tucker of the Common Pleas Court had excoriated the former prosecutors for literally burying evidence. 

 

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Senator Street and other Legislators join recovery community to protect drug-free addiction recover

Senator Street and other Legislators join recovery community to protect drug-free addiction recover

Senator Street and other Legislators join recovery community to protect drug-free addiction recover

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   February 20, 2020—Senator Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia) led a group of legislators and addiction recovery professionals to respond to proposed recovery house regulations promulgated by the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) which would eliminate the option of a person to recover from addiction in a drug free environment and to highlight the importance of drug-free, abstinence treatment programs to those suffering from substance abuse disorder. This regulatory change is particularly surprising given Governor Tom Wolf’s personal commitment and strong record in combatting addiction and supporting the recovery community.



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City and health systems commit to training hundreds of doctors to prescribe Buprenorphine to fight

Senator Street and other Legislators join recovery community to protect drug-free addiction recover

City and health systems commit to training hundreds of doctors to prescribe Buprenorphine to fight

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February 24, 2020—Mayor Kenney was joined by Commissioners from the Department of Health and Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disabilities Services and representatives from Jefferson Health, Temple Health, Einstein Healthcare Network, and Penn Medicine to announce a new citywide commitment to getting primary care physicians the necessary waiver and training to prescribe buprenorphine--the medication that helps people stop using heroin and other opioid drugs--in their normal primary care offices. The City has set an ambitious goal not replicated anywhere else in the United States calling for 1,300 physicians being able to prescribe buprenorphine, and the announcement of nearly 400 expected waivered and trained doctors by the end of 2020 is a significant step in the right direction.


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West Philadelphia resident and Global Leadership Academy teacher receives C. Delores Tucker Voluntee

Senator Street and other Legislators join recovery community to protect drug-free addiction recover

City and health systems commit to training hundreds of doctors to prescribe Buprenorphine to fight

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    West Philadelphia resident Gregory Wright, Sr., who is the Global Studies Coordinator for the Global Leadership Academy, recently received the C. Delores Tucker Volunteer Award. The award was presented during the 38th Awards and Benefit Luncheon of the Philadelphia Martin Luther King Jr. Association for Nonviolence.

     Wright has been volunteering with the Association for thirteen years, along with Global Leadership Academy scholars. During that time, he has participated in the Association’s annual Holiday Celebration providing disadvantaged and underserved children a full course dinner. Those children may have experienced personal tragedies, live in a group home, and some are homeless. 


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Chester Health Department's Dynamic Duo

Chester Health Department's Dynamic Duo

Chester Health Department's Dynamic Duo

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by Lorraine Lavender-Sams    

Working in the public arena it's easy to be overlooked, not intentionally; but, simply because there are so many sincerely ernest, hardworking men and women that do these jobs. These dedicated individuals who get up day after day, year after year and put their energies into serving our community. That brings me to Chester's Health Department. 

    Margaret Lee and Ralph Dorsey are the Chester Health Department's dynamic duo. Jointly and individually this team drives forward the initiatives set forth by the Department. Ms. Lee, the department's Health Educator is responsible for Blood Pressure checks throughout our community. In addition to the site located in the lobby of 


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Pennsylvania launches webpages to educate voters on county voting systems

Harrisburg, PA — Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar announced that Pennsylvania voters have a new resource to count on as they prepare to go to the polls. The Department of State has launched 67 new webpages–one for each county – where voters can learn specifics about their county’s voting system and how to use it.

“We want to make sure all voters go to the polls feeling confident and equipped with the information they need to cast their ballots on their new voter-verifiable paper ballot voting systems,” Secretary Boockvar said. “These customized websites will help ensure that all voters understand how to use the new auditable voting systems in use in their counties and give all Pennsylvania voters a clear understanding of the voting tools and options available to them.”


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Department of State launches Campus Voting Challenge

    Harrisburg, PA — Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar unveiled the Pennsylvania Campus Voting Challenge, a statewide, nonpartisan voter turnout competition for colleges designed to increase civic engagement among students.

    “Our democracy’s future depends on cultivating informed and engaged citizens,” Secretary Boockvar said. “This challenge assists Pennsylvania colleges in their efforts to develop the next generation of civic leaders and encourages young Pennsylvanians to participate fully in our democracy.”

    Two and four-year colleges and universities that enroll in the challenge will compete in three award categories: highest voter turnout, most improved voter turnout and highest rate of voter registration for the November 2020 general election.


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North Philly Charter School celebrates 10th Annual Dads and Donuts

Diligently balancing the Scales of Justice, The Defender Association of Philadelphia receives grant

Diligently balancing the Scales of Justice, The Defender Association of Philadelphia receives grant

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On February 14, 2020, PA State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta joined hundreds of fathers and students from Alliance for Progress Charter School in North Philadelphia for the school’s 10th annual Dads & Donuts event at the Columbia North YMCA.

Designed to inform fathers about their children’s education and show how they become more involved in their children’s lives, the event took place at the Y on North Broad Street.


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Diligently balancing the Scales of Justice, The Defender Association of Philadelphia receives grant

Diligently balancing the Scales of Justice, The Defender Association of Philadelphia receives grant

Diligently balancing the Scales of Justice, The Defender Association of Philadelphia receives grant

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    Often times in criminal cases we focus on the prosecution side of the law.  In the court of public opinion, most demand their pound of flesh from accused criminals - - even before the accused have had their day in court.  But it is the job of the defense attorneys to represent the accused.  No matter how heinous, heartless, outlandishly insane, brutal the crime committed, or if unjustly and wrongly accused of a crime, defense attorneys represent accused clients to uphold the Sixth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution that affords every accused criminal due process of law, underscoring the presumption of innocence that the accused are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Enter the Defender Association of Philadelphia!

 

To read more visit SCOOP USA Media, Friday, February 21, 2020, page 5

Cephas addresses gun violence at State of the 192nd Town Hall

Diligently balancing the Scales of Justice, The Defender Association of Philadelphia receives grant

Cephas addresses gun violence at State of the 192nd Town Hall

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As gun violence continues plaguing Philadelphia, state Rep. Morgan Cephas hosted her State of the 192nd Town Hall on Tuesday to address this public health crisis.

 Dozens of people attended the panel discussion entitled the "Roadmap to Safer Communities: City and State Measures to Address the Gun Violence Crisis," which featured:

 • Vanessa Garret-Harley: deputy managing director of criminal justice and public safety, City of Philadelphia.

• Kiana Brown: Philadelphia Office of Violence Prevention.

• Capt. Robert McGeever: 19th Police District. 


To read more visit SCOOP USA Media, Friday, February 21, 2020, page 6

Street announces re-election bid

Street announces re-election bid

Cephas addresses gun violence at State of the 192nd Town Hall

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State Senator Sharif Street recently made his announcement for re-election representing Pennsylvania’s 3rd Senatorial District at his Broad Street campaign headquarters. Those who attended in support of Street included community activists, committee people, union leaders, ward leaders and elected officials. The 3rd Senatorial District includes parts of North Central Philadelphia, Nicetown-Tioga, Logan, Lower Germantown, Olney, Fern Rock, Crescentville, Roxborough, East Oak Lane, East Hunting Park, East Wyoming and Melrose Park Garden.  Standing in support of Street is (l to r) Philadelphia City Commissioner Omar Sabir and Councilmember at-Large Derek Green. Pennsylvania’s 2020 Primary Election Day is April 28th. Get registered and VOTE!  Progressive Images Photos  


Human kindness is overflowing

Street announces re-election bid

Human kindness is overflowing

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by Lorraine Lavender-Sams

Valencia Selby is small in stature; but, don't making the mistake of thinking this lady is small in any other way. She's nothing short of a powerhouse. 

I first noticed her at a few events sponsored by the Chester City, in the summer of 2019. There was an immediate connection because Mrs. Selby radiates a genuine spirit of kindness. When she was doing direct care, her patients referred to her as the "Singing Nurse", because she was always singing spirituals while she cared for them.


To read more visit SCOOP USA Media, 

Friday, February 21, 2020, page 18


PLBC unveils statewide anti-gun violence measures

    Harrisburg, February 14, 2020 – State Rep. Stephen Kinsey, D-Phila., chairman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, today announced the caucus’ comprehensive measures to reducing gun violence statewide.

     The first was the appointments of Reps. Edward C. Gainey, D-Allegheny, and Brian Kirkland, D-Delaware, as chairs of the caucus’ anti-gun violence subcommittee, who began their tenure immediately.

     “In the fight to eradicate gun violence in their own communities and across our commonwealth, Representatives Kirkland and Gainey have always been on the frontlines,” Kinsey said. “Both lawmakers serve with me on the PA Safe Caucus and both respectively lend a set of skills and perspectives on how we can move forward with ensuring all communities are safe.”

     Gainey, who is serving in his fourth term representing the 24th Legislative District, lost his sister to gun violence after she rejected a man’s advances. He also recently introduced legislation, H.B. 307, that would ban the possession, purchase, transfer and use or manufacture of assault weapons.


To read more visit SCOOP USA Media, Friday, February 21, 2020, page 6


The Inaugural W.E.B. Dubois Day 2020

    Philadelphia salutes the life and mission of the late W.E.B. Dubois. He dedicated his life to educating the community. In his honor, we acknowledge the leaders in our community that make a difference in the lives of others through Arts, Culture, and Education. On January 30, 2020, Councilman Curtis Jones introduced the Bill to proclaim the last Tuesday of Black History Month as W.E.B. Dubois Day in Philadelphia. The Bill was unanimously adopted by the City Council of Philadelphia. I.C.A.R.E. Academy along with The 400 Coalition have been hosting the W.E.B. Dubois Day in Philadelphia since 2014. 

    This Year’s presentation will be held at the African American Museum in downtown Philly, on Monday, February 24, from 6-8:00 p.m. Doors will open at 5:00pm. At this event I.C.A.R.E will relaunch it’s I Care to Vote campaign which signed up over 400 first time voters last year. This year is also a big year for the Census Bureau. The 400 Leadership will launch it’s “Count Me In” Campaign to encourage people to sign up for the census. Promoting a proper education and being an upstanding citizen are just a few of the platforms that Dubois often wrote about. His study of the Negro here in Philadelphia is still used amost the greatest philosophers of today. 


To read more visit SCOOP USA Media, Friday, February 21, 2020, page 8

How to Avoid Foreclosure on your property

    A Foreclosure is a legal process in which a mortgage lender or lien holder attempts to recover the balance of a loan or debt from someone who has stopped making payments by forcing the sale of the asset used as the collateral for the loan or on which a lien has been placed.

 A property can be foreclosed on if the property owner defaults on his or her mortgage payments or becomes delinquent in property taxes payments.


1) What if I miss a mortgage or tax bill payment?

DO NOT IGNORE LETTERS FROM YOUR LENDER(S) OR TAXING AUTHORITIES. Call or write your lender(s), or taxing authority from which you received notice that you are PAST Due.

When in touch with a lender: be prepared to provide your financial information and reasons for your missed payment(s). Talk to them about services and programs offered by the city, federal government or the lender to help you keep your real estate. Discuss options such as selling the property, re-financing, short sales, loan modifications, and second mortgage opportunities. If you have experienced a recent change in your financial situation - reduction of income or increase in living expenses – you may qualify for a temporary suspension of payments or other relief offered.

Don’t ignore notices from the city or past due notice taxes or municipal utilities. Call immediately (information of how to obtain help, will be on your notices and/or invoices) and seek a payment schedule.


To read more "Foreclosure" visit SCOOP USA Media, Friday, February 21, 2020, page 16

Resources to help Save your Property

    Losing a property can be devastating – especially if it is the family home. While not every situation is the same many have similarities and there are a variety of options available to property owners to try to forestall a property from going to Sheriff’s Sale.

    Owners get many warnings that they are in potential danger of losing a property starting with the self warning of missing a payment. Ignoring missed payments and communications from lenders or tax authorities isn’t helpful in this process. We’ve compiled helpful information, phone numbers and website url’s that should be useful to almost anyone facing the possibility of losing a property. Lenders, certified housing counselors and taxing authorities all offer opportunities to reverse the potential loss through payment plans, reduction of mortgage, advice and short sales. All may not be the decision of first choice but trying to save any equity accumulated while you’ve owned a property - or retain the ownership – is possible.


To read more "Save Your Property" visit SCOOP USA Media, Friday, February 21, 2020, page 16



Black Business Crawl

District Schools mark four consecutive years of Improvement Citywide on School Progress Report

District Schools mark four consecutive years of Improvement Citywide on School Progress Report

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Councilmember Isaiah Thomas (At Large) will host his #BlackBusinessCrawl across the City of Philadelphia beginning February 3, 2020. Councilmember Thomas wants to show Philadelphians that no matter what business or neighborhood, there is a way to support a black-owned business. Through his social media platforms and site visits, Councilmember Thomas will promote black-owned restaurants, spas, art galleries, contracting firms and more.

Read more at SCOOP USA MEDIA, 

February 14, 2020 - page 3


District Schools mark four consecutive years of Improvement Citywide on School Progress Report

District Schools mark four consecutive years of Improvement Citywide on School Progress Report

District Schools mark four consecutive years of Improvement Citywide on School Progress Report

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Students from Hunter Elementary shown with Mayor Kenney during the program celebrating the School District Citywide Improvement Progress Report.


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Friday, February 14, 2020 - page 4

Developing Resources for Parents, Children and Families is a Game Changer for Violence

District Schools mark four consecutive years of Improvement Citywide on School Progress Report

Wolf Administration: West Philadelphia Neighborhood Can Achieve New Development Opportunities

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(Left) BET Television star Kevin Savage meets with House of Umoja founder Queen Mother Falaka Fattah to endorse the Fathers Literacy Initiative as a meaningful resource.


To read more about "Resources for Families" 

visit SCOOP USA Media

Friday, February 14, 2020 - page 4

Wolf Administration: West Philadelphia Neighborhood Can Achieve New Development Opportunities

Honoring the Late Congressman William H. Gray III with Renaming and Memorial at 30th Street Station

Wolf Administration: West Philadelphia Neighborhood Can Achieve New Development Opportunities

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Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Deputy Secretary for Community Affairs and Development Rick Vilello shown with Rep. Johanna McClinton and representatives from ACHIEVEability.


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SCOOP USA Media, Friday, February 14, 2020 - page 6

Geoffrey Canada hosted a Community Conversation on Bloomberg’s Greenwood Initiative

Honoring the Late Congressman William H. Gray III with Renaming and Memorial at 30th Street Station

Honoring the Late Congressman William H. Gray III with Renaming and Memorial at 30th Street Station

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 On Saturday, February 8,  2020, prominent American educator and social activist Geoffrey Canada came to Philadelphia to discuss Mike Bloomberg’s Greenwood Initiative, a comprehensive plan for rebuilding Black America. He was joined by Erana Stennett, Director of the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa. Andrea Custis, Former Vice President of Verizon, moderated the discussion which included a range of voices from local community members to Philadelphia Register Of Wills, Tracey Gordon. 


Pictured above: State and local elected officials and community leaders who attended the Community Conversation hosted by Geoffrey Canada


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SCOOP USA Media, Friday, February 14, 2020- page 7

Honoring the Late Congressman William H. Gray III with Renaming and Memorial at 30th Street Station

Honoring the Late Congressman William H. Gray III with Renaming and Memorial at 30th Street Station

Honoring the Late Congressman William H. Gray III with Renaming and Memorial at 30th Street Station

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Washington (Feb. 6, 2020) – Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-03) joined members of the late Congressman William H. Gray III’s family and fellow lawmakers  for the signing of a formal agreement with Amtrak for the renaming and memorial to Gray at 30th Street Station.

“This is a great day for Philadelphia, for Pennsylvania and for the nation! Congressman William H. Gray had a national and international impact, but he never forgot his North Philadelphia community or the people he represented back home,” Evans said.


Read more Honoring Congressman Gray, III at

SCOOP USA Media, Friday, February 14, 2020- page 10

U.S. Senator Bob Casey's "Five Freedoms for America's Children"

Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland will visit local schools in Chester, to read to students

Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland will visit local schools in Chester, to read to students

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by Rev. Michael Robinson


On February 10, 2020, U.S. Senator Bob Casey held a press conference on his proposed "Five Freedoms for America's Children" - the event was held at Philadelphia's Please Touch Museum. Casey's Five Freedoms for America's Children is an impressive and bold initiative designed to uplift the quality of life for America's most vulnerable population, our children. 


Read more "Five Freedoms" at SCOOP USA Media,

Friday, February 14, 2020 - page 10


Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland will visit local schools in Chester, to read to students

Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland will visit local schools in Chester, to read to students

Mayor Thaddeus Kirkland will visit local schools in Chester, to read to students

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This is the second consecutive year Mayor Kirkland has chosen to read to students during the month of February. Each reading session the mayor will select a book that celebrates African American history and/or culture. "It's important that we spend time with our children reading to them and having them read to us," said Mayor Kirkland. "Since it is Black History Month, I am choosing to pick books that highlight the accomplishments of African Americans. However, outside of this month, we as adults and leaders need to make sure we are engaging with our young people and teaching them fundamental skills, like reading."

Mayor Kirkland's first selections were "When God Made You" by Matthew Paul Turner and "Little Leaders Bold Women In Black History" by Vashti Harrison.

As we are two weeks into Black history month Mayor Kirkland has already visited two schools: 

On Tuesday, February 4, 2020, he visited Chester Community Charter School (East Campus), 214 East 5th Street, Chester, Pa 19013 and on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, Mayor Kirkland visited Stetser Elementary School, 808 East 17th Street, Chester, Pa 19013

Next Tuesday, February 18, 2020, Mayor Kirkland will visit Main Street Elementary School, 704 Main Street, Upland, Pa 19015; and the following Tuesday, February 25, 2020, Chester Upland School of the Arts (CUSA), 501 West 9th Street, Chester, Pa 19013

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Mastermind the Hustle

by Dr. Leslie Grace

    My name is Dr. Leslie Grace and I have more degrees than a thermometer. Those degrees did not equate to my bank account. There was too much  at the end of the month, and I was robbing Rakim to give to Jamal. I was looking for ways to make extra money and secure a future for my family. Through trial and error, I managed to “Mastermind the Hustle.” Hustle as in having the tenacity, courage, self -belief, and confidence to get what I want out of life.

You “can not Knock the Hustle” stated Jay-z.

    “Great Things May Come to Those who wait, but only the things left by those who Hustle,” stated Abraham Lincoln.

    However, it is imperative that we know what we want out of life. We must learn how to “Mastermind the Hustle.” We have to come together with others to help solve our problems with Brainstorming, Education, and Peer Accountability to help sharpen our personal and business skills. 

According to the Census Bureau, 46 million Americans are dealing with economic and social hardship of living below the poverty level and 16 million children included. 1 in 7 Americans are poor and the numbers are still climbing.

    Have you opened a new location, redesigned your shop, or added a new product or service? Don't keep it to yourself, let folks know.


Pictured: Children ages 8 through 13 participating in the Youth Financial Reality Fair (Kimberly 

Paynter/WHYY)


To read more "Mastermind the Hustle" visit SCOOP USA Media, Friday, February 14, 2020, page 8

American Heritage Credit Union First Front Door Program for First-Time Homebuyers will Open March 16

    American Heritage Credit Union (American Heritage) is again partnering with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh to offer members up to $5,000 in grants through the First Front Door program. The program will officially be open on March 16, 2020. These grants are designed to help first-time homebuyers with down payments and closing costs associated with the purchase and financing of a home. For every $1 contributed, qualified homebuyers could receive up to $3 in First Front Door (FFD) grant assistance, up to a maximum of $5,000.

    American Heritage is now accepting mortgage pre-qualifications and applications for the annual First Front Door program. American Heritage also provides its members with the Home Connections program, in which eligible members can earn up to a 10% reward when they finance their new home through the Credit Union’s realtor, American Heritage Realty.


To read more "First Time Homeowners" visit SCOOPUSA Media.com, Friday, February 14, 2020 page 8


City Council recognizes Walter Palmer

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60 years of serving Philadelphia’s communities

    On Thursday, October 10, 2019, City Council presented Dr. Walter Palmer with a Resolution for his more than 60 years of Service to the communities of the City of Philadelphia. 

Can you imagine devoting your life to the betterment of others, or even fighting for equality and, get this, never stopping.  This is what is and has been the life of Mr. Walter Palmer. He has actively participated in a lifetime of events and historical moments that have been dedicated to strengthening the African American community, fighting for our Freedoms and civil rights, educating youth and striving to ensure that all who choose to listen and learn, know our history. 

    Dr. Walter Palmer is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Cardio-Pulmonary Care. He was a Director of Cardio-Pulmonary Care at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia from 1957 – 1967.  He received his Juris Doctorate degree from Howard University and was a law clerk at Community Legal Services.  He received his bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Cheyney State University and was certified in history and social studies.


Read more in SCOOP USA Media, October 18, 2019, page 4

an honor deserved - a legacy continued

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Watts Street Renamed Richard "Sonny" Driver Drive

    On Saturday September 21, 2019, a small street in Philadelphia that is bordered by Girard Ave and Poplar between Broad and 13th streets known as Watts Street was renamed Richard “Sonny” Driver Drive.

This naming came about through an inquiry made by present Publisher / Owner of Scoop USA Newspaper Sherri Horsey-Darden to a member of 5th Council District / Council President Darrell Clarke staff “how do you go about renaming a street to honor Sonny Driver”.  As Horsey-Darden tells the story, she is humbled by the fact that Council President Clarke’s office took this inquiry ran with it and made the naming a reality. 

Who was Richard “Sonny” Driver and why was this honor bestowed upon him?

Richard “Sonny” Driver was the first African American booking agent and promoter in the City of Philadelphia and the founder of SCOOP USA, a weekly community newspaper highlighting the African American Community. Through Scoop USA Newspaper, Mr. Driver saw a way to showcase in print the vast number of minority entertainers performing in the Delaware Valley; he saw Philadelphia as the entertainment capital of the East Coast and for over 30 years he published entertainment news. 

    As the newspaper evolved, it has become a platform to help improve the state of African Americans in Philadelphia and vicinity. SCOOP’s circulation also includes Camden, NJ, Southern New Jersey, Chester, PA & Wilmington, DE. New owner & publisher Sherri Horsey-Darden envisions eventually expanding to other cities and areas providing positive platform for community news.


Read more, Scoop USA Media, September 27, 2019 page 3