6th Annual ‘Hoops Madness’ tournament returns March 24

News | March 2nd, 2018 | Leave a comment

  by Sue Ann Rybak Inspired by March Madness, the NCAA college basketball championship, the Hoops Madness 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament returns for a day of basketball, community and fun on Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, 500 W. Willow Grove Ave. in Chestnut Hill. Brien Tilley, tournament […]

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Despite recent repairs on boiler, Jenks still needs major upgrades

News | February 28th, 2018 | 1 Comment

by Sue Ann Rybak At an average age of 65 years old, many Philadelphia school buildings are in dire need of repairs, including J.S. Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences, 8301 Germantown Ave. in Chestnut Hill. According to a Facility Condition Assessment (FCA) report the School District of Philadelphia released in January 2017, the […]

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SRC votes to spend $20 million for online learning

News | February 23rd, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak The Philadelphia School Reform Commission (SRC) voted Feb. 15 to give roughly $20 million to outside vendors for virtual classes and data collection rather than allocating those funds to address and fix infrastructure-related environmental hazards district wide and hiring experienced certified teachers, counselors and librarians. Resolution B-12 allocates $10 million for […]

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Inspirational leaders honored for great work with kids

Local Life | February 2nd, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak For over 20 years, young people from all over the city have gathered at the Manatawna-Saul Farm in Roxborough to learn about agriculture, work with livestock animals and build lifelong friendships, thanks to the dedication of 4-H leaders Scott Moser, of Roxborough, and the late Michael McCrea, of Olney. Pennsylvania State […]

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FOW outlines major trail projects for next 3 years

News | February 1st, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak Peg Shaw, director of land management for the Friends of the Wissahickon, told a packed auditorium at the Allens Art Center, 601 W. Allens Lane in Mt. Airy on Jan. 24 that the nonprofit is entering the final stage of the Sustainable Trail Initiative (STI), by completing five major trail projects […]

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Blossom Philadelphia group homes acquired by four social service providers

News | January 24th, 2018 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak  Blossom Philadelphia, formerly United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia, transferred its residential services and 31 community group homes earlier this year to four social service providers: the Barber National Institute, JEVS Human Services, The Salvation Army and KenCrest. In October 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) revoked Blossom’s license to […]

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City seeks bridge lease to complete Cresheim Trail

News | January 18th, 2018 | 1 Comment

by Sue Ann Rybak The City of Philadelphia currently is negotiating with the Philadelphia Electric Co. (PECO) to acquire the train trestle over Germantown Avenue next to the Trolley Car Diner and sign an agreement to lease the adjacent right-of-way to complete the Philadelphia portion of the Cresheim Trail. Both the trail and the trestle […]

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