The thin line

Uncategorized | April 2nd, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Pete Mazzaccaro There is so much by which to be utterly gobsmacked right now. COVID-19, a microscopic virus — a deadly, invisible strand of RNA — has upended global health and much of the world’s economy in a matter of weeks. Today, people find themselves sheltering at home, allowed only limited trips to the […]

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Water Tower closed

News | April 1st, 2020 | Leave a comment

The Water Tower Recreation Center is officially closed until further notice. Ketih Kunz, president of the Water Tower Advisory Council sent an email detailing the closures to the facility and to the outdoor, recreational areas. “The tennis and pickle ball courts have been chained and locked,” he wrote. “The batting cage has now been locked […]

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City announces 360 new COVID-19 cases; SEPTA announces ridership limits, new boarding policies

News | April 1st, 2020 | Leave a comment

The following post is largely a press release. Local staff watches the city briefing daily. It has been edited for length. The Philadelphia Department of Public Health today announced 360 additional presumptive confirmed cases of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in Philadelphia. That brings the number of confirmed cases to 1,675. Of the 360 new cases, 74 […]

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Some local businesses devastated by crisis but not all

Business | April 1st, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Len Lear While many area businesses have been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, there are exceptions. Here is a sampling of Chestnut Hill businesses we contacted last week to see how they were coping: •Rikki Renz owner of AR Workshop Chestnut Hill, a Do-It-Yourself business at 8607 Germantown Ave. (arworkshop.com): “We have closed our […]

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Designing your space to get through a crisis

By Design | April 1st, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Patricia Cove It is so difficult to be upbeat right now when everyone is scared, and there is no respite in sight. So, rather than talk about beautiful interiors, I thought I would offer some ideas that can help create nurturing surroundings during difficult periods. We all know that gentle and peaceful environments can […]

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The likely impact of COVID-19 on Pennsylvania

Opinion | March 31st, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Marc StierDirector, PA Budget and Policy Center This piece first appeared on the Keystone Research Center and PA Budget and Policy Center’s website. A recent study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington projects the impact of the COVID-19 virus on the state between now and August […]

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Philabundance desperate for monetary donations, volunteers

News | March 31st, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Sue Ann Rybak Before COVID-19 caused massive unemployment and school closures, more than 700,000 people in Philadelphia faced hunger. Now that need has skyrocketed. Executive Director of Philabundance Glenn Bergman, said Philabundance, the largest hunger relief organization in the Delaware Valley, is in dire need of volunteers, food and monetary donations due to the […]

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