A message from CHOP regarding the development at Broad and Morris:
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Dear Neighbor,

Planning is underway for site preparation and demolition of 1700 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145.

We are committed to keeping our neighbors fully informed throughout this process. To that end, the following actions will be taking place starting Friday, June 27:

Security Guard:

A guard shack will be erected and a security guard will be on site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week starting on Friday morning June 27.

Construction Fence:

The construction fence will start to be erected around the perimeter of the site on Friday morning, June 27. This should be complete and the site secured by Tuesday afternoon, July 1.
Construction equipment on site associated with building the fence will consist of: a small drilling rig, construction/delivery trucks.
Abatement Activities:

Abatement activities are scheduled to start Monday morning, June 30.
All abatement will be performed in accordance with municipal, state, and federal law.
The windows and fascia of the Health Center will be removed to facilitate the abatement activities. A temporary plywood exterior wall will be built in front of the existing wall before this occurs.
Equipment on site associated with abatement activities are: air filtration devices (within building/enclosures), forklift, secured box trailer for loading waste, secured trash dumpster
Debris will be removed from the site each day.
Parking:

At this time, no street parking will be lost by the erection of the fence or the abatement activities.
The contractors will only park on the worksite.
SEPTA Stop, Subway Entrance and Newspaper Stand:

The SEPTA stop, subway entrance and newspaper stand will remain open.

Immediate questions or concerns regarding the site preparation and abatement will be responded to by:

Calling: 267-426-6904

Emailing: CHOPCommunity@email.chop.edu

This is a dedicated email set up for neighbors to communicate with CHOP during this process. We appreciate your feedback, and will continue to communicate further developments as the project moves forward.

Sincerely,

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

From Councilman Squilla:

Dear Friends:

As many of you know, summer can be a tough time for families with children in Philadelphia. During the school year, tens of thousands of low-income students rely on free or reduced-price meals at school. But when school is out, many of these children face higher risks of hunger and malnutrition during the summer months.

No child should go hungry in Philadelphia this summer. There are over 1,000 places—recreation centers, churches, community organizations, parks—that offer free meals to kids and teens.
Summer meals are free to kids 18 and under. There is no registration or ID required, and there are no income requirements in most areas of the city.

• To find a summer meals site near you:
Call the Philly Summer Meals Hotline: 1-855-252-MEAL, a free hotline operated by the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger
• Text “MealPA” to 877877
• Visit www.hungercoalition.org.

Please share this valuable information with families in your community. Together, we can ensure our children get the nutritious food they need, so they can stay healthy all summer long.

Sincerely,

Mark F. Squilla
Councilman First District

From the Philadelphia Streets Department:

WEATHER UPDATE – February 17, 2014
Due to the pending snow storm expected to begin early Tuesday, February 18, Sanitation trucks will be diverted to snow operations. Tuesday trash and recycling collections will be suspended. Residents whose collection day is Tuesday must hold their collections until next week. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank citizens in advance for their patience. The forecast snow accumulations will require Sanitation trucks to fitted with plows to assist with snow.

Monday collections that were not collected will be picked up on Wednesday, February 19. Crews had difficulty maneuvering over snow mounds and had to prepare Sanitation trucks to be outfitted with plows for Tuesday’s storm.

Effective for the week of February 17th:

Monday collections that were not collected will be picked up on Wednesday, February 19.
Tuesday trash and recycling collections will be suspended. Residents whose collection day is Tuesday must hold their collections until next week.
Rear driveway collections are suspended.
Crews will NOT operate on a holiday schedule. Sanitation crews will be collecting items on Monday, Feb. 17th. Residents whose regular trash day is Monday should set these items out for collection on Monday at curbside.
Materials should be placed on top of snow mounds and visible for crews to see.
Sanitations crews will strive to maintain the regular collections schedule (with all materials placed curbside). We ask residents for their patience as crews navigate through snow and ice.

Redfin, a popular real estate website, just released a report of the hottest neighborhoods in the country.

From Redfin:

As we usher in the new real estate season at Redfin, a big question on our minds is: Which neighborhoods will be the darlings of 2014? In search of answers, we went to our website users, tallying hundreds of millions of pages they visited and homes they added as Favorites to monitor for price changes or sales. At the same time we asked hundreds of Redfin real estate agents across the country to share their insights on which neighborhoods are buzzing and why.

Whipping up this special cocktail of big data analysis and real-life human experience, we assembled our list of neighborhoods with the greatest growth in popularity over the last four months.

We are proud to share that East Passyunk Crossing was named third hottest neighborhood in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area!

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Homes in our little corner of South Philadelphia have seen an increase in pageviews of over 500% compared to this time last year on the Redfin site. That is pretty impressive.

Click here to read the full report.

Many residents in our neighborhood will see a significant increase in their 2014 property tax thanks to the Actual-value Initiative (AVI). However, if you meet certain requirements involving the length of time you’ve lived in your home and your income, you may qualify for relief from the Longtime Owner Occupants Program (LOOP).

From the City’s website:

We have seen many positive changes to our neighborhoods. And with those changes some home values have risen, causing some longtime homeowners to face potentially steep increases in their tax bills. Homeowners with substantial changes in their property assessment may qualify for a discount on Real Estate Taxes with the Longtime Owner Occupants Program (LOOP).

Check if your home qualifies for LOOP and how much you can save.

Read more here.

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Thursday, December 5, 5-9pm
EPA & Tasker

PARC and EPABID celebrate the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree at 5pm at the Singing Fountain with carolers from Alphabet Academy, music by students from Andrew Jackson School, a visit from Santa Claus, and free food/drink samples from Avenue restaurants. At 7pm kick off our “Deck the Ave” holiday promotion and stroll down the Avenue for holiday music, shopping til 9pm, dinner and drink specials, and more.

For a list of dining deals and shopping promotions, click here.

Fountain Tree

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Saturday, November 30.

Avoid the chaos of the mall and big-box stores this year by doing your shopping on East Passyunk Avenue! For a list of all the of the special running for Small Business Saturday, click here.

BONUS!
If you’re a member of the South Philly Food Co-op you can get even more savings at participating stores. Check out the food co-op’s Shop South Philly program here.