Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Want to hang out on the street with neighbors? Here is where to start.
With the weather warming up in Philadelphia, getting together outside with neighbors is going to seem more and more like a good idea. The city streets department wants to help with a rundown of its Street Event Application (formerly known by its more fun name, "Block Party Application"). The website has all the information one needs, but here are some quick facts. Find out more (and get working on your summer party) here.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Also: a community festival in Mt. Airy, a run in Kennett Square and the biggest college boat race in the country.
Looking for something to do in May? Here's what's happening in the Greater Philadelphia Area: May 4-5: Strawberry Festival at Peddler’s Village Where: Peddler’s Village, Newtown When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. What: Featuring artisans, live music, shops and more Strawberries than any one person can handle in a given sitting, the Peddler’s Village Strawberry Festival is the place to go to celebrate spring (and enter a strawberry pie-eating contest). Cost: Free admission and parking. May 4: Mt. Airy Day Where: Cliveden of the National Trust, 6400 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. What: Celebrate Northwest Philadelphia with this outdoor festival, which will feature vendors, artists, shopping, games for children, food and live …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
See what the life expectancy is for people in your area.
Does where you live in Pennslyvania impact how long your life will be? According to a new study, the answer is "yes, but really not by all that much around here." The Institute for Health Metics and Evaluation looked at the life expectancy gap between men and women cross the country, including in the Greater Philadelphia Area, and broke down the numbers based on the average life expectancy per county. The biggest disparity between the life expectancy of women and men in the area came from Philadelphia, where women outlived men by an average of 7.7 years. The closest gap between women and men in the area comes from Montgomery County, where women are only outliving men by an average of four years. Check out the full study here, and consult …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Representatives from the city's Office of Property Assessments explain how your home's taxes will be formed in 2014.
With home values expected to reach homeowners in the Northwest before March 5, representatives from the city’s Office of Property Assessment were on hand in Chestnut Hill Tuesday to explain how property taxes would look in the coming year. The panel, which was the most recent in a line of discussions about the city’s forthcoming Actual Value Initiative hosted by the Chestnut Hill Community Association, was something of a spiritual successor to its city council panel in 2012, which left several attendees with more questions than answers. “It was clear at our last meeting … that our discussion could only go so far because we didn’t have the people putting this tax issue together [at the panel],” CHCA president Brian Tilley said. “This …
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Find out what hundreds of Philadelphians are doing to keep their trash out of landfills.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in 2010 Americans generated about 250 million tons of trash. Out of that 250 million tons of trash, about 34.1 percent was recycled or composted. Composting is important because it keeps organic solid waste out of landfills where it turns into methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Composting in the City Composting can be a challenge if you live in the city, an apartment, or don't have a backyard. To help make it easier to go green, Bennett Compost offers a unique service. The Philadelphia company has been offering a compost pick-up service to Philadelphia residents since July 2009. Currently, more than 450 residents take advantage of this service which provides a 5 gallon compost …
Friday, October 12, 2012
The map is from Pew Charitable Trusts.
See what a study found out about your tax burden.
Monday, October 8, 2012
See what government and school offices are taking the day off.
The City of Philadelphia's governemnt offices takes 11 holidays in a given calendar year, according to Philly311.com. Columbus Day is one of those holidays. As such, many city services and offices will be off on Monday. According to the Streets Deparment website, trash collection will be pushed back from Monday to Tuesday. See more about it here. Additional offices closed on Monday include: City police and fire stations will fully function. The Municipal Court’s Arraignment Court at the Criminal Justice Center, 1301 Filbert St., will be open, as well. Visit phila.gov for more information.
Monday, July 16, 2012
High temperatures are expected to approach 100 Tuesday and Wednesday.
The greater Philadelphia area is in for a couple days of oppressive heat, the worst since a 101-degree day July 7, according to the National Weather Service forecast. In the week since that scorcher, the NWS has not measured a high temperature above 92. But with forecast highs of 94, 97 and 96 Monday through Wednesday, the agency has issued an Excessive Heat Warning. As of Monday morning, it was set to take effect at 1 p.m. Tuesday and expire 9 p.m. Wednesday. The agency warned residents to take the usual precautions during the worst of the heat: The forecast calls for a dry Tuesday but a chance of rain Wednesday afternoon and evening, then highs in the mid-80s through the weekend.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Need some last minute supplies, but not sure what's open on the holiday? Here's the list.
Are more people coming over for the 4th of July than you realized? Did the grill get too hot and now you need to replace some hamburgers and hot dogs? Some grocery stores have changed their hours for the holiday. Here are the hours for grocery stores in the surrounding area on Independence Day. Chestnut Hill Pathmark: 7700 Crittenden St., Philadelphia, PA 19118 Mt. Airy Acme: 7010 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119 Food For All Market: 7127 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19119 Weavers Way: 559 Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19119 Roxborough and Manayunk Acme: 8600 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19128 Acme-Sav-On: 5927 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19128 Superfresh: 7162 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19128 ShopRite: 6901 Ridge Ave, …
Monday, July 2, 2012
The state legislature passed a bill to keep red light cameras in Philadelphia and allow them in Montgomery, Chester, Delaware and Bucks counties.
The Pennsylvania legislature is wrapping up its session with a bill to keep red light cameras in Philadelphia and allow red light cameras in the Philadelphia suburbs and in Pittsburgh, according to a release issued by AAA Mid-Atlantic. House Bill 254 passed handily in the state Senate on June 29, with 34 yeas and only 15 nays and if signed into law by Gov. Tom Corbett, would reauthorize the red light camera program in Philadelphia through July 2017, but would also allow for the cameras to be used in Montgomery, Chester, Delaware and Bucks counties as well as Pittsburgh. That means red light cameras staying in Philadelphia and maybe coming to: Bucks County: Falls, Middletown and Warminster townships Chester County: Tredyffrin, West Chester…