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When candidates running in Pennsylvania’s 175th house district race were asked whether they supported safe injection sites at a Virtual Meet the Candidates event Wednesday night, all of them answered in the affirmative. In fact, one candidate took the...
There has been no shortage of creative ideas springing up throughout the city to cope with the stay-at-home order. Peruse social media for a few minutes or check out a recent issue of the Star for a multitude of examples. In...

Virtual medium

Many local businesses and organizations have had to find creative ways to serve clients, while adhering to social distancing and closure mandates associated with COVID-19. Portside Arts Center, 2531 E. Lehigh Ave., is one of them. The nonprofit arts center will...

Safe sweep

For more than a decade, the City of Philadelphia has organized the annual Philly Spring Cleanup in early April. Neighborhoods and corresponding civic groups and organizations participate each year throughout the city, with special projects ranging from planting new trees...
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, South Philly resident Cassie Jones worked as a part-time manager at Painting With a Twist in Center City, a popular destination for parties and girls nights out where patrons can learn to paint while...
If anything has been learned about River Wards residents and businesses during the COVID-19 crisis, it’s that while PPE may be in short supply, their generosity is not. From a stay-at-home mom sewing face masks to restaurants donating meals to...

Feed the need

Last Thursday, more than 200 hams were handed out to residents in front of Grace Episcopal Church and the Incarnation in Port Richmond. The hams were free thanks to a donation from Northeast Philly nonprofit Caring for Friends, 12271 Townsend...
While much of America is finding ways to help people who’ve been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Joanie Thompson, an employee at Hecker’s Deli in Port Richmond, found a way to help many who have been forgotten. Specifically, pets....

Staying safe

  Usually, Susan Murphy is making hundreds of Fishtown- and Philly-centric tree ornaments, from Philadelphia Parking Authority violations to Fishtown’s self-proclaimed neighborhood beverage, Arctic Splash. But now, the River Wards resident behind Jawnaments is shifting her focus to a different type...

Chipping in

The chips may be down, but the community served by Lutheran Settlement House is certainly not being left out. The Fishtown-based nonprofit provides “life-sustaining” services, from domestic violence counseling to a food pantry for those in need, so it’s still...
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