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After seeing reports of shortages in supplies for medical field workers fighting on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, Rebecca Harter, 39, decided to put her downtime to good use. So far, the Fishtown resident has sewn 20 fabric...
As the coronavirus pandemic rears its ugly head, government-mandated social distancing practices have ended plans for not only sporting events and concerts, but weddings, bar mitzvahs and other social gatherings.  “It’s clearly affected us severely,” said Skip Schwarzman, owner of...
Steve Wacker isn’t your typical stay-at-home dad. In fact, he’s usually busy as an assistant soccer coach at St. Joseph’s University. But last week, after the world was taken over by the coronavirus and NCAA shut down sports for the year,...
In last Monday’s City Council hearing in front of the Public Health and Human Services Committee, testimonies from roughly 30 individuals in the debate over safe injection sites were heard.  The majority of these testimonies spoke in favor of the...
Despite Safehouse’s efforts to implement the country’s first safe injection site in Philadelphia, many members of the city’s pro-safe injection site community have told the Star that they think the city’s chances of getting a safe injection site in...
The last thing Portside Arts Center’s founding director, Kim Creighton, expected was a call from the Philadelphia Flower Show. “They just called us out of the blue and asked us if we wanted to be in the flower show,” Creighton...
For a brief, roughly 24-hour period last week, Philadelphia was set to become the first city in the United States to open a safe injection site. It all started at a Wednesday morning news conference, when Safehouse co-founder Ronda...
After operating for more than 100 years in the heart of Kensington, Harbisons’ Dairies - the building with the giant milk bottle on top - closed in the 1960s. But believe it or not, it could open back up...
Local business owners’ desire to formulate a business improvement district dedicated to the booming Fishtown and Kensington neighborhoods dates to 2018, and as of 2020 they finally got their wish. The Fishtown Kensington Area Business Improvement District (FKABID) is...

New cop on the block

With every new year comes new beginnings and, at Rizzo PAL in Port Richmond, a new cop is ready to take the reins. Police Officer Paul Pugh, 40, began his new position as center director in mid-December. Pugh follows in the...
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