In this space last week, we noted the
smooth and peaceful transfer of power that the world saw at the
nation’s Inauguration and expressed our fervent hope that Normal would
soon become the New Normal.
Well, that was fun while it lasted, at least locally, as anyone following the Philly Fights Covid story
knows full well. What allegedly went on, in that case, gets harder and
harder to believe as details emerge. Of course, the worst of it is that
peoples’ lives appear to have been put in danger.
More to come on this, no doubt, and we trust that investigations will proceed and, where appropriate, justice will be done.
For now, though, here is the official (and
legit) place to register with the City’s Department of Public Health to
receive the Covid-19 vaccine: https://covid-vaccine-interest.phila.gov. May we all be vaccinated, and soon.
Save the Date: CCRA Public Meeting for 2300 Market Street Project
Properties is proposing to develop the three properties on the south
side of Market from 23rd Street to the Aramark Building. A public
hearing to review the project and seek input will be held via Zoom on
February 22nd at 7 pm. The Zoom meeting can be accessed at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82127029584
The Controller Report regarding the City's Response to the 2020 Civil Unrest
President Maggie Mund was part of @PhilaController’s independent
investigation into the City’s response to civil unrest. Conversations
with members of the Community Advisory and Accountability Council have
been incorporated into a supplemental Call to Action.
Code Blue is enacted during extremely cold conditions when temperatures
feel near or below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. During a Code Blue, the City
takes special measures to keep people who are homeless safe.
time to take the tree gators off! Gators can be helpful to get water to
newly planted trees during the growing season but they should come off
in December. Gators hold unwanted moisture next to the trunk leading to
rot. See the unhealthy dark color on this London Plane in Schuylkill
River Park. Just move the gator over to a nearby stake, if there is
Visit our special COVID-19 page on our website for more news and info.
Community Info and Events
Schools Begin Transitioning to Hybrid Learning
through second-grade students with families who selected hybrid
learning will phase in first, starting on Monday, Feb. 22. Staff members
supporting those students will return to school buildings on Feb. 8 to
Memorial Church at 22nd and Spruce street is distributing two bags of
groceries per household to anyone who is having food insecurity. No
questions asked. You must reserve in advance. If you cannot pick up due
to a disability or illness, they can try to deliver. Groceries are
distributed in the afternoon on the second and fourth Tuesdays.
Volunteers are needed with large
vehicles to drive and load the groceries from our partner in the
Northeast and about 6 to 8 volunteers to unload and sort the groceries
and drive groceries to disabled people. The amount of food varies each
Strong double paper grocery bags are needed (or strong fabric bags) and smaller bags for sorting fruit as well as socks and notes that say “You Matter.”
You can donate funds to our main provider of groceries: www.caringforfriends.org or donate directly to Trinity Memorial Church online: https://bit.ly/3iOTkD7or by check to: TMC Food Bag Program c/o Trinity Memorial Church, 2212 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. For all donations, please note TMC Food Bag Program.
To reserve food bags, to volunteer, or to ask questions, please email Susan Weinman: email@example.com. Thank you!
Out: Res Ipsa. In: Lost Bread Co.
door closes, another opens, sometimes literally. Sad was the farewell
to Res Ipsa, the Rittenhouse coffee shop that turned into an Italian
BYOB after dark. Its three-year run became a casualty of the pandemic.
But: Into the same 2218 Walnut space comes a café and retail location of
Lost Bread Co., the artisanal bakery that James Beard-nominated pastry
chef Alex Bois operates with Avram Hornik and Four Corners
Management. Bois was a biochemistry major, and it shows.
Schmandemic. More than a few Philly eateries are now opening up. We’re
talking takeout-only along with indoor/outdoor dining with, of course,
social distancing. Coffee and sweets, rotisserie chicken,
sustainable/seasonal, and the return of Bridget Foy!