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Upcoming Events: 2 Italian festivals, 2 beer fests, and more!

Compiled by Josephine Cardillo

Thursday, May 17

  • 7 pm – 8:30 pm. Enjoy a little night music as the Jazz in Hawthorne Park Summer Concert Series returns to the park at 1201 Catharine Street. You’re welcome to bring lawn chairs, beach chairs, picnic baskets and friends to these free concerts. Hosted by Jazz Bridge. Rain date: May 24th.

Friday, May 18

Saturday, May 19

Wheat Beer Fest. Photo by South Philadelphia Tap Room.

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Inspections temporarily close local businesses

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s “Clean Plates Philly” report for April included three South Philadelphia establishments that were temporarily closed for assorted violations.

As the article notes: “Inspectors visit nearly 1,000 eateries and food retailers every two weeks. Each inspection is generally regarded as a snapshot in time, and not necessarily a reflection of day-to-day conditions. Most violations were corrected immediately in the presence of an inspector.”

Read details about the three sites in South Philly that were temporarily closed in the the monthly summary. Or click on the names below to see the actual inspection report. Before delving into the inspection report it helps to read this first.

K & L Store – 2324 S 7th St. From Google Maps

Snyder Retail
1849 S 12th St.
9 violations; none serious

K & L Store
2324 S 7th St
12 violations, 4 serious

Farm House Grocery
2553 S 7th St.
12 violations, 1 serious

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What's Happening in:  Point Breeze 

You’ve never met a NICEr group

By C.T. Liotta

NICE, Neighbors Investing in Childs Elementary, helps support excellent education for all children in the George W. Childs Elementary School catchment area. This Sunday, May 20th, NICE will host the first of what it hopes will become an annual fundraiser, A NICE Night. Billed as an elegant evening to gather, socialize and support public education, the event will take place at On Point Bistro, 1200 Point Breeze Ave. Chef Juan Lopez will provide heavy hors d’oeuvres.

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South Philly streets to be paved this week!

Watch for signs and be sure to move your car if you’re parked on one of these streets!

Say goodbye to dodging raised manhole covers and bumping around on uneven asphalt!

Late last week we received news from the Streets Department that streets in South Philly which have been “milled” for the past two weeks (or more) will be paved this week.

According to their message, “Streets listed below are scheduled for paving, a final phase in the resurfacing process. Operations for the paving will be performed during the day hours, between 7AM and 4PM.  The anticipated time to complete the paving of each street segment varies and is dependent on the length and width of the street. Work is being performed by City crews.”

The streets to be paved include:

Blocks Street From To
1700 – 2700 9th St Oregon  Ave Morris St
1600 – 1700 10th St Tasker St Moore St
700 – 730 10th St Fitzwater St Bainbridge St
1600 – 2700 11th St Oregon  Ave Passyunk  Ave
1300 – 2000 13th St Snyder Ave Tasker St
100 – 900 Dickinson St 9th St Front St
Unit Front St Snyder Ave Oregon  Ave
2100 Front St Intersection Shunk St
100 – 1400 Jackson  St Broad  St Front  St
2400 Swanson St Oregon Ave Ritner St
Unit Tasker St Water St Dead End East
1700 – 2700 9th St Oregon  Ave Morris St
Unit Front St Snyder Ave Oregon  Ave

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Be prepared: Read this today. Vote tomorrow.

Election Day is tomorrow, Tuesday, May 15.

Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Any voter in line by 8 p.m. is allowed to vote. In Pennsylvania, only registered Democrats and Republicans can vote for candidates in the primary election.  ALL voters can vote on the ballot questions. See more below.

Here’s some helpful information about the primary election:

New to all this?

If you’re new to voting, or new to voting in Pennsylvania, or if you’ve just never paid attention until now, please check out the information posted by the non-partisan Committee of Seventy here.

Wondering where to vote?

Find your polling place here.

What are the ballot questions?

There are three ballot questions that seek to amend the city’s Home Rule Charter.  All voters, including those registered as unaffiliated or third-party, can vote on ballot questions.  If approved, the questions would:

  • Establish a specific annual budget for the Police Advisory Commission
  • Restore local control of city schools
  • Require mandatory training regarding sexual harassment in the workplace for all City officers and employees

Read up on the ballot questions here.

How about those new congressional districts?

In February the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania re-drew the state’s congressional districts to address gerrymandering.  As a result, South Philly is now split between the 3rd and 5th congressional districts.

South Philly is split between the 3rd and 5th Congressional Districts. Source: Philly.com and PA Department of State.

Generally, District 3 comprises South Philly north of West Passyunk Avenue west of Broad Street and north of Mifflin Street east of 11th Street.  District 5 includes the area south of West Passyunk Avenue west of Broad Street and south of Mifflin Street east of 11th Street.  District 5 also includes a narrow box running from the west side of 11th Street to the east side of Broad Street and from McKean Street north to the south side of Tasker Street.  Confused? Maps of the districts can be found in this useful post by Philly Voice and on philly.com.

WHYY has helpful profiles on the candidates running for the District 3 & 5 congressional seats.  Philly Clout conducted in-depth interviews with candidates available here.

All these mailers I’m getting are driving me crazy! And where is Delco?

Inquirer columnist Mike Newall, who lives on the south side of Mifflin in the 5th Congressional District, writes about life as a newly-minted Delconian in this piece. He describes the mailers that arrive almost daily “from a wilderness so far removed from my consciousness that it might as well be across the country. I am speaking, of course, of Delaware County.”

If you don’t know a thing about Delco, this lighthearted, but informative, piece by writer Stephanie Farr helps explain “Pennsylvania’s strangest county, one that often feels like it’s the Florida of Southeast Pa.”

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