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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

The story of the stealing of Mifflin Street

In 1984, someone stole Mifflin Street. Yes, as in they stone-by-stone took the street apart in broad daylight.


Bob Laramie photo, via

How does such a thing happen? In’s series of forgotten city history, this week the story revolves around the stealing of Mifflin Street.

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South Philly restaurant burglars caught, facing charges

Since April, there have been a string of burglaries at restaurants in South Philly. Spots including Bing Bing Dim Sum, Cloud 9 Vapor Store, Stogie Joe’s and more were hit over the past few months.


Bing Bing Dim Sum was one of the restaurants affected.

South Philly’s restaurants are safe again now that the suspects have finally been apprehended, according to police. 

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What's Happening in:  Queen Village 

Have you seen this Whole Foods meat thief?

With pretty consistently steep prices at Whole Foods, it’s no wonder that this man is making multiple trips to steal thousands of dollars worth of food from the organic grocery store.


The man shown here is wanted by the Philadelphia Police Department for multiple thefts at the Whole Foods at 929 South St.

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Program reimburses commercial properties for security camera installation

While many businesses would like security cameras for the exterior of their location, cost deters many from purchasing and installing them.

A screen grab from the video

A screen grab from a surveillance video of a shooting at 17th and Wharton in July. 

The City of Philadelphia’s Business Security Camera Program is now allowing owners of commercial properties who install these cameras to receive up to a 50% reimbursement of the cost of the improvements to help make the streets safer and more monitored.

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What's Happening in:  Newbold :  Point Breeze 

Newbold Neighbors Assn. launches porch-light safety campaign

The Newbold Neighbors Association has its eye on improving safety in the neighborhood with a simple solution — by encouraging residents to leave their porch lights on overnight.

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Paul Knese, of the civic’s public safety committee, said the ”Light’s On Point Breeze” initiative “will be an ongoing message to do something really simple on your block that greatly matters.”

Knese said one of the committee’s duties is to attend the Police Department’s police service area meetings to report back, but they were looking to see if what they could do to prevent crime and enhance public safety. “So we asked at all the PSA meetings that we attended what the attitude is about well- lit houses,” Knese said. “And they are so enthusiastic, 110 percent behind it.”

Knese said they calculated the cost for lighting a 75 watt CFL bulb for 12 hours a day, every day: less than $9 all year.

“Well-lit streets give the feeling of greater safety, livability and friendliness,” he said.

The goal is to get at least 30 percent of households leaving their lights on by the end of the year.

For more information about the civic, or to get involved with its safety committee, check out their website here.


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