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Date: 8/24/2018
Title: Philly News (8-24-18)

Hope everyone is having a great summer.  Mine seems to be moving so fast between work, travel, and music filling my time.  

Still have over 2700 people on this mailing list and have been saving up a bunch of good articles about our city to share.

Lots of information to share as to my personal happenings but will save it for post Labor Day.  

BTW, if anyone is looking to listen/watch some good music this weekend, check out the Lockn' webcast. You can see the full schedule here.  If anyone will be in Avalon tomorrow, I will be watching the Dead sets outside on the bay at night.  All are welcome.

Lastly, since I saw the concert reviews online, I am including soshow reviews-of some of the recent shows I have seen. Mark



A) How 43 Philly neighborhoods got their names

B) Popular Center City Wawa No Longer 24/7 After Incidents

C) Philadelphia Parking Authority’s MeterUP App Expanding Citywide

D) Philadelphia School of Circus announces the Grand Opening of Philadelphia’s only permanent outdoor flying trapeze school

E) Starting this fall, LOVE Park will be open for wedding ceremonies

F) Pat’s Now Delivers Cheesesteaks Nationwide



A) In Philly, the renters keep on coming

B) Philadelphia transfer tax to increase July 1
City of Philadelphia has increased its share of the real estate transfer tax to be paid at closing from 3.10 percent to 3.278 percent effective July 1. Taking into account the additional 1 percent that is payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, all deeds submitted for recording on or after July 1 will be subject to transfer tax at the rate of 4.278 percent. View the city ordinance adjusting the rate by clicking here (PDF)Source: Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors; 6/28/2018


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A) City now requires local police pre-approval for block party permits

B) Philadelphia City Council adopted a resolution in support of building 500 miles of Circuit Trails by 2025


A) NY Times: Leaving New York to Find the American Dream in Philadelphia


A) NJ to put off adult-use marijuana legislation until later this summer

B) New Jersey looks to double medical cannabis businesses

C) A 'game-changer' for Pa. medical marijuana; flower goes on sale next week

D) New Jersey halts weed prosecutions, moves closer to legalizing pot

E) Pennsylvania cracks down on dispensary for selling cannabis for $1 a gram

F) Gov. Wolf Says Pennsylvania Citizens Are 'Not Ready' For Recreational Marijuana


A) SEPTA set to begin rollout of Key Card Regional Rail passes

B) TSA's new CT baggage scanners coming to PHL

C) Reminder: Transfers Available Only on SEPTA Key Card Starting Aug. 1

D) Lyft's Express Drive rolls into Philadelphia 

E)  Airbnb Of Cars: ‘Getaround’ Car Rentals Launch In Philly

F)  American Airlines, 'excited' for future of PHL, to add 4 new flights to Europe



A) The apps and gadgets the Sixers use to track their players

B) You Can Now Get Beer Delivered Right to Your Seat at Phillies Games

C) Phillies 2019 schedule announced 

D) Sixers schedule for 2018-19 season: 39 games on national TV, including six on ABC



A) Philadelphia rate board gives water customers some relief

B) Philadelphia water customers, whose water rates have increased 70 percent since 2007.

Did You Know?  Bella Vista FYI

The nation’s oldest historically black university traces its roots to Bella Vista. Cheyney University in Chester County was founded in 1839 as the Institute for Colored Youth, a school established by Quakers specifically to give African-American children instruction in the mechanical arts, trades, agriculture and teaching. Its first building, opened in 1852 at 716-18 Lombard St., no longer exists, but its larger second building at 915 Bainbridge St., built in 1865, still stands. Known as the Samuel J. Humphreys School after the ICY moved to George Cheyney’s farm in 1902, the building now serves as a condominium residence.

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