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Homeownership Opportunities Program sales at record high

June 24, 2021

June is National Homeownership month. The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) has assisted more than 500 residents become homeowners. This year, despite the pandemic, sales are strong.  PHA’s Homeownership Opportunities Program is experiencing the highest number of sales in the last 10 years. By the end of June, 40 PHA residents will have purchased homes.  Dwayne…

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Court: If bias rules have exceptions, faith groups qualify

June 24, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Associate Justice Samuel Alito sits during a group photo at the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, April 23, 2021. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool) By Peter Smith ASSOCIATED PRESS  Justice Samuel Alito called it a “wisp” of a decision — a Supreme Court ruling last Thursday that favored Catholic Social…

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The Peace Dividend

June 24, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Council President Darrell Clarke (D- 5th Dist.), Kenyatta Johnson (D- 2nd Dist.) and Maria Quinones Sanchez (D-7th Dist.) After weeks of negotiation, Philadelphia City Council and Mayor Jim Kenney came to an agreement on a $5.25 billion pact. By Denise Clay-Murray For weeks, Mayor Jim Kenney and Philadelphia City Council had been going back and…

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Will Smith opening up, releasing memoir ‘Will’ in November

June 21, 2021

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Will Smith is ready to open up about his life story. Penguin Press announced Sunday that Smith will release his memoir called “Will” on Nov. 9. The actor-rapper shared a photo of the book’s cover art to more than 54 million of his followers on Instagram. Smith said he is “finally ready”…

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Philadelphia celebrates Immigrant Heritage Month

June 18, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: A performance on a Japanese taiko drum was part of the opening ceremony for Immigrant Heritage Month in front of City Hall. ( Photo/Bill Z.Foster)  Every June, Philadelphia joins cities and states across the country to celebrate Immigrant Heritage Month (IHM), now in its eighth year as a national effort and the fifth…

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Traditions celebrated, old and new — The 2021 Philadelphia Flower Show concludes

June 18, 2021

ABOVE PHOTO: Stilt walkers in colorful floral themed costumes greeted Flower Show attendees. (Photo: Zachary Emerson) By Amy V. Simmons There was one main theme that seemed to be present at this year’s Philadelphia Flower Show, which concluded last Sunday: tradition. From the well-loved plant and floral design exhibitions and demonstrations to family-oriented activities, the upholding…

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The Longest Week

June 18, 2021

With the end of the fiscal year barreling toward them, Mayor Jim Kenney and Philadelphia City Council are still trying to agree on a budget. By Denise Clay For the second week in a row, Philadelphia City Council’s Committee of the Whole met to vote out the bills connected to the city’s budget, which must…

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The new outlet shopping

June 18, 2021

Aaron and Chyrese Hollingsworth are bringing value and a little history to residents with the new Grocery Outlet store in Mount Airy. By Denise Clay-Murray While  you  probably  wouldn’t  connect  the  two  things,  being  a  good  professional  musician  and  the  owner  of  a  good  grocery  store are a lot alike. Both require an investment of…

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