Philadelphia Police is hosting an Emergency Zoom Meeting, to discuss the increase in violent crimes in your area

Date: Friday, 1/15/21 @ 2pm

Zoom Meeting ID: 822 8167 8517

Zoom Password: n5q5Fm

Philadelphia Police is hosting an Emergency Zoom Meeting, to discuss the increase in violent crimes in your area.

Navy Yard Workforce Development Initiatives (NYWDI) creates training programs that connect talented South Philadelphia residents to permanent employment at the Navy Yard.

Together, we work closely with Navy Yard employers to understand hiring needs and to develop four tailored training programs in 2021. Carefully selected cohorts of local residents will be trained to fill open positions upon graduation from the program.

· This program will connect South and West Philadelphia residents who have been disconnected from the workforce or who have limited professional experience to full-time employment with a Navy Yard employer.

· Our first participant recruitment for a Grounds Maintenance Laborer Training Program will begin on January 20.

Please share with your networks so interested job-seekers can learn more about NYWDI’s current and future training programs and employment opportunities. Visit the Navy Yard Workforce Website https://navyyard.org/workforce

Peace and Blessings, 

My name is Ebriel Livingston, I am acting on behalf of African Cultural Arts Forum. African Cultural Arts Forum is more commonly known as ACAF. They are a community based manufacturing company located in West Philadelphia serving the community since 1969. Known widely for the selections of shea butter, incense and home goods created by entrepreneurs and creatives of color. 

ACAF and I would like to welcome you in joining us for our Virtual Kwanzaa Celebration. We hope this invitation reaches you in great spirits! 2020 has been an impactful year for each of us. We could all use some collective healing. Join us for our online discussion to inspire, build, transcend and most importantly change our world together. Be sure to follow us on Instagram(@acaf1) and Facebook(@). 

If this is your first time Celebrating Kwanzaa, you are in for a transformative experience. Follow along for Seven Days beginning on Saturday, December 26th and ending Friday, January 1st. On each day, we honor a specific principle known as the Nguzo Saba in Swahili. Kwanzaa also has seven basic symbols which represent values and concepts reflective of African culture. On each day we will be engaging an online audience with stimulating questions and educational content.

Saturday, December 26th we will open the Kwanzaa Week with discussions on Instagram Story. Designed to inspire conversation in your home about togetherness and unity. 

On Sunday, Jean Jacques Gabriel will be hosting a 45 minute online flow open to all levels to embody self determination and well-being streamed on Instagram starting at 2pm. 

Monday and Tuesday Join the Conversation in our to discuss Collective Work and Cooperative Economics. These dialogues will be hosted on Zoom each day beginning at 6pm.

Wednesday our Instagram live will be blessed by the grace of Mama Nia who will lead a talk in regard to our purpose at this time.

Thursday to celebrate Kumbaa and creativity visit our store for a Coffee Giveaway.

On the last day of Kwanzaa we will rest, and enjoy our time with our loved ones and Give Thanks to the Most High. All blessing for 2021!

On Sunday Focus: Kuchichagulia

Tune in to Instagram Live at @acaf1 at 2pm for a 45min Yoga Class with Jean Jacque Gabriel

Monday Topic: Ujima Collective Work 

Time: Dec 28, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Tuesday Topic: Ujima Collective Work 

Time: Dec 29, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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We hope you are able to participate in our Virtual Kwanzaa experience this year. Check Instagram (@acaf1) Periodically for Updates. 

Seasons Blessings!


University City District is proud to present West Philly Favorites, a curated series of gift packs filled with handcrafted and locally produced items from neighborhood small businesses. All proceeds from sales of West Philly Favorites packs go to participating businesses!
Our first run of four unique gift packs features delicious and decorative items for your table, perfect for enjoying your West Philly Favorites from the comfort of your own home. Whether it’s locally roasted coffee, handmade ceramics, Argentine pastries, flower arrangements, or artisan snacks and sauces, there is something for everyone. Plus, the sale of these curated items provides much-needed support to small businesses at the time they need it most.
Buy packs individually for weekly pick-up at Trolley Portal Gardens or purchase a subscription to four weeks of packs for a discount. Sales for individual packs close two weeks prior to pick-up, and pick-ups begin the last week of January 2021 and run for four weeks straight. Details on pick-up, as well as reminders, will be sent at time of purchase.  
West Philly Favorites packs and subscriptions make great gifts! If you’d like to purchase boxes or subscriptions for someone else, you’ll be sent a gift voucher after your purchase is complete.
Make Your Voice Heard
Please join your neighbors in providing insights to ensure equitable and sustainable impact for your community.
Together, we’d like to make a Letter to Future Investors in the 46th & Market area to share your views. This effort is intended to collect community input about how residents would like to see development happen in their neighborhoods. The Opportunity Zones near 46th & Market Street will likely attract investors to the neighborhood, and we want to work together to ensure your goals, hopes and concerns for the area are shared. More information about this initiative can be found at westboundphilly.com
How to get involved in this first phase:
Take the survey here by Dec 14th: engage-ctd.com/s/46m ( the first 150 respondents get $5 – or a chance to win a $150 gift card)*
Other ways to make your voice heard (alternatives to the online survey)
· Phone in to go through the questionnaire with a person: Call 267-521-2344 and leave a message for a call back and a 1:1 chat
· Grab a physical copy and fill it out on site – see sites on westboundphilly.com
· Join a virtual workshop with Rising Sons to learn more about the questionnaire and project:     Thursday December 10: 1-3pm
More background information.
This project is a joint effort by the Enterprise Center, Connect the Dots, Rising Sons, Walnut Hill Community Association, West Park Tenants Association, Mill Creek Advisory Council, Mill Creek Community Partnership, Dunlap Community Community Citizens Concerned, Families Forward Philadelphia, and TEC Neighborhood Advisory Committee. More information about this initiative can be found at westboundphilly.com
Thank you!
*To take the survey in Bengali: https://engage-ctd.com/s/46mBengali.

Visioning 46th & Market – Join your neighbors in providing insights to ensure equitable and sustainable impact for your community. Together, we’d like to make a Letter to Future Investors in the 46th & Market area to share your views. Make your voice heard! Visit https://www.westboundphilly.com/

Massive Food Distribution Wed. 12/18/2020 at noon until all food is gone. Malcolm X Part at 52nd & Larchwood Ave. | Councilwoman Gauthier & Jannie Blackwell join forces with Ahari. + hat, scarf, gloves, socks giveaway. 

Dear Valued Y Member:

You may have heard the Mayor of Philadelphia has imposed new restrictions due to COVID-19 concerns. Because of those new restrictions, we are required to close our Y beginning Friday, November 20th through January 1, 2021. However, we are permitted to continue our childcare services on site.

Though this makes us sad, we have followed very strict safety protocols and understand the importance of the city’s decision. Because your branch will be closed, we are automatically putting your membership on hold and stopping your membership dues until we are able to reopen. When we have a reopening date, we will contact you and let you know when your membership will resume. 

You will continue to have access to our virtual workouts on PhilaYathome.org through the end of November.

If you’d like to remain an active member of the Y during our temporary closure- we have some options for you:

1.   Keep paying your membership dues and have full access to PhilaYathome.org for virtual workouts plus access to other Y branches all around Greater Philadelphia. Click here to choose this option.

Then find a location near you.


2.   Keep paying your membership dues as a tax deductible donation. Click here to choose this option.  You will be sent a receipt of your donation as soon as it is processed for your records.

If you are registered for a program at the Y, we will credit your account for the unused days to be used on a future Y program.  However, if you’d like us to direct those unused funds as a tax deductible donation to the Y, please click here and know we would be forever grateful.

As soon as we are able, we will re-open our doors and welcome you back.  We will be in touch to update you as more information is available.

We are grateful for your continued support, and hope to see you back at the Y soon!

Be well,

Shaun Elliott

Greater Philadelphia YMCA CEO

New restrictions to flatten the curve of COVID-19 will go into effect Friday

On Monday, Philadelphia officials announced new restrictions in light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

With record-breaking case numbers almost daily, Philadelphia City and Department of Public Health officials announced the changes to restrictions on businesses, events and gatherings, and other activities to help flatten the epidemic curve, prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed, and reduce the number of COVID-19 deaths, according to information from the City of Philadelphia.

The new “Safer at Home” restrictions will be effective beginning Friday, Nov. 20 through Jan. 1, 2021, although an extension of these restrictions and/or the implementation of additional restrictions is possible depending on trends in the spread of coronavirus in the city.

Here is a snapshot of some of the restrictions:
Dear Neighbor,

I hope you are well. I want to provide you with news that I hope you will find helpful.

If you have any questions, please contact me and my team and I will be happy to help you however we can.
More details about restrictions can be found online here.

Businesses with questions about how to comply with the new restrictions should contact the Department of Commerce’s Office of Business Services at business@phila.gov or 215-683-2100.

To report a business or other institution that is not following the City’s COVID-19 restrictions, residents can call 3-1-1 or submit a request on Philly 311’s website.

I know that for some, this news will not be welcome. We’re approaching the holiday season, and the past 8-plus months have been challenging already. But for so many people out there, COVID-19 could mean death for them or someone they love. Because people can still be asymptomatic and carry this virus and pass it along to others, it’s important that we social distance, not gather in groups, wear masks when we have to go out in public, and otherwise do all we can to stop its spread.

This caution needs to extend into our holiday season, if we want to ensure that our loved ones are safe. We can be sad about what COVID-19 is taking from us and also be thankful about what it is showing us: We are resilient, we can choose to show our friends and family how much we care about them by keeping them safe, life is fragile and precious, and we can – and we will – get through challenging times together.
Need help paying home heating costs? LIHEAP is now open for applications

The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, helps eligible Pennsylvania residents cover their home heating bills. The program is now accepting applications. Click here to learn more about LIHEAP and apply.

Please contact my office if you need more information or help with the application.
Are you or someone you know waiting for your $1,200 stimulus check? You have until 3 p.m. Nov. 21 – that’s this Saturday – to get it.
Up to 64,000 eligible Philadelphia households have not yet received their federal stimulus payment through the CARES Act that passed in late March.

While most eligible taxpayers automatically received their stimulus payment this summer, some did not receive it because they need to complete a specific form for individuals not required to file taxes.
If you’re among those who haven’t yet received your stimulus check, you have until 3 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 21, to act. Learn more here: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here.

Rep. Jim Roebuck