State reps pursue solutions for lead testing in Philadelphia hearing

State reps pursue solutions for lead testing in Philadelphia hearing

The House Democratic Policy Committee discussed mandatory lead blood testing for Pennsylvania children Tuesday at a hearing in Philadelphia. Rep. Mary Isaacson (D-Philadelphia), who has introduced legislation requiring these tests at ages one and two, hosted at the National Constitution Center, which is in her district.

Philadelphia has become a focal point in efforts to eradicate lead poisoning. Isaacson has mentioned the lead dust brought up from dismantling old industrial buildings and creating new housing in the 175th district as one of her major concerns. At the hearing, she also noted how much this policy meant to her predecessor and former boss, Rep. Mike O’Brien.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Philadelphia releases “Roadmap to Safer Communities”

Philadelphia releases “Roadmap to Safer Communities”

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney (D) and city officials announced last Thursday a comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence and lower the city's murder rate.

 

The “Roadmap to Safer Communities” comes as a response to Kenney’s request to his Cabinet for such a plan in late September. This is a collaboration of multiple departments and entities, including City Council, police, the school district, and neighborhood organizations.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown not running in 2019

Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown not running in 2019

Philadelphia Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown (D-At Large) announced Friday she won’t seek re-election in 2019. She has served five terms in City Council.


Reynolds Brown holds one of five at-large seats designated for the majority party in the 17-person council. Her decision to not run will likely add to an already crowded field of candidates for the May citywide primaries.

Friday, January 18, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Sports betting comes to Turf Club in South Philadelphia

Sports betting comes to Turf Club in South Philadelphia

Fans in South Philadelphia have done many things over the years at games. They’ve witnessed unforgettable moments, watched the Soviet hockey team retreat off the ice mid-period, thrown snowballs at opposing teams, and earned a unique reputation for their passion and commitment. Now, they can legally bet on games.

The Turf Club on Packer Avenue became the newest venue to offer regulated sports betting in Pennsylvania with their grand opening Thursday afternoon. While the fourth in the state and the third in the Philadelphia region, this location is the closest sportsbook to the home of four major league franchises in the United States.

Thursday, January 17, 2019/Author: Marco Cerino
Categories: Philadelphia
Philly Delegation rolls out ambitious plan for 2019-20 legislative session

Philly Delegation rolls out ambitious plan for 2019-20 legislative session

Members of the state House’s Philadelphia Delegation stood united at a Capitol press conference Wednesday to unveil a new legislative platform for the next two years. 

The chorus from the 16 attending members of the 23-strong group was reducing the city of Philadelphia’s poverty rate.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019/Author: Stephany Dugan
Categories: Philadelphia
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