Month: January 2016

City Announces Preparations for Democratic National Convention

For Immediate Release: January 27, 2016rnContact: Lauren Hitt, 215-686-6210, Press@phila.govrnrn rnrnCity Announces Preparations for Democratic National Conventionrnrn rnrnPHILADELPHIA— With the City of Philadelphia less than six months away from hosting the Democratic National Convention (DNC), Convention Chair Gov. Ed Rendell and Honorary Co-Chair Mayor Jim Kenney wrote a joint op-ed that was published in Wednesday morning’s Inquirer, outlining different ways for city residents to enjoy and participate in the Convention festivities. The text is as follows:rn“This is a great opportunity to show off all Philadelphia has to offer, and the more Philadelphians are excited about it, the more welcoming and fun the event will be for visitors and residents alike.rnrnThe convention will open on July 25 at the Wells Fargo Center, and for the next four days, all eyes will be on our city. The event will convene in South Philly until July 28, when the Democratic candidate for president will accept the nomination in front of 50,000 guests, including delegates from all states and U.S. territories, conventioneers from Fortune 500 companies, and 20,000 members of the national and international media. And while luminaries and presidents past, present, and future will be the stars of the event, it is unquestionably Philadelphia’s time to shine – and to have some fun too.rnrnThe Host Committee is planning a series of events and activities, such as street festivals, tours around town, and more, throughout the summer for residents and visitors to take part in the convention buzz and festivities. And the very successful PoliticalFest, a popular interactive exhibit about the road to the presidency and the political process, first created in 2000, will be returning for the convention this year.rnrnAnother way for Philadelphians from all corners of the city to feel a part of the convention experience is by volunteering. In the next few weeks, we will be rolling out an effort to recruit as many as 10,000 volunteers who will help with a variety of tasks leading up to and during the event. We have already received a tremendous response from the community, with approximately 7,000 individuals registered in our volunteer database to date. We are excited to see that number continue to grow.rnrnNot only will this be a fun event, but it will also be a safe one, thanks to our strong partnership with the Philadelphia Police Department and state and federal law enforcement. We are grateful for the efforts of members of Mayor Michael Nutter’s administration during the bid phase to host the event, as well as their help planning for the preparation of the convention.rnrnMany of us remember the success of the 2000 Republican National Convention. The city continues to reap the benefits of that experience – in tourism, economic development, and beyond. And we’re working hard to make sure it does so again.rnrnWe are even going a step further by creating a vendor directory to help convention planners find suppliers and services for their needs locally. As of this week, more than 1,700 businesses and suppliers have registered to be part of the directory, nearly 50 percent of which are based in the Philadelphia region and 31 percent of which are from underrepresented groups. Our goal is to ensure that people and businesses from all sectors of our community – including minorities, women, LGBT, veterans, and the disabled – have a chance to get involved in the convention and related events that will take place during that week.rnrnSo start the clock. We’re only 180 days away from receiving worldwide attention, and we can’t do this without you. The convention will be the biggest party in town, and we need Philadelphians from across the city to help us host it.”

Construction Equipment and Auto Auction, Philadelphia, PA, January 30, 2016 through JJ Kane Auctioneers

AGL Resources, PSE&G, PECO and other corporate and private fleet owners offer surplus vehicles and equipment to the general public through JJ Kane Auctioneers in Plymouth Meeting on Saturday, January 30th 2016. More than 660 used cars, vans, chippers, pickup trucks and construction equipment will sell with no reserve!rn

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rnPLYMOUTH MEETING, PA (PRWEB) JANUARY 21, 2016rnrnThe auction is located at Danella Line Services Yard, 1402 Conshohocken Road, Plymouth Meeting, PA, 19462, just off Exit 18 of I-476, Saturday, January 30th. Bidders can participate in person or online. Items are available for public inspection on Friday January 29th, 8a.m.-4 p.m. and also beginning at 7:00 a.m. on auction day. Several times each year retiring autos and equipment are offered for sale to the general public at this auction.rnrnJJ Kane auctions are unreserved. That means that everything sells to the highest bidder, regardless of price. Owners are not allowed to bid on equipment they have consigned to the auction.

City Launches Campaign to Help Residents Benefit from Tax Credit

CITY OF PHILADELPHIArnMAYOR’S OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONSrnFor Immediate Release: January 27, 2016rnrnContact: Mike Dunn, 215-686-6210, Mike.Dunn@phila.govrnrnCITY LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO HELP RESIDENTS BENEFIT FROM $100 MILLION OF UNCLAIMED FEDERAL EARNED INCOME TAX CREDITrnrnMayor Kenney outlines campaign vision and outreach activitiesrnrnat Press Conference on January 29rnrnWhen: Friday, January 29, 2016 • 11:00 AM – 11:30 AMrnrnWhere: City Hall, Mayor’s Reception Room (2^nd Floor, Room 202) 1401 JFK Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19107rnrnWhat: Official media launch of the City of Philadelphia’s aggressive awareness and support campaign to help tens-of-thousands of Philadelphia residents apply for the Federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).rnrnThe Philadelphia Department of Revenue estimates that 40,000 City residents who are eligible don’t apply for Federal EITC, leaving nearly $100 million in tax credits unclaimed.rnrnThe outreach campaign, “You Earned It,” aims to make these residents aware of the opportunity, as well as to eliminate other barriers that often deter people from filing for the EITC.rnrnThe campaign offers EITC information in multiple languages and connects Philadelphians to free tax preparation services by IRS-certified preparers, available in 28 locations throughout Philadelphia for eligible taxpayers.rnrnEvent Highlights:rnrnMayor Jim Kenney: Overview of campaign and why it is needed in the City of PhiladelphiarnFrank Breslin, Commissioner, Philadelphia Department of Revenue: Description of eligibility requirements and potential refunds availablernAllan Domb, Councilman at Large; Representatives from the Campaign for Working Families and Pathways: Outline of locations and preparations needed for Philadelphians to receive tax filing services through the “You Earned It” campaignrnQ&ArnAdditional Information: More information on the campaign and a list of locations offering free tax preparation services through are available at www.YouEarnedItPhilly.com (http://www.youearneditphilly.com/)

Lunar New Yearat Independence Seaport Museum’s

Lunar New YearrnrnCome celebrate the Year of the Monkey at Independence Seaport Museum’s Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday, February 6. Explore Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese traditions while enjoying a variety of family-friendly activities and entertainment.rn All activities are included with Museum admission from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission for members. rnrn-Play Yut, a traditional Korean board gamernrn-Make colorful Chinese lanternsrnrn-Build your own Japanese Luck Cat out of modeling clay for good luck rnrn-Design a Vietnamese dragon maskrnrn-Watch a dance performance by the Penn Chinese Dancers rnrn-Listen to Chinese storytellingrnrn-Try your hand at calligraphyrnrn-Watch a martial arts demonstration presented by Zhang Sahrnrn-Sample Asian cuisine prepared by student chefs from the Philadelphia JNA Institute of Culinary ArtsrnrnrnrnSchedule of Events:rnrn11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Cultural activities, calligraphy and food samplingrnrn11 a.m., noon & 1:30 p.m. Martial arts demonstrations rnrn11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. & 2:30 p.m. Chinese storytelling sessions in the Underwater Galleryrnrn1 p.m. Penn Chinese dancers perform in the Panoramic Theater

City Provides Update on Blizzard Clean-Up

CITY OF PHILADELPHIArnMAYOR’S OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONSrnrnFor Immediate Release: January 25, 2016rnContact: Lauren Hitt, 267-438-7976, Lauren.Hitt@phila.govrnrnCity Provides Update on Blizzard Clean-uprnrn PHILADELPHIA – Early Monday afternoon, Mayor Jim Kenney, Managing Director Mike DiBerardinis, Director of Emergency Management Samantha Phillips, Deputy Managing Director for Infrastructure and Transportation Clarena Tolson, SEPTA General Manager Jeff Knueppel and Executive Director of the Philadelphia Parking Authority Vince Fennerty provided their fifth update on the weekend’s emergency response and continuing blizzard clean-up efforts.rnrnPhillips noted that “given the intensity of the storm, the City’s Emergency Operations Center had a very successful response.” Despite receiving the fourth greatest snow accumulation in the City’s history, no major incidents occurred and power outages were minimal. The City did not close early on Friday and opened on time Monday morning. Trash and recycling collection will resume Tuesday, January 26. To date, 1,800 miles of road have been plowed, and 10,000 tons of salt have been used. The Streets Department is working with twelve other departments and agencies to plow the streets. Collectively, they are at full deployment with approximately 400 plows and 600 personnel on the roads.rnrnEnd of Snow Emergency & Deactivation of EOCrnrnAt 2 PM on Sunday, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was deactivated. While the snow response and recovery operations are still ongoing, they no longer require the centralized interagency coordination provided by the City’s EOC. Instead, the Office of Emergency Management’s 24-hour Regional Integration Center will resume monitoring city-wide events and snow removal operations to assist with interagency coordination.rnrnAt 10 PM Sunday evening, the City’s Snow Emergency was officially lifted. As a reminder, the Snow Emergency was extended through Sunday to assist with plowing operations. For citizens, the end of a Snow Emergency means that cars can once again be parked on Snow Emergency routes. Cars left on Snow Emergency Routes between Friday and Sunday evenings were likely relocated. Residents can call 215-686-SNOW to find their relocated car.rnrnEmergency ResponsernrnThe blizzard created the fourth greatest snow accumulation in the City’s history and, accordingly, required full activation of the EOC from 8 AM on Saturday to 2 PM on Sunday. During that time, 1,600 City workers reported for duty. The Police and Fire departments responded to 23,293 calls from Friday through Sunday. One-hundred-and-two homeless individuals were provided with supportive service outreach and over 2,000 individuals were housed in the shelter system. The city’s non-emergency call response center, 311, stayed open for extended hours and has answered 9,000 calls since Friday, lessening the burden placed on City Emergency Response Centers.rnrnPlowing and Snow Removal OperationsrnrnWhile the Snow Emergency has been lifted, snow removal efforts remain ongoing. To date, 1,800 miles of road have been plowed, and 10,000 tons of salt have been used. The Streets Department is working with twelve other departments and agencies to plow the streets. They are at full deployment with approximately 400 plows and 600 personnel on the roads.rnrnAs the City’s primary roads are generally passable, secondary, tertiary and residential roads will be the main focus of current plowing efforts. All thorough-fares are expected to be passable by the end of the day on Wednesday.rnrnAll non-emergency calls regarding snowplowing and salting operations should be directed to 311.rnrnResidents can expedite the plowing process by taking the following steps:rnrnResidents should not park their cars too far from curbs or too close to corners of their blocks, as it makes it difficult for snow removal equipment to navigate the streets.rnProperty owners should not shovel or toss snow into the street, as they’re clearing their walks.\rnResidents are also asked to clear snow and ice away from storm drains on their blocks to allow melting snow to flow directly down the drains. This will help prevent icy road conditions. With weather outlook of temperatures in the 40s in days following the storm, clearing snow and ice away from drains as conditions will be higher for flooding when large amounts of snow melt quickly.rnParking During Clean-up EffortsrnrnIn response to the ongoing clean up, the PPA will not be enforcing meter and kiosk parking violations today or Tuesday. However, the PPA will continue to ticket and enforce all safety violations. These violations are the following: Parking in front of fire hydrants, bus zones, no stopping anytime zones, handicap spaces, as well as for double-parking, blocking crosswalks and other similar safety violations.rnrnAdditionally, the PPA has extended its’ $5 discount garage parking rate until tomorrow morning, Tuesday January 26, at 7 AM for all vehicles parked in specified garages before midnight on Sunday Evening and for any vehicle entering a PPA garage after 5 PM today and exiting before 7 AM tomorrow in the following specified garages:rnrnAutoPark at Independence Mall (5th & Market Streets)rnAutoPark at Jefferson (10th & Ludlow Streets)rnAutoPark at the Gallery (10th & Filbert Streets)rnAuto Park at Old City (2nd & Sansom Streets)rnAuto Park at 8th & Filbert Streets (801 Filbert Street)rn15th & Cherry Street.rnPhiladelphia Family Court Garage (1503-11 Arch Street – Going south on 15th Street, Enter the garage on the west side just after 15th & Cherry)

Trash and Recycling Collection Cancelled Monday

CITY OF PHILADELPHIArnMAYOR’S OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONSrn rnrnFor Immediate Release: January 24, 2016rnContact: Lauren Hitt, 215-686-6210, Lauren.Hitt@phila.govrnrn rnrnTrash and Recycling Collection Cancelled Mondayrn rnrnPHILADELPHIA – As the City of Philadelphia continues its plowing operation in the wake of the weekend blizzard, all trash and recycling collections for Monday are cancelled because sanitation trucks continue to be used for plowing.rnrn rnrnResidents whose trash and recycling are normally picked up Monday should hold their trash and recycling one week. An announcement about Tuesday trash and recycling collection will be made and announced on Monday.rnCity crews continue their efforts to clear snow from all streets. While the city’s primary roads are generally passable, plows are still being used to widen them. Secondary, tertiary and residential streets will be the main focus of current plowing. This plowing is a collective effort involving the Streets Department and 12 other departments and agencies.rnrn rnrnDrivers should continue to take heed. Traveling in Philadelphia will continue to pose challenges as this plowing operation continues. On-street parking may be limited, so use of mass-transit — where available — is recommended.rnrn rnrnResidents can help speed the plowing process by making sure that cars are not parked too far from curbs, nor parked too close to corners of their blocks.

Certain PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed Because of Expected Heavy Snows Across Sections of Pennsylvania

(Updates to add three counties in northern and northeastern Pa.)rnrnHARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that Driver License and Photo Centers in 41 counties, including its full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, January 23 because of forecasts for heavy snow.rnrnAffected are centers in Adams, Allegheny, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Cambria, Carbon, Chester, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin (ROC counter, Driver License and Photo Center included), Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne (Wilkes-Barre is now closing), Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Mifflin, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Somerset, Snyder, Union, Washington, Westmoreland and York counties.rnrnCustomers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services online through PennDOT's Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov. rnrnDriver and vehicle online services are available 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week and include driver's license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services.rnrnMotorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 770 traffic cameras.rnrn511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.rnrnFollow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews and like the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation.rnrnMEDIA CONTACT: Rich Kirkpatrick, 717-783-8800 or 717-439-1787rnrnSOURCE Pennsylvania Department of TransportationrnrnrnrnRELATED LINKSrnhttp://www.state.pa.us

City Revises Trash and Recycling Collection In Advance of Storm

CITY OF PHILADELPHIArnMAYOR’S OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONSrn rnFor Immediate Release: January 20, 2016rnContact: Lauren Hitt, 267-438-7976, Lauren.Hitt@phila.govrnrn rnrnCity Revises Trash and Recycling CollectionrnIn Advance of Stormrnrn rnrnPhiladelphia, January 21, 2016 – The City of Philadelphia Streets Department has revised its trash collection schedule in advance of the impending snowstorm.rnrnFor those who have normal THURSDAY trash and recycling collection, which was to be picked up Friday because of the MLK holiday, leave your trash at the curb Friday as scheduled.rnrnFor those who have normal FRIDAY trash and recycling collection, which was to be picked up Saturday because of the MLK holiday, please hold your trash until next week; the trash trucks will be used to plow starting Friday evening.rnrnMayor Jim Kenney announced that all city departments and agencies stand ready to provide a coordinated response to the impending snowstorm.rnrn“We’re going to get through this together, as a city,” said Kenney at a late afternoon news conference. The mayor urged residents to help by clearing steps and sidewalks, by helping neighbors do so, and by checking on elderly neighbors.rnrnThe Streets Department plans to begin its plowing operation Friday evening. The department will dispatch a full deployment of approximately 400 plows and more than 600 personnel.rnrnThe Office of Emergency managed will not make a decision on the declaration of a snow emergency until after the forecast is updated Friday morning. But drivers should avoid parking on snow emergency routes when they return home from work on Friday. Those routes can be found at www.philadelphiastreets.com, and they are marked by signs on the streets.rnrnThe city’s Emergency Operations Center is expected to begin a partial activation with core services by Saturday morning, and then move to a full activation as conditions warrant.rnrnAll city residents are required to clear a path of three feet in front of their property within six hours of a snow event ending, including curb cuts. Don’t shovel snow back into the street, as it is both against the law and disrespectful of the city crews that have worked hard to clear them.

City to Start Brining Tonight for Anticipated Snow Event

For Immediate Release: January 20, 2016rnContact: Lauren Hitt, 267-438-7976, Lauren.Hitt@phila.govrnrnCity to Start Brining Tonight for Anticipated Snow EventrnrnPHILADELPHIA – City of Philadelphia departments and agencies have begun preparations for this weekend’s anticipated snow event.rnrnThe Streets Department on Wednesday evening will dispatch trucks to brine main arteries, bridge decks and streets in higher elevations. Brining is most effective when done 48-hours in advance of expected snow.rnrnSalting of streets does not begin until the snow arrives. The size of the Department’s salting/plowing operation will depend on the forecast at the time, but the department is preparing for a full deployment.rnrnStreets Department crews are currently checking all equipment to be ready for the deployment.rnrnThe Office of Emergency Management is closely monitoring the track of the storm. OEM will coordinate calls with city leadership and city agencies, such as Police, Fire, Streets, SEPTA, PennDOT, the School District of Philadelphia, and the National Weather Service. If necessary, OEM will activate the City’s Emergency Operations Center to monitor the impact of the storm throughout the city and to coordinate response operations among agencies.rnrnAs the City is getting ready, we encourage the public to do same:rnrnMake sure your shovels and de-icing supplies are ready.rnSign up for emergency alerts from the Office of Emergency Management through ReadyPhiladelphia.rnFollow @PhilaOEM for the latest updates.rnVisit www.phila.gov/ready for updates and to check out our Winter Weather Guide with more tips to prepare for snow storms