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(Janet Haas announces the William Penn Foundation's historic grant to the Free Library of Philadelphia.  Photo by Mark Abrams)

William Penn Foundation Donates $25 Million to Free Library of Philadelphia

There was a standing ovation from library, civic, and community leaders as Janet Haas of the William Penn Foundation delivered the news.

09/11/2014

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Philly Library System Gets $25M Grant To Renovate

The Philadelphia public library system will undergo $25 million in renovations thanks to funds from a local philanthropy.

09/11/2014

(Credit: Lori Brennan, The Porch at 30th)

Hear Philly: The Porch At 30th Street Station Is Your Ticket To Gourmet Food, Free Entertainment

Adjacent to the second busiest train station in the country, The Porch at 30th Street is viewed as one of the most creative and animated public spaces in Philadelphia. It offers everything from great food to a plethora of free entertainment.

04/02/2014

(The Delaware River, photographed from Neshaminy State Park, looking toward center city Philadelphia.  Photo by John Ostapkovich)

$35-Million Research Project Aims To Protect Del. River Drinking Water

This is a watershed moment — for the 13,500-square-mile Delaware River watershed, that is.

04/01/2014

(BOY, YOU'RE GONNA CARRY THAT WEIGHT.  Currently, bicyclists crossing the Ben Franklin Bridge must carry their bikes up or down a three-story staircase at the Camden end.  A ramp is planned.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

Ramp To Replace Stairs For Ben Franklin Bridge Pedestrians and Cyclists

Nowadays, if you take your bike across the south walkway of the Ben Franklin bridge, you’ll have to carry it up or down about three flights of stairs at the Camden end.

11/16/2013

(Mayor Nutter listens as William Penn Foundation president Helen Davis Picher announces an additional $5-million grant for the Delaware River Waterfront Commission.  Photo by Paul Kurtz)

William Penn Foundation Donates Another $5 Million For Waterfront Projects

The grant will allow work to continue on such projects as the Delaware River Trail, between Washington Avenue and Spring Garden Street; a park at Pier 68, in Pennsport; and connector street amenities on Tasker Street.

10/03/2013

(City councilmembers and education advocates meet in the City Council caucus room.  Credit: Ian Bush)

Public-Private Partnership Provides $1 Million For Early Childhood Education in Philly

With the Philadelphia School District struggling under a giant budget deficit, city councilmembers and community groups gathered at City Hall to announce a small but important fund to expand early childhood education programs.

06/25/2013

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Questlove Steps Up To Ensure Next Year’s CAPA Musical Will Go On

A famous alumnus of Philadelphia’s High School for the Creative and Performing Arts is reaching into his own pocket to make sure that next year’s musical at his alma mater won’t be scrapped, as this year’s was.

05/06/2013

GPTMC's Philadelphia Neighborhoods website. (Credit: Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation)

New Tourism Website Puts Focus On Philadelphia’s Neighborhoods

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation is rolling out a brand new interactive website that highlights the City’s neighborhoods in a unique way.

04/05/2013

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Ethics Board Ruling Clarifies City’s Lobbying Law For William Penn Foundation

The Philadelphia Ethics Board says the William Penn Foundation did not violate city lobbying regulations when it was approached by the city for initiatives the city was supporting.

02/24/2013

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City Ethics Board To Review Lobbying Complaints Against William Penn Foundation

Several groups have filed a formal complaint, saying a privately-funded consultant’s report for the Philadelphia school district amounted to lobbying.

12/06/2012

Student Kiara Garcia speaks while parent Kia Henson -- far right -- and Teachers Union President Jerry Jordan -- next to Henson -- listen. (credit: Pat Loeb)

Group To Develop Plan Countering School Closures Study

A group of students, parents and teachers — unhappy with a consultant’s report that called for the closing of one-fifth of Philadelphia public schools –announced they’ll launch their own effort to develop a strategic plan.

08/16/2012

(Graphic by Ed Fischer)

Local Foundation Will Pay For Cost-Cutting Study at Philadelphia Schools

The school district last week hired the Boston Consulting Group to help restructure operations as it works to close a $71-million budget hole.

02/22/2012

Philadelphia School District

Philadelphia School Officials Look to Denver For Public-To-Charter Transition Tips

Mayor Nutter and members of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission are heading to Denver on Thursday for a one-day trip to compare notes on cooperation between district and charter schools.

01/03/2012

(The Race Street Connector was lit Thursday night. Credit: Cherri Gregg)

First Phase Of Race Street Connector Project Is Lit

The Race Street Connector is a pedestrian friendly walkway that provides easy access from Race Street in Old City to the Race Street Pier and the riverfront.

10/07/2011

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