The Southeast/Southwest Philadelphia Political Organization (SewPPO) has unanimously elected City Council President Anna C. Verna as its chairperson to replace the late Henry "Buddy" Cianfrani.
Cianfrani, a former state senator, created SewPPO — a caucus of 10 ward leaders — in June 2000 to operate as a united front for the area on issues of political concern.
‘Tree tenders’ wanted
The city’s street trees need extra care to survive a decade of drought and extended heat waves. Philadelphia residents can learn how to provide this tender loving care by becoming "Tree Tenders" in a free training course offered by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. This 12-hour course covers urban stresses on trees, and includes basic planting, pruning, tree pit care and tree identification. Groups of four or more who attend all sessions receive tree-tending tools and benefits.
The training course is endorsed by the Fairmount Park Commission and funded by the William Penn Foundation.