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Local news in brief: Oct. 4

Controller’s Office launches property tax relief calculator

The City Controller’s Office created and launched a new property tax relief calculator to help Philadelphia homeowners understand the financial impact of newly expanded property tax relief programs. The calculator tool uses a set of questions to determine program eligibility and compares the potential savings for each of the city’s three main property tax relief programs.

“Over the last few months, my office has focused on supporting Philadelphia homeowners during the city’s most recent property tax reassessment,” said City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart. “My office is launching a tool to help constituent service representatives better inform Philadelphia homeowners of the tax relief programs available to them and the financial impact of those relief programs. I want to thank Councilmember Kenyatta Johnson and his staff for their help in making this tool.”

In May 2022, the City of Philadelphia released its property reassessment valuations for Tax Year 2023, the first citywide property reassessment in three years. The reassessment resulted in a median increase of 31% for single family residential properties. In response, City Council and the Kenney administration passed several property tax relief measures, including increasing the value of the Homestead Exemption and expanding eligibility for the Senior Tax Freeze program and the Longtime Owner Occupant Program. Visit https://controller.phila.gov/ to learn more.

Flower Show tickets on sale

The Philadelphia Flower show will return to the Pennsylvania Convention Center March 4-12 after spending the last two years outdoors at FDR Park. Discounted tickets to this year’s show are on sale now at PHSOnline.org/the-flower-show. This year’s theme is “The Garden Electric.”

Oz wants Krasner gone

Dr. Mehmet Oz released a statement in support of efforts in Harrisburg to remove District Attorney Larry Krasner, following an explosion in violent crime in Philadelphia.

“The near-daily stream of violence, crime and murder in Philadelphia is a direct consequence of failed soft-on-crime policies. I support impeaching and removing Larry Krasner from office. As Philadelphia continues to hit bloody milestones for homicides, we need leaders who want to work to stop the scourge of violence that has taken over our streets. It’s shameful that John Fetterman does not agree – removing Larry Krasner shouldn’t be a Republican or Democrat issue – it should be an issue for all Pennsylvanians,” Oz said. ••


Doo wop festival at FOP

FOP Lodge 5, 11630 Caroline Road, will host a doo wop festival on Sunday, Oct. 9, from 1-5 p.m., rain or shine. The event will feature an indoor dance party, some of the area’s top vocal groups and oldies radio disc jockeys. General admission is $30 and includes food, draft beer and soda. Tickets are available weekdays at the FOP front desk from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit the FOP survivors fund. Call 215-629-3602. ••


Celebrate Polish heritage

In honor of Polish American Heritage Month, there will be a Polish American Festival on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 1-6 p.m. at St. John Cantius, 4415 Almond St. Admission is free. Additional information is at PolishAmericanCenter.com. ••


LoMo Fall Flea Market on Oct. 15

The Lower Moyamensing Civic Association will host a Fall Flea Market on Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Vendor spaces will be set up along the highly trafficked area on Broad Street between Snyder Avenue and Jackson Street (street-side in front of South Philadelphia High School). Past flea markets have featured over 60 vendors and 1,600 shoppers. Event proceeds benefit the civic association and the neighbors it serves. Neighborhood residents, professional vendors, crafters and artists are all welcome to apply for tables. Vendor spaces are $25 and registration is at https://lomophilly.org/flea-market/. Musicians also wanted. For more information, email lomophilly@gmail.com or call 267-544-9597.


‘Phriends’ Murder Mystery coming to Counter Culture

Starting Oct. 28, Counter Culture at 514 South St. will host an interactive murder mystery show. Phriends is acted out by iconic characters Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Phoebe and Joey, who take a trip down to Philadelphia for the opening of “Fairmount Perk,” a cafe chain started by Gunther. However, the fun doesn’t last too long as drama stirs up between the friends and some unexpected guests make an appearance. During the show, there will also be a scavenger hunt that can be played through an app on your smartphone. 

General admission tickets are on sale for $35 and VIP tickets are on sale for $75 at https://redrum.live/product/phriends/.


PL130 opens new exhibition

PL130 Gallery at PhotoLounge will open an exhibition called Projected Exposures, which will run from Oct. 10 through Nov. 12.

Projected Exposures will highlight 13 Member Moments of inspiring interviews and beautiful photographs that show each photographer’s point of view.

The show invites viewers to delve into the work by also reading the full artist interviews and providing feedback and reactions. The goal of Projected Exposures is not only to encourage the exhibiting photographer’s, but to help viewers develop their own critical eye.

Open House will be held on Nov, 4 from 6-9 p.m. at PhotoLounge, 130 S. 17th St.


Indigenous Peoples Weekend at the Museum of the American Revolution

On Oct. 8-10, Explore Native American history and culture at the Museum of the American Revolution during the Museum’s annual Indigenous Peoples Weekend celebration. The weekend celebration will include traditional Native American dance performances, hands-on demonstrations, crafts and other family-friendly activities.

Visit amrevmuseum.org for a full schedule and to purchase tickets or call 215-253-6731.


2 events at Holy Family

Holy Family University, 9801 Frankford Ave., will be holding two upcoming events.

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., it will be Becoming a Wise Smartphone User. The session is free and will take place in the Education and Technology Center building, room 308.

On Thursday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to noon, The Prayer and Personality Type Series is set for the campus chapel. The session is free.

 Register at www.holyfamily.edu/familycenter, 267-341-3305 or familycenter@holyfamily.edu.


Remembering those killed in Vietnam

The Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Front and Spruce streets, will host its annual name reading on Saturday, Oct. 22, at noon. Volunteers are needed to read one of (or part of) the 34 panels that honor the 648 Philadelphians killed in the Vietnam War.

Check the PVVM Facebook page for information on mobile wall displays in October and November. ••


Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 3

The Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame’s 2022 Class will be Inducted on Nov. 3 at 5:30 p.m. at Live! Casino & Hotel, 9th Street and Packer Avenue. Inductees will be the Blue Horizon, the 1983 NBA-champion 76ers, Adele Boyd, Art McNally, Charles T. Cooper, David Akers, Ed Bolden, Fredia Gibbs, Howard Eskin, Jimmy Rollins, Keith Allen, Nikki Franke, Phil Martelli, Ray Kelly, Reds Bagnell, Rollie Massimino and Susan Francia. For more information, visit https://www.philadelphiasportshalloffame.org/. ••


Activities at Academy of Natural Sciences

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, is hosting several current and upcoming exhibits.

Sea Change is running indefinitely.

The River Feeds Back, going through Oct. 30, is an immersive sound installation created by artists Annea Lockwood and Liz Phillips. The exhibit brings visitors into the deep sonic environment of the Schuylkill River watershed through recordings and a layered sound map that captures glimpses of the river system including the life of aquatic insects, eels, fish and swirling currents.

Ocean Bound will run through Jan. 15, 2023.


South Phila. HS class of ‘68 reunion

The South Philadelphia High School Class of 1968 will hold its 55th reunion on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Waterfall Room, 2015 S. Water St. Tickets cost $60 and include buffet dinner and open bar. For tickets and more information, call Arleen Liberi [609-922-2419], Maria Leati [856-287-3734] or Stephen Michielli [267-252-2740]. ••


Upcoming cruise

The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation is sponsoring a fully escorted Holy Lands & Aegean Majesty cruise that will sail Oct. 6-17, 2023, featuring 10 ports-of-call. Rates, including airfare, range from $4,198 to $7,998 per person, double occupancy. Call 215-788-9408 for information and reservations. ••


Cruise the Mediterranean

Norwegian Cruise Line will host a Mediterranean cruise from Rome to Venice on Oct. 10-19, 2023. The trip is all inclusive with round-trip airfare, a beverage package, all meals, three specialty dinners, taxes, transfers and all gratuities. The cost for a balcony sea view cabin is $3,511 per person. For more information, contact Fillmore Travel’s Kevin Fries at 215-498-8294 or fkevin910@comcast.net.

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