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5 Reasons We Chose Mifflin

In a neighborhood where over 90% of parents send their kids to private/charter schools, Lynsey and her husband Dan Larson are thrilled to recommend Mifflin. 

We recently left behind two sets of grandparents and a bursting babysitter Rolodex in our home state of Delaware, and relocated to East Falls. In the past 5 months, this neighborhood has validated for us that home is where you hang your hat…and walk in the park, ride bikes with the neighbors, drink a tremendous amount of coffee, and enjoy a pretty sweet little life.

Just when we thought our parenting record couldn’t look any better, we struck gold. This is the story of why we chose to send our kids to East Fall’s neighborhood public school, Thomas Mifflin, and why we’d do it all over again.

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Wheel Big Winner

Possibly our favorite news all year: a friend in our condo complex won almost $75k on Wheel of Fortune this October!

Photos courtesy Cori Frede’s facebook page

Our neighbor played it so cool. Cori Frede didn’t say a peep to us about applying, auditioning, flying out there… Nothing. Then we ran into her one morning walking her little white dog Benny as usual, except she looked like she was about to burst.

Apparently, Wheel of Fortune forbids contestants to say anything about their experience until the week it airs, and it was finally Cori’s week: “I went on Wheel of Fortune this summer and now it’s airing Thursday and I can’t say one more word about it except to invite you to the viewing party at Chili’s.”

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(Take Another Little) Piece of Our Past

As new construction goes up, older buildings come down. What can Fallsers do to save our architectural legacy? 

East Falls and Allegheny West lost more than lovely architecture last month: the old “Catifsh Café” had been a favorite meeting place for folks from both neighborhoods since it was built in 1875. Back in the 80’s/90’s, it was famous for big, juicy burgers and the occasional Charles Barkley sighting. And we were so close to saving it!

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Missed Connections

Compiled by Karl Von Lichtenhollen. Missed connections are for entertainment purposes only and are not intended to foster a belief in random meetings. Email us your Missed Connections or text 215-498-8874.


Brenda, the good news: I won the new Pa Lottery Fast Play! $95,768! The bad news: I’m breaking up with you because you are a greedy gold digger.

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Mike – you said you’d never leave me. Whatever happened to you? If I still had my knitting needles, I’d poke your eyes out for you. Love, June

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Giving Thanks for NovemBEERS

JK talks turkey about the best beers for the season.

November is a time for giving and sharing, and what better to give, or share than some amazing autumnal beer selections that make any Thanksgiving better.

This month’s column will focus on selections that turn even the driest over-cooked turkey or familiar family casserole into fare for the gods straight from a horn o’plenty…OK well maybe not, but they do pair amazingly with the fare of the holiday and can help make even those awkward family arguments over politics, football, or who’s the best cook in the family palatable.

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Tapping Out

Falls Taproom has closed and the neighborhood is bummed. (But not, evidently, all that surprised.)

After more than a decade on Midvale – and months of online debate — this cozy bar/restaurant shuttered its doors last October. Co-owner Jess Mellen-Graaf’s poignant Facebook 10/16 post followed soon after:

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Update: The Knotted Grotto

A new life for thousands of prayers from East Falls and around the world.

When Pope Francis visited Philadelphia in 2015, two East Falls artists — Dan & Stephanie Ostrov on Stanton Street — were part of the team creating an ambitious public art installation for the occasion, a key part of which was fabricated right here in the neighborhood.

“The Knotted Grotto” was a one-story open globe structure anchoring dramatic swoops of fluttering ribbons – each one a hand-written prayer collected from all over the world. More than 60,000 were tied to & around the structure. It was at once peaceful, poignant and powerful. Thousands visited the Knotted Grotto at Sts Peter & Paul Basilica, including the Holy Father, who blessed it.

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DIY Art Corner: Rainbows for Fall

Who says fall has to be orange and black? This kids’ art project brings together a rainbow of colors to enliven your home thru the season.

I love bright and colorful. There is something that is so happy about being reminded of rainbows. Maybe it’s the inner child wanting to find that pot of gold at the end or maybe it’s just that I dig colors.

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Keep Turkey Day from Going to the Dogs

Counter surfing, scrap snatching, and other canine tricks to look out for at Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is my favorite time of the year but it poses some challenges for dog owners.  During the holidays food is everywhere, just tempting your dog to counter surf and feed himself. Make sure all food is pushed back away from the counter’s edge, out of the reach of your dog.

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Deja Vu: 2nd New Charter School Proposed

Our unique demographic has attracted a charter school promoting rigorous language study and global citizenship.

Looks like we’ve got another charter school angling for the neighborhood – specifically, in Falls Center, in the space where Agora Cyber Charter was before they moved to King of Prussia.

Philadelphia Hebrew Public is a new Philadelphia organization that’s applying to open a K-8 school in the fall of 2019. They’re part of a network of schools including Brooklyn, Harlem, New Jersey, DC, San Diego, LA, and Minneapolis… This network was awarded a $5 million federal grant from the Department of Education to open new schools, which brings them to Philly.

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