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Beers for Bike Racks

New series of pop-up beer gardens & events around East Falls aims to festoon Ridge Ave with funky, functional art. 

You’d think a solid metal sculpture bolted to concrete would be a stationary fixture, but Inn Yard Park’s jaunty fish bike rack has been surprisingly mobile. Installed in 2011, around 2015 we noticed it was just sitting freely on the sidewalk, chained to a standard “U” bike rack. WTF?

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Let’s Hear It for the Falls

With Gina Snyder’s resignation, her position as East Falls Development Corporation’s executive director is up for grabs. Our own Jon Kennedy throws his hat in the ring — and shares a love letter to the neighborhood he’s hoping to serve. 

If you’re familiar with the neighborhood, you know Jon Kennedy — he’s one of the friendliest faces around East Falls. We first met him pulling drafts at Murphy’s (of course we did) but he lives here and hangs here and is a great guy to know in so many ways

His beer column’s a reader favorite, and we don’t know anyone who cares more about these 1.5 square miles we call home. When Jon showed us his application materials for the EFDC gig, we liked his essay so much we’re sharing it here with some of our favorite pics from 2017 so far. (Thanks, Jon!)

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Brews Under the Bridges

Beer, food, music, and vendors under the Twin Bridges every third Thursday from now thru September. 

Successful launch of East Falls’ new beer garden by the river. Thanks everyone for coming out for music, tacos, local vendors and beer of course.

We’ve got lots of pics plus great quotes from neighbors, businesses, and community leaders for our recap (on the way) — meanwhile, more video clips from the first spin of this monthly event.

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Scout and About: Five Scouting Lessons this Summer

Summer’s coming and outdoor adventures await in East Falls and beyond for Boy Scout Troop 474. Got a budding scout in your house? Archery, first aid, and firebuilding are just a few of the things he could learn this season.

When Joe Petrone of Petrone Realty was a kid, half the scouts in Troop 474 were from East Falls. “It was great, everybody came out and we did all kinds of fun wilderness and survival stuff.” Joe loved it so much, he volunteers today as a scoutmaster for the Troop. “We’ve got a good group from Roxborough and Manayunk, but we could always use more East Falls guys,” he told us recently.

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THEY’RE BACK: Weekend Wissahickon Walks

Wherever you live in East Falls, you’re within walking this spectacular natural resource. Explore our neck of the Wissahickon with dog & kid-friendly hikes from local trailheads. Free every month thru September with EFL.

Back by popular demand: guided walks through the prettiest — and largest — green space in Philadelphia, right in our own backyard. Wisshickon Valley Park is 2,000+ acres featuring 70 wooded trails that can seem a little daunting at first.

No worries! We’ve broken our area down into 3 interlocking loops from nearby trailheads that you can follow yourself with our maps and info. Even better: come out with your neighbors for a different Wissahickon hike every month, and discover new sides to East Falls.

Mark your calendars…

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The Sorrow and the Furry

Alicia Harantschuk found solace in therapy dogs after suffering a tragic death in the family. She now shares the healing powers of dogs with patients, schoolkids, and university students.

Photo credit: Megan Letos

When Alicia Harantschuk lost her father to Alzheimer’s disease, she was ready to leave her tears behind, and find a positive focus for her grief and healing. For days, she thought about how she could find her purpose, then suddenly, she knew in a flash: pet therapy!

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Season of the Itch

Spring got your dog scratching? Dr. Patten helps a reader track down the source of a persistent itch.

Dear Dr. Patten,
Now that it’s gotten warmer, my dog’s scratching way more than he usually does. I’ve tried a new flea collar, Advantage treatments, even different shampoos, but it doesn’t seem to give him any relief. In fact, the poor guy’s skin is really starting to look red and irritated. What am I missing?

– Bill E.

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PennDOT Part Deux: Caught on Camera

Ummmm… Why are these people representing us, again?  (Videos have been subtitled for your convenience —  extra footage at links)

I think it’s important to give big thanks to the dozens of East Falls RESIDENTS who came out on a Thursday night to endure some public bullying for our safety. Without them, we could still be stuck in the same stalemate on Henry Avenue.

The kicker is, it’s our own local traffic committee members who were trying to block PennDOT’s plan for safety improvements on this busy roadway. Not all of them — just a minority, really. But a very vocal one with, apparently, all the time in the world to derail important projects around here.

Talk about uncompromising — committee members couldn’t even agree to take a proper vote when they met privately earlier in the week. Instead of a clear yes or no, chair John Gillespie could only offer the group’s “kind of informal group consensus (video)” on Option Five, which sounds kinda dysfunctional…

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Don’t Worry, Beer Happy!

Spring is busting out all over in East Falls. Celebrate the season with these five top beer picks.

I can see clearly now the rain is gone!!!! Wow, East Falls is just bursting with beautiful budding trees and gorgeous foliage, and this may very be one of the most beautiful parts of Philadelphia this time of year.

However, dear readers if you are like me, even the return of our beloved Phillies cannot quell the onslaught of the seasonal allergies that accompany this beautiful season. So, short of buying stock in Allegra and consuming as much local honey as possible, what can a poor boy do????

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PennDOT Part 1: Summary & Slideshow

Miss the big meeting about Henry Avenue last week? Here’s our run-thru with just the facts, kids. 

Wow you will not believe the video from this meeting! East Falls locals came out in full force to confront certain members of Community Council’s traffic committee, and push for an end to our 2-year stalemate for basic improvements on Henry Avenue. Really an amazing meeting…

Before clips and commentary, here’s a quick summary of PennDOT’s PowerPoint presentation. We wish we had a link for you, but we did our best to photograph all the key slides, and we also scanned the materials PennDOT provided at the meeting.

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