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Goodbye, Foxy

After losing her dearly beloved dog Foxy, Penn Street resident Barbara Moore thanks her neighbors and remembers a one-of-a-kind companion.

 

To my East Falls neighbors, sister Vicky, neighbor Diana, and others who supported me through Foxy’s death:

I am lucky I had a chance to own such a loving and loyal rescue dog, one that was a joy to me and a source of comfort, especially when I lost my other great rescue, Peanutchew, in October of 2015. Foxy masked his own pain at the loss of his big brother, even as he helped me through my grief.

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The Donnybrook’s in the Details

That time Brian Hickey tried to do a nice story on East Falls’ painted shamrock… 

If you’re new to East Falls this fall or winter, you may have noticed a fading smear of green paint in the road at the intersection of Ridge & Midvale. It’s not graffiti, but a 50+ year tradition that takes place here every St. Paddy’s Day.

Until 2016, the ritual’s origins and methods were cloaked in mystery. But last year local journalist Brian Hickey took a fateful pub crawl that led him first to a great tale of beer, camaraderie, and Irish pride — then almost immediately into a two-fisted neighborhood feud.

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His Music is Da Balm

Music can soothe your troubled spirit and heal an injured heart. Local landlord/hip-hop artist Noah Accorsi’s album “Every Day Counts” reminds us that happiness is a choice we make — not just for our own well-being but to make the world a better place.  (PS: free music!)

 

Funny how a simple story can stick with you, and help steer your choices and decisions. While there’s no shortage of critics who sniff down their nose at Richard Bach’s 70’s classic, a quick google of “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” leads to pages of people who credit this book for life-changing insights & dreams of new possibilities.

In fact, first-year* Fallser Noah Accorsi — aka “Sir Noah Lot” (!) — used seagull imagery from the book’s cover on his last album as a nod to its positive themes that helped him deal with a year of personal/professional loss and pain.   (*he also lived here 2008-2012 as a student at PhillyU.)

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The Taxman Cometh

Time to think taxes! Our handy guide’s got links that could save you, or someone you love, some hassle and expense. 

With rising property values comes rising taxes. Fortunately, Philadelphia’s Dept of Revenue offers many programs that help Fallsers pay their real estate taxes and water bills…

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No More Threat on Calumet

A local contractor smooths out a dangerous situation.

The public parking lot on Calumet just got a whole lot safer thanks to a resurfacing of the wall of a rowhome overlooking several of the parking spaces.

Kevin McCafferty, local plastering contractor, was called in after crumbling bits of plaster had begun to fall from the wall to the street below, posing a danger to pedestrians and parked cars alike.

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Fresh New Lens on East Falls Instagram

Why are Caity MacLeod’s local images so sharp and haunting? A recent transplant from the suburbs, she’s in a “honeymoon” stage with our color, geometry and architecture. Fascinating photos, only on EFL’s Instagram

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If you follow us on Instagram, you’re no doubt already a fan of Caity MacLeod’s haunting, lyrical lens. Her delightful Castle Ringstetten pics demonstrate a warm, playful eye for capturing people, too.

“It was fun, I really enjoy taking pictures of people at events like this,” she told us, even though she’s in school for commercial photography. A first-year Fallser, Caity is psyched to bring us all along as she explores her new home with the tools of her trade.

Fun facts about EFL’s new Instagrammer in this quick Q&A with Caity MacLeod.

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No Ordinary Open

Big drama this year at the East Falls Open as Pat McCusker took the title in a sudden death playoff.

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Pat McCusker won the 97th East Falls Open Golf Championship in dramatic fashion, pulling even with 13-time champion Chris Kallmeyer on the final hole before edging him out on the first hole of the sudden death playoff at Sandy Run Country Club on September 12th.

Kallmeyer was even par with one-stroke lead going into the final hole, but three-putted for bogey, opening the door for McCusker to force a playoff.

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Lasting Links

Next week’s East Falls Open is the 97th anniversary of the country’s longest running neighborhood golf tournament.

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The East Falls Golf Championship is not your father’s golf tournament, or your grandfather’s. It might be your great grandfather’s though. Now in its 97th year, the Championship (aka the East Falls Open) is the oldest neighborhood golf tournament in the country.

Although the tournament didn’t begin until 1920, it had its roots in 1893 when the Philadelphia Country Club opened near City Line Avenue (on the current site of Target and the Presidential City Apartments), giving boys in the Falls a chance to work as caddies.

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East Falls to the Rescue

Local business owner learns first-hand what it means to be part of our can-do community. 

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Who are your neighbors? And what kind of crisis would it take for you to rush across town to help them?

A break-in? A fire? A lost child or pet..?

A broken garage door? 

Seriously, that’s all it took for a whirlwind of East Falls helpers to descend from out of the blue one Thursday evening this August, when the owner of Little White Dog (Scotts Lane) discovered she couldn’t lock up her doggie daycare center for the night. And her landlord was not returning calls.

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AirB ‘n Bullsh%#

Who’s that stranger in your neighbor’s pool? What’s the deal with the new cars in the driveway? Is home-sharing legal, even? Your rights as an Airbnb neighbor, plus links to info you may need — especially with what’s happening on Ainslie… 

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Have you heard of AirBnb? Maybe not: in a recent Pew survey of Americans, about half were not aware of the home-sharing service that’s created a whole new travel niche, and is quite possibly changing the world.

Launched in 2008, Airbnb connects hosts who want to share their homes with guests who are looking for a short-term place to stay (like a weekend or vacation). Airbnb lists the property, connects the two parties, and collects a booking fee.  With dozens of rental properties sprinkled throughout our neighborhood, East Falls is finally experiencing some backlash.

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