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Bon Voyage, Gina!

The former EFDC Executive Director exchanges an office space for a year-long adventure in the south of France.

Wow, what a surprise! One minute Gina Snyder’s planning a boat landing and next year’s Dance on the Falls Bridge, the next she’s off to the south of France. From Ridge Ave to Marseille, a fishing port on the Mediterranean, in a heartbeat. We had no idea (and neither did many other Fallsers) until she made the announcement late last month.

We’re sorry to see her go, but are excited at the prospect of her tooling around the ancient streets of France’s 2nd largest city. She won’t be leaving us just yet though. She has tendered her resignation but agreed to stay on with EFDC until a replacement can be brought up to speed (sometime this summer).

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Cat R.I.P.

A beautiful plant poses special dangers to cats. Dr. Patten gives you the low down.

Spring is here! Flowers are blooming and you may have fresh cut flowers brightening up your home. Many cats like to nibble on and ingest the flowers and leaves from bouquets or indoor plants. Around spring time, lilies are very popular.

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Fallser Fashion: Marble Nails

East Falls doesn’t often set style trends but this weekend, all eyes were on nails by Koco after a write-up in Sunday’s Inquirer. 

So this weekend as hoards of beer lovers descended on our neighborhood for Wissahickon Brewing Company’s grand opening, the Philadelphia Inquirer called us out as a hot spot for fashion-forward nail art.

Elizabeth Wellington’s piece on “marbling” highlights subtle stone patterns for spring manicures, like Koco Salon’s design of soft grays with a swirl of pink sparkle. While the look is fresh, the effect is actually over two decades old — first popular in the 90’s, when Koco’s owner, Onisha “O” Claire, was first getting into the nail industry.

Now 20 years later, O’s overcome with gratitude and enthusiasm for her profession that’ll resonate with anyone else who’s doing what they love.

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Canines Just in Time

Therapy dogs coming to the rescue at the VNA Philadelphia Hospice.

Doggie dearth. Canine decline. Whatever you call it, the patients at the VNA Philadelphia Hospice (VNAPH) haven’t seen a cheerful pup since 2016.

Back then Stella, an intuitive, sweet Doberman mix, and Ni-Chin, a Japanese Chin, who often wore costumes and rode in a Santa sleigh during the holidays, used to go room to room in the 15-bed inpatient unit, bringing smiles to the patients and the staff.

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Fool Me Once

The Pizza Ninja proceeds cautiously with Franklin’s “bonus pizza.”

Hello once again loyal pizza fanatics. This month’s pizza adventure is Franklin’s Pub & Grill on Bowman street. Will the Ninja be April fooled? Keep reading to find out.

Franklin’s is a self-described gastropub that has casual American dining, poutine, 14 rotating beers on tap (10 of them are craft beers that constantly change), a specialty cocktail menu, and 16 HDTVs.

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Closing Time

Last call for Murphy’s? NOOOOOOOOO!!!!! 

Unbe-freakin-believable. If you’re like us, you were stunned when you heard the news: a famous East Falls bar will soon be history. Say it isn’t so, Murphy’s Irish Saloonery!

“It’s time,” Mike Murphy told us — not nearly as gently as he should have, by the way (a free beer would’ve lessened the blow, just sayin’).

But this place is an institution, and it’s busy every night. The best Irish bar in the state, yet. What gives?

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EYES OUT FOR EMMA

3/30/17 UPDATE: We are sad to report that Emma’s owners have announced the search is off. Our thoughts go out to her family in their time of loss. 

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Let’s Roll!

Update March 30, 2017: Spring is back and MLK Drive will be closed weekends to car traffic all season long! 

Open Streets on MLK every weekend, now through October. Fun, easy trips for Fallsers. 

When I first heard that the city closes this whole drive from East Falls all the way downtown, I thought it must be a rumor, or a quaint memory from a time before traffic & parking issues trumped public recreational needs.

But no:  it’s true!

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LOCAL BUSINESS BUMP: Little White Dog

UPDATE April 2017: Barb scored the nomination, now she needs our votes. CLICK HERE to vote for Little White Dog to win the 2017 Reader’s Choice Award in Dog Daycare/Boarding.

East Falls represent! Calumet street resident — and Scott’s lane business owner — wins a Philly.com “Reader’s Choice” nomination. We’ve got five good reasons to cast a vote for her, plus: adorable dog pics! 

One thing to know about Barb Berman: she’s a friend of ours, and our votes were entirely personal — as is this post. But the whole concept of a “Reader’s Choice” award is subjective, right? We’re not voting for “Best Of” or even “Top Rated.” We’re voting as readers.

We’re voting as neighbors too — this is a Philly.com contest, after all. Of course we wanna cheer on a fellow Fallser who’s trying to bring some good buzz to our community!

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EFL Traveler: Wave of the Future

Local tech firm shows off latest “Smart City” gear at the South by Southwest Conference in Austin.

Smart Cities” are a thing! Around the world, cities are using digital technology to function more efficiently. And who knew that a local firm has been pioneering some of the techno-wizardry for these cities of the future? (Well, we did – but you should know too!)

So we asked Felicite Moorman, CEO of BuLogics, a few questions about her recent trip to Austin, Texas for the South by Southwest Conference (SXSW) where she talked up Smart City technology (and brought along an EF Local)!

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