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The Swimmo reopens in Fishtown

The first official day of summer in Fishtown saw the reopening of the Francis Lederer Pool, better known as the “Swimmo,” following a $4 million renovation project. Mayor Jim Kenney, Council President Darrell Clarke, Parks & Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell and representatives from the William Penn Foundation, Welcome America Inc. and the Fishtown Recreation Advisory Council were all on-hand for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, June 21, that also featured a block party celebration on Montgomery Avenue.
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Which Flyers will thrive under new coach?

John Tortorella may not be for everybody. His brutal honesty and hard-nosed approach to coaching hockey games usually makes people pick a side very quickly in terms of a love-hate relationship. But there’s no denying that some players have taken their biggest steps forward and turned a corner in their...

Pets of the Week: Bring Kane, Jasmine into your home

Kane has been living outside his whole life, about 3½ to 4 years. While providing medical care to Kane, the rescue got to know him and fell in love with him. Kane is loving, playful, obedient and just wants to be close to people. Kane needs an inside home with a patient family where he will bloom. To find out more, email

Around the Neighborhood: June 21, 2022

St. Jerome — Classes of 1971 and ‘72. Oct. 8. Maggie’s Waterfront Cafe, 9242 N. Delaware Ave. $40. Skip DiFelice (class of ‘71), John Longino (class of ‘72), HIGH SCHOOLS. Archbishop Ryan — All classes. Seaport Pier Restaurant Bar, 2201 Boardwalk, North Wildwood....

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes set to perform at Rivers Casino

R&B group Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes will be performing at Rivers Casino on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. Originally organized by singer John Lyon, guitarist and songwriter Stevie Van Zandt and Richie Rosenberg in 1974, the group emerged from that era’s Jersey Shore music scene. Since then, the band has gone on to release over 30 albums, seven extended plays and a box set. Its 1978 effort, Hearts of Stone, was named by Rolling Stone as one of the 100 best albums from 1967-1987.

Around the Neighborhood: June 14, 2022

St. Hubert will hold its seventh annual summer fun day trip on Tuesday, June 21. There will be a one-hour ride on a cruise ship, followed by a four-hour stay at Resorts casino, with $10 back in slot cash. The day will end at the Tomasello winery for a sitdown dinner and complimentary wine tasting.

Letter from the Editor: A Star sendoff

In a career that has required me to be succinct with words – all right, I like to paint a picture sometimes – I find myself not able to find the right ones. When I took on the position as editor in October 2015, I found myself spending hours brainstorming about the perfect introductory Letter from the Editor. I thought that would be my magnum opus, nothing ever to transcend it.

KP’s Fine Meats launches in-house cured meats and salumi program

KP’s Fine Meats, the Port Richmond-based butcher shop, recently announced the start of its new line of cured meats and salumi. Prepared by in-house salumier Joe Trinkle, the products that will now be available as part of the program include classic duck prosciutto, pancetta arrabiata and pork filetto. All are available for purchase both online and in-store.

Around the Neighborhood: June 6, 2022

The newly named and reopened Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, at 5th and Market streets on Independence Mall, is displaying the OY/YO sculpture on its grounds. The outdoor installation is by Brooklyn-based artist Deborah Kass and will be on display until at least May 2023. The bright yellow...

Fishtown Pickle Project announces collaboration with Eight Oaks Farms Distillery

Fishtown Pickle Project recently announced two new projects in collaboration with Eight Oaks Farms Distillery that are now available for purchase. The two pickle-centric products are a “Citrus Ramp Relish” and a tropical-themed jar of pickles called “Playa de Piña.” Barrels from Eight Oaks were used to make both offerings, with a chardonnay and gin barrel part of the relish and a rum barrel included in the Playa pickles.

DJ Jazzy Jeff lands residency at Rivers Casino

DJ, producer, and West Philly native DJ Jazzy Jeff has set up a residency at Rivers Casino, with his first of four performances scheduled for Saturday, July 2, at 8 p.m. at the Jack’s Bar + Grill stage. Additional dates are Sept. 17, Nov. 23 and Feb. 17, 2023.

Around the Neighborhood: May 27, 2022

Mother of Divine Grace Interparochial School, 2612 E. Monmouth St., will host its annual Italian Festival on Thursday, June 2 through Sunday, June 4, and Thursday, June 9, through Saturday, June 11, starting at 5 p.m. Enter on Cambria Street. For details, visit the Italian Festival at MDG Interparochial School...

ORCA holds May general meeting

The Olde Richmond Civic Association held its monthly general meeting on Tuesday, May 24, over Zoom. The meeting, which was hosted by ORCA president Rosemary Thomas, featured nominations for upcoming board elections, updates on various committee opportunities and other community-related discussions. With all ORCA board positions, including president, vice president,...

Driscoll, Dillon await swearing-ins

Mike Driscoll won a seat in City Council last Tuesday, while Jim Dillon earned a trip to Harrisburg as the newest member of the state Senate. Meanwhile, Democrats Pat Gallagher and Anthony Bellmon won primaries for state representative and likely face no opposition in the general election. Driscoll, a state...

Around the Neighborhood: May 23, 2022

The Philadelphia Senate on Aging wants low-income elderly people to know that they can receive internet access for $9.95 a month, or free, through Comcast’s Internet Essentials. Call Comcast at 855-846-8376, and say you were referred by Mary Daniels, director of the Philadelphia Senate on Aging. For more information on the Philadelphia Senate on Aging, call Mary Daniels at 267-457-4940.