West Catholic to Close

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  • Archbishop Charles Chaput will announce today (10AM) the plans to close or combine the “staggering number” of Philadelphia-area Catholic schools promised for months. The decisions made by quasi-independent blue-ribbon commission are surely an agonizing prospect; as one mother from Fairmount relates: “It’s the wait … I thought it was safe. Nobody is safe.”
  • The City Paper explores the inherent stress involved in the redistricting of Philadelphia school catchment zones. Families’ major investments are at stake, in that as changes could mean the difference between sending your child to the intended Penn Alexander or the struggling Lea or Chester Arthur elementary schools.
  • Plan Philly announces the start of the Lower Schuylkill Master Plan, which will explore pathways forward for the section identified as an “industrial legacy” area by the Philadelphia2035 comprehensive plan. Times for the two community open houses (January 18 & 19) are HERE.
  • Incoming Eighth District Councilwoman Cindy Bass is concerned with the outflow of grocery dollars from the Northwest. Patch shares some of her economic concerns for the district.
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Stephen Currall recently received his BA in history from Arcadia University. Before beginning doctoral studies, he is pursuing his interest in local history, specifically just how Philadelphians engage their vibrant past. Besides skimming through 18th century letters, Steve is also interested in music and travel.

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