Of Birds And Drinking Water


Photo: Christian Hunold, for Grid

Photo: Christian Hunold, for Grid

  • Grid reveals the dense ecology of the East Park Reservoir, which by 2017 will be the new home for Outward Bound Philadelphia and the Audubon Society’s local headquarters. At a photographic shoot in July, Grid staff “spotted herons and foxes hunting below in the marshy middle basin. By October, most of the summer birds will have flown south, replaced by migrants stopping on their own migrations. Ducks, grebes and other waterfowl will spend the winter on the open water of the Reservoir’s west basin.”
  • The Temple News discusses the second year of Temple Student Government’s Adopt-a-Block service initiative, a monthly clean-up program meant to foster a sense of common stewardship between students and local (statistically older) residents, and of course, counteract the rowdiness of the many Saturday night parties throughout North Central Philadelphia. “[Temple] is slowly forging good relationships,” said Eileen Bradley, project coordinator and captain of special services. “It’s really important that the neighborhood sees that students want to give back to the community where they live.”
  • Thanks to an ambitious fundraising campaign, the University City District is well ahead of schedule on its plans to renovate the 40th Street Trolley Portal, says Flying Kite. With an extra $1.4 million raised for the effort, work will soon begin on the two-phase project meant to enliven the space with aesthetic and functional interventions, notably an area for ongoing UCD programming.
  • A big win for Jewish Life was had on Penn’s campus yesterday, reports the Daily Pennsylvanian. The Slingshot Guide, a ten-year old funding guide, directs potential Jewish donors across the country to the most successful and meaningful organizations. This year’s report tapped Penn Hillel as one of only two colleges for that distinction, calling their Jewish Renaissance Project an initiative “that ignites sparks of Jewish identity through new models of community and education for college students who have not found a Jewish home.”
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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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