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“It’s On Us PA”“It’s On Us PA” Grants

On Friday, October 12, 2018, Governor Wolf announced that $1 million in “It’s On Us PA” grants are available to combat sexual violence at colleges and universities. The “Its On Us” campaign is a national initiative to raise awareness about sexual assault. Through this program, everyone can take a stand against sexual assault and help change the culture on campus. For the “Its On Us PA” application,  visit the Pennsylvania Department of Education's website.

Fun at the FarmFun at the Farm

On Wednesday, October 10th, I joined members of our community for Fun at the Farm. When the Novick Family started this project, it was to teach students and children how to eat well and promote a healthy lifestyle right here in South Philadelphia. It has grown into a community leader by continuing to donate and provide fresh produce to our neighborhoods. Fun at the Farm was about bringing organizations and individuals together who have provided time and resources into this program. Thank you to Novick Family Urban Farm, Seamaac, Vetri Community Partnership, Sophie Food Truck and all of the folks that took part in a fun evening.

SEPTA Updates

SEPTA Key Reduce Fare ID Cards Required to Receive Discounted Fare Starting October 1st

Reduced Transit FeesSEPTA is reminding customers that paper Reduced Fare Transit ID Cards (orange and green paper cards) will stop being accepted at the end of the service day on Sunday, September 30. Starting Monday, October 1, Riders with disabilities who are eligible for discounted fares will have to use the new SEPTA Key Reduced Fare Photo ID Card with money in the Travel Wallet feature.

SEPTA has been transitioning customers eligible for Reduced Fares to the SEPTA Key Reduced Fare ID Card since last year.  Over 24,500 riders have received these cards, and SEPTA is encouraging those who have not applied for their new cards to do so as soon as possible.  Once an application is submitted, cards will be delivered in the mail within two-to-four weeks.

SEPTA has two locations where customers can apply for the SEPTA Key Reduced Fare ID Cards:

  • SEPTA Headquarters (lower lobby), 1234 Market Street: Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
  • Suburban Station-Accessible Travel Center: Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Customers eligible for Reduced Fare pay half the regular fare for travel on SEPTA.  The switch to the SEPTA Key does not change requirements or eligibility for participation in the program.  For program guidelines, customers can visit or call CCT Customer Service at (215) 580-7145.

Once customers receive their SEPTA Key Reduced Fare Photo ID Card in the mail, they are ready to begin loading funds onto their Travel Wallet using one of four options:

  • In-person at any SEPTA transit or Center City Regional Rail sales office
  • At Fare Kiosks at all Market-Frankford and Broad Street Line Stations and Major Bus Loops
  • Call the Key Customer Service Center at (855) 567-3782
  • Go online to the Key ecommerce website, (Note: Please call the Key Customer Service Center first at (855) 567-3782 to set up a username and password)

With Travel Wallet funds loaded, Reduced Fare customers are ready for convenient tap-and-go travel using the SEPTA Key validators on all transit routes, including bus, trolley, trackless trolley, and the Market-Frankford, Broad Street and Norristown High Speed Lines. On Regional Rail, the SEPTA Key Reduced Fare Photo ID Card can be presented to the conductor with the discounted cash fare. Customers traveling from any of the Center City stations weekdays from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. must purchase a half fare ticket before going through the turnstiles.

For more information about SEPTA Key, visit

Upcoming Events

Philadelphia Film Festival – October 18-28, 2018 Philadelphia Film Festival

The annual Philadelphia Film Festival will take place from October 18-28, 2018. Award-winning documentaries, shorts and feature films will be showcased throughout the event. This event will premier everything from Oscar contenders to breakthrough local films.

For more information, click here.

AIDS Walk Philly – Sunday, October 21, 2018 – 6:30 A.M.AIDS Walk Philly AIDS

The 31st annual AIDs Walk Philly and AIDS Run Philly will take place on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 6:30 a.m. Thousands of participants will partake in the 5K walk or 5K run that starts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The awareness-oriented goal and theme for this year’s event is “Getting to Zero.”

For more information and to participate, click here.

Parkway Soirée featuring Night Market Philadelphia – Friday, October 26, 2018 – 5 to 10 P.M.

The year long celebration of Parkway 100 will conclude with a Parkway Soirée featuring Night Market Philadelphia on Friday, October 226 from 5 to 10 p.m. The block-party birthday festival will celebrate the 100th birthday of the boulevard. The festival will have many family-friendly activities throughout the museum-lined parkway.

For more information and details, click here.

South Street PumpkinFestSouth Street PumpkinFest – Saturday, October 27, 2018

Headhouse Square’s fall festival, PumpkinFest, will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2018. South Street will be filled with shopping, live music, seasonal bites, and family activities. Children under the age of 12 will be able to trick-or-treat along South Street.

For more information, click here.

Queen Village News

QVNA Community Meeting

QVNAThe QVNA Community meeting will be held on October 18th at St. Philip Neri Church Hall, 418.Queen Street. The meeting will vote on proposed amendments to Bylaws, benefits of QVNA's Community Grants Program, and Board candidate introductions and nominations. For more information and events, click here.

QVNA Community Grant Program

QVNA is accepting applications for grant funding during the month of October.  All grant requests must be received by noon on November 1, 2018 at For more information, click here.


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