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January 26, 2016 / olneypost

Police are looking for suspect in Rite Aid robbery on 5th Street.

The Philadelphia police uploaded a video showing a Jan. 22 robbery in the Rite Aid on the 5600 block of North 5th Street.

Police say the suspect walked into the store at around 6:38 p.m., asked an 18-year-old employee for a pack of cigarettes and made a gun motion in his jacket’s pocket. The video shows the employee handing the suspect cash from the register. The suspect fled the store and police say he was last seen walking south on 5th Street.

The suspect was described as a Black male wearing a two-toned grey jacket, a grey hoodie, faded jeans, grey and dark colored mismatched gloves and a black book bag.

If you have any information or tips, contact the 35th police district at 215-686-3353.

 

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January 13, 2016 / olneypost

Most of Olney and Logan’s schools need reinforcement, based on new report

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Young Philadelphians have their schools ranked by the School District. Photo courtesy of Notebook.org

The Philadelphia School District released its progress report of its public and mostly all of its charter schools. Most of the schools in Olney and Logan weren’t improving to the School District’s standards and needed reinforcement to progress.

The report uses PSSA and Keystone Exam scores, college enrollment, suspension data, teacher absences and parents’ and students’ reviews for its assessment. Schools were ranked against all city schools and into “peer groups” that are based on schools with similar student demographics (grade years, income, ethnicity, English-learners and special-education courses).

Click below to read where the School District ranks Olney and Logan’s elementary, middle and high schools Read more…

January 7, 2016 / olneypost

Richard Ross holds swearing-in at Olney’s Central High School

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Police Commissioner Richard Ross spoke to the crowd. Photo courtesy of thePhiladelphia Tribune.
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Richard Ross officially became the 30th police commissioner of Philadelphia and he hosted that honor at Olney’s Central High School, yesterday. The new Police Commissioner is an alumnus of the academically-advanced public school.

Central’s 2016 graduating class, Ross’ family, politicians, police officers and media sat in Central’s auditorium to watch the official inauguration of Philadelphia’s newest police commissioner.

Newly inaugurated mayor Jim Kenney and District Attorney Seth Williams swore Ross in.

December 23, 2015 / olneypost

Happy Holidays!

Happy holidays from the Olney Post staff. Have a safe and fun Christmas.

December 15, 2015 / olneypost

Marian Tasco ends city council career with big party at the Convention Center

Councilwoman Marian Tasco (right) poses with former mayor and governor Ed Rendell at her retirement celebration.

Councilwoman Marian Tasco (right) poses with former mayor and governor Ed Rendell at her retirement celebration. Photo courtesy of Phillytrib.com

Marian Tasco has been the voice of the ninth district in City Hall since 1988 and she went out with a festive bang surrounded by appreciative community members and Philadelphia’s influential politicians.

Dancing group Philadanco, the Bright Hope Baptist Church choir, old-school r&b group The Manhattans and poet Sonia Sanchez performed for Tasco and her guests. Tasco’s guests included City Council President Darrell Clarke, Mayor Nutter, Mayor-elect Kenney and former governor Ed Rendell.

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December 10, 2015 / olneypost

Olney Fest needs support with donations to show off Olney’s most-talented.

 

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Olney Youth Fest highlights the diversity and talent of young local performers. Photo courtesy of Indiegogo Olney Youth Arts Festival Project

Olney Youth Arts Festival’s third annual event will be in October 2016 and it needs donations to pay for local performers.

Ambrose Liu, the project’s director and a self-proclaimed “big supporter of the arts,” started the Olney Youth Arts Festival in 2013 to highlight the talents and vast diversity in Olney and the local organizations that encourage those talents.

Liu said that the festival does get support from city council and donations, but $8,000 to $10,000 is needed for general operations.
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December 1, 2015 / olneypost

Kenney’s first community meeting: Make Philly’s public schools better.

Jim Kenney was all ears at Central High School Monday Night.

Jim Keney addresses the crowd at Central High School last night.

“Schools will and can be the center of our universe,” said Jim Kenney at his first community town house meeting as mayor-elect.

Kenney’s first community town house meeting was in Central High School’s auditorium last night to an energized crowd of about 50 people. Concerned citizens, police officers, local media and local politicians (Derrick Green, Helen Gym, Marian Tasco, Cherelle Parker, Cindy Bass, Steve Kinsey, Art Haywood) filled the audience.

State Representative and 2007 mayoral candidate Dwight Evans introduced Kenney and Kenney’s transition team and staff. Kenney mentioned the diversity on his team that he intentionally did to mirror the variety of Philadelphia.

Kenney and Evans said the meeting was to hear directly from citizens about what they want or want changed.

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