CHCA’s Carve & Cackle Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest for All Ages
Enter now for a chance to win great prizes!

Prizes for all age groups include: Gift cards to Busy Bee Toy Store, Chill on the Hill, CH Coffee, Chestnut Hill Brewing Company, Isabella Sparrow, Zipf’s Candies, and many more local stores and restaurants! Send photos of your carved pumpkin to Click on the flyer below to learn about age categories and more..

Philly needs paid workers asap to help run the Early Voting Centers 

The City of Philadelphia needs more staff to open and run the Early Voting Centers around the City intended to help Philadelphians to obtain and return ballots before Election Day, and possibly assist in the days that follow.  Philly residents (over 18, HS graduate or GED) can earn $18/hr fulltime for the next several weeks.

Find details and register here – please spread the word to your family and friends.

City Holds Household Hazardous Waste Event Friday 10/23 & Saturday 10/24

Household Hazardous Waste Events are back. Residents may drop off items labeled: toxic, flammable, corrosive or reactive at one of four events offered across the City.
Handling and disposing of hazardous waste materials requires a special set of regulations due to the potential damage the items can cause people, pets and the environment. New PA Department of Environmental Protection COVID protocols require residents to pre-register and schedule an appointment to drop off materials at one of the four events.
Visit for a list of acceptable household hazardous waste and to pre-register for this event or the events scheduled in October and November.
Computers are not accepted at any of the Household Hazardous Waste events as they can be taken to any of the Sanitation Convenience Centers during normal business hours. As a reminder, latex or water base paint is not hazardous and can be placed in the regular trash if the paint is dried up or solidified with an absorbent material, such as, kitty litter. Universal waste such as florescent light bulbs and lithium, rechargeable and lead-acid batteries can be dropped off in the new bulb or battery containers at the Sanitation Convenience Centers. Alkaline batteries can be disposed of curbside. Residents are encouraged to wrap tape around both ends of an alkaline battery as an added precaution.  Waste materials generated by a business will not be accepted at any of the Household Hazardous Waste events or at Sanitation Convenience Centers.
For additional information, please visit the Streets Department’s website. For all City services, call 311.

East Bells Mill Road Closure Extended- Anticipated to Reopen to Traffic Late October

The Philadelphia Streets Department announced that Bells Mill Road, from Germantown Avenue to Stenton Avenue, will continue to be closed to traffic through the end of October due to scheduled roadway construction work.  Motorists are advised that closure and detour signs will continue to be posted around the work area.  Construction is anticipated to be completed at the end of October 2020. The detour route during the closure will be Germantown Avenue to Hillcrest Avenue to Stenton Avenue.

The ongoing full road closure of Bells Mill Road from Germantown to Stenton is necessary for the scheduled roadway base repairs, resurfacing, guide rail, and line striping work.  In addition to resurfacing, the existing culvert required repairs prior to reopening the roadway which required an extended closure.  Although traffic detour will be posted around the work area, local access for residents along Bells Mill Road will be maintained during construction.

This work is being completed as part of the Citywide 105 Chestnut Hill Resurfacing and ADA Ramp Project and is being funded with a combination of City and Federal Funds.  Work on this $4.7M project is being performed by Tony DePaul and Son Contractors.

The Streets Department thanks the residents in advance for their patience and cooperation during this project. While the Streets Department will make every effort to minimize disruption to traffic, residents are urged to plan ahead and use alternative routes when traveling in these areas.

For more information on the City’s Paving Program, visit or check the progress of paving across the city using the PavePHL tool found on, a platform which allows the Streets Department to communicate to the public about paving and other Department services.  Residents are asked not to approach employees or contractors for information as they practice social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.