Finnegan’s Wake wants a street, Business Privilege Tax reform passes, zero-foreclosure sheriff, Catholic church closings

Frank DiCicco introduced a bill in City Council to strike a block of little Bodine Street between Spring Garden and Green streets to let Finnegan’s Wake build a three-story deck out over the street. Naked City reports neighbors are irate. Philebrity smells something rotten given ties to City’s Democratic Party.

City Council passed Business Privilege Tax reform legislation, reports Technically Philly. The reform measures include reduction of taxes and fees for start-up and small businesses. The changes will phase-in over four years, and will result in revenue loss to the city treasury.

Election day is Tuesday, and although Cheri Honkala’s bid for sheriff may not be well-known but, as Citypaper’s Naked City blog notes, her candidacy is highlighting the foreclosure crisis in many of Philadelphia’s struggling neighborhoods. If elected, Honkala promises to be a zero-foreclosure sheriff.

Rumor has it that three Catholic churches in Manayunk could close next year, NewsWorks reports. St. Josaphat, St. Mary of the Assumption and St. Lucy’s are all within blocks of one another and have shrinking parishes.

Oh, and don’t forget to fall back this weekend: Daylight Saving Time ends at 2am on Sunday morning.


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