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  • Blowout Sales at Iconic Record Shop Closing After 42 Years

    WEST CHESTER, PA – After 42 years, an iconic record shop in downtown West Chester is about to close its doors. John Harton is the Proprietor of the Mad Platter record store and has been putting on records and running the shop with Deborah Rich for the past 42 years. They’ve watched the music industry change through the years, and until now, their store has stood the test of time. “We just kept adapting,” explained Harton. “But at one point we […]

  • Stotesbury Cup Regatta Moved to NJ Out of Concern for Rowers’ Safety

    Pennsauken, NJ – Because of heavy rain and debris in the Schuylkill River, the 92nd Annual Stotesbury Cup Regatta was moved to Cooper River earlier this week. Officials are moving the regatta from its usual location, the Schuylkill River, out of concern for participant safety. “We are so glad to be able to offer these athletes a world-class venue for the regatta, and we are extremely excited to host the world’s largest high school rowing event,” said Freeholder Jeff Nash, […]

  • Philly Nurse Charged in the Death of H.R. McMaster’s Father

    ROXBOROUGH, PA – 30-year-old Christann Gainey of South Philadelphia has been charged with neglect of a care-dependent person, involuntary manslaughter and tampering with records in connection with the death of  H.R. McMaster Sr., the father of President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, and could face up to 20 years in prison if she’s convicted of failing to provide adequate care after he suffered a fall. McMaster Sr., 84, was a patient at the senior living facility Cathedral Village in Philadelphia when […]

  • Veterans Honored by Shoprite Stores in South Jersey

    WEST BERLIN, NJ – This coming Armed Forces Day, which is Saturday May 19th, over 40 veterans will be specifically honored at their hometown grocery stores. The owners of the seven Zallie’s owned Shoprite locations in Gloucester and Camden county are doing their part to honor the vets. David Schimpf and Carl Letizia were two of the veterans honored last year at the Shoprite in West Berlin. Schimpf served in the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1968 and says his […]

  • Swim School Teaches Kids and Parents Safety Tips During Drowning Prevention Month

    OAKS, PA – With summer right around the corner and parents likely already planning family trips to the Jersey shore and safety experts say now is the time to start thinking about your child’s safety this summer. May is National Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Month and when it comes to drowning, the statistics are pretty staggering. From 2005-2014, there were an average of 3,536 fatal unintentional drownings annually in the United States — about ten deaths per day. Drowning […]

  • RAW VIDEO: Coyote Captured in South Philly Caught on Camera

      SOUTH PHILADELPHIA – On Thursday morning as students were heading to school near 16th and Montrose , they were shocked and scared to learn that a wild coyote was running around South Philly.  Officials eventually captured the coyote around 8:10 a.m. after he evaded them all night. Animal Control and the Game Commission were called to safely catch the coyote. Authorities say the coyote was first spotted at 6th and Spring Garden, then the River Rink at Penn’s Landing, […]

  • Local Junk Removal Company Puts Veterans to Work

    PHILADELPHIA, PA  –  A new business in Fishtown, owned and operated by veterans, is helping homeowners with their spring cleaning. Phl17’s Matt Alba went for a ride along with JDog Junk Removal Fishtown as they hauled unwanted junk from a home in North Philly. You’ve probably seen their camouflage dump trucks cruising the streets of Philadelphia before. Inside, veterans are likely on their way to a customer’s home or business to help them clean and then haul away unwanted junk. Brett […]

  • Gym Offers Parkour Classes for Kids and Adults

    PHILADELPHIA, PA  –  If you’ve ever seen Parkour videos on YouTube and thought, “Hey, I can do that!” Well, now’s the time to give it a try! PHL17’s Matt Alba tried some Parkour training at Pinnacle Parkour Academy in Philadelphia’s East Falls neighborhood. At Pinnacle Parkour Academy, all the things a kid might get in trouble for at school: running, jumping, climbing…are encouraged and taught by trained coaches. Parkour, for those not familiar, is the sport of quickly moving through an […]

  • Parents of Young Autistic Student Raise Funds for Son’s Sensory Classroom

    WYNNEFIELD, PA  –  As you may know, April is autism awareness month, and parents of children on the spectrum are raising awareness and money for Philadelphia schools. At Samuel Samuel Gompers Elementary School in Wynnefield, they do not have a dedicated sensory room, which can autistic students relax when anxious. So that’s why Ginny McGill and her husband Timothy are hosting a benefit on 4/28 to raise funds for the sensory classroom at their son’s school. “Sometimes the general classrooms […]

  • Emaciated Dog Fighting for His Life After Being Left to Die on Chester Roadside

    CHESTER, PA  –  A dog at the Providence Animal Center is fighting for his life after being found on the side of East 11th Street in Chester. On Tuesday, officials say the severely emaciated dog wad found near Deshong Park, wrapped in a blanket, placed among the broken glass and trash, and left to die. Justina Calgiano of the Providence Animal Center in Media says on Tuesday, they got a call about a dog having trouble breathing. One of their […]