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  • CrossFit University City gets PHL17 in shape for summer

    PHILADELPHIA, PA – With Spring days away, and beach season right around the corner, PHL17’s Matt Alba is getting some help from the coaches at CrossFit University City to get in shape for summer! If you’ve already given up on your New Years resolution, coach and co-owner of CrossFit University City, Terrence Fenningham says, “It’s not too late!” CrossFit combines weightlifting, cardio, plyometrics, and even gymnastics into a fun competitive workout. Fenningham told PHL17, “We say that routine is the […]

  • New park built on elevated railroad tracks to open this summer in Philadelphia

    PHILADELPHIA, PA – With everyone itching to get outside again as the weather warms up, Philadelphians will be excited to learn that a new quarter mile park is opening this summer. It’s called the Rail Park and it’s currently under construction in the Callowhill and North Chinatown neighborhoods. Organizers of the project tell PHL17’s Matt Alba that they hope to open July 1st. Over the past year, construction crews have been transforming an elevated viaduct near 12th and Callowhill into […]

  • Couples get married in pizza shop for Pi Day

      PHILADELPHIA, PA – Finally, a couple’s shared love of pizza was showcased in the best way humanly possible…they got married in a pizza shop. Jorge and Melissa Velazquez were one of 20 couples who said their wedding vows in &pizza locations throughout the northeast on Wednesday for national Pi Day.  &pizza has transformed their shops into wedding chapels at locations across New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and D.C. for free. The restaurant chain provided food, drinks, flowers, DJs, photographers and […]

  • Villanova men’s basketball team leaves campus for NCAA March Madness

    VILLANOVA, PA – As the Villanova men’s basketball team boarded their bus Tuesday night, coach Jay Wright thanked the fans and alumni who came out to support his team. Wright told PHL17, “I said, make sure you thank everybody for coming out and standing in the cold! That was my message because it’s very nice and it’s not just about us, it’s about the entire university and the whole Nova Nation, and we represent them and we’re fortunate to be […]

  • UPenn men’s basketball team gears up for Big Dance

    PHILADELPHIA, PA – With UPenn edging Harvard in the Ivy League title game, they earned a spot in the 2018 NCAA March Madness tournament. PHL17’s Matt Alba spoke with students and businesses in the area about how they’re gearing up for this week’s game against No. 1 seed Kansas.

  • NJ Lottery Million Dollar Replay Winners Announced

    Asbury Park, NJ – Over $1,500,000 was given away in Asbury Park, NJ on Friday, as the New Jersey Lottery’s Million Dollar Replay finalists and grand prize winners were announced. Suzanne Valluzzi was the big winner and was in attendance at the convention center to collect her huge $1,000,000 check. Suzanne, who works for the Hazlet NJ school district, and her husband Rocco who is a union carpenter, say they plan on paying for their 15-year-old son’s college tuition and […]

  • Philadelphia Union prepare for Saturday’s home opener

    CHESTER, PA – Members of the Philadelphia Union spoke with PHL17’s Matt Alba about this weekend’s home opener against the New England Revolution. PHL17 will serve as the new flagship television home for Philadelphia matches, broadcasting the majority of the Union’s contests! Loving the new logo and the new signage inside @TalenEnergyStdm ! @PhilaUnion gearing up for their home opener this weekend! Catch it at 7pm on @phl17 Tune into Phl17 Morning news tmrw AM for a preview! — […]

  • Hear from the Chester Co. CEO behind the LeBron/Sixers billboards in Cleveland

    CHESTER, PA – PHL17’s Matt Alba spoke with Power Home Remodeling Group’s co-CEO, Asher Raphael, about the three billboards his company paid for in Cleveland, Ohio enticing LeBron James to come play for the Sixers. Raphael said his company has had zero communication with the 76ers organization about the billboards, but many Sixers fans have expressed their support behind them. LeBron has said he thinks the billboards, which can be seen along I-480 in Cleveland, are flattering.

  • Cherry Hill’s viral basketball star with Down Syndrome plays with Harlem Globetrotter

    CHERRY HILL, NJ – After making her debut in a varsity basketball game last week, Kate Spadaro, a senior with special needs at Camden Catholic High School , was honored by the Harlem Globetrotters. Kate has Down Syndrome, but that hasn’t stopped her from managing, and inspiring, her team for four years now.   At last week’s senior night, it was her shot and the cheers that rang through the rafters that players there will never forget. Kate’s father, Jerry Spadaro, […]

  • Why were hundreds of trees cut down in Fairmount Park?

    PHILADELPHIA, PA – In Fairmount Park, you may have noticed some big changes to the wooded area near Belmont Plateau and the Horticulture Center. Philadelphia Parks and Recreation officials say hundreds of trees have been cut down over the past week as a forest restoration project is underway. Tom Whitmer is the Operations Manager for Philadelphia Park and Recreation’s Natural Lands Restoration department. “It’s a whole series of reversing many decades of decline,” explained Whitmer. “There is no regeneration or new […]