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The Philadelphia Foundation to donate to needy nonprofits
The Philadelphia Foundation is about to give 44 nonprofit organizations a much-needed boost through grants worth $2.3 million in donations from their COVID-19 Fund. The Foundation created the Fund on March 19, in collaboration with the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and the City of Philadelphia. It will aim at helping nonprofits continue to provide services to people suffering as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
These grants will be given in phases, and the organizations that have a proven track record for feeding the needy will be given top priority like Philabundance and MANNA. Their food pantries and supplies have come much pressure due to the demand created by the coronavirus. The second round of recipients will be announced next week.
The PHL COVID-19 Fund has received about $13 million in pledges and gifts from businesses, foundations, and more than 2,000 donors. However, this may not be enough as 700 nonprofits have requested grants bringing the total to $19 million. Despite this, the support is overwhelming, according to Ramos.
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Police remove a man from a bus for not wearing a mask
In a video that was captured by Dupree Myers on Friday morning, a man who wasn't wearing a mask on a SEPTA bus was forcibly taken out of the bus by Philadelphia Police officers. It happened around 8:25 a.m. on the Route 23 bus at 11th and Market. The video was then posted to Facebook.
The unidentified man was found not to be wearing a mask after the SEPTA issued a policy urging riders to wear masks when outside. When asked to leave the bus by the driver, he refused. After this, officers were called to the scene to remove the man.
The video shows the man resisting and swearing profanities as the officers try to pull him out of the bus. It is seen that even as he asks for the reason, a person on the bus is heard asking if they needed a taser. Others are also heard thanking the officers for the act. The officers are successful in removing him and briefly hold him against the side of the bus as he asks them for their badges.
SEPTA had issued a policy urging riders to wear masks on all its transit systems to protect passengers and operators, but following this incident said it would no longer enforce it. They also noted that the event is under investigation.
When asked about the video, Philadelphia officials said that they were not enforcing the mask policy but were instead responding to the driver who said the man refused to leave the bus. The man was not cited or arrested for the incident.
Steve Ravitz, the owner of many supermarkets in New Jersey dies of COVID-19
The owner of the Ravitz family markets, Steve Ravitz, died on Tuesday after a great fight with Coronavirus at the age of 72.
He was one of the most renowned grocery market owners in South Jersey.
He extended the business empire from a family grocery store started by his father 60 years ago in North Philadelphia.
For his customer services, at his 6 Supermarket across South Jersey, his thousands of customers will remember him.
Governor of New Jersey, Phil Murphy, on Thursday said, "Steve will be best remembered for philanthropic community non-profit organization
literally millions of dollars. We know that his legacy will be carried on by his family. God bless you, Steve."
A few years ago, he got retired from his around 50 years of working for his six supermarkets, i.e., five ShopRites in Cherry Hill, Marlton, and Mount Laurel, and Price Rite in Camden.
Stanley Ravitz(father of Steve) opened the family's first grocery store at Susquehanna Avenue and North Broad Street in 1960. Later they opened another grocery store at Kings Highway North and Chapel Avenue in Cherry Hill.
Rabbi Emeritus Steven Lindemann of Temple Beth Sholom in Cherry Hill told us about the phone call Ravitz made to him in March.
"He said, 'I want you to be sure to use the Act of Kindness Fund to help people. And if you need more, let me know."
"There are many people who will give when called. There are not many people who call to give. Steve was that person," the Rabbi added.
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PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO CELEBRATE THEIR EASTER AMIDST OF COVID-19
Meals is an important part of the Easter Holiday for many folks in the city.
Given limits on large-scale family reunions and other public distancing steps, many are trying their utmost to keep alive their traditions.
"In easter so we'd usually get smashed," said the owner's daughter of Marchiano's Roxborough Bakery.
Meanwhile, Marchiano's was only accessible on Easter for several hours and saw just a few customers in line.
The bakery wasn't making it usual traditional bread, either. Instead, they created other food items.
"We can't give it to our buyers as that will take our staff, so we're not willing to do it in a safe way right now," Marchiano said.
Many other Philadelphia companies have come across in identical circumstances.
There were a number of folks in line at the Polish kielbasa in Port Richmond in Czerw on Fri morning.
The queue extended around the street past year, & several folks claimed they were standing in line for about several hours, to get their kielbasa.
Denise's Delicacies shop was closed in North Philadelphia, but their doors were open last year and customers are purchasing Easter candy inside.
"To us it's a tradition," Kathy of Roxborough, said. "I just enjoy Marchiano's always being available."
COVID-19 SURVIVOR THANKS THE HOSPITAL STAFF FOR TAKING CARE OF HER
A corona virus patient, happy to see world again, made a surprise return back to the healthcare facility on Fri to thanks the medical workers.
Discharged on April 01, La Cinda Troter relocated to Temple hospital's Jeanes Campus in Fox Valley.
"Thankyou! Thankyou!" Troter addressed the employees.
"They kept looking me out, wondering if I wanted something because you couldn't have relatives, you couldn't have closed ones up here," Troter said. "And they have become like my close ones."
The reception interaction was intense.
"You'll come here every day and take care of all the patient, and I am here today because of you guys," Troter said.
With a distanced hug and meal at the home, Troter shared her appreciation while maintaining social separation.
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DENVER GLOWED AS A GRATITUDE TO FIRST RESPONDED AND HEALTH CARE WORKERS FRIGHTENING THE COVID-19 ON FRONT-LINE
As the clock hit Eight p.m., residents from around the country erupted from their terraces, front lawns and back yards in solidarity. Everywhere in the instant, the first res ponders turned on the lights of their public protection vehicles.
Mayor conducted a countdown in Denver on April 09, shortly before Eight in the night.
3..2..1 glow this structure, 'he said.
And with the cue, central Denver's City and County Building showed up with both red & white colors.
The illumination was conducted to support emergency res ponders & vital staff on the front-lines combating the corona pandemic.
The state Building at 1437 Bannock St. will be illuminated as an expression of gratitude during the shelter at place through April thirty.
"I am gratified by the selflessness & service I have observed in past few weeks and these lights on our City and County Building honor our Denver heroes and the heroes who are leading the response to this disease outbreak everywhere," said Mayor.
Citizens are also asked lighted balconies and bushes.
"Their commitment can not be taken for granted, and by displaying their colors, we encourage all to share their gratitude," Mayor said of the emergency res ponders and vital staff. "Just be safe. Remain at home.
The Department of Public Health in San Francisco is working with UCSF on a wide- COVID-19 analysis to get a grasp on the pandemic.
We are coordinating efforts to question any resident in the community who has tested positive for the virus, approximately five hundred and sixty, and reach out to anyone with whom that resident has often been in touch.
"Since public health has been defunded in the United States in general, I believe the organization needs funding in order to implement any of these big programs," Dr. Peter Chin-Hong of UCSF said.
San Francisco city librarians, representatives of the city attorney's office and experts in other experiments paused due to the disease outbreak will be practicing at UCSF this weekend about how to track, voice interviews and even contact individuals who might have been affected.
The goal is to provide as much knowledge as possible on the transmission of the infection and this involves citizens checking.
The UCSF will also begin an analysis close to what Stanford is doing in Santa Clara County at the present.
They're supposed to be searching for those who may have been contaminated but never got ill. They quickly produced antibodies in their immune system to fend off the infection.
With more details, officials in the public health sector will ease the constraints on the shelter at home.