Philadelphia 2015 Holiday Calendar of Events

Philadelphia 2015 Holiday Calendar of Events. The holidays are all about tradition, especially in Philadelphia where each year generations of visitors gather at Macy’s for the Christmas Light Show, snap memory-making photos of Longwood Gardens’ elaborate displays and oooh-and-aaaah at the New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront.

Philadelphia Election Day 2015

Today is Election Day! Polls are open from 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM. To find your polling place click here. To view your ballot click here. Please call 215-686-1590 if you have any questions.


Philadelphia, candidates for mayor, City Council, row offices, municipal judgeship's and three questions are on the General Election ballot

In the race for mayor, Democratic nominee Jim Kenney, a former councilman, is challenged by Republican nominee Melissa Murray Bailey. Also on the ballot: Independents Jim Foster and Boris Kindij, and Osborne Hart of the Socialist Workers Party.

  • Difficulty casting your ballot? Call the district attorney's Election Fraud Task Force at (215) 686-9641, 9643 or 9644
  • Questions about the election or voting process? Go to or call 1-855-SEVENTY
  • Build your own ballot
  • The League of Women Voters' non-partisan guide to statewide judicial races (pdf)

There are contested races for City Council At-Large seats, as well as in the 8th and 9th districts.

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

A Philadelphia police officer says he was refused access to the restroom facilities at the Starbucks at 13th and Chestnut Streets in Center City

UpDATE: Starbucks Apologizes To Philly Officer After Refusing Him Use of Restrooms

The officer took to Facebook and has since gone viral, the officer says that a “young blonde liberal” refused to give him the bathroom key code. After being told the bathroom is just for paying customers, he asked again, only to be refused again. He then went on to say that “it’s hip for this generation to berate and totally disrespect cops in front of the public and praise cop killers as the heroes of their time.”

an employee latter told a reporter for PhillyMag thats tore policy was to only allow paying customers to use the facilities and that policy has since been changed. A Starbucks spokesperson is quoted say "Starbucks restrooms are open to the public," but it is unclear if this particular location had a different policy.

The full story, as posted to Leighthardt?’s Facebook page, reveals the original officer’s growing frustration.

"So I walk into the Starbucks at 12th & Chestnut in full uniform and ask the young blonde liberal behind the counter if I could use their public bathroom for which you need a key code and she states in a loud voice, so all the other customers can hear that the bathroom is for paying customers only. I then ask in a very polite manner if I could please use it. She them states in the same loud manner and a smirk “Are you a paying customer?”. It was at this point that I realized what she was dong. As I walked out with my hand up and while she continued loudly to tell me about the bathroom down the street, I was even more astonished that the many customers and other employees said nothing and seemed indifferent. This is the world cops live in anymore. It’s hip for this generation to berate and totally disrespect cops in front of the public and praise cop killers as the heroes of they’re time. I never post things but I hope my fellow brothers and sisters in blue see this and know that we have each other… and not to patronize Starbucks."

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An Unkown 25-year-old man, who May come from the East Falls section of Philadelphia, was first exposed in a  Facebook post by 12th Street’s Institute bar. The Institute posted Villalpando’s photo, saying that they called the cops on him a few months back after he skipped on a $60 tab at the Bar.

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