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Important Reminders When Visiting the Wissahickon -
The trails in the Wissahickon Valley Park remain open, and the park is seeing peak levels of visitation. Here are some important recommendations if you are planning on getting your daily exercise in the park at this time:
• Remember your responsibility to practice social distancing for your health and the safety of others. Maintain at least a 6-foot distance between yourself and other park visitors.
• If you or anyone in your household is feeling sick, please do not visit the park.
• When parking your car, lock the doors, carry your keys with you, and do not leave valuables in plain sight in the car.
• Visit with a buddy if possible.
• If visiting alone, avoid using the park during off-peak times and let people know where you are going.
• Be alert! Go headphone free. Using headphones leaves you vulnerable to physical injury and crime.
• Bring your dog on a leash. All pets are required to be on a leash no longer than 6 feet.
• Trust your instincts. If you sense trouble because of a person or a place, leave. Report suspicious activity by calling 911.
• See all the Wissahickon has to offer and vary your routine.
For more information about park services and amenities that will be variable or closed during this time, go to: https://fow.org/important-reminders-when-visiting-wissahickon-valley-park/
Internet Access - Staying connected during COVID-19: The City recognizes that having access to the internet is critical for families and individuals during this time of crisis. While practicing social distancing and dealing with the closures of many businesses and social services, internet access will help families and individuals do a wide range of activities, from schoolwork to job searching to paying bills. Through the Office of Innovation and Technology, the City is working to make sure everyone can remain connected and that those without Internet access can get it. The link below will take you to a page listing some important updates on low-cost internet and wi-fi access that have been made available. This list also provides the updates made to mobile phone service plans to help support individuals during the COVID-19 crisis. Full updates for each company and any restrictions or limitations can be found on their respective websites. https://www.phila.gov/2020-03-25-staying-connected-during-covid-19/
Most up-to-date information on the City of Philadelphia’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. https://www.phila.gov/programs/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/
LEARNING AND FUN FROM HOME FOR ALL AGES
Pennsylvania librarian creates free, virtual Harry Potter escape room for kids - You can complete this escape room as a group or as individual. You can compete against friends and try it multiple times. Just make sure you have fun! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSflNxNM0jzbZJjUqOcXkwhGTfii4CM_CA3kCxImbY8c3AABEA/viewform
Homeschool with Mural Arts! Tune into Homeschool with Mural Arts every Monday and Wednesday at 1:00pm for arts-focused tutorials from local experts! Featuring a wide range of skill sets and practices, these 10-30-minute videos offer kids and parents alike the opportunity to flex their creative brains and create some beauty from the comfort of their home. https://www.muralarts.org/homeschool-with-mural-arts/
New York Times Online Now Free with Your Library Card – The Philadelphia Free Library has announced complimentary online access to the New York Times is now available with your library card! Free Library card holders will now have free access to NYTimes.com and all NYT mobile apps, as well as the paper's international editions. The link to the NYTimes is at: http://libwww.freelibrary.org/databases/index.cfm
Enjoy Woodmere Art Museum from Home -
Local Chestnut Hill coloring pages -
The CHillie Coloring Book and other coloring pages http://www.rebeccathornburgh.com/chillie-coloring-book/. CHillie the Bear is a local Chestnut Hill Icon!
Crash Course videos - https://www.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids?fbclid=IwAR3yTartm9kjJDGtAWjXLq3oM4mYm5it1VWVuHjd1BAQV7h-QR6pZEtAijc
National Geographic Quizzes - https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/games/quizzes/?fbclid=IwAR3FFSXuxKnG8_o7maTyBtSelQ00_ivIYbbZ_HHNIeOzqOVySg-KS1mZIwE
NYT Writing Prompts - https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/15/learning/students-can-respond-to-daily-writing-prompts-inspired-by-the-new-york-times-at-home-for-free.html?fbclid=IwAR3eK9dyRok4Wk2Ihdj4l13HLQBlIwi_tG9hg4wg9de3NdgQTUyxGv-C7Xo
Visit Museums from Home - https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours
The kids should see this - https://thekidshouldseethis.com/?fbclid=IwAR3cBfmUxWorxoI0RhGjU86XUpXfxQo-ED4OrwUcSFzD10qSppTqA4aV6-g
WHYY Keeping Kids Busy During the Pandemic - https://whyy.org/articles/parents-keep-kids-busy-during-pandemic-with-theme-days-couch-to-5k-plans-and-play-doh/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=news&fbclid=IwAR1wKysmTRUteRUETykkxVJSpkEbG8MvNwfisvunm0PGYwP1sEG-E1XzhpQ
Teacher’s instagram - https://www.instagram.com/p/B9rxo-cpSMK/utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&fbclid=IwAR3wt5tTg6lFPDA8vbtiRmNFueOrP_CnyGIB8mH0bu0hDyzX4Z6CS_jd3YE
Responding to the Census - The 2020 Census is happening now. You can complete your questionnaire online, by phone, or by mail. Click HERE for more information on how to respond online – it only takes a minute and is so important!
Gov. Wolf has ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close indefinitely. Grocery stores are life-sustaining, so they will stay open. You can get a breakdown of which businesses are non-life-sustaining and which are life-sustaining by clicking here.
The PA Turnpike Commission (PTC) has announced that to keep travelers from interacting with tolling personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic, cash and credit cards will NOT be accepted at any interchange statewide until further notice. Click here for more info.
Amtrak has changed its service schedule. Click here for more info.
If you’re employed in Pennsylvania and unable to work because of COVID-19, you may be eligible for Unemployment or Workers' Compensation benefits: Click here for more info.
PennDOT has issued an announcement about expiration dates for driver licenses, ID cards, vehicle registrations and safety and emission inspections. Those dates have been extended. Click here for more info.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Help your local Hospital! - The Chestnut Hill Hospital needs the following items:
Latex Free Gloves
If you have access to any of these items and would like to make a donation or have questions email ChestnutHillMarketingGroup@towerhealth.org.