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The Philly Four: Officials recommend masking as COVID cases rise, busy season begins

Sam Britt
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City expects appeals after new property valuations

  • Philadelphia conducted its first valuations of property in three years and decided to raise rates on residential buildings. The new valuations raise property tax on residential premises by an average of 31% from the 2019 rate. Property owners can begin informally appealing the valuation by requesting a "First Level Review" by the Office of Property Assessment.

Non-profit seeking to operate out of controversial Glenn Mills School denied license

  • The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services denied the non-profit Clock Tower Schools a license due to the DHS's concern over "the organization’s ability to safely operate a child residential facility due to suitability of facilities and program structure." Clock Tower wished to take over the Glenn Mills School facility, which was shut down in 2019 after the discovery that years of child abuse had been covered up by the school's administration.

Health officials recommend masking at crowded events

  • With proms, graduations and vacations coming up, Philadelphia health officials are recommending that residents take precautions against COVID-19 as cases rise. Officials say that when inside with a large crowd it would be safer to wear a mask to protect yourself and others. COVID cases have risen over the past two weeks as the city is averaging 261 new cases a day.

Embiid takes issue with Bill Simmons, award voting process

  • After losing Game 5 to the Miami Heat, Philadelphia 76ers superstar Joel Embiid aired some grievances against the voting process that snubbed him of the NBA MVP Award, taking aim at one famous sportswriter in particular. Embiid pointed to Bill Simmons, asking why a writer who said "[Expletive] Jalen Green" is allowed to vote on awards. Embiid asked how it's fair that somebody who expresses that sentiment towards a player can make a decision that has real financial ramifications come contract time.

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