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City pulls out of community litter cleanup program

A union grievance has thrown a wrench in the gears of a public-private partnership tackling Philadelphia’s pervasive litter problem.

  • Last summer, the Streets Department started picking up bags of trash collected by gig workers signed up for Glitter, a company that crowdsources funding for block-by-block cleanups.

But the city abruptly stopped participating in early March, Meir Rinde reports, after the sanitation workers union claimed a contract violation.

→ Who’s allowed to clean the streets?

Litter on a South Philly sidewalk (Danya Henninger/Billy Penn)

Candidate with No. 1 ballot position drops out of mayor’s race 

John Wood, a retired police lieutenant who was relatively unknown until he pulled the No. 1 ballot spot, has dropped out of the race for Philly mayor.

  • Wood cited finances as reason for his exit — he entered late, so is behind in fundraising — but he’d also faced scrutiny from Philly Mag and The Inquirer over his suburban residency and voter registration.

That leaves 11 Democratic candidates on the May 16 primary ballot, with Cherelle Parker now listed at the top.

Eight of the Democratic contenders for Philadelphia mayor (Cory Sharber/WHYY)

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Nothing on the public schedule for Mayor JFK today. Yesterday he wished Ramadan Mubarak to all celebrating the Muslim month of fasting. City Hall hosts the annual Philadelphia Ramadan & Eid Fund iftar dinner on April 6.


📜 Get free admission to the Constitution Center for a day of Women’s History Month programming, including talks, tours, and make-and-take activities. (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 25)

🤵🏽 Philly’s recurring GayBINGO goes black tie for the AIDS Fund’s annual fundraiser at the Loews Hotel. Your $200 ticket includes cocktails and dinner. (6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25)

🎷 Stop by LOVE Park to help the city set a new world record for the most jazz hands at once. The first 500 people get complimentary white gloves; the current record is 477. (12 to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 28)