News Roundup: June 10, 2016


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Philly’s Underground Dirt Bike Community Exposed In New Documentary

Illegal ATVs and dirt bikes have long been a problem on Philadelphia Streets. A new documentary pulls back the curtain on the city’s underground dirt bike community through a local legend.

“They are real people with a real passion,” says LaMar McPherson, “There are no outlets, schools are closing down, you go past playgrounds there are hoops with no rims.” Read more.

West Philadelphia Orchestra to Kick Off Summer Nights Concert Series; Special Offer for West Philly Residents

It’s hard to imagine summer in the city without outdoor music. A popular outdoor concert series, Summer Nights at the Penn Museum, kicks off on Wednesday, June 15, with a performance by well-known brass band West Philadelphia Orchestra. We’re excited to let you know about a special admission deal for West Philly residents. Those who will print out and bring this post to the museum on June 15 (or show it on your cell phone), will be able attend the concert for only $5 (regular admission is $10). Please note that this offer is only valid for the first concert in the series, which will take place every Wednesday through Sept. 2. Read more.

Michael Farrell Named as Next Principal for Penn Alexander School

On June 1, the School District of Philadelphia announced the appointment of Michael Farrell as the next principal of the Penn Alexander School (PAS), a partnership school with Penn’s Graduate School of Education. A native of West Philadelphia, Farrell currently serves as the founding principal of Thomas Elementary School, a Mastery Charter School located in South Philadelphia. Prior to his work at Mastery, Farrell worked at the Science Leadership Academy. He began his career as a special education teacher at Philadelphia’s Independence Charter School. Read more.