The annual volunteer clean-up is different this year at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum. The refuge has hosted a clean-up for nearly 20 years. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, it was a one-day event in April. To maximize impact and keep proper social distancing the clean-up is spread out over the week. It will run through Saturday, April 17, 2021.
The second Easter in the COVID-19 era with an outdoor service at the Christ Church Easter Service on the Edward O'Malley baseball field baseball field in South Philadelphia and the Resurrection Sunday Service at the Parkside United Methodist Church in Camden on Sunday, April 4, 2021
Even with COVID-19 vaccinations ramping up, it still might take years for life to go back to normal. Masks, disinfecting and distancing could be the norm as the fight continues to reduce the virus from a threat to a nuisance.
Philadelphia firefighter John Evans was laid to rest with honors on February 23, 2021. Evans, a 37-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department, passed away in the line of duty on February 12 after a battle with COVID-19. His career in the fire department included a stint with Marine Unit 1, where his title was Fire Boat Pilot.
The 94 members of Class 198 from the Philadelphia Fire Academy graduate in a closed ceremony Monday due to COVID-19 restrictions. This didn't discouraged some family and friends of cadets from waiting beyond the gates to briefly see them after the ceremony. During the ceremony cadets and distinguished guests wore masks and socially distanced. The class featured a third-generation PFD member whose father died in the line of duty and four cadets from the Upper Darby fire department. The Philadelphia cadets are joining one of the busiest fire/EMS systems in the nation. The PFD handles about 800 to 1,000 EMS and fire incidents every day. Last year, the PFD responded to over 362,000 calls to 911; 265,000 EMS incidents; and 47,000 fire incidents.