Giving back this year

[UPDATE: We raised $4725 dollars!!] Now more than ever, I feel a need to give back to my community, so I'll be donating ALL of the profits from map sales from now (4:39PM on November 23) through 11:59PM, November 29. It's an opportunity to buy a holiday gift and give back to some great Philadelphia non-profits (see the Philly Love Notes Etsy shop for more details). Your purchase of a custom Philly map will be a donation to the following organizations: Sunday Breakfast Read more

With all my love

Emma Fried-Cassorla Favorite Spot: Anywhere along the Delaware River Waterfront (but I'm biased) I Am: A Philly lover and resident, Montana lover and former resident, twin, Philly Love Notes, Communications Manager for the Delaware River Waterfront, hiker, climber, traveler, papercutter, iPhone addict, handwritten note taker, Crohn’s patient, scientist, lover of the Race Street Pier and slippers and family Years in Philly: Off and on for 33 (I was 30 when I started!) Current home: A studio loft in Callowhill with my lovely boyfriend Read more

And so we conclude

Cynthia Schmitt A photo posted by Philly Love Notes (@phillylovenotes) on May 20, 2015 at 7:05pm PDT My Love Note Can anyone remember that first moment they fell in love? How does one encompass the complexities of living in a city that's caught between New York and Washington DC? Even Benjamin Franklin, a hero of this city, spent most of his time in Europe. He did choose to die here, so I always thought that must have meant something. Edgar Read more

Graduate Hospital

Love Note #76: Need to feel good about Philly? Go to Anderson Yards in Grad Hospital and watch the Monarchs play baseball (Tim Whitaker)

Tim Whitaker
Favorite Spot: Anderson Yards, home baseball field for the Anderson Monarchs, a youth baseball program that operates under the auspices of the Marian Anderson Recreation Center
Neighborhood: Graduate Hospital
Address: 18th and Fitzwater

I am: Writer and editor. Executive director of Mighty Writers, a program that teaches city kids ages seven to 17 how to write.

Years in Philly: 25
Current home: Wynnewood

My love note: My favorite summertime thing to do after leaving Mighty Writers in the early evening is to stop by Anderson Yards, located just a few blocks away at 18th and Fitzwater. Anderson Yards is a classic baseball diamond, a gem in the city, beautifully cared for and manicured by the Anderson Monarchs’ program director and team manager Steve Bandura. The Monarchs play “team baseball,” which means they’re big on fundamentals and good sportsmanship. Bandura teaches his young players the legacy of Jackie Robinson and the Negro Leagues, believing you can’t chart your future without knowing your past. Best of all is the community that’s been built around baseball at Anderson Yards. Parents and neighbors come to the games, follow play closely and support the team with frequent trips to the refreshment stand to get water ice. Anderson Yards is where I go whenever I’ve misplaced my good vibe.

(Photos from Monarch’s FB page)

(Tim Whitaker with Nafeesah Cannady, a Mighty Writers high schooler, photo from Tim)

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Love Note #56: Need a beautiful park in the city? Michelle Cassidy and Cathy Nino both love Fitler Square

Michelle Cassidy
Favorite Spot: Fitler Square Park
Neighborhood: Fitler Square
Address: 23rd and Pine

I am: Community manager for Yelp.com and lover of all things Philadelphia, from sandwiches to sports
Years in Philly: 1.5 as a Philly resident, but a native of the Philly region
Current Home: Graduate Hospital


Cathy Nino
Favorite Spot: Fitler Square

I am: I have worked for the Court of Common Pleas in the City of Philadelphia for 22 years and the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union for 13 years as a Human Resource Manager.

Years in Philly: 33
Current Neighborhood: Fitler Square

Michelle’s love note: Located in the shadow of that other popular Square, Fitler Square does not see scores of lunchtime breakers, retirees, moms with strollers, teenagers and tourists. It’s a quiet, peaceful park, where there’s always a free bench and plenty of grass to spread your picnic blanket. The park charms with brick walkways and a canopy of leaves from the large trees. There is something really special about Fitler Square; I feel content and reflective on every visit. It doesn’t receive anywhere close to the amount of visitors it deserves. Selfishly, that’s just the way I like it.

Cathy’s love note: Anytime of the year this neighborhood gem is available to everyone looking for a quiet respite, friendly meeting place, or a safe park for your child to play. There are seasonal events such as an Easter egg hunt, Halloween pumpkin hunt and a visit from Santa with holiday songs sung around the beautifully decorated Fitler fountain. There is a Fair every May held by the Fitler Square Improvement Association to raise funds for the care of this very special park in Center City Philadelphia.

(Michelle)
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