Franki Rudnesky

Franki Rudnesky

Franki Maria Rudnesky is a staff writer for PhillyVoice, with interests in entertainment, social media, pop culture, education and the arts. Franki has worked as a staff writer, copy editor, and social media manager for The Hammonton Gazette. Before that, she was a digital intern and production assistant for NBC10. She is a South Jersey native who received her master's degree from Villanova University and her bachelor's from Saint Joseph's University.

franki@phillyvoice.com

July 1, 2022

Festivals

Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Festival to feature live music, beach games and a magic show

The 10th-annual Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Festival is taking place on Friday, July 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free event features games, live music, and prizes awarded in multiple categories. Matt Long from the Travel Channel series "Sand Masters" will be directing the competition, as well as building a sculpture of his own.

July 1, 2022

Shopping

Before visiting the King of Prussia Mall, shoppers now can check which items are in stock

The King of Prussia Mall has a new platform that allows shoppers to see what products are in stock at certain stores before visiting the mall. "Simon Search" can be accessed through the Simon app and includes stores like Aeropostale, Anthropologie, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Gap, J.Crew and PacSun.

July 1, 2022

Health News

Multi-state listeria outbreak includes cases in Pennsylvania, New Jersey

A listeria outbreak with unknown origins has killed one person and sickened 22 others, including one person in Pennsylvania and another in New Jersey, the CDC says. Most of those infected either live in Florida, or had traveled there about a month before falling ill. Symptoms include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions.

June 30, 2022

Pets

Keep your pets safe during Fourth of July fireworks with these six tips

Fourth of July fireworks are a fun way to celebrate the holiday, but the loud displays can often scare pets and make them anxious. While it may be hard to avoid the loud noises, there are some simple tips you can follow to keep your pets safe.

June 30, 2022

Entertainment

Upper Darby Summer Stage to feature Disney magic for 47th theater season premiere

The children's theater program at the Upper Darby Summer Stage is back with "Disney Around the World," the first show of its 47th season, July 6-8. The family-friendly musical revue features popular songs from movies including "Frozen II," "Encanto," "Aladdin," "The Lion King," "Coco," and "Mary Poppins Returns."

June 30, 2022

Holiday

More to do on Fourth of July weekend: cannon demonstrations, a dinner cruise and fireworks after the Phillies games

The Fourth of July weekend in Philadelphia includes many holiday celebrations that go beyond the Wawa Welcome America festivities. The Phillies are hosting post-game fireworks. City Cruises are offering a cruise on the Delaware River. Fort Mifflin is hosting its '4th on the Fort' event. The 'Sound of Liberty' concert will happen at the Chapel of Four Chaplains. And the Science History Institute is delving into the artistry of fireworks.

June 29, 2022

History

South Jersey Holocaust survivors' stories to be told in performances at Stockton University

A series of plays inspired by the memoirs of three Holocaust survivors from South Jersey will be performed at Stockton University's John F. Scarpa Academic Center in Atlantic City on July 7, 14 and 28 at 7 p.m. "The Manya Project" was sponsored by the school's Holocaust Resource Center in collaboration with Rowan University professor Anthony Hostetter.

June 28, 2022

Festival

Made In America Festival seeks artwork to feature on CAUSE VILLAGE installation

The Made in America Festival, which takes place Labor Day weekend on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, is seeking artwork from Philadelphia area artists and students to will cover each of the 11 huge letters that will make up a 20-foot-tall CAUSE VILLAGE art installation. Artists must submit their designs by Wednesday, July 6 at 11:59 p.m.

June 28, 2022

Animals

Adventure Aquarium celebrates Genny the hippo turning 22 in 2022

Genny, a Nile hippo at Camden's Adventure Aquarium, turns 22 on July 10. From Friday, July 1, to Sunday, July 10, visitors can celebrate at Genny's Super Sweet Birthday Bash. The event includes special festive opportunities and experiences, many centered on watermelon – Genny's favorite snack.

June 27, 2022

Holiday

Where to watch the 2022 Fourth of July fireworks at the Jersey Shore

For those heading down the Jersey Shore for Fourth of July 2022, there are plenty of options to see fireworks and catch a patriotic parade. Towns including Atlantic City, Ventnor City, Ocean City, Wildwood and Cape May are all celebrating Independence Day with family-friendly events all weekend.

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