Virginia Streva

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Virginia Streva is a Culture Curator for PhillyVoice.com. Originally from south Louisiana, she moved to Philadelphia in 2015. She loves exploring different themes in culture and is loving the Philly culture she has become a part of since moving here. She has a background in music journalism and creative writing. She wrote her first novel, "I Want To Be Adored," in 2011. When she’s not writing, she enjoys yoga, watching "Food Network" in her PJs with a cup of tea, and exploring the city. Follow her on Twitter @vastreva.

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July 10, 2020

Parades

Toms River's 2020 Halloween parade canceled due to coronavirus

Organizers in Toms River have canceled the 2020 Halloween parade because of health and safety concerns due to the coronavirus pandemic. The parade of ghouls, witches and goblins draws thousands of people to the township every year. Toms River Fire Co. 1, the parade's sponsor, decided to cancel it out of concern for health of the attendees and the first responders involved.

July 10, 2020

Music

Listen to Juice WRLD's posthumous album 'Legends Never Die'

Juice WRLD's posthumous album "Legends Never Die" dropped Friday, July 10. The Chicago rapper's third studio album features 21 tracks and includes collaborations with Philly DJ Mashmello, Halsey and Trippie Redd. The artist, born Jarad Anthony Higgins, died of an accidental overdose in December.

July 9, 2020

Investigations

Girl loses most of foot when illegal device explodes in Germantown home

A 16-year-old girl lost most of her right foot Wednesday night when an illegal explosive device detonated inside a Philadelphia home. The girl and two other teens were in a bedroom on the second floor when the incident occurred around 8:30 p.m., police said.

July 8, 2020

Explosives

Kensington child suffers severe hand injuries after explosive device goes off

Philadelphia police rushed a 12-year-old boy to St. Christopher's Hospital after an explosive device detonated in his left hand on Tuesday night. Investigators have not identified the specific device, but believe it could have been an M080 or M-1000.

July 8, 2020

Podcasts

Will Smith says he had racist encounters with police while growing up in Philly

Will Smith spoke candidly about his experiences with racism and growing up in West Philadelphia in a video conversation with political commentator Angela Rye. The 51-year-old actor appeared on the podcast "On One with Angela Rye" and posted the video to his YouTube channel on Monday. During the interview, Smith discussed his childhood years during Frank Rizzo's tenures as police commissioner and mayor. "He had an iron hand," Smith said.

July 7, 2020

Politics

Vice President Mike Pence to meet with Philly police union

Vice President Mike Pence will make stops in Lancaster County, Chester County and Philadelphia on Thursday. In Philly, he is expected to address police officers at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 5 prior to a "Back the Blue" rally.

July 7, 2020

Illness

Bucks County's increased COVID-19 cases tied to Myrtle Beach vacationers

Bucks County health officials believe a recent spike of COVID-19 cases is linked to residents who vacationed in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

July 3, 2020

Deaths

Penn State student, 21, dies of COVID-19 complications

Juan Garcia, a 21-year-old Allentown resident, is the first known Pennsylvania State University student to die from coronavirus complications. The college of Earth and Mineral Sciences student was living off campus in State College when he first fell ill. He returned home before his death.

July 3, 2020

Holidays

Ocean City beachgoers can get a prize for wearing a face mask on July 4th

Ocean City will reward visitors wearing face masks on the Fourth of July. The Jersey Shore town's public relations team will walk around the boardwalk and award prizes to people wearing face coverings from 5-7 p.m. Saturday. The city is encouraging beachgoers to be creative.

July 1, 2020

Animals

Dead endangered whale found at Jersey Shore likely killed by collisions with boats

A North Atlantic right whale was discovered floating in the water near Elberon, Monmouth County, on Thursday, June 25, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration said. The male calf likely was killed after colliding with a vessel, officials said. The right whale is a critically endangered species with only 400 remaining in the wild.

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