Fox Fursday: Lentil Celebrates His First Birthday!

Lentil the dog, who was born with a cleft palate, celebrated his first birthday with FOX 29. He brought inspiration to children, adults and pet owners who deal with cleft palates regularly.

He was fed through a tube as a puppy and some feared he wouldn’t survive. He eventually had surgery to improve the quality of his life, and his owner insists that there has never been any intention to change his appearance.

Lentil now inspires organizations like the Children’s Cranialfacial Organization, which deals with children born with differences to their craniofacial structure.

CCA regularly shares stories and photos from Lentil’s day-to-day to inspire confidence, self-acceptance and overall happiness to both their community and the general population.

For Lentil’s first birthday, Marianne Charbonneau from Just Dogs And Cats woke up early to bring Lentil his very own birthday doggy cake. Despite Lentil’s allegedly picky eating habits, he gobbled up the treat with no problem.

Just Dogs And Cats is currently located at 18th and Chestnut but will be moving to 17th and Samson.

Check out Lentil’s previous appearances on FOX 29.

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Vitamins May Be Detrimental To Children’s Health, Study Says

JAMA Pediatrics has released a study that hypothesizes negative effects of consuming excess doses of certain vitamins.

Children’s vitamins have an unusually high a dose of certain supplements, including vitamin B12, Biotin, and vitamin C, according to the study. The overload of nutrients can be detrimental to children’s health.

“More is not necessarily better, especially in this case,” says Dr. Jen Caudle told Good Day.

It is recommended by expert that a balanced diet replace the high-dose supplements.

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What You Need To Know If SEPTA Goes On Strike

While the union seems far less likely to go on strike after months of preparing for their contracts to expire, SEPTA workers are currently working without a contract. What does this mean for Philadelphia?

What does this mean for Philadelphia? Commuters should be prepared for a strike. Tuesday marks day two of SEPTA employees working without a contract, and spokesman Willie Brown remarked that employees would work “for a while.”

The 825,000 commuters who rely on trains and busses could be seriously out of luck if SEPTA cuts off service.

  • The subways, trolleys and busses will discontinue service making it almost impossible to commute in for those living closer to the edges of Philadelphia.
  • Regional Rail lines will continue to run, which offers several options for those heading to center city from select parts of the city and several surrounding suburbs.
  • SEPTA urges commuters to consider car sharing and bicycling. While not the most convenient option, it may be the only one depending on where you live. ZipCar has made arrangements for increased traffic and demand.
  • CCT connect will continue to run its usual schedule for disabled riders, but expects to see significantly more crowding and delays from inevitable increases on local traffic.
  • The LUCY loop will continue its service in University City.

All unused SEPTA passes can be redeemed for full and partial refunds. Regional Rail lines will, unless otherwise specified, charge for services.

Parking is available, but limited, at SEPTA rail stations.

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Philly Apps That Will Make Life Just That Much Easier

From bus schedules to parking meters, here’s the line-up of apps that make living in and visiting Philadelphia more pleasant.

1. Philly 311

This app is your direct connection to city hall.

  • It offers great features like reporting local maladies in your neighborhood so the city can address them immediately.
  • The app is new and hasn’t received great attention, so it needs feedback from citizens to really make it efficient.
  • You can report graffiti, litter, pot holes and more just with a quick pic and caption — the app links directly to city officials who can take care of the problem in a timely matter

2. SEPTA App

This might be the most important app to have if you commute with SEPTA, especially considering the potential for suspended service.

  • The app offers RealTime views of trolley and bus locations via GPS, so you know when you’re just about catch – or miss – your bus.
  • You can catch updated schedules and find when your train is scheduled to arrive next.
  • The app offers updates to service suspensions, detours and any other bumps in the road, like service closure.
  • All of this is in real time, so it’s no hassle to get an accurate update of detours or locations.

3. Philadelphia Parking Finder

Reality: parking is anywhere from expensive to impossible.

  • This app actually pinpoints the costs of parking in various parts of the city
  • It tells you where you really have no chance… in case you didn’t know that parking in front of a hospital ER entrance is an issue.
  • Take note, tourists: South Philly and North Philly are, not surprisingly, filled with FREE parking opportunities. But, beware the pain of walking almost a mile just to get to your car.

4. Fox 29!

How could we write a list and leave this one out?

  • Get your news up-to-date before the other stations.
  • Weather updates at your fingertips to make your commute as smooth as possible.
  • The app is free on iTunes and compatible with iPad and iPhone with iOS 6 or newer.
  • Gives a clean view of everything we have to offer on our website, optimized for your mobile device
  • Stay in the loop! Don’t lose track of what’s happening around you when you can have the Philadelphia and surrounding area news at your fingertips

5. AroundMe

So, this isn’t just for Philly but golly if you just moved to this city you might find it helpful.

  • Much like TomTom, this app allows you to look for restaurants, gas stations or hotels in whichever city you end up in. Moving to Philly can be overwhelming when tourist-filled hot spots just barely collide with not-so-desirable terrirory. Definitely download this one.
  • No english, no problems. This app is available in German, Spanish, English, French, Japanese and Chinese.
  • Available for iPad, Android and Windows Phone.

6. Free Wi-Fi Finder

Another not-just-philly app… but who doesn’t love free?

  • This app requires 3G or wifi, but actually locates nearby free wifi spots for you to mooch off of instead of wasting precious monthly data.
  • Bookmark your fav. locations so you don’t forget their passwords when you return
  • The app lists more than 145,000 FREE locations worldwide.