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CCP alum makes $100k gift to Center on Disability
The Community College of Philadelphia’s Center on Disability recently heard back from a former student in a big way.
- Entrepreneur Gunter Pfau, now CEO of an ecommerce company with 150 employees, made a donation of $100,000 to show appreciation for the help the center gave him as someone who is legally blind.
For Pfau and others, the center is more than just tangible accommodations, Jordan Levy reports — its support structure is crucial to student success.
Disney classic ‘Fantasia’ took shape in Philly
Little-recognized Disney fact: The Philadelphia Orchestra did most of the music for the now-iconic “Fantasia” soundtrack, recorded at the Academy of Music.
- When Walt Disney met Leopold Stokowski in 1937, the orchestra conductor was already a music celeb. Together the duo pushed the bounds of recording with new technology..
Stokowski’s flamboyant conducting style sets the tone for “Fantasia,” writes Jordan Levy, but its real triumph is sound that mimics being in a concert hall.
RECAP: What else happened?
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- Effective immediately, SEPTA is no longer requiring masks on public transit or in stations. The agency’s announcement comes after a Florida judge voided the federal mandate for planes and other travel — and on the same day Philly’s citywide indoor mask mandate was reinstated. [6ABC/@SEPTA/AP/Billy Penn]
- Philly residents have taken issue with trees being clear cut for the $65 million renovation of Cobbs Creek Golf Course, and the Philadelphia Art Commission just denied approval for two upcoming phases. [WHYY/Inquirer$]
- Supporters of Hallahan High School, which closed last June, are working to launch another all-girls high school in Center City, with hopes to open in the fall. [WHYY/KYW]
- CHOP is launching a pediatric cardiovascular institute, which will collaborate with Penn Medicine to push for breakthroughs in cardiac care for kids. [@ChildrensPhila]
- The big “YO” / “OY” sculpture will land this May outside the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, where it will live for a year. [StreetsDept]
- The Kensington Derby and Arts Festival (fka the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby) returns May 14 with 100+ vendors, musicians and artists. Registration is open to compete. [PhillyVoice/Kensington Derby]
- Plenty of kids went on egg hunts over the weekend, but there was a 21+ adventure at FDR Park, where Pabst Blue Ribbon held one of its first ever “Kegg Hunts.” Almost 200 people showed up to search for colorful beer canisters. [Billy Penn]
All quiet on the Broad Street front for Mayor Kenney, who has no public appearances scheduled for today.
ON THE CALENDAR
🍻 Billy Penn Philly Quizzo with Newbold Exchange: Our monthly trivia night heads to South Philadelphia this month — and there’s free beer for everyone who registers. Test your local knowledge and win prizes while hanging out at a new coworking space in a former silent motion picture house. Free with RSVP. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28)
🏫 Students and teachers join Chalkbeat and Resolve Philly’s panel discussion about how schools can help kids deal with overwhelming levels of city violence. Free with RSVP. (5 tp 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 20)
🍹 For your munchie consideration: Hook & Master is partnering with local brass band Snacktime to throw a mid-week party filled with CBD-infused cocktails, fancy hot pockets, and plenty of cheese. Tickets cost $75, but they get you three hours of unlimited food. (5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 20).