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North Philly’s next Council rep? Quetcy Lozada’s rise to power
Maria Quiñones Sánchez never had party backing in four terms on Council, but when she resigned to run for mayor, her replacement won that support.
- Quetcy Lozada, a North Philly organizer who was Quiñones Sánchez’s chief of staff, is in line to be councilmember for District 7. Residents in Kensington and Juniata Park will see her on the Nov. 8 ballot.
How’d Lozada get the ward leader backing her former boss never could? Lizzy McLellan Ravitch has an inside look — in both English and Spanish.
Latin American Book Festival and more places to find reads
As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Love Park today hosts Philly’s fourth annual Latin American Book Festival.
- Spanish-language literature is becoming more available in Philadelphia as the Latine community expands — it’s the fastest growing segment of the city’s population.
From Taller Puertorriqueño to little free libraries, contributor Emily Neil rounds up where you can find Spanish-language books, no Amazon order needed.
RECAP: What else happened?
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- Get to know Austin Davis, the Allegheny County state rep who’s the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor. [City & State]
- Philly Dems have selected nominees for the open at-large seats on City Council: Sharon Vaughn, Derek Green’s former chief of staff, and Jimmy Harrity, a former aide to state Sen. Sharif Street. [Inquirer$]
- The first murder trial for an on-duty PPD officer since 1984 ended in a jury convicting Eric Ruch Jr. of voluntary manslaughter on Wednesday. [Axios]
- After two decades of what community members called disinvestment, Eastwick residents celebrated renovations at a much-loved park and playground. [Billy Penn]
- A collective of 40+ local orgs set up a text line where you can donate to Hurricane Fiona relief in Puerto Rico. [Billy Penn]
- October will see the closure of Pennsport BYOB Musi, which was known as much for thoughtfully sourced tasting menus as the high-end cheesesteaks called Frizwit. [Eater/BP 2017]
The inaugural Philadelphia Welcoming Awards celebrates immigrant-inclusive city agencies and community organizations, and Mayor Kenney helps present the honors in a virtual ceremony (12 p.m.).
ON THE CALENDAR
?️ BP Quizzo lands at The Sidecar Bar & Grille! Join us at the Grad Hospital tavern for our monthly pub trivia about all things local, with happy hour specials and prizes. Free with RSVP. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27)
? Say farewell to summer at Spruce Street Harbor Park with a Kick the Keg party offering $2 off drafts — if you get the last pour, you win a prize. (Friday to Sunday, Sept. 23-25)
? Beyond Literacy hosts a ribbon cutting and tours of its new Mobile Learning Lab at the “Record Clearing Community Resource Fair” hosted by The Promise. (12:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24)
? As part of its 150th anniversary, Philly’s Association for Public Art hosts a free online discussion about the challenges of preserving outdoor sculptures. (4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27)