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Community guide: Resources for people in recovery or addiction
Over 1,275 Philadelphians died from overdoses in 2021, a record high. But the easiest-to-find resources for help are often the most overwhelmed.
- That’s why Billy Penn partnered with Equally Informed Philly and Germantown InfoHub to create a crowdsourced addiction resource guide. The result: Philly’s largest community-driven recovery hub.
The embeddable database describes nearly five dozen options, which you can sort by zip code or services offered. We hope you’ll share far and wide.
Best bites from the PA Farm Show, an experience worth the trip
If you’ve never been to the Pennsylvania Farm Show, think of it like a state fair, only in winter — with a 1,000-lb. butter sculpture as its centerpiece.
- Half a million people attend the 8-day event. There’s livestock (cute alpacas!) and produce competitions (giant pumpkins!), but the most popular part is always the food court showcasing Pa. agriculture.
Asha Prihar took the trip to Harrisburg and highlighted five top eats, from maple cotton candy to an unbeatable creamsicle milkshake.
RECAP: What else happened?
$ = paywalled
- Of 16k Pennsylvanians whose November mail ballots were canceled because of missing security envelopes, proper dates, or signatures, more than 60% were Democrats. [AP]
- Instead of running away when shots rang out at a North Philly birthday party, Philadelphia Military Academy student Kaheem Bailey-Taylor ran back toward them — and saved his friend’s life. [Tribune$]
- The New York Times takes notice that tranq dope, aka xylazine, has infiltrated just about all street drugs in Philadelphia. It causes hard-to-treat wounds that often require amputations. Last year the city hired new staff to help address the issue. [NYT$/Billy Penn]
- After speed cameras were installed on Roosevelt Boulevard, crashes dropped 36%. The Wolf admin just approved $14.5 million for other improvements to the 12-lane roadway, including funds that could help explore a Roosevelt Blvd Subway. [Inquirer$/Pa. Gov/BP 2022]
- One-year-old Kensington microbrewery Humble Parlor is expanding with a petite taproom on Girard Avenue in Fishtown. Opening is set for this weekend. [Breweries in PA/Wooder Ice]
- After clinching the No. 1 NFC seed with an ugly win over NY, the Eagles gained a first-round bye — and AJ Brown and Devonta Smith set franchise records. The Birds’ first playoff game will be either Jan. 21 or 22. [CBS Sports/@JCTSports]
Nothing on Mayor Kenney’s public schedule today. Last week he shared plans on how Philly will spend the $20 million in the city’s first year of opioid settlement funds.
ON THE CALENDAR
? Have a slightly broken item — a missing button, tangled jewelry, a missing keyboard key — and want to learn how to fix it? Head to NextFab’s Repair Fair for free hands-on lessons. (6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12)
? Get cute pajamas as a gift and want to show them off beyond facetime? The Philadelphia Onesie Bar Crawl is for you. Free RSVPs are full, but you can still snag a spot for $15. (4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14)