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Sixers arena fight revs up with formal coalition

More than 40 organizations in Philly’s Chinatown yesterday announced a coalition against the proposed Center City 76ers arena.

  • This formalizes the grassroots opposition that’s been brewing for months. With the support of a national civil rights law firm, the group hopes to show a critical mass of community opposition.

The coalition surveyed 100 Chinatown businesses, Jordan Levy reports, and 90 of them signed an anti-arena petition.

Members of the Chinatown community joined leaders at the announcement of the Chinatown Coalition to Oppose the Arena at Tom’s Dim Sum restaurant Credit: Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

South Philly grandma is multi-year TikTok star

With 2.4 million followers, one of the city’s hottest TikTok stars is a 90-year-old grandmother from South Philadelphia.

  • Dolores Paolino, better known as “Dolly Broadway,” started getting into social media vids three years ago with the help of her grandson. He’s since moved across country, but still does all the posting.

It’s a trend, Wall Street Journal reports — in a feed full of young faces, an older person stands out. Especially if they shake their hips in full Phillies bling.

Dolores Paolino, aka ‘Dolly Broadway’ Credit: Instagram / @dolly_broadway

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MAYOR WATCH

Philadelphia’s annual Mayor’s Centenarian Celebration usually takes place at a big luncheon in spring, but it appears Mayor Kenney’s getting an early start. Today he visits the Paul’s Run Retirement Community in Northeast Philly to honor residents who are turning 100 (3:30 p.m.).

ON THE CALENDAR

? Start your MLK community service early with an evening helping pack donations at the African American Museum’s “Big Give Back” event. (5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13)

? Tryna keep that Christmas tree till the last minute? The hungry munchers at Philly Goat Project will gobble it up a week from Saturday. A $20 donation is requested. (12 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21)