How will schools cope when relief funding runs out?
Schools across Philadelphia were allowed to use the latest round of pandemic relief money to hire much-needed staff and supplies.
- But the federal funding expires soon, and principals are worried about losing the supports they’ve finally been able to put in place, Elizabeth DeOrnellas reports.
“I hope the data will show those positions made a difference, so somebody somewhere can give us money from somewhere else,” one principal said.
→ “A massive infusion of cash”
The best Philly bars for watching Formula 1 races
Formula One’s popularity is on the rise in the U.S., with this year’s championship expected to attract a bigger-than-ever audience.
- It’s the perfect time to get in on the action, but with start times varying from track to track, and other sports crowding out racing, it can be tricky to find a fun place to watch.
New BP food and drink writer Ali Mohsen (👋), an F1 fan himself, pulled together a list of Philly bars and pubs that show the races on TV.
→ Old City, West Philly, or Kensington?
RECAP: What else happened?
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- Here’s the updated list of Philadelphia City Council candidates who made it onto the ballot, in order, with a brief bio for each person. [Billy Penn]
- Building the Sixers arena downtown would “imperil” the neighborhood, says the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, a business group some thought might support the $1.3 billion project. [WHYY’s PlanPhilly/Billy Penn]
- The son of interim Flyers GM Danny Briere apologized for pushing someone’s empty wheelchair down a flight of steps after the act was caught by security cam. [@juliazukowski]
- The Philadelphia Chicken Man legend lives on: Google Maps now officially lists the waterfront spot behind Walmart as the “Chicken Pier.” [Billy Penn/@AlexiconTom/Gmaps]
- Did you know push pins were invented in Philly? In 1897, a photographer borrowed $100 and launched a company that would change bulletin boards forever. [Billy Penn]
Mayor Kenney joins Health Department officials at City Hall to announce a multimillion dollar grant to the Philly Joy Bank, a “guaranteed income pilot that will provide pregnant Philadelphians with no strings attached cash with the goal of improving birth outcomes.” (10 a.m.)
The mayor then zips out to Port Richmond for the groundbreaking ceremony of Somerset Station, the huge new residential development we mentioned yesterday, replacing a former scrapyard (11 a.m.).
ON THE CALENDAR
🌮 Tomorrow: BP Quizzo! Join Billy Penn for a night of local trivia with Taco Tuesday deals. We’ll be at Pistolas Del Sur on East Passyunk, handing out prizes for high scores and best team name. Free with RSVP. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 21)
🎭 Want to see a performance without spending big? Philly Theatre Week features over 50 shows and events with pay-what-you-can tix. (Thursday to Sunday, March 23-April 2).
🧶 Tufting is a creative trend on the rise, and the inaugural TuftCon takes place at the Bok. Tickets are pricey ($195+), but include workshops, lectures, tech help, and a cocktail party. (Friday to Sunday, March 24-26)
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