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Environmental mishaps threaten the Delaware River quite often

Industrialization has threatened Delaware River water quality for centuries, but there’s no shortage of recent mishaps like last weekend’s chemical spill.

  • That very same Bucks County plant has seen three other mishaps in the last decade alone. There was a big train derailment in South Jersey, a pipeline leak in Tinicium, and a huge tanker crash.

Jordan Levy put together a short recap of recent spills, accidents, and incidents that’ve affected the region’s largest and most important waterway.

→ Who’s at fault, and who cleans up 

An environmental clean-up crew works to remove gasoline fuel from an ETP pipeline spill in Darby creek in Tinicum Township in 2018. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Philly nabs six spots on James Beard Award finalist list

Philadelphia is repping well at this year’s James Beard Awards, Eater reports, which are basically the Oscars of the food world. 

  • Rittenhouse favorite Friday Saturday Sunday, a modern revamp of a stalwart from the 1970s, is up for outstanding restaurant. Best chef Mid-Atlantic noms include Jesse Ito (Royal Izakaya — see below), Chutatip “Nok” Suntaranon (Kalaya), and Dionicio Jiménez (Cantina La Martina).

Also on the national radar: Ellen Yin of Fork for outstanding restaurateur, and Amanda Shulman of Her Place Supper Club for emerging chef. 

The 104-piece nigiri plate at Royal Izakaya by chef Jesse Ito. (Courtesy Jesse Ito)

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Mayor Kenney hits the Convention Center to celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day (1 p.m.). Rebounding from the pandemic dip, conventions, conference, exhibitions and trade shows are expected to have a $500 million economic impact on the Philly region this year, per the Biz Journal — not far from the recent high of $617 million in 2019.


📋 Meet the contenders for at-large seats at the City Council Candidates Convention hosted at WHYY in partnership with The Inquirer and the Committee of 70. The event will run like a reverse job fair, with candidates receiving visitors at their tables. (4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 11)

⚕️ Learn the history of Philly’s yellow fever epidemic and its racist response, and take a free tour of the nation’s first quarantine station, the Lazaretto, at the junction of the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers. (2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 1)

🎞️ “Mare of Easttown” fans might want to take a trip to Delco to meet show writer/producer Brad Ingelsby, as he helps kick off the free Neumann University Film Festival. (Friday and Saturday, March 31-April 1)