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Ballots are ready for the May 16 primary election 

Philadelphia voters can now preview exactly what they’ll see at the polls or in the mail when they cast their vote in the May primary.

  • Ballot design is a tricky endeavor, in terms of both graphics — the City Commissioners Office managed to fit everything on two pages — and politics, because layout can affect results.

Check out more details and find your sample ballot, this year available in English, Spanish, and Chinese.

The Philadelphia City Council candidates for at-large seats as laid out on the May 16 primary ballot. (City Commissioners)

What to eat and drink around Philly this weekend

It can get overwhelming being a food lover in Philadelphia, with a seemingly endless list of delicious options growing by the day.

  • To the rescue: Our new weekly roundup from food and drink reporter Ali Mohsen, packed with fun events and don’t-miss additions to the city’s culinary scene.

From massive munchies and bacon-flavored beer to dishes that honor grandparents and a new spot in Rittenhouse, here’s our picks for this week.

Dishes at Bolo, new in Rittenhouse from chef Yun Fuentes. (K.C. Tinari)

RECAP: What else happened?

$ = paywalled

• There’s a settlement in the UC Townhomes saga. The city will build 75 units of permanently affordable housing on part of the West Philadelphia site, and the developers will donate $3.5M to a “tenant fund.” [BP 2022/WHYY]

• Philly’s soda tax was promoted more for its financial benefits (funding rec centers and playgrounds) than for its health benefits, but now there’s some proof of the latter: A nationwide study found “improved health” among mothers and infants living in cities with sweetened beverage taxes. [Bp 2022/KYW]

• RIP SEPTA Key? After going many millions overbudget for a system that continues to be plagued with glitches, the transit agency is pivoting to a new plan that will be open-source and let riders tap to pay with their phone. [Inquirer$/WHYY]

• With last month’s chemical spill scare, we heard all about the Baxter Water Treatment Plant, but what about its namesake? He was Philadelphia’s first water commissioner, a man who transformed the system but “was no saint.” [BP/WHYY’s PlanPhilly]

• The  Union held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new $55 million sports complex that the developers say will have a major economic impact on the Chester area. [NBC10]

• On the lookout for plant-based bites? Philly’s got plenty — at least 22 spots. [Eater]


The growth of West Philly’s biotech hub continues with the launch of Integral Molecular’s Biotechnology Pandemic Research Center, and Mayor Kenney joins the grand opening ceremony (5 p.m.). He returns to City Hall for an interfaith iftar dinner titled “Breaking Fast, Confronting Hate” (6:30 p.m.).


🎾 BP Quizzo: Join us at Padelphia for a night of Philly trivia! Space is limited at this new-style racket club on the Schuylkill River near City Live Ave, so register early. BYO, plus we’ll have some snacks and sips, and prizes for the winners. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26)

🪩 MilkBoy in Center City hosts Cos-Palooza, a cosplay-encouraged dance party that’s described as “an anime Cochella.” 21+, entry is $10. (10 p.m. Saturday, April 22)

🎭 Laugh while you eat at a one-night, radio play dinner theater comedy by the Society Hill Players. Tickets are $36 in advance. (5:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 23)