Queen Village tree spirit (Instagram/@barbhmphilly)

Camden commissioner stands by slam on Philadelphia

After authorities arrested a suspect from Philly in a July 4 shooting that injured a 6-year-old on the Camden waterfront, Camden County Commissioner Louis Cappelli Jr. said, “We just want to send a message to the thugs and criminals and gun-bearing freaks over in Philadelphia who live in a society of lawlessness — we don’t want you here.” 

Despite some pushback, and a call for an apology from a Philly councilmember, Cappelli Jr. is standing firmly by his statement. Jordan Levy has the full story, with a comparison of the two cities’ equally tragic crime stats.

The Philadelphia skyline as viewed from Camden, N.J. (Mark Henninger/Imagic Digital)

What is it like to live on Elfreth’s Alley?

On one of oldest continuously residential streets in the nation, residents can be drawn into the past without even trying. “It’s fun that when working in the front yard,” said one homeowner, “I’m actually helping to caretake a National Historic Landmark.”

The residents keep alive a tradition that began in 1702, Jon Caroulis reports for Billy Penn, when Elfreth’s Alley was filled with dock workers and sailors.

Elfreth’s Alley is a common tourist destination, but people live there, too. (Nathaniel Hamilton/WHYY)

RECAP: What else happened?

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• Governor Shapiro’s eleventh-hour about-face on private school vouchers has left the state GOP feeling betrayed and possibly unwilling to sign off on bills needed to finalize the spending plan. [Spotlight PA]

• The family and friends of people killed in Monday’s mass shooting have shared brief accounts of their loved ones and why they’ll be missed. [AP] 

• Philly planning czar Anne Fadullon is stepping down after nearly eight years as Mayor Kenney’s administration wraps up. She was the city’s first director of planning and development, a position that brought several disparate entities under one roof. [Phila Gov/WHYY’s PlanPhilly 2015]

• Heads up, West Philadelphians: SEPTA’s annual  “Trolley Tunnel Blitz” is upon us, diverting several routes for cleaning and maintenance today through July 24. [West Philly Local]

• The Dad Vail Regatta, the nation’s largest collegiate rowing event, will not return to the Schuylkill next year after moving this spring to Pennsauken’s Cooper River. [NBC10]

• The words “complimentary bread basket” are increasingly rare, but Philly still has plenty of spots that serve great bread at no extra cost. [Philly Mag$]


Nothing for the public to know about Mayor Kenney’s schedule today.


🍺 BP Quizzo Live is on North American Street this month! Join us for a night of Philly news and history trivia at Punch Buggy Brewing Co. Expect $5 pours, discounted nachos from Puerco Loco, and a $50 gift card for the winning team. Free with RSVP, see you there. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 12)

🎺 Celebrate the short, brilliant life of jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan, whose final hometown performance was on “the Strip” at the Aqua Lounge, with a birthday remembrance at West Philly’s Blackwell Regional Library. (2 to 4 p.m. Monday, July 10)

🍹 A quad of Philly’s all-star Mexican bartenders take over Sor Ynez on North American for the next Latinx Industry Night party, with drink specials and DJs all night. (8 p.m. to midnight, Monday, July 10)