The Lawn at uCity Square (Instagram/@gpatomk)

Former Philly mayoral candidate lands new gig at City Hall

Ex-councilmember and former mayoral candidate Maria Quiñones Sánchez has taken a $150,000-a-year job as council’s director of strategic initiatives. Quiñones Sánchez said she’s reporting to Council President Clarke, and helping lawmakers can communicate anti-poverty priorities to the next mayor.

She could end up serving in a top administration position if Cherelle Parker wins in November, but for now, the position is temporary, Meir Rinde reports. Continue reading…

Maria Quiñones Sánchez at a mayoral candidates forum in January 2023. She dropped out in April, saying her campaign couldn’t keep up with the “obscene” amount of money entering the race. (Cory Sharber/WHYY)

Vexillologists to gather in Philly, where flag history runs deep

More than 120 flag experts and enthusiasts are descending on Philadelphia next month, when the North American Vexillological Association’s 57th annual meeting lands at the 23rd Street Armory in Center City.

Local flag enthusiasts are excited to show off Philly’s “wealth of vexillological riches,” Meir Rinde reports. Continue reading…

Philadelphia vexillophile Simon Joseph at the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier in Washington Square, which flies flags associated with all original 13 states. (Meir Rinde/Billy Penn)

RECAP: What else happened?

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• Fueling speculation about a potential 2028 run for president, Gov. Shapiro is a featured speaker at this weekend’s New Hampshire Democratic Party Convention. [Lehigh Valley News]

• Wawa shared details on its massive expansion in the Midwest. The Delco-headquartered convenience chain is planning 60 stores in Indiana, 60 in Ohio, and 40 in Kentucky, with the first openings slated for 2025. [BP 2022/Courier-Post]

• 27 years after co-founding the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Nick Stuccio is stepping down as executive director at FringeArts to pursue consulting and a yet-to-be announced long-term project. [WHYY]

• Living on $9 a day: The founder of meal and grocery provider Sunday Love Project did the SNAP challenge to highlight the connection between nutrition and health. [Billy Penn]

• If you’ve seen those graffitied billboards for Morgan & Morgan (of those Jawn Morgan ads), know that it’s a ruse. The Florida personal injury law firm purposely vandalized its designs to catch the eye. [Reddit/BP 2022/PGH City Paper]


Zero chances for the public to catch Mayor Kenney today, per his official schedulers.


📷 Learn pinhole photography, chlorophyll printing, and cyanotype-making at the free 20/20 Photo Fest at the Cherry Street Pier.(12 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 30)

🫑Get your fill of meat-stuffed, walnut-sauce-draped, pomegranate-topped peppers from a variety of vendors at Cantina La Martina’s Chile Nogada Festival in Kensington. (11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1)

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