Towers of sunlight, glass, and bricks (Instagram/ @octoberchicart)

Young Philadelphians don’t know about 988 mental health hotline

For the past year, Philadelphia has been trying to get the word out to residents about 988, an easy-to-dial number for suicide and mental health crisis services, but many Philly teens still say they’ve never heard of it.

‚ÄúHad I known about 988, I would have called,‚ÄĚ one Drexel student said. City health officials say they’re¬†rolling out a youth-targeted awareness campaign¬†this fall.¬†Continue reading…

One of several 988-hotline advertisements being shared in Philadelphia communities (Courtesy DBHIDS).

Madira reopens with 24 taps and authentic Indian cuisine

Just in time for prime sports watching season, Madira at 21st and Titan in Point Breeze has undergone a transformation. Gone is the bottle shop with snacks, and in its place is a tavern with 24 rotating taps, games on  the TVs, and authentic Indian cuisine.

Ali Mohsen chatted with the proprietor about his new vision for the neighborhood-friendly space.¬†Continue reading…

Madira in Point Breeze is now a full-service sports bar. (Ali Mohsen/Billy Penn)

RECAP: What else happened?

$ = paywalled

‚Äʬ†More than 5,000 people¬†marched from City Hall to Independence Hall¬†yesterday, carrying Israel flags¬†and signs condemning Hamas,¬†calling for peace, and calling for¬†attention to hostages.¬†[Inquirer$]
‚Äʬ†Gov. Shapiro‚Äôs office¬†quietly settled a case¬†involving¬†allegations of sexual harassment against one of his most trusted senior aides, who then resigned. [Spotlight PA]

‚ÄĘ Mayoral nominees Cherelle Parker and David Oh chat (separately) with Philly students at this morning’s¬†Children’s Mayoral Conversation¬†at the Please Touch Museum.¬†Livestream starts at¬†10:30 a.m.¬†[PTM/YouTube]

‚ÄĘ Vinyl record shop¬†Brewerytown Beats¬†is closing after eight years, citing¬†financial struggles. However, owners say¬†the label and music preservation work will continue.¬†[Brewerytown Beats]

‚ÄĘ The Flyers home opener is tonight, in a¬†revamped Wells Fargo Center. Of note, when Pride Night comes along in January, Center Scott Laughton is still¬†planning to use rainbow-colored tape, despite the NHL’s recent ban.¬†[Hockey News/PHLY]¬†

‚Äʬ†Bryce Harper celebrated his¬†31st birthday¬†with a home run¬†and a 5-3 win over the Diamondbacks in Game 1 of the NLCS.¬†Look for a¬†Red October rally bus¬†around Philly tomorrow. [ESPN/MLB]

‚Äʬ†Nick Castellanos also homered last night, to the thrill of the breakout social media star of the Phillies’ postseason:¬†10-year-old Liam Castellanos. [Billy Penn]


Mayor Kenney joins Gov. Shapiro at the¬†Laborers Training Center to highlight the importance of¬†the MACH2 “hydrogen hub”¬†planned for Philadelphia, which is expected to create 20k jobs (10:30 a.m.). He then bounces over to MSB to unveil a permanent exhibit titled¬†“Remembering MOVE: May 13, 1985” (11 a.m.). Next the¬†mayor heads inside City Hall to join the Office of LGBT Affairs and sign an executive order extending protections to individuals who seek¬†gender affirming care (2 p.m.).¬†


ūüćā Find goats, tea, story time, and more autumnal fun¬†at the free, family-friendly¬†Fishtown Fall Festival. (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20)

ūüíČ The Philadelphia¬†College of Physicians hosts a screening¬†of¬†“Virulent: The Vaccine War,”¬†a¬†documentary about anti-vaccine activism in an age of¬†easy access to mis- and disinformation. Tickets start at $24. (7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20)

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