Electric Philadelphia mural in Old City (Instagram/@wmdkenner)

Local teacher hopes to work in Philly public schools

Philly resident Rachael Grobman teaches at an independent school on City Avenue, but hopes to bring her dedication to the School District of Philadelphia. The only problem, she says: After applying in multiple years, she hasn’t heard back.

Hundreds of teaching positions remain unfilled at the district, Julia Merola reports, but there are plans to streamline and improve the hiring process. Continue reading…

Philly teacher Rachael Grobman decorates her second grade classroom. (Courtesy Rachael Grobman)

It’s fall festival weekend in Philadelphia

There’s plenty else other than baseball going on in Philadelphia right now, especially this weekend. Streets across the city will be extra lively as several neighborhoods and organizations host annual fall festivals and Halloween gatherings, so we put together a guide.

You’ll find trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, pumpkin carving, live music, art, a nighttime bike ride, and costume contests for everyone from kids to adults to furry friends. Continue reading…

The Palmer family as characters from Disney’s “Encanto” at South Street PumpkinFest in 2022. (Sam Searles/WHYY)

RECAP: What else happened?

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• A single ballot question will meet Philly voters at the polls: Should the city enshrine an Office for People with Disabilities with a change to the city charter? [Billy Penn]

• All charges have been reinstated against ex-police officer Mark Dial, who shot and killed Eddie Irizarry in Kensington. The Common Pleas Court ruling reverses last month’s Municipal Court decision to drop the charges. [WHYY] 

• The 19-year-old wanted in connection with the shooting death of Philly activist and journalist Josh Kruger was arrested last night, after eluding police for over two weeks. [6ABC] 

• That gaping hole in Jeweler’s Row left when Toll Bros walked away from a pre-pandemic construction project is slated to welcome an apartment tower. As proposed, it would have nearly 100 residential units above several floors of garage. [BP 2017/Inquirer$/OCF]

• Tougher penalties await people who violate Pa.’s Dog Law, which got a refresh this week when Gov. Shapiro signed a bill into law. Also changing: the cost of an annual dog license, which rises from $5 to $7. [City & State] 

• The loss stings more than usual, writes John Stolnis of Hittin’ Season, but these Phillies were maybe the most likable, engaging, and entertaining Philadelphia sports team in memory. [Billy Penn]


Mayor Kenney joins Rebuild officials to break ground on the $1.3 million revamp of Pelbano Rec Center in Northeast Philly (4 p.m.), then joins Prince Albert II of Monaco at the Art Museum for the reception for his foundation’s 16th Planetary Health Awards (6:30 p.m.).


💒 Expect chaotic fun at the Wedding Crashers’ Ball in Glen Foerd, a $180 per person interactive theatre fundraiser with dinner, a live auction, and dancing. (7 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27) 

🎹 Check out the Ukie Club, hiding in the Ukrainian American Citizens Association building, with a 4333 music collective show featuring Squirrel Flower, Truth Club, and Boo Boo Spoiler. Tickets are $19. (7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27)

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