Coloring outside the box in West Philly (Instagram/@therowhousecity)

Can Philadelphia Democrats heal party rift as 2024 approaches?

Philly Democrats who were sanctioned for supporting Working Families Party candidates are generally confused about their standing. They’re also concerned about how the intraparty rift might impact future elections — including next year, when Pa. will be a battleground state.

Some want to bury the hatchet. Others say they’d like a chance to reclaim their roles, but aren’t having luck making it happen, Jordan Levy reports. Continue reading…

A polling place on North Broad Street on Nov. 7, 2023. (Danya Henninger/Billy Penn)

Debunking 5 myths about Philadelphia recycling

Ever stood in front of your recycling bin wondering whether that pizza box should go in or not? What does the triangle symbol mean? Is it more environmentally helpful to throw paper in the trash instead? You’re not alone. Recycling rules can sometimes feel like a puzzle.

Rachel Williams breaks down five Philly recycling myths with some hot tips, like the fact that you can recycle plastics Nos. 2, 1, and 5. Continue reading…

Recycling awaiting pickup in the Queen Village neighborhood, next to trash. (Maxine Mayer for Billy Penn)

RECAP: What else happened?

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• If federal nominee Adeel Mangi is confirmed for the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, she’ll be the country’s first Muslim-American circuit court judge. [KYW] 

• Starting this weekend, nine Free Library branches are expanding to six-day service with regular Saturday hours. More locations are expected to follow, as hiring allows. [Billy Penn]

•If you live in Philly and own a car, you can apply for a $35 residential parking permit. Where exactly does that let you park? It’s been unclear, but this fall the PPA finally published an online map. [PPA/]

• A topic of commonality between President Biden and China’s Xi Jinping? The Philadelphia Orchestra, who are currently in Beijing to commemorate the 50th anniversary of their pathbreaking 1973 visit. [NYT unlocked] 

• One of the many art exhibits at PHL Airport right now is a collection of collections, featuring groupings of everything from sports paraphernalia to kitchen tools to handbags. [PHL Airport/Stuck At The Airport] 

• Philly has a new pro sports team: the Waterdogs. One of eight Premiere Lacrosse League franchises (who play outdoors, unlike the existing Philadelphia Wings lacrosse team), they’ll be coached by an Upper Dublin HS grad. [WHYY/BP 2019] 


Mayor Kenney joins a variety of other officials at James Rhoads School in Mill Creek to formally announce last month’s $12 million USDA grant to support the Philly Tree Plan (11 a.m.). It’s the “largest investment in Philadelphia’s urban forest in almost 30 years.”


🍻 Tonight! Our monthly news and history trivia night lands in Germantown at Attic Brewing Co., with happy hour specials and prizes. Free with RSVP. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16)

🛍️ Holiday shopping options abound at Kensington’s Miracle on American Street gift market featuring 100+ local craft, food, and clothing vendors. (11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18) 

😆 Sketches, standup, songs, and surprises are promised at the YO Live comedy variety show at South Philly’s Newbold Exchange. Free with RSVP. (7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18) 

🕺🏽Underground Arts celebrates four years with a Sad & Boujee emo night party. $16 for guests age 21+. (9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18) 

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