Newsletter for Monday, Aug. 22
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Post-storm Sunday sunset (Instagram via @anasilvaphotography.)
MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS OVER HOW TO SPEND THE MAYOR’S FUND MONEY
What’s the Mayor’s Fund and how is that money supposed to be spent? The rules are sort of complicated. ICYMI last week, City Controller Alan Butkovitz said former Reserves fund director Desiree Peterkin Bell treated the account like a “slush fund” during her role in the Nutter administration. Peterkin Bell says someone signed off on everything she spent and that she’ll sue Butkovitz for defamation. Now Philly.com is reporting the Mayor’s Fund board was not aware of all the expenses Peterkin Bell made, including $10,000 to market the city to the World Heritage selection committee. There’s a vagueness about the Fund’s flexibility that makes finger-pointing easy.
TWO PHILLIES FANS GOT HIT BY BALLS THIS WEEKEND AND FREDDY GALVIS IS PISSED
Freddy Galvis hit a foul during Saturday night’s game at Citizen’s Bank Park, and it struck a young fan in the face. The girl was taken to Children’s Hospital for evaluation, but Galvis had some strong words for the team, saying there should be more netting at CPB. “It’s going to be a big deal for two, three days. Everybody in TV, media, whatever. But after three days what’s going to happen? They’re going to forget. But that family won’t forget that.” Philly.com reports the Phils added about 10 feet of netting behind home plate last year after MLB recommended that teams extend netting everywhere within 70 feet of home plate. NBC10 reports a woman was hit in the face during Sunday’s game, too.
BLACK GUNS MATTER: PHILLY’S SECOND AMENDMENT ANSWER TO POLICE BRUTALITY
Black Guns Matter believes the best way to combat police brutality is to get armed. And so, in Philly, Black Guns Matter offers beginners’ resources to primarily black participants seeking to protect themselves, from police or whomever else. They do not encourage violent altercations or shootouts with police, something that’s oft misunderstood. Rather, they teach firearm safety coupled with stress management for police stops to have better outcomes. Still, Founder Maj Toure says he’s been getting plenty of hate mail. Here’s an inside look at how Black Guns Matter operates.
Want to help make your block prettier? Hit up this free workshop run by the Philadelphia Horticultural Society to learn how to fix up and help urban trees in your neighborhood.
Where: PHS Pop-Up Garden South Street at 1438 South St. 19146
When: August 22, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: Free
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THIS BROOKLYN BREWER SAYS HIS BEERS ARE ‘LOCAL TO PHILLY’
Garrett Oliver is a world-famous brewmaster. In Brooklyn. His brewery will bring its food/music “Mash” event to Philly later this month, but Oliver is determined to make a more lasting connection between our city and his beer. “We are local beer in Philly,” he insists. “I’m an hour away from you on the train. In NYC, we definitely consider that ‘local.’” Read more about Oliver, Brooklyn Brewery and our next “local” beer.
DID YOU KNOW CENTER CITY BARS ARE CURRENTLY COMPETING IN A CHALKBOARD COMPETITION?
#BoardCity is now underway at 13 Center City bars. Every week in August, each venue is creating an original drawing on their sidewalk A-frame chalkboards, according to a theme. Photos are posted on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, and at the end of the week whichever one gets the most likes/faves/hearts/mentions is declared the winner. Week 1 was politics. Week 3 was “in memoriam” to honor deceased celebs. This week’s theme is “High Art,” and then the competition culminates in a grand finale party set for Sept. 6 at Jose Pistola’s. Check out some of the best boards so far.