A huge fire broke out at a junk yard at Tulip and Somerset streets Tuesday evening, eventually climbing to four alarms before being brought under control. One firefighter was reported injured, and flames could be seen for miles by residents of Fishtown and Kensington, several of whom were evacuated. Billy Penn events manager Tasha Laurenson, who was on the scene, and heard explosions and saw fireballs shooting into the sky. Also, in the most Philly move ever, a drumline came to play — complete with a character dressed as Elmo.
In each of his budgets since taking office, Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed an increase to Pennsylvania’s minimum wage. And each year he’s been rebuffed by the Republican-controlled legislature. Democrats say a raise for Pennsylvania workers is long overdue, while conservatives argue that a minimum wage increase could mean job losses. What do the numbers show?
Huge congratulations to Stuff'd Buns, which readers have voted as the 2018 Billy Penn Ultimate Philly Food Truck champion. Over the course of six weeks, you helped narrow the field of 32 mobile vendors contending in our bracket, presented by The Philadelphia Contributionship. Read all about the dynamic duo behind the winning operation, and check out a video of their soon-to-be-famous Mac Attack slider being made in all its cheesy glory.
- To join Vesper Dayclub, you have to submit your social media links and a photo. We checked out the Northern Liberties swim club that offers free memberships to influencers.
- Demolition of the historic Christian Street Baptist Church by developer Ori Feibush has begun.
- An #OccupyICEPHL protester is suing the city and police for use of excessive force.
- In this episode of the fascinating history podcast ‘Uncivil,’ hear how a Philly stationery shopkeeper helped take down the Confederacy.
- Phillies ace Aaron Nola gets no respect. Fox Sports left him out of an All-Star list...and it's not the first time.
- Sincere apologies the Instagram of the Day didn't show up yesterday! Remember to tag your pics #BillyPennGram so we can feature them.
The mayor will spend his morning honoring Lieutenant Benny Hutchins, a 34-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Dept. who died in a training exercise at the end of June. Services are at 10 a.m. and the internment is at noon. This evening, Kenney will speak at the unveiling of the Naming Wall at Taller Puertorriqueño’s El Corazón Cultural Center on North Fifth Street (6:45 p.m.).
🌭 Wednesday nights at Kin Boutique on Pine Street's Antique Row are for the dogs. Free grilled "haute dogs" for anyone who stops by, along with beer tastings and hair braiding — and yes, pets are welcome. (Wednesdays, 5 to 8 p.m.)
🍹 Special happy hour tasting for Billy Penn members! We're inviting members to bring a guest and join us for a sampling of brand new QC Shrub. It's as refreshing as a wine cooler or hard soda, but complex and not sweet. (Thursday, July 12, 5:30 p.m.)
🍞 South Kensington's Lost Bread Co. hosts a special Friday night dinner featuring a double dose of Ari Miller: the baconmaster from 1732 Meats and a local chef known for pop-ups share the same name. (Friday, July 13, 6 to 10 p.m.).
📯 Bella Vista's Provencal bistro Good King Tavern is celebrating Bastille Day with a block party along Kater Street. Expect French pizza from Nomad, French-inspired cider from Hale & True, more food, drink, games, face-painting and music. (Saturday, July 14, 12 to 7 p.m.)
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