Newsletter for Thursday, Feb. 19
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Protesters were out at yesterday’s School Reform Commission meeting; photo by @psnotebook on Instagram.
CHARTER SCHOOLS: 5 NEW ONES COMING; 4 ARRESTED DURING PROTEST AT MEETING
After a five-hour long meeting Wednesday evening, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission approved five new charter schools and denied 34 applications. They’re the first new charter schools the city can add since 2009. During the meeting, the five members of the school reform commission voted on each of the 39 applications. Five schools were approved, while Commissioner Marjorie Neff voted straight “no” on every application. Here’s how it went down.
DEATH PENALTY FIGHT: SETH WILLIAMS V. TOM WOLF
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams wants Tom Wolf’s death penalty moratorium rejected and is taking the new governor’s decree to court. Williams’ office has filed a petition with the state Supreme Court asking for the rejection. Wolf announced the moratorium last week through an executive order. What happens next? Read and find out.
GRADING PHILLY’S FORECASTERS ON OUR SLIDING SNOWMAN SCALE
How far off have our local weather peeps been at predicting snow? Billy Penn looked at the forecasts of meteorologists from local TV stations NBC 10, CBS Philly, 6ABC, Fox 29 and ex-TV weather guy John Bolaris (whose website is called “the Weather Savior,” yikes) before each of these seven storms and then compared it to the actual snowfall at the PHL Airport. Each weatherperson, listed alphabetically, has been assigned ratings of 1-to-5 cute snowmen based on their accuracy, their ability to make good predictions their peers don’t and their reaction to totally failing us on that blizzard last month. Nobody’s been good enough to earn five snowmen.
TO DO: LIVE MUSIC AND DINNER IN MIDTOWN VILLAGE
WHAT: Supper Club at Pennsylvania 6: Three courses plus live music, as well as drink specials
WHERE: 114 S. 12th Street
WHEN: 4 pm – 2 am
HOW MUCH: $35 per person; $55 with wine pairing
BILLY PENN LIKES
HAPPY YEAR OF THE SHEEP! CHINESE NEW YEAR TIME
Philly will play host to a handful of cultural events for the next week — this actually started overnight, with a Midnight Lion Dance Performance by the Philadelphia Suns — and running until Feb. 25. There’s even a 10-course meal at Sang Kee Peking Duck House somewhere in between there. It’s Chinese New Year — and, as you’ll see, it’s all about the dumplings.
FAIRMOUNT HISTORY: MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND WILL SMITH
Welcome to Fairmount, the neighborhood in Philly just northwest of Center City with the closest proximity to the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art. Once a working-class neighborhood rife with racial tension, Fairmount has experienced one of the highest gentrification rates in the city since 2000, and has since exploded with young professionals moving in and new bars and restaurants. Not only did David Lynch live (and get his inspiration) there in the 60s, but several movies have been filmed in the area, and the neighborhood has three of the most historically fascinating landmarks in Philly: The Fairmount Water Works, Girard College and Eastern State Penitentiary.