The National Weather Service recommendation for the region is no travel unless absolutely necessary. Philly government offices and schools are closed and trash pickup is postponed. SEPTA is running on a modified schedule, but officials warn even that timetable is likely to be disrupted. Here's the city's rundown of all the affected services. Many meteorologists are predicting up to a foot of snowfall today — including one John Bolaris. For those not familiar, Bolaris is a local celeb of sorts, known for his channel jumping and that time he was roofied by a pair of women in Florida. Now a real estate pro, he has continued weather pontification on Twitter, to the delight of his fans. Until last storm, when he very publicly quit. Well, that didn't last long. Bolaris is back, baby.
If you attend or see the March for Our Lives rally against gun violence in Philly this Saturday, you'll probably catch a few posters based on artwork by Mt. Airy resident Laura Silverman. In February, after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Silverman was moved to create the Portraits of Parkland, sketches of the 17 victims. She made the series of stark illustrations captioned with heartbreaking details available for public use. The images have shown up at vigils and protests everywhere from Massachusetts to Illinois, reports Billy Penn freelancer Alex Jones.
Organizers are looking for more bakeries, cafes, shops and restaurants to participate in an innovative charity bike ride set for April 15. Held in honor of Emily Fredricks, the 24-year-old killed while riding in a Center City bike lane last November, the ride will include an edible scavenger hunt. Fredricks was a pastry chef at Le Cheri, so the event will include a "pastry scavenger hunt," with participants tasked with finding a special treat at each stop on the circuit. Here's more details; if you want to get involved, contact the Bicycle Coalition.
Organizers are trying to put together a new type of community garden in Philly. Rather than neat rows of crops torn up and planted each year, the Fair Amount Food Forest will mimic a woodland ecosystem. Families and groups will still tend plots there, but the area will be more naturally set up. Per a Next City report, think "a canopy of fruit trees, below that shrubs like blueberries, then herbs like rosemary, ground-cover crops like clover, as well as vining plants and root vegetables like potatoes." Backers are currently speaking with civic associations, looking for possible sites and planning how the forest should look.
- Cheers to the Billy Penn members who braved last night's weather to join us at our Center City headquarters for some free vino. Philly Wine Week experts provided sips and expertise, both of which we drank in readily, helped along by a fantastic cheese plate from Di Bruno Bros. (If you haven't tried their black lava cashews...man.) If you didn't make it, we missed you! But totally understand. Snow is snow. If you're not yet a member, join the party here.
- On March 21, 2017, we ran this story: "Philly DA Seth Williams charged with criminal corruption." Yup, all that craziness that eventually landed Larry Krasner in the district attorney seat began to unravel a year ago today. Time moves fast, in politics or otherwise.
Equal parts job fair, showcase, market and conference, the inaugural Rad Fest brings together women-led businesses and ideas for a productive day of networking and celebration in honor of Women’s History Month.
Where: 421 at 421 N. 7th St., 19123
When: March 22, 2018 at 12:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
How much: $10