Welcome to hell. Er, uh, Monday. Welcome to Monday. Before temperatures climb back up to the 40s, we're in for a "wintry mix." What's that mean? Starting late this morning (or early afternoon, depending on the meteorologist), Philly will get a rain/sleet/snow combo. Accumulation will be minor, but things are going to get icy. The National Weather Service has issued an advisory.
This weather has made walking outdoors hard for everyone, but it's even tougher if you're a dog. Snow-melt salt is always harsh on bare paws, but the pain and chapping it causes in this chill is even worse. Can you imagine tiptoeing over the ice in bare feet? Pup booties do exist, but many dogs won't allow them to be put on. Socks fall off easily, and plastic bags wear through. Happily, there's another solution and yep, this really works.
In 2018, more than a dozen local newsrooms and universities will work together to collectively report on an issue of critical importance to our city from a solutions-oriented perspective. That means we will focus our reporting on who and what is working to solve a problem locally, while looking at who’s doing it better around the country, in order to bring those lessons back to Philly. In 2017, we focused on reentry and solutions for the formerly incarcerated. Share your ideas for 2018 now; our 15-newsroom collective meets tomorrow.
Not even a bomb cyclone could stop the canvassers in Center City last week. Animals, children, women's rights ... there's not a cause that doesn't have a clipboard-carrying, smock-wearing "charity mugger" to go with it. Even if you like their schtick and support their cause, should you give to canvassers? Generocity tackled that issue this month in their featured dedicated to local philanthropy questions. The short answer? Nope. Here's why.
The Professional Women's Roundtable was founded in 2002 to provide networking and leadership opportunities to Philly women in business. This happy hour might not be at the hippest venue, but it's central. The bonus is you don't have to pay too much attention to the wine and beer and snacks included with the $5 admission. Just concentrate on getting to know the folks in the room.
Where: Hard Rock Cafe at 1113 Market St., 19107
When: January 9, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: $5
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What happens when two Philly meat entrepreneurs put their heads together? Good things. Very good things. The latest product from Philly-based Side Project Jerky, which has been slinging killer dried beef snacks since 2015, is a collaboration with local bacon maker 1732 Meats. It's called "pork shreds," which are best described as little bits of umami bliss you can carry around in your pocket. New to market, they're available to order online right now.
You can pay whatever you want today at the new Saxbys spot at 1818 Market St. and Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins will make it for you. Or FOX29 host Mike Jerrick. Or Councilwoman Cherelle Parker. They're some of the celebrity baristas on tap for the grand opening of the cafe's newest location. The best part? Whatever you pay, Saxbys will match at 100 percent for a fund that supports Community College of Philadelphia scholarships. Want a heads up on more freebies and Philly events? Sign up here for emails.