News for Tuesday, March 22
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Scene from the forthcoming Chinese lantern festival at Franklin Square; photo via @bengruswitz on Instagram.
NATION’S LARGEST NEWSPAPER COMPANY INVESTS IN BILLY PENN PARENT
The nation’s largest newspaper company is placing a bet on Billy Penn. Gannett Corporation, the publisher of USA Today and more than 90 daily metro newspapers like the Indianapolis Star and the Arizona Republic, is now a minority owner of Spirited Media, Billy Penn’s parent company. The investment, effective immediately, will allow Billy Penn to add several positions in editorial, design, development and events and sales. We’re also starting to look at new cities to launch versions of what we’re doing here in Philly. Here’s our big news from yesterday afternoon.
UPPER DARBY POLICE BUST 300-STRONG TEEN PARTY
It’s the plot of every teen movie you’ve ever seen come to life: A huge party was broken up by Upper Darby police Saturday night, featuring some 300 teens fleeing a home in the 3900 block of Mary Street in Drexel Hill. The police were there for what chief Michael Chitwood called an “underage drinking, dope smoking” party in the home of 54-year-old Abdul Ahmaddiya and 45-year-old Nichelle Davis-Ahmaddiya. According to 6ABC, both are now charged with corruption of minors, disorderly conduct and providing alcohol to underage people. The Ahmaddiya’s daughter had promoted the party on social media.
|What||One of craft beer's biggest celebs will be in town to chat, have a few pints and sign copies of his new book, 'Off-Centered Leadership.'|
|Where||Fergie's Pub at 1214 Sansom St. 19107|
|When||March 22, 2016 at 5:00 pm|
|How much||Pay as you go|
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HOW THE SCHUYLKILL BANKS OUTDREW KELLY DRIVE
Philly’s Schuylkill Banks, the portion of the Schuylkill River Trail that hugs the river near Center City between the Art Museum and Grays Ferry, is its new draw. Sometime in the next couple of weeks, officials will break ground on the latest, landmark extension of the path. For the first time, Schuylkill Banks will begin a trajectory to the other side of the river, to Bartram’s Garden. It is the next phase in a goal of taking Philly’s prominent exercise trail from Center City all the way down to the Delaware River. And it is another sign of how far Philadelphia has come from its declining days, not all that long ago.
MILLENNIAL NOSTALGIA: INSIDE THE TROC’S ’90S PARTY
A DJ, a cover band, Third Eye Blind and a whole bunch of flannel: Welcome to Saved by the 90s, which hit the Trocadero this weekend and drew a millennial crowd hell-bent on nostalgia. Partygoer after partygoer, at varying levels of intoxication, gave a basic explanation for what brought them there: The music they grew up on. Here’s our report — with a bunch of photos — from inside the bash.