Newsletter for Monday, June 20
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Mosaic Monday in North Philly. (Photo via @ms_atrum on Instagram.)
HOW THE NAVY IS HANDLING CONTAMINATED DRINKING WATER AROUND PHILLY
No one thought anything of it as naval bases in Bucks and Montgomery counties used a firefighting foam to extinguish blazes during drills in the ’70s and ’80s. But now we know that foam has chemicals that have been linked to cancer, and that it seeped into the groundwater. A new Philly.com report details how the Navy is handling the cases of contaminated drinking water around the region as it investigates other bases across the country. The EPA has had its eye on these chemicals for more than 15 years and the Navy was made aware of possible contamination in 2011. But the EPA now has stricter water quality guidelines and it’s time for the Navy to act.
THE LONG JOURNEY OF FEDERAL DONUTS’ UNLIKELY POINT PERSON
Tom Henneman might be the least-celebrated owner of a nationally-famous restaurant around. Federal Donuts is most commonly associated with Mike Solomonov and, to a slightly lesser extent, Steve Cook — the duo behind the rising restaurant organization known as CookNSolo. But Henneman is the one responsible for the day-to-day. He makes sure every FedNuts location has fancies, and that the chicken is ready to hit the fryer at exactly 11:45 a.m. He’s also the one who negotiates with Aramark about what FedNuts can sell at Phillies game. Meet the guy who fills the holes at Federal Donuts.
Bring your beach chair or blanket to Frankford Ave. and settle in to catch the little yellow creatures fight to save their world. Refreshments will be sold.
Where: Palmer Park at E. Palmer St. & Frankford Ave. 19125
When: June 20, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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WAWA WILL DEBUT A NEW HOAGIE FOR HOAGIEFEST
Wawa’s annual Hoagiefest officially starts today, and with it comes a new sandwich: the roasted chicken hoagie, which was revealed over the weekend on Snapchat. Hoagiefest has been running since 2008 and promises deals on your Wawa faves (pro tip: sign up for the rewards program to get more deals and discounts).
WHICH OF THESE 12 PHILLY TACOS IS YOUR FAVORITE?
There’s something new in store at this year’s Burger Brawl. At the the fifth-annual event Sunday, attendees will not only get to vote on their favorite char-grilled patty in town — they’ll also get to pick the best tortilla treat in the land. A dozen of Philly’s best taquerias have signed up for the Taco Takedown. And if you can’t make it Sunday, you can vote right now for the people’s choice winner. You have until Saturday to tell us whose taco game is the strongest.