Newsletter for Tuesday, Dec. 2
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Christmas Village is open, y’all — deets in the event below. Photo via Instagram user @allykat444444.
BILL COSBY RESIGNS BEFORE TEMPLE’S BOARD CAN MEET ABOUT HIM
Bill Cosby, under fire after 20 women have come forward with sexual assault allegations, has resigned his post on Temple University’s Board of Trustees. The brief statement came Monday afternoon from the TV star, who attended Temple (but never graduated), paid for the tuition for more than 40 students, and served on the board for 32 years. But a few hours after Billy Penn broke the news that Temple’s board of trustees was set to meet to consider his role going forward, Cosby pulled the plug and resigned.
GREEBY STREET CHRISTMAS: HOW MANY LIGHTS IS TOO MANY?
Say hi to the 4200 block of Greeby Street in Tacony. This little block in the Northeast has gone all-out with Christmas decorations every year for the last 17 years. Each year it grows, and organizers on the block say 35 homes this year will be decked out in top-to-bottom lights and decorative displays sprinkled throughout the front yards. Cars line up around the block to gawk when it gets close to the 25th each year — because of it, the street had to be converted from two-way to one-way last year on Christmas Eve.
COUNCIL COMMITTEE OKS PLAN FOR PHILLY LAND BANK (TRUST US, IT’S IMPORTANT)
The Philadelphia Land Bank came one step closer to reality yesterday. More than two dozen people testified to the City Council Public Property and Public Works Committee about the Bank and what it would do for the city. (We explained it here — basically, it’s a tool to fight blight by reclaiming empty properties that house crime and drag down the tax base.) The plan now goes to the full Council; if it’s OKed, the Land Bank can start its work.
TO DO: BUY SOME CHRISTMAS PRESENTS OUTSIDE CITY HALL
WHAT: Christmas Village, a pop-up shopping space
WHERE: LOVE Park, 1500 Arch Street
WHEN: 11 AM – 7 PM
HOW MUCH: Varies by vendor
BILLY PENN LIKES
THERE SHOULD TOTALLY BE AN ODB-WAS-ARRESTED-HERE HISTORICAL MARKER
Change.org petitions can be for things important, sublime and ridiculous. We’re not saying which this one is, but Philly resident Adam Butler’s modest proposal: To erect a blue plaque to note the spot where the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard, the rapper for the Wu-Tang Clan, was arrested at a McDonald’s in Grays Ferry. But hey, why not? Vote here.
BUY A PHILLY-BRED AUTHOR’S BOOK ABOUT BADASS NUNS FOR $3
Jo Piazza – a born and raised Philly girl — has a new book out about 10 nuns who are too busy changing the world to be slapping kids on the hands with rulers. “If Nuns Ruled the World: Ten Sisters on a Mission” features stories about women of the cloth doing things like fighting against nuclear weapons and helping gays and lesbians find acceptance in the Church. Though just released, the book is earning high praise so far, including this review from The Daily Beast: “By sharing the chills-inducing tales of the women toiling in ways most of us could never fathom, [Piazza] has given oxygen to that flickering flame that is the Church’s reputation in the U.S.” Bonus: You can get the Kindle edition of the book for $2.99.