Newsletter for Monday, Oct. 12
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The Whosoever Metropolitan Community Church brought their pride to Saturday’s Philly Trans* March; photo via @alphabetiser on Instagram
NOT A DEVELOPER, NOT A PHILANTHROPIST: JOHN LONGACRE ON CHANGING NEIGHBORHOODS
From Francisville to Point Breeze, John Longacre’s investments in real estate have changed the areas around them. His two taverns, South Philadelphia Tap Room and American Sardine Bar, are busy and buzzing at locales that never before had a citywide draw. Neighborhood changes are rarely hailed by everyone, however, and Longacre, 42, has plenty of skeptics, who deride him as just another greedy developer. Those haters are the reason he avoids social media…and, usually, interviews like this. Longacre talked with Billy Penn about his days as an Ed Rendell intern, his thoughts on L&I and his “mission-based” developments.
19 PHILLY PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE OPERATING WITH LITTLE OR NO NURSE PRESENCE
Three School District of Philadelphia schools have no nurse coverage at all, and nurses say 16 others only get covered if someone has spare time to check on them. One nurse says she’s juggling four schools. The Inquirer reports the district is in the process of hiring more, and blames the shortage on a “perfect storm” of workers out on disability, nurses’ ability to get other jobs, recent resignations and more retirements than usual. That must be very comforting for the second grader who went into cardiac arrest last week on the day the nurse just happened to be in school. True story.
The Flyers are back for the season and they're bringing a caravan full of stuff to give away before the home opener.
Where: Comcast Center Plaza at 1701 JFK Blvd. 19103
When: October 12, 2015 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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PHILLY DIGITAL COMPANIES PLAN GROUP EFFORT AT SXSW
Philadelphia is looking to get its act together for South By Southwest. As in years past, a sizable contingent of businesses — established companies and start-ups — are planning a presence at the annual Festival of Cool in Austin, Texas in mid-March. But inspired by last year’s coordination by Washington, D.C., Chicago and Japan, there’s a nascent drive to begin coordination now, to find out who’s going, and how everyone can make a bigger splash. Here’s where things stand right now, and how to get involved.
ICYMI: WE RUSTLED UP 18 JAWNS IN THE WILD
Jawn is the undisputed champion of Philadelphia slang. It basically means thing, which means it can mean any thing. And people, local businesses and even corporations have liberally used jawn throughout the city. Billy Penn has tracked down 18 of these jawns in the wild, from Vitamin water ads to eyeglasses to the famous crispy fish jawns of South Philly.