It’s actually going to happen. The mural of a bald eagle gripping Tom Brady in its talons — the one that went viral during the runup to the Super Bowl — will become a permanent part of the Philadelphia streetscape. Meg Saligman Studio announced it had secured a Center City location on which to paint the image, making it a lasting tribute to the Eagles championship win. When the final mural gets done, it'll have one major difference from the original: Tom Brady will be left out of the picture.
Seven months into the fiscal year, the Philadelphia Police Department has already run through its entire $57 million overtime budget, a report from PMN finds. Where's all this extra cash going? Nearly a quarter of it is paying for cops to hang around while they wait to testify in court, it turns out. Sometimes, officers even ask to be called last so they get more down time on the clock, sources said. This is just one of the drains City Council is examining as it reviews the city budget this month.
A children’s play space in Fishtown is testing out brand new programming…for adults. PlayArts owner Krista Yutzy-Burkey recently unveiled an experiment in coworking. From Monday through Wednesday, noon to 4 p.m., parents can register to work in a PlayArts classroom while their kids are watched by experienced childcare providers. Registration will run you $35 for one day, which includes childcare, coffee, tea and wifi. Will the idea stick around? Yutzy-Burkey says stay tuned.
This week, Pennsylvania launches Phase Two of the medical marijuana program, opening up to a slew of new dispensary and grower/producer licenses. Hopefully they'll be able to get up and running fast, because in its first couple months, the program has faced a serious shortage. Demand was apparently way higher than expected, and right now, there are only two operational growing facilities to supply pot for 7,000 permitted cardholders. But doing the rollout this way makes sense, two industry lawyers told Billy Penn. Said one: "It's really just a hiccup."
- Is this really the "city of champions" now? Depends where you look — and whether you count Villanova as a "Philly" school. Either way, the Main Line university's NCAA Championship-winning men's basketball team will be honored with a parade in Center City on Thursday. Here's the city's details on the route, which will run down Market from 20th Street and land in front of City Hall for a mid-day rally. There will be a few street closures and SEPTA bus detours, but things should be back to normal by 3 p.m.
- That's a good thing, because the Phillies home opener kicks off at 3:05 p.m. Which is where you don't necessarily want to look when talking about the "champions" thing, because new manager Gape Kapler has been off to a rocky start. First he pulled star pitcher Aaron Nola early on Opening Day, then next game called for a reliever who wasn't in the bullpen. But it's early yet, so there's still plenty of time for high hopes.
- The best news comes from Sixersland, where the team is on an amazing 11-win run. Even more impressive: the last few have come without star center Joel Embiid, who is out with a broken eye socket. The team's latest success was a 121-95 blowout against the Brooklyn Nets. Up next: the Detroit Pistons
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Alex Jones of Collective Creamery will lead a tasting session featuring a variety of locally produced cheeses, showing off how well they pair with different sparkling beverages. All food and drink is included in ticket price.
Where: Alchemist Society at 1100 N. Front St., Suite 102, 19123
When: April 5, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $25