Newsletter for Friday, Dec. 19
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
New Year’s Day is coming soon — a group of Mummers practices in Gray’s Ferry earlier this week in preparation for the big parade. Photo via @hiddencityphila on Instagram.
MUMMERS COSTUMES STOLEN FROM SOUTH PHILLY CLUBHOUSE
Froggy Carr (a hard-partying group of Mummers) is ISO about a dozen green getups after someone broke into the group’s clubhouse on 2nd Street between Reed and Dickinson. While the group’s looking for the outfits via Facebook, a spokesman — leery about being pegged a complainer after the uproar over the Mummers’ parade route change — didn’t want to “make anymore waves” by talking to the Daily News about the theft. So if you’re out and about and see a bunch of flouncy red-and-white satin suits, do the right thing and help a Mummer out.
PHILLY MAG EDITOR ON EX-STAFFERS’ MISTAKES AT ROLLING STONE, NY MAG
What do the authors of Rolling Stone’s discredited story about rape allegations and the University of Virginia and New York magazine’s story about a high schooler with phantom millions in stock trades have in common? Both the authors — Sabrina Rubin Erdely and Jessica Pressler — have spent time as staff writers at Philadelphia Magazine. “What’s tough with both of these is these are two reporters whose work is highly praised,” editor Tom McGrath told Billy Penn on Thursday afternoon. “I’ve been surprised by what’s happened with both of them.”
TO DO: LAST-DAY SHOPPING AT FRANKLIN FLEA
WHAT: The last day for the Franklin Flea
WHERE: 8th & Market
WHEN: Noon – 5 PM
HOW MUCH: Pay as you go
BILLY PENN LIKES
HOW A PHILLY COP’S GIFT DRIVE HELPS DISABLED KIDS
Holiday toy drives are common, but one Philly Police officer noticed that children who are medically fragile and physically disabled couldn’t play with some of the gifts they were receiving. So five years ago, Officer Roz Talley organized a unique Christmastime gift exchange between cops and disabled students at the Widener Memorial School. Once students make their Christmas lists each year, they’re paired with an officer who volunteers to buy a gift for the child. As Talley told the Daily News, “More than the gift, it’s knowing that someone cares about them.”
WORKING A HOME GAME FOR THE NBA’S WORST TEAM
They direct cars, sell cotton candy or beers and make sure the hardy, loyal fans can find the right seat among an ocean of empties. They’re always there. Some employees are #LOLSixers supporters as hardcore as the biggest fans (one has the team’s logo tattooed on his ass); others, believe it or not, have no idea the main attraction — the reason they’re on the job at all –is awful, literally the laughingstock of the league. They’re just here for the paycheck.