Thanks to a cafeteria worker in Western Pennsylvania, the state will stop punishing public school students whose parents are behind on lunch fees. Until now, K-6 students whose parents fell $25 or more behind on payments were denied hot lunch and given something cheaper. Older students got nothing. A June report by Billy Penn found that more than 200,000 Pennsylvania students who qualify for free lunch hadn't been getting it because their school districts or charter companies hadn't opted into a a federal program that covers costs. State lawmakers have been pushing the Anti-Lunch Shaming Act since the spring.
The Eagles crushed Chicago Sunday afternoon to win their 10th game in 11 tries this season. The last time the Eagles were 10-1, they went to the Super Bowl and while they are clearly playing great football this year, they haven't really been tested at a playoff-caliber level much so far. The win at Carolina is the only victory this season against a team currently with a winning record. We took a look at the blowout win over Chicago, as well as what looms over the next two weeks for Carson Wentz and the crew.
Pa. Rep. Angel Cruz wants to start charging $5,000 for every dumped tire. Illegal waste dumping is a major problem in Philly, and Cruz says it costs taxpayers $8 million a year. “Cleaning up our streets is one of the easiest ways to reclaim our city," he told KYW, "from what has become known as ‘Filthydelphia.'" That nickname, by the way, dates back at least 100 years.
The best excuse for not letting cold weather keep you from exploring the region this season: the opportunity to taste great wine at its source. (Yes, PA wine and "great" do belong in the same sentence these days.) We run down four local producers putting out some delicious boozy grape, with details on what you'll find in the tasting rooms and how long it'll take to get there.
This year's edition of the annual holiday networking reception for Latino professionals in Philly doubles as a fundraiser. Tickets will benefit the Dr. José Lebrón Scholarship, which grants high school seniors the opportunity to pursue a college degree at Community College of Philadelphia.
Where: Comcast Center, Ralph's Cafe at 1701 JFK Blvd. 19103
When: November 28, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: $15-$25
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The best time to see the historic houses of Fairmount Park is definitely winter. Even without snow, these mansions come to life during the holidays, and this year's robust events series means you've run out of excuses not to visit. Catch the city's top notch musical organizations this weekend for a series of mini house concerts; and sample local candy, spirits, chocolate and more at next weekend's Flavors of the Seasons. Get the full schedule here.
Jon Dorenbos says he's bummed the Eagles traded him just before what's turned out to be an amazing season for the Birds. But considering everything that's happened since then, he's not letting the trade get him down. The beloved long snapper and magician underwent heart surgery in September when doctors with his new team discovered a birth defect in the 37-year-old — the same one that claimed the lives of celebs like John Ritter, Alan Thicke and Bill Paxton. But instead of dwelling on his rough fall, Dorenbos is focusing on the road ahead.