Hundreds of headstones at Mount Carmel Cemetery were toppled, as Action News reported Sunday, and Northeast Detectives are looking for answers. The 127-year-old Jewish cemetery occupies one of the four corners at Frankford and Cheltenham avenues in Wissinoming. No official word yet on motive, but this appears to be the latest in a series of crimes at Jewish cemeteries and synagogues across the country. The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia is raising money for repairs. The Anti-Defamation League and Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 are offering a $13,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Good news for the busy and the lazy. Philly restaurants and cafes have begun partnering with delivery services UberEATS and Caviar, allowing customers to have ingredients delivered right to their doors. Early offerings include fresh seafood from Ippolito's and snowstorm staples from Living Room Cafe. Philly is the first city to try this grocery shopping hack. Get the details here.
In an op-ed published last week in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Republican Pa. Congressmen Keith Rothfus, Mike Kelly and Bill Shuster said, “Obamacare covers 24 million fewer people than it was expected to, and the projected price tag has more than doubled at $2 trillion.” That doesn't sound anything like the Affordable Care Act numbers that have come from both sides of the aisle. Yep, the numbers aren't totally accurate and this claim gets a Mostly False ruling from PolitiFact Pennsylvania. The congressmen did bad math. We fixed it.
If you need a reason to dine along South Philly's most restaurant-decorated strip, this is the time to do it. From Monday, Feb. 27 all the way through Friday, Mar. 10, two dozen chefs are offering special three-course dinners at set prices. Some are just $15, like the fries-burger-shake deal at P'unk Burger, but most of the best-known spots ring in at $35, which is still a good price for, say, Le Virtu or Townsend. Either way, it's a great excuse to go.
Where: East Passyunk Restaurants at various addresses
When: February 27, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to March 10, 2017 at 10:00 p.m.
How much: $15, $25 or $35 per person
Billy Penn Likes
So often when we talk about education in Philadelphia, the conversation is focused on lack of funding, missing libraries and absent nurses. Those are important discussions. Equally important, we think, is to highlight the educators who go above and beyond to create opportunities for students. Billy Penn wants to highlight Philly's most dynamic young teachers and education leaders for an upcoming installment of our “Who’s Next” series, which identifies the dedicated people working to shape our city every day across a broad spectrum of fields. Now's the time: Tell us about the people working in Philly schools and programs who make lives better for kids every day.
The maybe-good news for the Phillies is that they have two young batters Manager Pete Mackanin has faith in and they beat the Blue Jays 10-3 Sunday, for whatever a spring training win is worth. The team has basically already put us on notice that the goal for this season is "improvement." Thanks, but no thanks. We’re not even asking for a championship, but just, well…just give us competitive baseball until football season begins. Please, sports gods, we need this. It's been 10 whole seasons since a Philly team won a title, and that went to the 2008 Phillies. OK yeah, the Soul won the Arena Football League championship last year. Let's file that one under "close but no cigar." Opening Day is April 3. Go Phils?