Newsletter for Monday, July 20
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Stay cool, Philly — whichever way you prefer; photo via @wavyasmarc on Instagram.
THE CITY HALL JOB HUNT IS ON
What happens when your boss loses their job come January? If that boss is mayor of a big city — this one, let’s say — you and about 800 people like you are looking for work. It happens every four or eight years to hundreds of staff members and employees in Philadelphia City Hall when administrations change. After the first of the year, a new mayor will be inaugurated and will bring along a staff of their own. Meanwhile, top staff members are figuring out what to do for work if they’re not kept on by the next mayor. Will they find a way to stay in City Hall, run for office on their own, find a consulting job or go to law school? See how City Hall employees are planning their futures.
CHEF INJURED IN AMTRAK 188: ‘I IMMEDIATELY KNEW I WAS PARALYZED’
Dreams had come true for Philly chef Eli Kulp in the last several months. He is the co-owner of Fork and High Street on Market and he had plans for opening another restaurant in New York’s West Village. Now, after sustaining a neck injury on Amtrak 188, he can’t walk and has only limited use of his hands. Kulp was in the second car of Amtrak 188, and when the train crashed he said he flew into the air and hit the opposite luggage rack with his neck. “I immediately knew I was paralyzed,” he told the New York Post in his first interview since the crash. “I tried to start moving and I couldn’t.” Kulp still plans to open his New York restaurant, High Street on Hudson, in the fall.
|What||Think of it as the comedy version of 'Toastmasters.' Kate Banford writes funny speeches, and the audience helps perform them. Part of 'Five Dollar Comedy Week.'|
|Where||Plays & Players Theater at 1714 Delancey Street|
|When||July 20, 2015 at 8:00 pm|
BILLY PENN LIKES
THE ANTI ‘DINER EN BLANC’: SOLO CUPS, DOG JAMMIES AND BEER IN MAYFAIR
Describing it as “the less pretentious black sheep step-sibling of Dinner en Blanc,” Mayfair residents dressed down and set up for a dinner out at Dinner en Pajama Pants Thursday night. To parody Diner en Blanc’s etiquette and elegance, locals celebrated their relaxed, Northeast Philly pride and came out in their best sleeping attire. Prizes included “Best PJ Pants” and “Best Tablescape.” Check out these 12 photos of adults, kids and dogs sporting pajamas while they eat and drink on the street.
EXTREME MAKEOVER COLONIAL EDITION: THOMAS JEFFERSON’S OLD HOUSE IS GETTING SOUPED UP
Ever heard of the Graff House? Probably not, unless you were one of the only 1,066 visitors to see it last year. But the Graff House is very important. It’s the spot — albeit a rebuilt in 1975 spot — where Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence. It should remain anonymous no more, as Independence Park plans to invest several million into renovating it. The structure, located at 7th and Market streets, is in an area where several new businesses and apartments are springing up, which should increase its invisibility, too.