Newsletter for Wednesday, Dec. 10
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
It’s sideways Christmas tree time on Passyunk Avenue; only 16 shopping days left, for the procrastinators among you… Image @via Pmowned on Instagram.
SAD MILESTONE: 1ST WOMAN FIREFIGHTER DIES IN BLAZE
Joyce Craig-Lewis died early Tuesday morning, after getting caught in the basement of a burning building on West Oak Lane. The 36-year-old firefighter became the first woman in her profession in Philadelphia to die on the job. The Inquirer tells the tale of how she got caught, and what’s next for her family in the Northeast; she’s survived by a 16-year-old son and a 16-month-old daughter.
TEMPLE’S BOARD MEETS: BILL COSBY NOT MENTIONED
It’s been a little more than a week since former Temple student Bill Cosby — who wore University gear constantly — resigned his position after 30 years on its Board of Trustees. Yesterday its board met for the first time since the scandal. Despite evidence they were considering booting him if he hadn’t resigned, Cosby’s name didn’t come up once. And board chair Patrick O’Connor deflected (and either lied or misrepresented himself) when Billy Penn caught him after the meeting. Details here.
DIE-INS 101: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PROTEST FORM
Die-ins protesting the death of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Mo. — and, later, Eric Garner — have popped up across the country on a daily basis over the last two weeks in the middle of the country’s biggest cities, on college campuses and at events as obscure as an Iggy Azalea concert. In Philly, they’ve been held at Temple, Penn, several high schools and in a number of other central locations. But they’re not a new form of protest. In fact, die-in demonstrations can be traced to as early as 1970; in Philly they date back to 1986. Billy Penn looks at where they started, and why they’re so effective.
TO DO: TALK ABOUT LOVE PARK’S FUTURE
WHAT: JFK Plaza/Love Park Redesign & Civic Engagement meeting
WHERE: Montgomery Auditorium, Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Branch, 1901 Vine Street
WHEN: 6-8 PM
HOW MUCH: Free
BILLY PENN LIKES
HOW TECH SAVVY ARE THE CANDIDATES FOR PHILLY MAYOR?
Lynne Abraham doesn’t send emails. Tony Williams hangs out at hackathons. Terry Gillen tweets up a storm. So which is the most tech-savvy — and, by extension, tech-friendly? Technically Philly did a little Googling, to see what came up. And the results are pretty funny.
BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE: HERE’S 35 EATERIES WITH FIREPLACES
You may want to dry out after wandering around in a nor’easter. Well, good news: the site MyPhillyAlive has published an alphabetical list of 35 bars and restaurants in the city that sport a fireplace. On days like today, that’s news we can use.