Newsletter for Monday, May 11
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Move along, nothing to see here, folks… Just a wedding party on the Parkway with giant balloons. Photo via @voy_ographer on Instagram.
THE KEY TO A COUNCIL SEAT MIGHT NOT BE TV ADS
Allan Domb, a big-time condo developer in Philly, has spent half a million dollars on TV ads in his quest for an at-large seat on City Council. But TV is a really broad medium — 1.5 million people in Philly, 4 million when the signal stretches to its suburbs. And, as Julia Terruso writes in today’s Inquirer, that’s not half as important as the city’s ward leaders anyway. Those are the folks who are passing out sample ballots, which will list those candidates in whatever order strikes their fancy. (There are 23 candidates for the at-large seats alone; there are 16 Dems fighting over Jim Kenney’s old seat on Council.) And winning those ward leaders, who pass out those sample ballots as well as street money (yep, still a thing) is probably more important than 30 seconds during Wheel of Fortune.
PHILLY FILMMAKER KILLED WHILE RIDING HIS BIKE HOME
A 26-year-old employee of the Philly independent TV station PhillyCAM died early Sunday after his bicycle was hit by a Buick at the intersection of Ridge and Girard avenues. Jay Mohan, who apparently wasn’t wearing a helmet, was on his way home to Brewerytown after watching a movie in Society Hill. According to the Inquirer, Mohan was born in India. He was an alum of Temple University’s Film and Media Arts program.
TO DO: HEAR THE GUY WHO WROTE THE BOOK ON STEROIDS IN BASEBALL
WHAT: George Mitchell, former U.S. Senator and negotiator who wrote “The Mitchell Report” on steroids in baseball
WHERE: The Free Library’s Central Branch, 19th and Vine
WHEN: 7:30 PM
HOW MUCH: $15, or $7 for students
BILLY PENN LIKES
Q&A: RINA CUTLER ON HALF-HOUR COMMUTING TO NYC
The Philadelphian who likely knows more about transportation than anyone else takes SEPTA to work. Rina Cutler’s train gets off at 30th Street Station, where last month she started a new job as Amtrak’s senior director for major station planning and development. When Cutler came to Philadelphia in 1994, biking wasn’t really a thing, SEPTA wasn’t considered cool and walking wasn’t as safe as it could be. These modes of transportation have all improved since then, in no small part because of Cutler’s efforts. In a recent conversation with Billy Penn, she reflects back on these changes for Philadelphia and what she hopes will be the biggest change in the future — high-speed rail.
WHAT IT’S LIKE IN PHILLY’S ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS LEAGUE
Like most people, your only experience with rock-paper-scissors was when you and your siblings played to decide who got to control the car radio. But this is 2015 and we’re all adults now, so rock-paper-scissors is now a high-stakes drinking competition. In the middle of its 10th season, the Pabst Blue Ribbon Philadelphia Rock Paper Scissors League hosts regular tournaments where competitors face off in hand-to-hand, rapid-fire sessions of rock-paper-scissors. “Whatever you’re imagining, you’re wrong,” Emilio Mendez, third-season participant, said. “You have to see it to believe it.”