Newsletter for Wednesday, June 3
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Rain runoff from the Wissahickon reaching the Schuylkill; photo via @basslabbers on Instagram.
TIMOTHY HAMLETT: PENN’S 7TH SUICIDE IN 2 YEARS
The parents of 20-year-old University of Pennsylvania student Timothy Hamlett posted “with heavy, heavy hearts” on Facebook earlier this week that their son had taken his own life. Medical examiners ruled the Penn student’s death “suicide by drowning.” The budding track star, who once dreamed of running in the Olympics before taking a medical leave from the school, is the seventh Penn student to commit suicide in the last two years, putting the school’s rate of suicide about five times the average rate for college students. Two of those students were also members of the track team. Here’s what we know about Hamlett, the circumstances around his death, and Penn’s deadly problem.
ISO WORK: PAUL STEINKE QUIT HIS JOB THEN LOST THE ELECTION
Paul Steinke, who was unsuccessful in the Democratic at-large Council race, gave up a sweet gig in December, resigning as general manager of the Reading Terminal. He did this even though it’s not required for political newcomers to quit their jobs (if you’re already employed in a public office and are running for another, a la Jim Kenney, you do need to quit). So far, he tells Billy Penn he’s not exactly sure what he’ll do next.
BLATSTEIN: ATLANTIC CITY NEEDS A BEALE STREET (AND PRE-GAMING)
Can Bart Blatstein save Atlantic City? As casinos are shutting their doors, the Philadelphia developer is moving in — and Blatstein’s ace in the hole could be celebrity chef and restauranteur Jose Garces. The two unveiled their new partnership Monday at The Playground in Atlantic City, a massive, multi-floor, 500,000 sq. ft. entertainment complex that’ll feature 14 live music venues, dozens of bars, five different menus, a sports bar, a nightclub and a bowling alley. And he thinks the millennials will be “pre-gaming” there.
TO DO: WALK EAST PASSYUNK AT NIGHT
WHAT: Passyunk Passeggiata, a nighttime happy hour-esque stroll through bars and restaurants with special deals
WHERE: Various locations on the Avenue
WHEN: Live music from 4-6 PM, specials until 8 PM
HOW MUCH: Pay as you go
PHILLY GEEK AWARDS: NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS
Philly Geek Award nominations are officially open. It’s year five of what is basically a geek prom (but swap teenagers grinding on the dance floor with adults squealing over the wildlife on display). The event is Aug. 15 at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, but you have until June 30 to nominate smart, cool Philly geeks and their projects. Just remember We’re Billy — not William — Penn when you nominate us for an award.
MASTERY CHARTERS’ STUDENTS ON SIGNING DAY: ALL OF THE CELEBRATING
A Gates Millenium Scholar, a Dell Scholar, and five recipients of Lenfest Foundation Trustee Scholarships (to Penn State) were among the 565 college-bound seniors celebrated at Mastery Charter Schools’ College Signing Day at Temple University’s Liacouras Center Tuesday. College Signing Day, an imitation of the signing days during which college-bound athletes announce their school choices, is MCS’ now-annual effort to both celebrate the seniors’ accomplishments and to inspire younger MCS students to follow in their footsteps. Here are some of the moments from the event that caught our eye.