Newsletter for Tuesday, May 31
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Dinner time! Something, let’s be honest, more than a few of us are recovering from today. Pic via our very own Instagram, which you’re already following, right?
LATEST IN THE KATHLEEN KANE SAGA: ‘INDEPENDENT’ EMAIL REVIEW RECALLED
Late last week, Kathleen Kane’s latest spokesman stepped down. Chuck Ardo told the media he was “tired of explaining the inexplicable” for his boss, the lame-duck Attorney General of Pennsylvania. And late on Memorial Day weekend, word got around of something inexplicable: The review of X-rated emails by an outside council that Kane launched back in December (at a really weird event in Philly), which was supposed to be totally independent? Will not be. Douglas Gansler, the former Attorney General of Maryland, sent a draft of what Kane promised would be an independent review of all the naughty things PA officials were emailing each other on state time. But Kane’s *other* special counsel (Montgomery County’s Bruce Castor) didn’t like the report. So he wants to add in more stuff. Which is… not independent? Not what Kane said? Not a great use of taxpayer dollars (both Castor and Gansler are each pulling down $150K and we’re footing that bizarre bill)? Happy Tuesday!
WHY MIDTOWN II’S OWNER SAYS HE NEEDS TO SHUT DOWN
Monday, Jun. 6, will be the last day for Midtown II Restaurant, which is closing its doors after 32 years of 24-hour service at the corner of 11th and Sansom streets. Owner Gus Hionas, 67, says he was essentially forced to sell the property when business dropped nearly 40 percent after a Feb. 3 story in the Inquirer detailed health code violations at the diner. Now, a search of the Inquirer’s “Clean Plates” health inspections database, which goes back to 2009, shows 14 reports with violations for Midtown II filed over the past seven years. But Hionas is adamant.
Nonprofit Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture is hosting a potluck party at the Moffet School in Kensington. Drummers and singers will perform, art will be on display and activities will involve the crowd.
Where: John Moffet Elementary School at 127 W. Oxford St. 19122
When: May 31, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: Free
BILLY PENN LIKES
PHILLY GIRLS JUMP AND THE PUSH TO BRING BACK DOUBLE DUTCH
It was the favorite game of Philly Girls Jump co-founders Tanisha Rinehardt and Della Burns when they were coming up. They wanted to recapture the fun, the bonding, and now as women, Rinehardt explains, the fitness benefits. The longtime friends selected Awbury Park in Germantown because both live Uptown. They were only expecting their friends to show — maybe “five to 10” women. But their Facebook event went viral, and roughly 1,000 people signed up for the first Philly Girls Jump in April on Facebook. Here’s what Philly Girls Jump is up to (and don’t miss the video and audio in the story!).
MONTCO LEGION HELPS MILLENNIAL VETERANS COMING HOME
Transitioning millennial veterans will soon have a place to live, work out and learn in Fort Washington. The American Legion Post #10 in Montgomery County has partnered with Chester-based Power Home Remodeling to build a fitness center, computer lab and homes for millennial vets to use— up to 12 at a time — as they transition back home. The company will also provide an optional 18-month workforce training program for the vets. Plans for the development were announced at a Memorial Day event at the Post, and the organizers let us tag along.