Newsletter for Monday, Nov. 30
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Tis the season for the Macy’s Holiday Light Show; photo via @freelibrary on Instagram.
ASK JIM KENNEY A QUESTION AT ONE OF THESE TOWN HALLS
One of Jim Kenney’s first acts as mayor-elect was to declare he’d hold town halls to hear directly from Philadelphians about what everyone wants from the city’s next leader. The first of those meetings is tonight at Central High School at Broad and Olney. Kenney’s been talking about the need to improve the city’s schools since his campaign began — he traveled to Cincinnati last week to check out community school models — so while you can ask him whatever you want, don’t be surprised if education comes up at these meetings, four of which are being held in schools.
A TEACHER WAS KILLED FOR HIS IPOD IN 2008. THE MURDER TRIAL STARTS TODAY
Beau Zabel lived in Philadelphia for barely more than a month. But his mother keeps coming back to see that her son gets justice. The 23-year-old moved to Philly in 2008 from Minnesota as a teaching fellow. As he left his summer gig at Starbucks one night, music filling his ears, he was shot in the neck. The killer took nothing but Zabel’s iPod. The murder trial begins today for 37-year-old Marcellus Jones. He wasn’t charged until 2013 — after allegedly bragging about the murder, and after being found guilty in 2012 of killing his alleged accomplice. As the trial gets underway, Beau Zabel’s mother is back in Philadelphia again.
Midtown Village's most chillax bar is finally old enough to drink. The birthday party features live jazz downstairs and Live Band Karaoke on the upstairs stage — perfect for living out your fantasy of being a rock star.
Where: Fergie's Pub at 1214 Sansom St. 19107
When: November 30, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
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HOW NAPKINS CAN MEASURE PHILLY’S RESTAURANT GROWTH
The act of unwrapping your silverware and placing that fabric in your lap is what separates dining from, well, refueling. And linens — whether napkins, chef coats or bar mops — remain an integral part of nearly all dining establishments. They’re also a good way to assess the state of the restaurant industry. Think you’ve noticed a Philly restaurant boom over the past two or three years? Check the stats.
VOTE BILLY PENN! 2015 JOURNALISM AWARDS NOW OPEN
Folks, we’re excited to be nominated in a couple of categories in the Pen and Pencil Club’s annual journalism contest: Reporter/curator Anna Orso and weekend editor Danya Henninger are both up for awards. (Also, did you know the P&P is the nation’s oldest press club? Kind of cool, huh?) Anyway, lend your support here — and take a look at the pretty impressive field we’ve joined.