There's a lot of talk right now about Philadelphia's Department of Licenses & Inspections, DIY venues and building codes. It stems from a recent fatal fire at an Oakland communal artist clubhouse, and the reputation of the department's previously named Nuisance Task Force for taking bribes and turning a blind eye to violations. But L&I inspectors play an important role Philadelphians might not even realize. That club you were at Saturday night — is the fire alarm connected to the DJ booth? Because if it's not, you'll never hear the alarm. Does the owner of the building you sleep in keep everything up to code? Meet the inspectors behind L&I's Nuisance Property Unit and check out what they do to keep Philly safe.
OK, so the Eagles lost. Washington bested them by five points, and seemingly half the team went down too. Wendell Smallwood, Darren Sproles Jon Dorenbos and Allen Barbre all got injured, forcing them to play their fourth-string right tackle and third-string long snapper. But the Sixers won! Their 97-79 win over the Pistons is their second victory on the road after a loooong dry spell. And the Flyers clinched Philly's second win over Detroit this weekend in their Red Wings defeat — the longest win streak in 22 years. Have we mentioned they're the hottest team in Philly right now?
Nothing says Sunday like an announcement from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that it's closing more churches. Four, to be exact. St. Therese of the Child Jesus and St. Madeleine Sophie in Mt. Airy will close, as will St. Augustine Church in Montgomery County and Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Chester County. Alan J. Heavens (of all people!) reported the news for Philly.com. Pastors and councils of the closed sites will determine what happens to the buildings. More than 50 percent of the diocese's parishes and schools have closed since the '90s. These latest four are part of a bigger trend in Philly.
What's the best thing to cure a cold and wet Monday afternoon? Chocolate. Chocolatier Kevan Baszczewski will give out samples of his truffles in flavors like coconut-pineapple and strawberry creme. Oh, and they're all vegan. Expect free savory snacks, too.
Where: Martha at 2113 E. York St. 19125
When: December 12, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free food / discounted drink
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Every year, Philadelphia and Pennsylvania politicians head to New York City for a giant party. It makes about as much sense as everything else that happens in local and state politics. Not one to miss a party thrown by a conservative senator in Jay Z's club (yes that happened). The event was a tough pill to swallow for local Dems, who thought for sure they'd be celebrating the wins of Hillary Clinton and Katie McGinty. Instead, Mayor Jim Kenney, who called Trump a "weirdo perv" on Twitter just weeks before the election, said we owe President-elect Donald Trump respect. Meanwhile, House Speaker Mike Turzai, Congressman Pat Meehan and Congressman Charlie Dent all hosted major events — signs these Republicans have their eyes on key offices. Catch up on all the PA Society goings-on here.
The final round of our Ultimate Cheesesteak Bracket comes down to a South Philly spot known for it's roast pork and an otherwise unknown Roxborough place with a cult following. How very Philly. It all comes down to John's Roast Pork and Barry's Steaks and Hoagies because, according to the tens of thousands of Philadelphians who voted in our bracket, the two best representations of Philly’s iconic sandwich are at opposite ends of the city. Read about each shop, sandwich and owner and decide which deserves the title of the Ultimate Cheesesteak.