On Monday, after hundreds of gravestones were desecrated this weekend at the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Wissinoming, many groups — including a locally-led Muslim fundraising group and Philly's IBEW union — began assisting in the clean up, restoration and repair. Also on Monday, several Jewish Community Centers around the country, including at least four in the Philly area that house pre-schools, were evacuated after receiving bomb threats. No bombs were found in any of the local centers, but that adds to the more than 60 bomb threats to JCCs across the country since the start of the new year.
The City is set to announce a new plan today offering free rent for up to 25 businesses willing to move at least 20 employees into Philly. The reimbursement plan will cover up to $30,000 in rent for each company for one year. There's a catch: Each company has to account for 20 physical "seats" for their employees, but most existing co-working spaces don't have the capacity to handle that many people. Companies can split up their employees, but there is one that should be able to handle that many: WeWork, which is about to open a new location on Market Street, and could directly benefit from the City's plan.
Late Monday, Philadelphia Gas Works announced it had filed a rate case with the Pa. Public Utility Commission to increase rates by $70 million per year. That works out to about $10.58 per month per customer, an 11 percent hike. The reasons? Healthcare costs for employees, warmer winters and "appliances and homes are more energy efficient." Yep, those energy-rated appliances are making the gas companies go broke, so now they want to charge us more.
This new tavern from the owner of Aksum has the chef from Growlers/La Casa in the kitchen and, on Tuesday nights, live music. Catch the Interactive Jazz Trio — which actually has four members, on piano, drums, bass and fiddle — playing soulful melodies throughout the night. Eat, drink, listen and swing.
Where: Booker's Restaurant and Bar at 5021 Baltimore Ave. 19143
When: February 28, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
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Imagine 11 acres of park between Walnut and Chestnut that connects Center City to the waterfront. That's the new plan Mayor Jim Kenney will include in Thursday's budget address, expecting the project to cost the city $90 million over six years. The expanse would cover I-95, then slope down to the river, and will come with a price tag around $225 million, the balance of which is expected to come from state and private contributions. Kenney told PlanPhilly, "We have never met our potential when it comes to waterfront development."
The Sixers gave out Made in Phila shirts before last night's 119-108 loss to Golden State, which is funny considering the Sixers started in Syracuse and the Warriors were actually made in Phila. We looked at the recent success of the Dubs, and compared Philly's two NBA franchises, wondering if we could maybe keep the Warriors too. Before the loss, the Sixers shared more bad news: Joel Embiid is out "indefinitely" with swelling in his knee. It's probably time to shut him down for the year.