Newsletter for Wednesday, March 11
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
When it’s warm enough to feed the birds in Rittenhouse Square — and you catch them mid-flight — it’s almost spring. Photo via @mnt0606 on Instagram.
WHAT IT’S LIKE TO GET SIGNATURES FOR PUBLIC OFFICE
Nominating petitions were due yesterday for Philly’s Republican and Democratic candidates. Mayoral candidates need to submit at least 1,000 valid signatures and survive potential challenges to remain in the race. They had between Feb. 13 and March 10 to get it all done. Four of our staffers spent a combined total of seven hours Monday asking total strangers to sign our (completely fake) nominating petition. Spoiler alert: It’s hard to get signatures — and we set a pretty low bar. (BTW — here’s the list of people who submitted signatures yesterday for office, including the lone Republican candidate for mayor, 36-year-old Melissa Murray Bailey.)
CITY COUNCIL FOR LIFE! WHY IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO LOSE YOUR SEAT
Ori Feibush is running against Kenyatta Johnson for the 2nd District City Council seat. Some eight-plus others are running against four Democratic incumbents for five spots in the at-large race. If you’re a supporter of any of them, wish them luck, say a prayer, whatever. Just don’t make any bets on their success. Any challenger for City Council has almost no chance to win, and it has nothing to do with their qualifications, policy stances or likability. It has to do with the fact that they are running against an incumbent who is not dead or embroiled in a scandal.
TO DO: LEARN ABOUT THE MAYOR BEHIND THE PARK
WHAT: Ex-Bulletin and Inquirer reporter Peter Binzen talks about his book “Richardson Dilworth: Last of the bare-knuckled aristocrats”
WHERE: The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, 219 S. Sixth Street
WHEN: 5:30-7:30 PM
HOW MUCH: $10 / free for Athenaeum members
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PHILLY DUO ON A SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS MISSION IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Alyssa Raymos-Reynoso and her friend Jackie Crutchley are on a mission. The pair, the driving force behind a Northeast Philly startup called Schools for Sustainability, are building their first sustainable school on 22 acres in the Dominican Republic. They got the land after a meeting with the nation’s president, in which they pitched their idea. Over at Generocity, you can see how their project is going.
BRACKETS, GREEN BEER, WTF CHIP KELLY: PHILLY SPORTS IN MARCH
All the people who know nothing about sportsball can finally exact revenge on their sportsball-loving friends during next week’s NCAA Tournament, a true equalizer when it comes to sports intellect. You’ll get to fill out a bracket, probably choosing teams based on nicknames or colors. Your sportsball-loving friends will fill out a bracket pretending to know the exact strengths and weaknesses of Gonzaga and Northern Iowa. Then they’ll cry as you dominate them because the tournament is so unpredictable. Meanwhile, the #LOLSixers earned their biggest victory of the season, and Eagles coach Chip Kelly has apparently been getting advice from their talk-of-the-industry GM on how to lose like 30 players at the same time. Welcome to the March edition of our guide to Philadelphia sports for people who know nothing about Philadelphia sports!