Newsletter for Thursday, May 28, 2015 sponsored by the 2015 Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby Championship.
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
DOUG OLIVER’S 8 LESSONS FROM THE PHILLY MAYOR’S RACE
Former Mayor Nutter spokesman and PGW executive Doug Oliver ran an efficient campaign for mayor that fell short, coming in behind Jim Kenney, Anthony Williams and Lynne Abraham. But Oliver, who nabbed praise from both Kenney and Ed Rendell during the campaign, hasn’t given up hope on the process. In a guest column for Billy Penn, Oliver writes about the lessons he learned on the campaign trail.
AMTRAK SETS UP SECRET WEBSITE FOR TRAIN 188 SURVIVORS’ BELONGINGS
When Amtrak 188 crashed, hundreds of survivors fled the wreckage. Picking up that laptop, that purse, that suitcase wasn’t an option. And now, Amtrak is beginning the task of letting passengers claim their stuff. According to documents sent to Amtrak 188 passengers, they can claim items by emailing a form to a railroad employee named Santa Green. Certain items have already been identified as belonging to certain passengers, and those “associated” items will “come over time in multiple shipments and multiple packages.” Here’s how passengers can go about that recovery.
TO DO: PHILLY BURLESQUE FEST OPENER
WHAT: The Boylesque Bash
WHERE: Undergrad Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street
WHEN: 7 PM
HOW MUCH: $15
BILLY PENN LIKES
PING PONG BALLS, THE PHILLIES GM HATES YOU, AND SOCCER! PHILLY SPORTS IN MAY
The most exciting night for Philadelphia sports in the last several months happened last Tuesday, and it was all about ping-pong balls. Yes, ping-pong balls. And not even ping-pong balls people played beer pong with. Instead of partying and celebrating, those ping-pong balls were for mediocrity and irrational hope. So as you might’ve expected, the #LOLSixers were invited. And not only that they came away feeling less than great! On a night they could have earned three picks in the top 14, they instead got just one, the No. 3 overall pick. Elsewhere in sportsball, the Phillies GM hates you and soccer is back. Welcome to the May guide to Philly sports for people who don’t know anything about sports.
OLNEY: NAMED FOR THE HOME OF AN ENGLISH POET
Welcome to Olney, the North Philadelphia neighborhood named for an English poet’s hometown that was transformed by the Industrial Revolution into one of the most diverse areas in the city, playing host to an eclectic mix of races, languages and cultures. The neighborhood is working to reverse a rise in blight and crime through a big push in economic development. For the latest stop in Billy Penn’s neighborhood postcard series, we looked at Olney and its history.