Newsletter for Monday, Dec. 28
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Nothing like going to back to work post-holidays to face a week full of rain. Photo via @stef.c.photo on Instagram.
PHILLY’S NEXT TOP LAWYER HAS A NORTH PHILLY BACKGROUND AND A HARVARD DEGREE
Sozi P. Tulante was a name among many as Mayor-elect Jim Kenney made a flurry of cabinet announcements earlier this month. Tulante’s background is impressive; he’s a federal prosecutor and a Harvard grad. But as the Inquirer reports, Tulante’s story isn’t so different from many Philadelphians’ upbringing. After arriving here from Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) as a young child, Tulante grew up in a poor North Philly neighborhood, and found himself questioning and challenging the city’s racial barriers. Tulante’s sister describes Philadelphia’s next city solicitor as a man who “loves to make people laugh and smile.”
WHY FANS ARE SHRUGGING OFF JOSE GARCES’ VERY BAD 2015
There was the aftermath of the collapse of Atlantic City casino Revel, which housed four Garces concepts. The decision to drop ticketed dining and lower prices at Kimmel Center tasting-menu atelier Volvér. The shutter of Rosa Blanca on Chestnut Street, less than two years after it opened and six months after it added a brand new nightclub downstairs. Luna Farm’s year off. But still, as his proteges (now rising stars in their own right) Kevin Sbraga and Nicholas Elmi vow, Garces is a “visionary” — and one who’s ripe for a comeback.
What goes better with an old episode of "Coach" than a TV dinner? This is the first Thank God It's Monday event The Awesome Fest is hosting with the Fillmore. Must be 21 to attend. Sweatpants encouraged.
Where: The Foundry at The Fillmore at 29 E. Allen St. 19123
When: December 28, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free show, pay as you go
BILLY PENN LIKES
ON BEING A PHILABUNDANCE DRIVER: ‘YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BELIEVE THIS TYPE OF NEED EXISTS’
Jackie Cooley is one of 11 Philabundance truck drivers who picks up goods from nonprofit vendors and delivers them to more than 400 agencies the organization serves. The numbers — unfortunately nothing new — are staggering. About 27 percent of Philadelphians live below the poverty line, and one in every three children lives in poverty. The Daily News accompanied Cooley on his route to find out what it’s really like to bring food to the people in our area who need it most. People line up at 4 a.m. awaiting deliveries. Crowds cheer as their truck full of food pulls up. And everyone knows Cooley by name. This is what it’s like to be a Philabundance driver.
TOWING MAGNATE LEW BLUM IS SINGLE, LADIES
You’ve seen his signs around Philadelphia. Now meet the man — he works out of a bullet-proof shed in Mantua, writes The Inquirer‘s Inga Saffron, and he doesn’t care how much you hate him if your car winds up in his lot. That’s because you think you’re his customer. You’re not — his clients are the owners of the businesses on whose property you illegally parked. (Oh, and apparently, he’s looking for love.)