Newsletter for Friday, Jan. 8
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The stormtroopers have apparently made their way to East Falls. Photo via @bg_productions on Instagram.
NO-SHOW GUY WHO RUNS VOTING NOW WANTS $500K IN DROP PAYMENTS
The frustration with City Commissioner Anthony Clark reached an all-time high last night when The Inquirer reported that this guy — who runs voting in Philly, yet doesn’t vote and regularly skips out on coming to work — signed up for the controversial Deferred Retirement Option Plan, AKA DROP. The 56-year-old plans to retire in four years after accumulating more than half a million dollars in taxpayer money as a public pension. He’s promised that he won’t exploit a loophole that would allow him to collect the cash and then come back to his $138K-a-year job. What’s the new mayor have to say about all this? “It’s a slap in the face to all Philadelphians.”
FACT-CHECKING THE RISE IN WORKING PHILADELPHIANS
Michael Nutter’s tenure as Philadelphia mayor began at the onset of the global financial crisis. Eight years later, though, Nutter’s chief of staff to the deputy mayor for economic development, Luke Butler, tweeted a message of great economic news shortly before his boss left office. But was it true? We looked into it.
ABOUT THAT CITY HALL MILLENNIAL ADVISORY BOARD…
Last summer, former managing director Richard Negrin’s office organized about a dozen young Philadelphians into a group called the Millennial Recruitment Advisory Board. The goal was to demystify government jobs. They wanted to make them more appealing and find ways to entice talented young people to work for the city. Then Negrin left office. Also departing: Caroline Olson, a deputy managing director overseeing the project. So now, it’s unclear what the future holds for the board.
Philly photogs Hope Helmuth, Kate McCann and Michael Tjader are putting on a show called 'People & Places' upstairs at North Bowl, which means you can follow your art appreciation with some damn fine bowling. Free snacks!
Where: North Bowl at 909 N. 2nd St. 19123
When: January 8, 2016 at 9:30 p.m.
How much: Free / pay-as-you-go bowling and drinks
BILLY PENN LIKES
TELL US WHO’S MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE HEALTH FIELD
Billy Penn has been showing off some of Philly’s best young leaders for more than a year now, and this time around, we’re looking to highlight some of the up-and-coming leaders in health. The intent of our “Who’s Next” series is to highlight some of the most dynamic people under 40 who are working to shape our city every day. To nominate someone for Billy Penn’s Who’s Next: Health list, fill out the form.
12 PAST PHOTOS OF PA’S MOST FAMOUS BUTTER SCULPTURE
The Pennsylvania Farm Show unveiled the 2016 butter sculpture this morning, and it looks kinda like this: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Every year, the 1,000-pound butter sculpture is the oddest part of the Pennsylvania Farm Show that takes place in Harrisburg. Here are 12 butter sculptures and what they represent from past years going back to 2004.