Newsletter for Monday, Nov. 3
President Obama at Temple University on Sunday evening with Democratic hopeful Tom Wolf, as the latter rides a huge wave of polling support in his bid to unseat incumbent GOP Gov. Tom Corbett. Via Instagram user @life_of_jly.
PRESIDENT OBAMA STUMPS IN PHILLY: ‘I NEED YOU TO VOTE’ FOR WOLF
With just two days to go before the election, President Obama spoke to Philly voters Sunday night in one of his last stops before the midterms. About 5,500 people filed into Temple University’s Liacouras Center on Broad Street to hear the President stump for gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf, who’s held a convincing lead in the polls over incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett. Obama gushed over Wolf, urged everyone over and over again to vote, and said Republicans just “have bad ideas.” Several other political figures spoke at the rally, including Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, who got booed… twice.
FAMILY AFFAIR: MUMMER, DAUGHTER CHARGED IN QUEEN VILLAGE ASSAULT
A 62-year-old Mummer and his 36-year-old daughter were charged this weekend in the beating and shooting of a homeless man in Queen Village last weekend. Carmen D’Amato’s meteoric rise in the venerable South Philly institution (Hall of Fame at 21, Fancy Brigade first-place finishes in the late ’80s and early ’90s) was derailed by a prison stint for tax fraud. He and daughter Rita D’Amato face charges including aggravated assault, possessing an instrument of crime and reckless endangerment. Law enforcement sources told The Inquirer that the D’Amatos believed the homeless man had been breaking into neighborhood cars.
TO DO: WATCH MERMAIDS IN CAMDEN
WHAT: The Weeki Watchee Mermaids, who perform with sea turtles and stingrays several times per day just across the river
WHERE: Adventure Aquarium, Camden
WHEN: Shows run daily between 10 AM – 4 PM
HOW MUCH: Around $30
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MID-AIR SQUASH: CHECK OUT THIS DARING SOUTH PHILLY HANGING GARDEN
A tipster sent photos to the Passyunk Post with one of the most innovating small-space gardening ideas of the year: Just grow your veggies on your cable and phone lines. (WARNING: You probably should not actually try to do this.) The inventive greenscaping is growing in the 1500 block of South Watts Street, in case you’d like to check things out for yourself.
DEPT OF GOOD TIMING: PHOTOG SHOOTS LITTLE PETE’S BECAUSE OF ‘GUT FEELING’
Eater Philly points out this great Facebook photo set of Little Pete’s, the Center City stalwart that’s set to close to make way for a(nother) boutique luxury hotel. Why? Photographer Michael Penn wrote that it “started with a gut feeling about what might happen to Pete’s after what I’ve seen in Manhattan.” Penn’s lived in Old City for some 20 years.