Five years ago, the requirement that officers in the Philadelphia Police Department live within the city limits was lifted for those with at least five years of service, something fought for by the police union. Since then, an Inquirer and Daily News investigation found, more than 1,000 officers have moved out to the suburbs. A map based on payroll data shows most of the ex-pats have settled in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. The Kenney administration opposed the concession from the start, noting that removing these relatively highly paid residents from the city weakens the tax base.
Within the past year, Blue Hill at Stone Barns has been named the best restaurant in the country and eleventh best in the world. There's a few reasons the Westchester County, NY, spot rakes in the accolades, but a lot of them have to do with the fact that when you eat there, you're sitting in the middle of a farm where all the produce on the plate is grown, and the meat is roasted right next to the tables. Well, a similar dining experience is coming to Philly, but instead of costing upwards of $400 per person, it runs $120, including tip. Here's details on the first dinner at Savoie Organic Farm, which goes down this coming Thursday with Studiokitchen's Sholo Olunloyo as chef.
Bike lanes are good for cars. And pedestrians. Nope, this isn’t a hot take. It’s basic safety logic. This Week in Parking explains that argument as laid out recently by Inquirer columnist Inga Saffron, and also presents the best of the never-ending social media lamentation about finding places to store your car in Philadelphia. (What’s the mansplaining equivalent of telling women how to park? )
This coming week, Philadelphia Orchestra had a scheduled series of performances of the musical West Side Story. The recent devastation in Puerto Rico put that particular choice in a new light, and so, per an Orchestra press statement, collections will be accepted in the lobby of The Kimmel Center throughout the Oct. 12-15 engagement to be distributed through the community coalition Unidos PA’PR. Those attending performances can donate cash or by check (made out to “Concilio/UNIDOS PA’PR”) before and after performances, as well as during intermission. Those not attending but interested in contributing can donate online, or by text (text “Donate” to 1.833.215.7277).
On the Calendar
What's that? You want to attend a celebration of autumn this weekend? You're in luck, with a bunch of free admission, pay-as-you-go festivals to choose from:
- Greensgrow Farm Fall Festival sponsored by Subaru, Saturday 10-4
- Midtown Village Fall Festival, Saturday 12-8
- Old City Fest 2017, Sunday 11-6
- OutFest 2017, Sunday 12-6
Where: Various spots around Philly
When: October 7, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to October 8, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free admission, pay as you go
This art and teaching studio in Old City is hosting its seasonal fall pottery sale fundraiser, with hundreds of bowls, jugs, vases, jewelry and other items handcrafted by students and professionals. Runs both Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 5.
Where: The Clay Studio at 137 N. 2nd St. 19106
When: October 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to October 8, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
For the past couple months, evenings on the Ben Franklin Parkway have been filled with glowing lights — the lantern-adorned pedicabs in artist Cai Guo-Qiang's interactive installation. If you've only caught them on friends' Instagram feeds, this weekend is your last chance to take advantage yourself. Bonus: Parks on Tap has a pop-up in Shakespeare Park, right outside the Free Library and next to the pedicab station.
Where: Shakespeare Park at Logan Square, 19103
When: October 7, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to October 8, 2017 at 10:00 p.m.
How much: Rides are free, beer and food is pay as you go
The Philly Fixers Guild is hosting its 13th open session, inviting everyone and anyone to come by with electronics, mechanical equipment, metal or wood items, jewelry or clothing that needs mending — you'll work with a "Fixer" to find a solution to the issue.
Where: Kensington Community Food Co-op at 2670 Coral St. 19125
When: October 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
How much: Free admission
The annual ritual of turning a 200-lb pumpkin into a keg returns, and this year your dog is invited, with prizes for best costumes. A $10 ticket, though not required, scores you a keepsake glass and a beer, and half the proceeds will be donated to Morris Animal Refuge. In addition to the Dogfish Punkin in the gourd, more than 25 pumpkin beers will be on tap. Eagles on the TV, too.
Where: City Tap House University City at 3925 Walnut St. 19104
When: October 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go; $10 tix available