Philly had good reason to celebrate Veterans Day this year. Aside from the parade through Center City, local vets got a few other special tributes throughout the weekend. It started Friday at the new Lural Lee Blevins Veterans Center, where city officials cut the ribbon on new housing units for homeless veterans. And on Saturday, Fishtowners gathered at the Cpl. Charles J. Glenn III U.S.M.C. Memorial to mark the 50th anniversary of the memorial and honor the neighborhood residents who died in the Vietnam War.
The scandal surrounding Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore dominated the political talk shows this weekend, and while many GOPers were towing the party line that somehow excuses pedophilia accusations because they are several decades old, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania wasn't one of them. The Republican senator was on NBC's 'Meet the Press' Sunday and said, "I have to say I think the accusations have more credibility than the denial." Toomey suggested Moore should step aside, but when asked what the party should do in the event he doesn't, Toomey said, "there's no easy solution to this." Hear his suggestion here.
Oxford Circle was not long ago considered a naturally occurring retirement community. But the number of children between 5 and 9 in parts of the Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood has increased by 58 percent since 2000. And the number of immigrants has gone from 27,000 to 49,000 in the last 15 years. They're from Afghanistan, Haiti, Morocco, the Philippines and many other countries. Next City has the full story on the challenges they've faced as new Philadelphians and how they're helping a once-aging neighborhood thrive.
Writer and social justice activist Feminista Jones is a native New Yorker, and after graduating from Penn she lived there for a decade and a half. But she recently relocated to North Philly, and discovered something that was a surprise: the booming Philly food scene. "I’m coming from New York City," Jones told Billy Penn, "and I’ll admit Philly has better food."
Whether you're hosting or a guest, knowing what wines go great with Thanksgiving dinner will be a boost to your morale when you gather round the table with relatives you haven't seen in years. Jet Wine Bar owner and world-traveled expert Jill Weber hosts this class and tasting session leading you through some of the LCB's best bets for the holiday. Light snacks included.
Where: Jet Wine Bar at 1525 South St.
When: November 14, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
How much: $35
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Franklin Square's light show has begun, Dilworth Park's ice rink is open, and Santa has already made a few appearances. There are a ton of winter holiday events around the city, but they're tough to keep track of. We're collecting them all in our Philly Deals and Events story. Just click "follow this" to sign up for email alerts about fun stuff happening all over the city — including all the tree lightings, shopping deals and wintry things you're looking for.
Hidden City does basically what its name suggests: uncovers and goes behind the scenes of the neatest, oldest, most beautiful things Philadelphia has to offer. Now the best of the website has been compiled into a 200-page book, complete with photos of things like the inside of Macy's famous pipe organ and tips on how to identify old storefront movie theaters.