Philly parents no longer on the hook to cover delinquent kids' jail costs
Until Friday, if you were a parent in Philadelphia and your child was swept up into the prison system, the city would send you a monthly bill to offset the cost. But last week, the Washington Post published a Marshall Project investigation showing that the questionable practice didn't even work. In FY2016, Philadelphia netted just over $550,000 from the program, nothing near the $80 million in costs it was supposed to cover. Hours after the investigative article came out, the city announced it would cease the practice, effective immediately. Journalism, FTW.
At Drexel’s Chef Conference today — which is open to the public ($25 tix here) — Billy Penn's Danya Henninger will introduce Kerry Brodie as one of the featured speakers. But Brodie is not a chef, has never owned a restaurant, and has only limited experience working in kitchens. What she does have is a plan to empower refugees through culinary education, via her new nonprofit cooking school, Emma's Torch.
A pro-Trump rally Saturday in Bucks County brought out around 400 people — less than organizers hoped for, but, they told Philly.com, understandable because of the cold. Meanwhile in Philadelphia, despite doubts anti-Trump activists could sustain the momentum of constant planning, organizing and demonstrating, near-daily events are still drawing big crowds. Here's our running list of protests, workshops and other political events planned for March (including two today). Know others we should add? Send us a tip.
On the Calendar
The first in a series of Monday night teach-ins hosted at Philly's lamb taco central features immigration lawyer David Bennion talking about "Open Borders." Your $5 at the door includes agua fresca (delicious fruit water) plus vegan food and rice.
Where: South Philly Barbacoa at 1703 S. 11th St. 19148
When: March 6, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
How much: $5 at the door
Join United by Blue, Honeygrow, Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Water and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and Zipcar for the 2017 kick-off cleanup at Bartram's Garden. It's the first of a weekly Tuesday gathering to help remove trash from Philly waterways.
Where: Bartram's Garden at 5400 Lindbergh Blve. 19143
When: March 7, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free (registration suggested)
Theaster Gates is winner of the 2017 Edmund N. Bacon Prize, for a career spent developing properties which engage local communities through culture and art. He'll be honored along with winners of the 2017 Better Philadelphia Challenge. Awards and talks will be followed by a dessert reception.
Where: Bok at 1901 S. 9th St. 19148
When: March 8, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
How much: $20
To celebrate a year in business, this corner cafe-slash-creative-agency is offering a free cup of joe to everyone who stops by. Also, 20% of all purchases for the day will be donated to the ACLU.
Where: Rally at 701 S. 7th St. 19147
When: March 9, 2017 at 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free cup of coffee
Forget about the Erin Express and get ready for St. Patrick's with a whiskey pairing dinner at this Port Richmond bar, which was recently revamped by Scoats of Grey Lodge fame. Price includes six varieties of brown liquor, complete with tutored tasting, plus soup, entree and dessert. Call to reserve a spot.
Where: Bonks Bar at 3467 Richmond St. 19134
When: March 10, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: $35 per person