As 2017 comes to a close, Philadelphia is dealing with a spike in homicides, as this year will be the first in the last five to exceed 300 murders. According to a new study from Temple University, city authorities employed a method called "focused deterrence" in three South Philly districts over a two-year period starting in 2013, and shootings in those communities dropped 35 percent. And now Mayor Jim Kenney and DA-elect Larry Krasner are reviewing the data to determine if the program should be expanded to other districts. Here's more on the study and how the goal is to bring communities together before crimes occur.
The Eagles have the most wins in franchise history. The Phillies have a new manager and hope for the first time in half a decade. The Sixers are one of the most talked-about teams in the NBA. The Flyers are in the midst of a youth movement. The Union are...also here. We looked at the five men who have reshaped Philly's pro sports teams to ask: which general manager had the best 2017? It has to be Eagles GM Howie Roseman, right? Right. Read why, and see if you agree on how we rank the rest.
The Upper Holmesburg Civic Association announced at its December meeting that the city has filed a lawsuit against local mulch and topsoil supplier Britton Industries after three years of complaints by residents of debris and odor emanating from the facility. Simply put, the whole place stinks. Per the NortheastTimes, Association president Stan Cywinski told residents, "We’ve been through this before. We need to get some heavy hitters involved, someone the judge will listen to."
Right next to the Regional Rail station in Ardmore is a Japanese grocery and sushi counter, which is hosting a one-day "Mochitsuki Festival." Throughout the afternoon, experts will be demonstrating the traditional way of making the dessert called mochi, which is done by pounding sticky rice with a wooden mallet in a hollow tree trunk. Taste samples after each performance and even try your hand at it.
Where: Maido at 5 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, 19003
When: December 29, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: Demos and sample free