At least two snowy owls (and probably as many as four) have been spotted living near Philadelphia International Airport. The creatures, whose nesting grounds are probably somewhere in the Arctic, travel south along I-95 during winter and look for low-lying, open ground that's good for hunting. This crew appears to have found it at PHL. The urban environment, however, can pose many threats, and the owls are now dodging planes and cars as they search for food.
City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart has chosen her first big project, according to WHYY : Reviewing the $1.6 billion budget of the Dept. of Behavioral Health. Why? That's the organization that helps people deal with two of the issues she sees as most pressing for the city — opioid addiction and gun violence. To navigate all the topics DBHIDS is tasked with facing, it holds contracts with more than 200 private and nonprofit agencies, and has never been the subject of an official review. Rhynhart estimates she'll need around five months to complete the project.
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is hosting its third annual Vision Zero conference, a gathering of city and state officials and leader to discuss making the city streets safer for everyone. Mayor Kenney will keynote, followed by several panel discussions, presentations and breakout sessions. The point, per the organizers: "Vision Zero seeks to change the reality — and the conception — that traffic deaths are inevitable." The gathering runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 17. Tickets are available on a sliding scale: regularly priced at $65, you can also pay less ($35) or more (if you want to help others attend).
You can get good pierogis all over Philly, but with its strong Polish roots, Port Richmond is the city’s pierogi central. You can get them everywhere from dive bars to BYOBs that look like someone's living room, and pretty much all the renditions are good. In honor of Green Rock Tavern's annual Pierogi Week — which just ended, so you don't have to expect a long wait for a table — here are seven great places to dig into the savory potato dumplings.
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In celebration of Women’s History Month, this happy hour event will explore stories of women who played essential roles during the Revolutionary War. Make your own button featuring quotes from women in history and hear from a descendant of Continenal Army soldier Deborah Sampson. Also, if you want, bring a new or gently used clothing item to be donated to Career Wardrobe.
Where: Museum of the American Revolution at 101 S. 3rd St., 19106
When: March 6, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: $10 admission