Vare Rec Center in Grays Ferry became the first confirmed project for the city's Rebuild initiative, Mayor Kenney announced yesterday. Vare is a real community hub — Billy Penn profiled it last year, taking a look at the sports, education and career programs it offers — but the 100-year-old center is falling apart. It was briefly shut down last October, and is still badly in need of rehabilitation. It's exactly the kind of thing that Rebuild, which is funded by the soda tax, was designed to address. However, the whole initiative has stalled after being announced more than two years ago, partly over concerns about diversity of building trades workforce. Kenney recently blamed Council for the delay, and may hope Wednesday's announcement is a spur to action.
The annual 9th Street Italian Market Festival takes place this weekend, with kettle corn and mango on a stick and cannoli and live music and arts and crafts and games stretching from Fitzwater to Wharton. The fest also brings back an infamous Philly tradition: grease pole climbing. The messy contest has been around for decades, but got some widespread play this year when news broke about police lubing lightpoles on Broad Street during the runup to the Super Bowl. Because of all the attention, the pole will get double the grease this year. Said the festival director: "We're going to be serious about the larding."
Several hundred cyclists met at the Art Museum last night for the annual Ride of Silence in memory of those killed or injured in bike crashes. Among the names read at the start were Emily Fredricks, the 24-year-old pastry chef killed on Spruce Street, and Pablo Avendano, who was killed just last weekend at 10th and Spring Garden. Avendano's death raised issues outside of transit safety — he was a courier for delivery company Caviar, which does not have standard employees but instead hires contractors. A GoFundMe page to help with funeral costs notes he was "killed working a gig economy job that incentivizes riding a bike in dangerous and inclement weather." The fundraiser recently topped its $10,000 goal.
Sexual harassment is famously rampant in the restaurant biz — if not the overt type, like what got chef Chris Painter fired from Mulherin's, then the subtler kind, which is pervasive throughout the industry. The Coalition for Restaurant Safety and Health is hosting a pair of trainings next week, Philly Mag writes, one at Rex 1516 in English, and one at El Compadre in Spanish. Experts will present tools to stop harassment at the workplace, and offer advice on how to implement policies that effectively stop it. For more information, email email@example.com.
Parks on Tap, the city's traveling beer garden, lands in Germantown this weekend, at this spacious open field that's family- and pet-friendly. Along with the food and drink specials (and there's other liquid besides beer), there's a playground and sports fields, plus live music on Saturday.
Where: Fernhill Park at 333 W. Abbotsford Ave., 19144
When: May 18, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. to May 20, 2018 at 10:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go