Phillies legend Darren Daulton passed away Sunday at the age of 55 after a four-year fight with brain cancer. He was a .245 hitter in his career, made three All-Star teams and a couple of World Series, winning one with the Marlins. He was one of the great leaders in Phillies history, and meant far more than his stats ever showed. In his post-playing days, Daulton became known as much for metaphysics, ascension and astral planes as he did for baseball. He never shied away from who he was. Well, other than once. Our sports editor Dan Levy remembers Daulton today, and shares an experience from his wild and crazy life.
The city is hiring an executive director for the Mayor's Fund, the nonprofit that "advances initiatives that reflect Mayoral priorities and seek to improve the quality of life for all Philadelphians." One of the abilities the city is looking for in applicants? A "transparent and open leader." That might have something to do with the controversy that flared up last summer when City Controller Alan Butkovitz said Desiree Peterkin Bell, then chair of the Fund's reserves account, made more than $140,000 in unauthorized purchases. But Peterkin Bell said ED Ashley Del Bianco signed off on all the expenditures. Also on the list of required qualifications for this gig: "highest ethical and fiduciary standards."
Philly's health department is one of the first in the US to directly correlate muggy weather and climate change
The city's health department is now officially tying hot, muggy weather to climate change, and it's participating in the national Climate and Health Learning Collaborative. Residents can expect more outreach, like last week's senior community meeting about extreme heat, and public cooling centers like libraries and rec centers where people can go to avoid the heat and humidity. The city doesn't publicize that list, btw, in case the A/C is out. Call 311 if you're in search of a cooling center. In the meantime, enjoy today's spring-like weather.
Pay taxes? Then pay attention. Because the City of Philadelphia is way behind on implementing a handful of IT projects, and you, guessed it, racking up charges. A report from Philly.com details four big projects stemming from the Nutter administration that have already cost $21 million more than planned, with no signs of stopping. Get the full story here.
Philadelphia Distilling bartenders will lead an outdoor class on the art of mixing fresh herbs and other seasonal ingredients with booze. Try your hand at making your own, then sip and sample the evening away.
Where: PHS Pop Up Garden UCity at 36th & Filbert St. 19104
When: August 8, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: $25 (tickets available online)
Billy Penn Likes
The all-day restaurant at the base of the FMC Tower on the Schuylkill has what might be the best new croissants in town. The chocolate chip cookies are pretty good, too. And definitely don't miss the chocolate babka. It's all thanks to head baker Melissa Weller, who's also a partner in one of NYC's top brunch spots and is a minor celeb in that city. Here's how she landed in Philly, and why she's so good at what she does.
Choco Taco sales have topped one billion, and the tasty treat got its start in Philly. Eater has a video Q&A with inventor Alan Drazen, who was working for an ice cream manufacturer in the early '80s when Mexican food was becoming popular in the US. And thus, the Choco Taco was born. Back in May, Billy Penn taste-tested Drazen's version against a high-end special edition from Barbuzzo. See how it stacked up.