For the first time in nearly a decade, Samantha Regalbuto will spend Valentine’s Day alone. After her boyfriend was murdered eight months ago, she had to learn to cope with the loss — in tandem with learning to recover from addiction. Regalbuto lives in Morris Home, an inpatient treatment facility for transgender and gender-variant people. For Valentine’s Day, the facility will host group therapy and activities centered around self-love and its importance in recovery. This year, Regalbuto is excited to love herself.
Tuesday morning, PMN broke the news that under former DA Seth Williams, the District Attorney's Office had been keeping a "secret list" of Philly cops known to have a history of "lying, racial bias, or brutality." Current DA Larry Krasner's team is reportedly still deciding what to do about the list and the Police Misconduct Review Committee that created it. But in the meantime, knowledge of its existence could affect dozens of cases. One cop on the list was reportedly the officer who arrested Meek Mill, and whose testimony helped place the rapper behind bars. According to Billy Penn's legal sources, Mill's lawyers could use that info as the basis for a petition to get the case thrown out.
When Steak-umm finally got Twitter verified, the person behind the popular account joked it might never send another tweet. But instead of take a break, the account doubled down with a charity campaign. Meet The Savior Squad, a group DM chat brought together by the frozen cheesesteak meat brand with the goal of doing good. The makeup of the group is eclectic — adult film actresses, comedians, rappers, snack food giants — but the charity is real: the first campaign has raised more than $5,000 for clean water so far.
Rooster Soup Co., the Center City restaurant that donates all its profits to charity, has a new chef. George Sabatino will run the philanthropic luncheonette for Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook — and it's a perfect fit for the former Aldine co-owner, who previously won fans for his cooking at Barbuzzo, Stateside and Morgan's Pier. "The values really align," Sabatino told Billy Penn. "I can apply the way I cook to something greater."
Community leaders from Philly's 32nd ward host a general info session on how North Philly residents can plan for the future in the face of rapid development. People invited to attend include neighborhood residents, homeowners, urbanists, block captains and also Temple faculty, students and alumni. Light refreshments while supplies last.
Where: Church of the Advocate at 1801 W. Diamond St., 19121
When: February 15, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: Free