If your Independence Day weekend plans included activities at the Jersey Shore's Island Beach State Park, you're out of luck. After Gov. Chris Christie and the state Legislature failed to come to an agreement on a budget, the state was forced to shut down at midnight Friday. Christie declared a state of emergency, and ordered the NJ Legislature to reconvene Saturday, but for now, all state parks and beaches are closed. The shutdown does not affect municipal beaches, nor casinos, thanks to a 2006 law that allows them to keep operating in this circumstance.
There are officially more than 200,000 SEPTA Key cards in circulation; in the month of June alone, the transit authority tallied some 70,000 new Key card purchases. SEPTA officials say the transition from the city’s old payment system to the new, digital method is ongoing, but the transit agency has now cleared one of the biggest hurdles: Getting city riders off the old weekly and monthly TransPass system. Here’s how things went for the Key this month, and what’s next.
The Philly Department of Public Safety shut down University City bar and grill Mad Max Friday after the restaurant failed a health inspection. Among the serious violations: Evidence of fresh rodent droppings all over the kitchen. Thing is, this isn't new. The Health Dept. closed the spot in May over similar issues, which may have gotten worse. According to an employee, a live mouse rain up a customer's leg Tuesday. A representative from Mad Max blamed the age of the building, and vowed to fix the problem.
Welcome to the 2200-block of E. Susquehanna in Fishtown, where one resident regularly uses a cone, a chair and recycling bin to save a parking spot, and has done this for about the last seven or eight years. Neighbors aren't happy. They've reported it many times. The police say they've responded, but this parking war has really gotten out of hand.
On the Calendar
The annual Hawthornes IPA street festival is back for an eighth year, and this time organizers have added pink wine to the pay-as-you-go drink lineup. Free entry, kids and dogs welcome, live bands, DJs and plenty of food.
Where: 738 S. 11th St. 19147 at Hawthornes Beer Cafe
When: July 1, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
As part of the Wawa Welcome America July 4 festival, a slew of bars and restaurants around the city are running a "Red, White & Blue" brunch promotion Sunday. Look for specials on Stolichnaya cocktails, Ben Franklin appearances, live entertainment and a chance to win up-front tix to Tuesday's Mary J. Blige concert. Participating spots include City Tap House, Philadelphia Distilling and Campo's Deli.
Where: Restaurants across Philly
When: July 2, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
How much: Pay as you go
The BlackStar Film Festival presents a screening of "L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later," which explores the lives of the people at the flashpoint of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Director Erik Parker and Penn scholar Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw will hold a Q&A session after the show.
Where: The Barnes Foundation at 2025 Ben Franklin Pkwy. 19130
When: July 2, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.
How much: Free with RSVP
Austin Eastciders, Jameson and Altos are partnering with some of the best booze slingers in town to prove that hard cider and liquor can come together in one glass. Sixteen contestants will vie for a prize, with samples and specials all night.
Where: Silk City at 435 Spring Garden St. 19123
When: July 2, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: Free