Newsletter for Wednesday, Dec. 17
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Happy Hanukkah, Philly — the menorah outside Independence Hall is ready to be turned on, via Instagram user @urphillypal.
LOOK DOWN ON PHILLY: CRAZY HIGH OBSERVATION DECK COMING
Ever dream of seeing the city from 57 stories up? (That’s even higher than the Comcast cafeteria, which is still pretty vertigo-inducing). One Liberty is opening an observation deck this summer, thanks to Montparnasse 56 — a French company that operates observation decks in the John Hancock Tower in Chicago and their own Montparnasse 56 Tower in Paris. Uwishunu has a bit more.
MONTCO MANHUNT ENDS WITH SUSPECT’S SUICIDE, QUESTIONS REMAIN
After a manhunt that brought SWAT teams and lockdowns in Montgomery County, Iraq War vet Bradley Stone — a former Marine with PTSD — was found dead Tuesday. His death (reportedly via cutting wounds) ended the drama after the shooting spree, but everyone is still wondering why he killed his ex-wife and five other relatives. Here’s the backstory on Stone’s rampage.
PHILLY RESTAURATEUR TO MATCH DONATIONS FOR FIREFIGHTER’S FAMILY
Anyone who follows Lê of Hop Sing Laundromat on social media knows he can be sharp with his wit, but underneath all his teasing, he has a good heart. After hearing about the two kids left behind by firefighter Joyce Craig-Lewis, he felt the urge to help. Last week, he donated $2,500 to a memorial fund that Philadelphia Fire Fighters’ & Paramedics Union Local 22 set up in her name. Then, Lê challenged others to do the same, offering to match all donations up to an additional $2,500. Lê talked to Billy Penn about his efforts.
TO DO: WATCH DAVID SEDARIS’ CHRISTMAS PLAY
WHAT: The Santaland Diaries, a play by David Sedaris
WHERE: The Off-Broad Street Theater, 1636 Sansom Street
WHEN: 8 PM
HOW MUCH: $25 / ticket
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THIS PHILLY GUY NOW LEADS THE NATIONAL YMCA
Kevin Washington, who grew up in South Philly and went to Temple University, just left his job running Boston’s YMCA to run the show nationwide. The Boston Globe has a great look at Washington’s time in Beantown, where he was the first black CEO of the nonprofit in the city’s history.
HELP AN AMBLER MAN WIN NAT’L CHRISTMAS LIGHTS CONTEST
We like Christmas lights here at Billy Penn — heck, we’ve even got hyperlapses and GIFs of some of Philly’s finest displays. So we’d like to help Jack, an Ambler guy who’s in USA Today’s top 10 best light displays in the country. He needs your vote. He stopped counting at 150,000 bulbs — now that’s dedication.