Newsletter for Monday, April 4
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Sunday’s wind knocked out power and took down trees; photo via @vizuallyill on Instagram
EVERYTHING WE KNOW SO FAR ABOUT THE AMTRAK CRASH IN CHESTER
Amtrak train 89 was bound for Savannah Sunday morning when it struck a maintenance vehicle on the tracks just outside Philadelphia, killing two people and injuring dozens more. The last update, which came yesterday afternoon from the National Transportation Safety Board, didn’t reveal much else. Questions remain about the identities of the deceased, why the vehicle was on the tracks and how fast the train was moving at the time. Here’s some background on how crashes like these are investigated, and everything we know so far about Sunday’s crash.
CAN LOCATION MAKE OR BREAK A RESTAURANT?
You’ve heard about “the three most important things in real estate” — location, location location. The saying has been floating around since at least the 1950s. But does it apply to restaurants? Petruce et al. lasted just over a year on “the hottest block in Washington Square West,” while Serpico’s pricier menu is succeeding at relatively gritty Sixth and South. We talked to Philly restaurant pros about the myth of the perfect location.
If you've thought about taking improv classes but aren't ready to commit, this two-hour free trial is for you. No experience required! Make sure you register in advance.
Where: Philly Improv Theater at 2030 Sansom St. 2nd floor, 19103
When: April 4, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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THE PHILLIES’ BIGGEST FAN IS A 90-YEAR-OLD FRANKFORD WOMAN
Jane Sorendino might be the biggest Phillies fan ever. Fans are admittedly hard to come by these days, given the Phils’ last few disappointing seasons, but still — Sorendino is the tops. The 90-year-old Frankford resident is about to embark on her 40th ticket-holding season, and by the looks of her Phillies-colored wheelchair, she lives for these guys. She talked to Inquirer columnist Mike Newall about her devotion, which started with her first game in 1976 at Veterans Stadium. If you make it to a game this season, look for Sorendino in Section 324, Row 5, Seat 5, behind home plate.
THE PASCHALVILLE LIBRARY WILL GET YOU READY FOR YOUR JOB INTERVIEW
Libraries are awesome, and Free Library of Philadelphia branches offer all kinds of cool opportunities. You can learn to cook, do yoga and even read to dogs. Oh, you can check out books, too. But the Paschalville branch in Southwest Philly has a little something extra that job-seekers can check out: ties. Here’s the story of the tiebrary and how it prompted a new use of old VHS cases as an added bonus.