Newsletter for Friday, Aug. 14
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Roxborough’s Wissahickon stairway; photo via @nomadawhat on Instagram
TWO NEW SECURITY AREAS PLANNED FOR PAPAL VISIT
Were you hoping to learn more about what you can’t do when a million or so extra people descend on our fair Cradle of Liberty? You’re in luck! Thursday afternoon, Mayor Michael Nutter explained two new security zones, outlined a partial plan for how taxis will operate and tried to reassure businesses who have been in the dark about how their employees will get to work and how their food and trash will be brought in and removed that they will be fine. This guide has the most recent map of all the perimeters, as well as closing and opening times for the areas around the Parkway and Independence Mall. But the best thing to come out of the press conference might be Nutter’s description of the people coming to see the pope: “They are joyful pilgrims, and they’ll be happy wherever they’re standing.”
HOW CLIMATE CHANGE IS AFFECTING PHILLY AND WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT
Since 2010, Philadelphia has had its snowiest winter, its two warmest summers, the most days over 90 degrees, the wettest month and a hurricane. Yes, climate change is happening and it’s happening here. To help ward off some of these potential problems, you could count your carbon emissions, be sure to turn off your lights, go easy on the air conditioning or any number of things. But probably you should think about electing people who care about fixing this kind of thing. Here’s a closer look at global warming’s impact on Philly and the one major thing you can do to make a difference.
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ROXBOROUGH: HOME OF AMERICA’S FIRST CULT
Roxborough just won Billy Penn‘s Ultimate Philly Neighborhood bracket, but the Northwest Philly neighborhood mostly flies under the radar. So under the radar that Johannes Kelpius thought it was the best spot in the 17th Century to gather followers of his Ridge Hermits cult to wait out the end of the world. Roxborough’s become known for other things since then, including one of the city’s best cheesesteaks. That’s why it’s this week’s featured neighborhood postcard.
13 NUNS IN BUCKS COUNTY ARE MAKING 100,000 COMMUNION WAFERS FOR THE PAPAL MASS
The Poor Clares don’t get out much. The 13 nuns at the Franciscan Monastery of Saint Clare in Langhorne pretty much never leave their monastery. But they’re in charge of making about a fifth of the communion wafers to be used at the papal mass next month. The Daily News explains what the sisters do all day when they’re not making wafers (hint: lots of praying) and how the wafers get made. With only 13 people, everyone’s in on the act. Including 95-year-old Sister Constance, who shreds paper used as packing material for the wafers.