Newsletter for Monday, March 30
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The Polish American String Band warms up to serenade the Fralinger String Band; photo via @mesworthy on Instagram.
MUTE THE TV ‘TIL MAY: MAYORAL AD BLITZ TO BEGIN
In Sunday’s Inquirer, the paper’s City Hall bureau chief Chris Hepp takes a look at the state of the mayor’s race — and, he says, everything is the same as it was when the New Year started. But! TV ad money’s going to start flowing. And those ads are going to be negative. What’s at stake? Lynne Abraham’s past as D.A.; Tony Williams’ charter school connections; and Jim Kenney’s propensity to square off with Mayor Nutter on big issues. Hepp basically says Nelson Diaz and Doug Oliver are dark horses, and Milton Street is interesting as a spoiler who’ll steal votes from a frontrunner like Williams. So how are voters going to learn about these candidates? Terrible, “in-a-world” style attack ads by the PACs and unions backing various factions, natch. (What will they go after? The Will Bunch from the Daily News runs down the points where Abraham is vulnerable.) So stick to Netflix or Hulu for the next few months, guys. Trust us.
HOW TO GET AND KEEP TECH JOBS IN PHILLY
Does Philadelphia have what it takes to get classified with the likes of Austin, Boston, Seattle and other cities in terms of startups and tech jobs? And how can you get a role in the scene? Those were the subjects explored Thursday night during Billy Penn’s “How to get — and keep — tech talent in Philadelphia” event. The event was co-sponsored by Comcast and the Knight Foundation, and more than 100 people attended to enjoy drinks and hors d’ouerves and listen to a panel speak about the tech scene. Panelists Crystal O’Neill, president of SEER Interactive, Danielle Cohn, senior director of entrepreneurial engagement at Comcast, and Archna Sahay, manager of entrepreneurial investment at the city of Philadelphia, discussed their paths to tech jobs, the importance of connections and the need for the city to market itself as a tech hub. Here are some of the highlights from their discussion.
TO DO: A CHOP EXPERT TALKS DANGERS OF FAITH HEALING
WHAT: Paul Offit, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, on his new book, “Bad Faith.”
WHERE: The Free Library’s Central Branch, 1901 Vine Street
WHEN: 7:30 PM
HOW MUCH: Free
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YOUR 2015 MAYORAL CANDIDATES IN VARIOUS STAGES OF WEIRD
The mayoral primary is still almost two months out, and the race to run City Hall is raging on. There are very important issues you should weigh before deciding who to vote for in the upcoming primary (if you’re a registered Democrat). Weird and awkward photos of each mayoral candidate are probably not one of them. Oh well. Here they are anyway.
INTRODUCING NEIGHBORHOOD PAGES POWERED BY EVERYBLOCK
We’re big fans of neighborhoods here at Billy Penn. We’ve indexed them, and we’ve gone deep into their roots. And now we’re excited to unveil a new way to keep track of your neighborhoods, powered by Comcast’s EveryBlock product. Here it is. What this means: We’ve built pages for 17 neighborhoods around the city. Each will feature overnight crime reports and calls made to the city’s 311 service request center. With a click, you can sign up to follow your neighborhood — say, Mt. Airy, or Fitler Square, or East Passyunk — and we’ll email you every morning with the past day’s activity.