Newsletter for Friday, Sept. 23
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Yep, that’s Donald Trump ordering a cheesesteak at Geno’s in South Philly. Photo via @elistokols on Instagram.
DONALD TRUMP GOES TO GENO’S, THE PLACE FAMOUS FOR ITS ‘SPEAK ENGLISH’ SIGN
Donald Trump wasn’t supposed to be in Philadelphia Thursday. At least, not as far as the public knew. The GOP presidential candidate had a public schedule that included a speech to members of the shale industry in Pittsburgh, and then a public rally in Delaware County. But en route to the rally, Trump made an unannounced stop in Philadelphia, stopping at infamous cheesesteak spot Geno’s Steaks — known for its former owner’s outspoken stance on immigration — and snarling traffic in Center City. Here’s how it all went down, and why his choice of Geno’s over any other steak shop kinda makes sense.
GOV. TOM WOLF, OTHERS TO THE PPA BOARD: TAKE SEXUAL HARASSMENT SERIOUSLY
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said any organization dealing with sexual harassment should consider serious discipline against the offender, including firing them. This week, that means the Philadelphia Parking Authority. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Wednesday that Vince Fenerty, the executive director of the PPA, sexually harassed a fellow employee over the span of two years, but kept his $223,000 a year job. The PPA, which regulates parking in Philadelphia as well as taxis, limos and ridesharing services, is technically a state agency. And Wolf — and other officials — had some words for them.
Sign up now to tee up and join in for a day of fun on the fairway as ACHIEVEability celebrates 35 years. All proceeds benefit the nonprofit, which aims to break the generational cycle of poverty for single parents in Philadelphia.
Where: Walnut Lane Golf Course at 800 Walnut Ln., Wissahickon Valley Park 19128
When: September 24, 2016 at 7:30 a.m.
How much: $100-$150 per golfer or $600 for a foursome
Author Carl Hiaasen is speaking tonight at the Free Library. You know him from his funny, frightening, weird novels set mostly in Florida, including Strip Tease, Stormy Weather, Bad Monkey, and Skinny Dip. Together they’ve sold millions of copies and have been published in 34 languages.
Where: Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine Street
When: September 23, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
How much: $15 General Admission, $7 Students
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ROOFIES TO ROOFTOPS: JOHN BOLARIS BECOMES A REALTOR TO PHILLY STARS
We went inside a celebration for “high net worth individuals” marking the launch of a new real estate brand, TCS Black Label, from John Bolaris. His weather career on hiatus, the onetime meteorologist also known for his model girlfriends (and for being roofied by two Eastern European women on consecutive nights in Miami) has begun a second act where he’s no longer the celebrity. Instead, he’s in service to celebrities. John Bolaris is now Philadelphia’s real estate agent to the stars.
PHIL SIMMS ON CARSON WENTZ VS. BEN ROETHLISBERGER
Phil Simms likes big, physical quarterbacks from small schools. He should. For 14 seasons, he was one. Simms, who went to Morehead State before becoming a Pro-Bowl QB for the New York Giants, is calling the Steelers vs. Eagles for CBS this Sunday. Without question, this is the most exciting quarterback match-up of the early NFL season, so there was no one better than Simms to break down the play of future Hall of Famer Ben Roethlisberger and rookie phenom Carson Wentz. And that’s what we spoke with him about.