Is there a better time to be involved in Philadelphia politics than right now? Change is afoot in Philly politics, with a new generation positioned to make moves. And we'd like to recognize many of them. In our November edition of Who’s Next, we’ll be highlighting the young people (under the age of 40) making a difference in Philadelphia through politics. Maybe they’re a key staff member for someone in City Hall or Harrisburg. Perhaps they run successful campaigns. We're looking for the best and brightest involved in politics in any way. Fill out this form by Oct. 20 to nominate someone making a difference in the city's political landscape.
The weather's gone brisk and pumpkin spice lattes are everywhere, but this makes it officially fall: Spruce Street Harbor Park had its last day on Sunday and is now closed for the season. It was a banner year for the waterfront park, said GM Dave Moore, citing larger crowds at big events and the new ferris wheel just next door. We took a look back at SSHP's fourth summer, which we started with a timelapse of the boardwalk being built and finished with some cool pics of carved pumpkins by the river.
Tatiana Angama and her family arrived in the U.S. hours before President Donald Trump's travel ban took effect earlier this year. Before that, Angama spent six years in a tent camp in Ghana after fleeing violence in the Ivory Coast. Now she's sharing a two-bedroom South Philly house with her young daughter, her mother and two sisters. She works 3-11 p.m. at a packing plant in New Jersey, and is out of the house again at 5 a.m. to head to her second job in Center City, where she works until noon. Read more about the Angamas, their life in Africa, and what life in America has been like for them so far.
It sounded like a home game, as Carson Wentz led the Eagles to a big win in Carson, California. The Chargers were due for a win and the Eagles under Doug Pederson were bad on the road, but none of that seemed to matter Sunday, as the Birds held on for the 26-24 win to get to 3-1 on the season. The run game showed up in a big, big way, and Wentz overcame a slow start to have a solid outing too. But the story of the day? The fans. Check out some of the sights, sounds and stats from the Eagles' trip out west.
Eric Smith was one of the first editors of Visit Philly's popular blog Uwishunu and he co-founded tech-gaming-art blog Geekadelphia. He then became an author (Textual Healing; Geek's Guide to Dating; Inked) and recently left Philly to start a family. He's back for a night to talk about Welcome Home, an anthology of adoption-themed fictional short stories for which he was editor.
Where: Head House Books at 619 S. 2nd St. 19147
When: October 3, 2017 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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Sunday was one of the great days in recent memory for Philly pro sports. The Eagles won (see above), the Union beat Clint Dempsey and Seattle 2-0 for the most home wins in team history, the Phillies crushed the Mets 11-0 in their season finale, the Flyers lost (bah!) to the Islanders, but GM Ron Hextall announced No. 2 pick Nolan Patrick has made the team, and the Sixers hosted their Blue-White scrimmage in front of a packed Palestra and nobody got hurt! We went to the Palestra to witness the first action of Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz. Check out The Process 2.0 here.
Chilly weekend got you craving apple fritters, pies and freshly baked breads? There's no bad time for baked goods, but we're heading into Comfort Food Season and Foobooz is one step ahead with this pretty comprehensive list of bakeries in and around Philly. If you're feeling creative and lazy, try making one of our Tasty Fake recipes instead.