Ever had a grandparent tell you your related to William Penn? You're not alone. Curators at Pennsbury Manor hear these tales all the time, and here's the thing: None of them are true. Here's why almost nobody is related to Pennsylvania's founder.
Americans use 500 million single-use plastic straws a day. It's nearly impossible to recycle them, so they end up in the trash — in landfills, or, more often, in the ocean like lots of other plastic waste. But unlike some other plastics, here's the thing about drinking straws: In most cases, they're totally and completely unnecessary. That's why a growing cohort of Philly bars and restaurants are ditching the plastic kind and replacing them with more eco-friendly options.
“The role models were people who were selling drugs, they would come up to me looking flashy, having good money and would try and get me to sell drugs.” That's the story of how Josh Glenn was lured into drug dealing as a teenager. Without support from his family, and without the proper resources in school, he found a path that led to jail. But he also found a path out. Here's the story of Glenn and another West Philadelphia man who are building their lives after release.
It's the back-to-school dance we do every year. After buying a new backpack and a dozen new outfits because your kid somehow grew four inches in the last five days and do kids still use Trapper Keepers because they should those things were awesome, school is really expensive. And then, on top of that, teachers ask for donations of tissues and wipes and paper towels — seriously, how messy are these kids — and it's just so much, every year. Well, as one Philly high school teacher explained in an op-ed for Philly.com, if the parents don't buy those supplies, the teachers have to. So if you're thinking "WTF isn't this why I drank all that soda this summer," this is for you.
Santiago Hermes is a Cuban native and painter who has created a series of 49 pieces of art commemorating the 49 victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Twenty of them are being shown at this installation, which Hermes will open with remarks about how the attacks in Orlando impacted him, and how the LGBTQ community helped shape him as an artist. He will speak about the Trazos Libros, a program in Cienfuegos, Cuba, that brings art supplies to the underserved neighborhood.
Where: William Way LGBT Community Center at 1315 Spruce St. 19107
When: September 6, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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Members of Philly's many unions participated in the 30th annual Labor Day Parade yesterday, walking up Columbus Boulevard with their banners and mega phones supporting pro-union messaging. Philly.com has photos from the parade, including a Hurricane Harvey relief collection that took place beforehand. Action News reports that the Teamsters will drive the donations down to Texas.
Murph's might look like your average Fishtown Irish bar, but inside the vibe is ... your average Fishtown Irish bar. Until you order dinner, which is prepared by Italian chef Francesco Bellastelli. He's the real deal, and so is the food. Murph's isn't the only bar hiding amazing food. We featured 10 others in our roundup last September, including Era in Brewerytown, Dagwood's in Torresdale and plenty others. Question is ... how many have you been to?