Pretty soon you may start noticing signs imploring Philadelphians to keep mosquitoes at bay and practice safe sex because of Zika. Though we're not going to be affected as much as southern states, the Department of Public Health wants the city to be ready. Philadelphia has had about 50 cases of the virus since late 2015, and it's expected to have a higher rate of infections this summer. Here's a look at what the city is doing, and what residents can do, to prevent a potential outbreak.
It's May and the Phillies are terrible, so it's a great time for the Eagles to start organized team activities. Yes, voluntary OTAs started Tuesday, with almost the entire team in attendance. No Fletcher Cox or Jason Peters, which Doug Pederson swears doesn't mean anything. But what does mean something? Carson Wentz seems relaxed, recharged and ready to lead the Eagles into the 2017 season. Wentz spoke Tuesday about his offseason, in which he tweaked his throwing motion, recharged his mind and worked to get on the same page with his new receivers. Plus...a lot of leadership talk.
Some of the Indonesian immigrants in South Philly learned the hard way that we have different disposal rules here for cooking oil. Basically, dumping it down the drain will flood your basement. So they're applying that lesson to a new pilot program called "Feed the Barrel" — the first of its kind in the nation. Cooking oil recycling bins are popping up across the city for this environmentally friendly program.
In a sign of how far the once-dilapidated Market East has come — and how far it's expected to go — the neighborhood was ranked the No. 1 destination for affordable retail growth in the country. The ranking highlights Market East for its relative inexpensiveness and growth potential. And puts the Philly neighborhood ahead of longtime trendy areas, such as Seattle’s Pike Market and Chicago’s Wicker Park. Just a few years ago, this would have been impossible to imagine but with places like Target, Wawa, Iron Hill Brewery and a revamped Gallery coming into the fold, things are changing.
A cohort of monks from Tibet's Drepung Gomang monastery will be in residence at the eclectic East Falls furniture store/event space, creating a series of colorful sand mandalas. They'll be working 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Wednesday through Sunday, and watching them work — which is also a chance to absorb some of their zen — is entirely free.
Where: Material Culture at 4700 Wissahickon Ave. 19144
When: May 24, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to May 28, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free
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Philly has a ton of rooftops with skyline views, but Green Philly Blog has a list of spots you should check out that include a little bit of green space. From the rare access to the PECO roof, to a public park atop a parking garage in University City, these four spots combine impressive views with a taste of nature.
Know any great lawyers, paralegals or other legal minds under 40? We need your help. Every month, we highlight a new set of dynamic young Philly leaders, and this time around, we're focusing on the legal community. Our "Who's Next" series has now honored more than 400-peer nominated professional, activists and advocates in the city. Our goal is to identify and track the next generation of leaders and influencers across a broad spectrum of fields. So use this simple form to tell us about an up-and-coming legal professional who deserves recognition.