In PA, Day Care Costs More Than College

The Tribune-Review reports: “A national survey by student loan servicer Sallie Mae estimated that average prospective parents plan to save $38,953 in the 18 years before their child enters college. Four years of day care in Pennsylvania costs an average of $39,558.”

Ouch. The good news, if there is any, is that misery loves company. The cost of day care exceeds college in 31 states, overall.

Interview: Sister Mary’s Rock Star Friends and Humble Mission

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It’s been 25 years since Sister Mary Scullion and her associate, Joan Dawson McConnon, founded Project HOME with the aim of ending homelessness in Philly. Homelessness is still around, of course, but many Philadelphians have found education, employment, and a roof over their heads thanks to the organization. Project HOME celebrates this month with an anniversary gala — and the opening of 55 new units of affordable housing in partnership with rocker/philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi.

“There’s a lot of people and organizations here and a lot of progress has been made and there’s a lot to celebrate and be grateful for,” Scullion said recently, “but there’s still a lot of work to do.”

Scullion talked with Philly Mag about what she’s learned, the biggest challenges facing Project HOME, and if the organization is ready to carry on without her leadership.

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Flyers Playoff Game Bumps Miley Cyrus Concert

NBC 10  reports: “The Philadelphia Flyers announced this evening that Miley Cyrus’ BANGERZ TOUR, originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 22nd, will now take place on Monday, April 21st. Live Nation rescheduled the concert to accommodate the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Game three of the first-round of the Stanley Cup Playoff series between the Flyers and New York Rangers will take place April 22.”

Which raises the obvious question: Anybody want to guess the over-under on the number of crestfallen Miley fans we’ll see at the arena that Tuesday night?

Nearly 3,000 Gay Marriages in Jersey, So Far

The Star-Ledger reports: “A total of 2,955 gay couples were married in New Jersey from Oct. 21, when same-sex weddings began under the orders of a state judge, through the end of March, according to the state health department. At the same time, 43,619 heterosexual couples were wed. That means about one of 15 marriages performed in the state during that period were for same-sex couples.”

The paper adds: “Activists said they expect the pace will increase as the wedding season begins next month. One observer said gay marriages could bring up to $94 million to New Jersey’s economy over the next three years. She suspects many couples from Pennsylvania, which does not allow gay marriage, will also cross the border to get hitched.”

 

 

Week in Review: Guns, Kittens, and Baseball

It’s the weekend, which means it’s time to catch up on all the stuff you missed at PhillyMag.com. Here were some of our favorite pieces from the week gone by:

 

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