The driver for the Republican senator talks the PPA agent out of giving him a ticket for being parked illegally. (Note that the Counter Terrorism truck in the back had nothing to do with this exchange. It was just driving by.)
If your car is parked in a no-stopping zone in Center City, you will, no doubt, get a $51 ticket. Your car might even be towed. But if you’re a Republican senator of the United States, well, the rules are apparently just a little bit different.
On Wednesday evening, as I was in Center City to cover the protesters surrounding the Republican retreat at the Loews Hotel, I saw a Philadelphia Parking Authority agent working his way up the 1400 block of Sansom Street. (Yes, the same PPA that has long been a Republican patronage haven in Philadelphia.)
As he lumbered along, the agent encountered an illegally parked orange Jeep Wrangler JK. It was in a clearly marked no-stopping zone across the street from the side entrance of the Union League. (Yes, the same Union League that has been a Republican stiff-shirted haven for many years.) Read more »
Police have named Reginald Phillips, right, as a suspect in Monday’s vandalism of the Union League steps. Photo of steps by Dan McQuade; Phillips courtesy of the Philadelphia Police Department
Police have identified a suspect wanted in the Union League staircase vandalism that occurred Monday morning. Read more »
Suspect in the Union League staircase vandalism and theft incident.
The Philadelphia Police Department has released surveillance video and images showing the suspect wanted for stealing a brass railing from the Union League staircase and vandalizing the historic property. Read more »
Friday night The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra (PYO) organization hosted its annual gala and concert, an evening of music, art and dining at the Union League in Center City. Board chair Frank Giordano and president and music director Louis Scaglione were on hand at the cocktail party where they greeted guests who dined on light bites and checked out the art show and sale by the prestigious Studio Incamminati artists, many of who were on hand for the event.
After the cocktail party, guests headed into the Grant Ballroom for dinner. It was there that Mayor Michael Nutter was presented the Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Support of Arts, Culture and Education in the City of Philadelphia by Giordano and Scaglione. After dinner the guests headed upstairs to Lincoln Hall for the 75th Anniversary concert by the The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra.
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The members-only Union League of Philadelphia is opening a mini-BYOB version of itself in Stone Harbor, NJ.
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Yeah, you read that right. Tonight at The Union League (140 South Broad), Grant’s Whisky is throwing their final Grant’s True Tales Supper–an evening of eating, drinking and storytelling by Peter Aguero–leader of the BTK Band, New York’s hardest-drinking improvised storytelling rock band (at least according to Aguero). And while most of the 75 seats for the event have been sold out for weeks, I just happened to stumble across space for two lucky Foobooz readers (and one guest each).
So what do you say, folks? Free sit-down dinner, free booze and a show? Sounds pretty awesome, right?
Of course, there’s a catch…
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