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Black business owners talk about Fetterman; Art museum workers strike; Animal Sculptures Light Up Juniata Park | Morning overview

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What Black West Philly Business Owners Think of Fetterman

Business owners on 52nd Street – known as West Philly’s “Black Broadway” – received a surprise visit from Senate candidate John Fetterman last week.

  • A mixture of expectation and ambivalence followed the “photo op” of the Democratic candidate, as one store owner described him, with most saying they would choose him over his Republican rival, Mehmet Oz.

Even though they hadn’t paid much attention to the details of the campaign, “Sometimes you vote to vote against someone,” one business owner told Jordan Levy.

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Tacony Creek Park has 6 new sculptures and they are interactive

A new learning trail called “River Alive” brings sculptures, benches, crosswalk murals and a dose of watershed education to Ferko Playground.

  • Six mosaic animals form the centerpiece collaboration between local artists, community members and the non-profit organization that runs the park. It took three years to develop, and the neighbors are delighted.

“When I see something like this here, I’m so proud,” a resident told Asha Prihar, who viewed the carvings that delight neighborhood kids.

Richard Feliciano Velez, 7, tests the Alive!  Learning Trail Turtle Sculpture at Tacony Creek Park
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Benjamin Rush High School in Northeast Philadelphia was one of 10 in the city and less than 300 nationally to be recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School, and Mayor Kenney joins Superintendent Watlington to congratulate them (9 a.m.). Back at City Hall for the announcement of another promising youngster: Kenney announces a new Young Poet Laureate for Philadelphia today (11 a.m.).


🏍️ BP Quizzo is coming to Sidecar Bar & Grille! Join us at the Grad Hospital Tavern for our special brand of local pub trivia. Take advantage of happy hour specials and win prizes. Free with RSVP. (6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27)

📚 Taller PR organizes a conversation with María Hinojosa and Luis González, winners of the Pulitzer Prize for the podcast “Suave”, at the Julia de Burgos bookstore. (5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21)

🎺 The first Philly Arts & Music Festival takes place at the Navy Yard, with live music, local vendors and plenty of food trucks. Tickets start at $35. (1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24)