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Mike D'Onofrio
3 hours ago - News

New York development firms to redevelop West Philly apartment complex

The West Park apartment complex in West Philadelphia
New York developers are on track to redevelop the trio of towers that make up the West Park apartment complex in West Philadelphia. Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Housing Authority

The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) has selected two New York development firms to redevelop a trio of high-rises in West Philadelphia.

What's happening: The PHA's Board of Commissioners approved a $15 million pre-development agreement on Thursday with L+M Development Partners and MSquared to transform the Westpark apartment complex near 44th and Market streets.

Philly business closures continue during Omicron wave

Animated illustration of a Mom & Pop's LED sign flickering and turning off
Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

The impending closure of a Center City mainstay this weekend serves as a reminder that many local businesses are still struggling to survive as the city's economic recovery remains modest.

Driving the news: The beloved Joseph Fox Bookshop announced last week that it's closing this Saturday because the business hasn't bounced back to pre-pandemic levels.

Chef's Table with Biederman's Eugene Mopsik

Biederman’s Speciality Foods’ owner Lauren Biederman and self-proclaimed “loxsmith Eugene Mopsik.
Biederman's Speciality Foods owner Lauren Biederman and self-proclaimed "loxsmith" Eugene Mopsik. Photo courtesy of Gab Bonghi

Photographer Eugene Mopsik has traded his camera lens for a slicing knife.

State of play: Mopsik is the self-proclaimed "loxsmith" at Biederman's Speciality Foods on Christian Street, which opened in late 2020.

  • With no formal culinary background, Mopsik came out of retirement to slice fish and cook at the shop near the Italian Market.
Taylor Allen
Jan 24, 2022 - News

Eagles fans who kissed at 2018 Super Bowl parade get engaged

A newly engaged couple
Shamus Clancy (right) proposed to Ashley Suder Friday, four years after they kissed for the first time at the Eagles Super Bowl Parade in 2018. Photo courtesy of Shamus Clancy

It all started with a tweet. Then a first kiss at the 2018 Eagles Super Bowl parade. And now the most Philly love story of all time has come full circle.

What's happening: Four years ago, two Philly sports fans celebrating the Eagles' first-ever Super Bowl win recreated the famous photo of a World War II sailor kissing a dental assistant in Times Square.

  • On Friday, the couple returned to that same spot. But this time, the kiss ended on bended knee.
Mike D'Onofrio
Jan 24, 2022 - Politics

Former Philadelphia City Councilmember Bobby Henon may lose pension

Ex-City Councilperson Bobby Henon
Former City Councilperson Bobby Henon walks to the federal courthouse in Philadelphia on Oct. 27, 2021. Photo: Matt Rourke/AP

Former Philadelphia City Councilperson Bobby Henon already lost his office, and now he's at risk of losing his city pension.

State of play: Henon, who resigned from office Thursday following his federal conviction, is on track to receive a more than $4,500 monthly pension, starting at the age 55, for his decadelong career on the council. He's 53.

Mike D'Onofrio
Jan 24, 2022 - News

Screen Time with sex educator Timaree Schmit

Photo illustration of a grid of smartphone screens, the center one showing an image of Timaree Schmit.
Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photo: Flirt Vonnegut

Timaree Schmit knows sex.

Better known as Dr. Timaree, Schmit — who has a doctorate in human sexuality education — has worked as a peer sex educator and HIV prevention counselor, and now she hosts the "Sex With Timaree" podcast.

  • Schmit also is a Philly burlesque dancer, performing under the stage name HoneyTree Evil Eye.

Philly Councilmember Bobby Henon resigned. Now what?

Philadelphia City Councilmember Bobby Henon walks to the federal courthouse in Philadelphia on Nov. 10, 2021. Photo: Matt Rourke/AP
Philadelphia City Councilmember Bobby Henon walks to the federal courthouse in Philadelphia on Nov. 10, 2021. Photo: Matt Rourke/AP

Bobby Henon's Philadelphia City Council seat is officially vacant.

Driving the news: The now-former 6th District councilmember resigned Thursday, a month before his sentencing for federal charges related to corruption and conspiracy.

  • Council President Darrell Clarke has not yet set a date for a special election to fill the seat. But here's what comes next.

A short highlight reel of ousted Philly politicians

Ex-U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah; former Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams; former state Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell; and Former City Councilmember Rick Mariano. Photo: Matt Rourke/AP
Clockwise from top left, ex-U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah; former Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams; former state Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell; and Former City Councilmember Rick Mariano. Photo: Matt Rourke/AP

Former City Councilmember Bobby Henon on Thursday joined a long list of Philadelphia politicians who resigned from office over corruption scandals.

  • Here are some of the most recent politicians to forfeit their office:

Rick Mariano: The former city councilmember was convicted in 2006 of taking nearly $30,000 in bribes from small businesses looking for tax breaks, zoning adjustments and other favors.