August 08, 2022
Welcome back, Philly! It's Monday and it's a scorcher.
- Mostly sunny, high of 94.
🌡 Situational awareness: Philadelphia has declared a heat health emergency, from noon today through 8pm Tuesday.
- The declaration activates city resources including cooling buses and centers, and the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging's Heatline at 215-765-9040. More info.
Today's newsletter is 815 words, a 3-minute read.
1 big thing: Fetterman and Shapiro dodge on Biden
John Fetterman and Josh Shapiro, the Democrats in Pennsylvania's biggest statewide races this November, were unwilling to issue full-throated endorsements that President Biden should seek re-election in 2024.
Why it matters: Backing your party's first-term president is usually so automatic that no one would bother to ask, but behind the scenes, there's a very real concern that going all in on Biden could be a mistake, Axios' Alexi McCammond, Alayna Treene and Andrew Solender report.
- The outcome of November contests and whether Democrats lose control of one or both chambers of Congress is likely to shape Biden's fate.
What they're saying: Like other Democrats running competitive statewide campaigns in swing states, Fetterman and Shapiro were quick when asked about Biden to refocus on the issues they say matter to voters — abortion access, inflation, crime and gun violence.
- Fetterman's Senate campaign told Axios: "Pennsylvanians care about whether they have a senator who's actually from Pennsylvania, understands their struggles, and will actually fight for abortion rights and to combat inflation."
- Shapiro, running for governor, "takes the president at his word" that he's running again. His campaign told Axios that Shapiro is more focused on whether his GOP opponent Doug Mastriano, if elected, would discard legitimate votes in 2024 if he didn't like the outcome.
The other side: Some strategists see all this as a misdirection of Democrats' nervous energy.
- "The chatter right now is more about anxiety about '22 than '24, and it is not really helpful for Democrats," David Axelrod, director of the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics and a former senior adviser to President Obama, told Axios.
2. Chart du jour: Where other Dems stand
3. News Market: What you missed weekending
🤔 Philadelphia is asking residents how they feel about the old police headquarters at 7th and Race Streets as the city gets ready to sell the building, known as the "Roundhouse." (Inquirer)
🚨 At least eight people were injured in Fairmount Park yesterday after a tree fell on them during a high school reunion party. (CBS3)
"It was 55 years ago, babe," former Phillies player Pete Rose told the Philadelphia Inquirer's Alex Coffey when asked whether his presence at Sunday's celebration of the 1980 World Series team sends a negative message to women.
- A woman accused Rose in a 2017 lawsuit of having a sexual relationship with her when she was a minor in the 1970s.
4. Trail to connect Philly's rivers gets boost
Pennsylvania is one step closer to its goal of a trail within 10 minutes of every resident after announcing a $1 million grant for Philly's Spring Garden Street Greenway on Friday, according to the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).
State of play: The planned 2.1-mile Spring Garden Street Greenway will connect the Schuylkill River Trail to the Delaware River Trail with a walking and bike path.
- It's part of the East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile biking and walking route being developed from Maine to Florida. The Philadelphia segment will cross Center City through Spring Garden Street.
Details: The project has been in the planning stage since 2009.
- DCNR said that with the new support — along with $2.1 million from the William Penn Foundation, $1.4 million from Philadelphia and $500,000 from PennDOT — the Spring Garden Street Greenway will be built in the next five years.
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5. Chef's Table with Fishtown Pickle Project
Niki Toscani and Mike Sicinski are a pickle power couple.
State of play: The husband-and-wife team are the owners of Fishtown Pickle Project, where they have been selling small-batch jars of pickles since 2018.
- They moved to a larger space in their same Northeast Philadelphia site earlier this year, hired more staff and invested in new equipment.
- The move, they say, will allow them to double — or maybe even triple — their pickle output and help grow their retail partnerships.
We asked Niki and Mike a few questions for our culinary advice series, Chef's Table:
⚒️ Must-have tool in your home kitchen:
- Niki: I love the microplane for fruit zest and cheese toppings. Also, a huge fan of blenders.
- Mike: A sharp, 8-inch knife!
🛒 Go-to grocery store:
- N: Riverwards Produce. We go there for quality produce and locally produced goods.
- M: We also shop from some of our retail partners for locally produced goods. We often purchase our meat at Triple C Angus Farms and seafood at Fishtown Seafood.
🌮 Favorite home-cooked meal:
- N: Oooh, it kind of depends on my mood. But for nostalgia and comfort, I love Cuban black beans like my abuela used to make. For quick, easy and tasty, give me all the tacos! Corn tortillas or bust.
- M: Breaded pork chops, shake and bake style like my mom used to make.
6. 1 more sign that Philly is back
The 2nd Street Festival in Northern Liberties was back in a big way yesterday after a two-year COVID hiatus.
- Our very unscientific analysis (a crowd-choked walk from Spring Garden to Girard and back again) says thousands showed up — despite the heat index cracking the triple digits.
🐗 Alexa wants to write haikus about bad-egg Ricky Baker after watching "Hunt for the Wilderpeople."
🚲 Shane still doesn't totally believe that the Muna artist series on Peloton actually exists but will be utilizing that option to start the week regardless.