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Philadelphia opens drop boxes for November election
Election ballots in Philadelphia will be sent in mailboxes and drop boxes that have just been dropped. If you have not applied, you must apply by November 1.
- You can also pick up your ballot Come in person to the Town Hall Elections Office, which is open Monday through Friday from 9 to 5 starting today. You must return it before voting closes on Tuesday, November 8th. (Just make sure it’s not “bare”.)
Where is the closest box to you and how does it work? We have details.
Meet Philadelphia’s Beloved Bookstore Cat
If you stop by an independent bookstore in Philadelphia, there’s a good chance you’ll find a fluffy feline in the aisles.
- bookstore with cats – This is a worldwide phenomenon. Most are rescues, they bring a sense of comfort and sentimentality to the store.
“It feels like a Norman Rockwell painting,” one bookseller told Asha Prihar, who has stories and photos of five Philadelphia bookstore kittens.
Recap: What else happened?
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- Roads, bridges, traffic, broadband? Here’s a look at the different approaches to infrastructure Josh Shapiro and Doug Mastriano say they’d take if elected Pa. governor. [WHYY]
- If you are a business owner who wants to contest a new tax assessment, you must now apply for a Level 1 review by December 2. [Tribune$]
- The district is in discussions with free libraries to help address the shortage of school librarians. But it’s too early to know what that will look like, as the library is dealing with its own staff shortage. [KYW/Billy Penn]
- With more than 6,400 bikes reported to have been stolen since 2018 (with many more unreported), some local cyclists are taking matters into their own hands through GPS tracking technology and Facebook groups. [Inquirer$]
- Phillies head coach Rob Thomson can use New 2 year contractRally towels will be back for this week’s playoff home games — but they’ll be red, not white, under a rule change that went into effect a few years ago. [@Phillies/Phillies Nation]
- what happened? According to a language-learning company survey of 1,500 people (read: marketing outreach), Philadelphia is clearly tied with the Quartet for the fourth most profane city in America. [Fox 29/Preply]
Stories you haven’t seen
🌟 Highlight good articles that rarely get clicked 🌟
Today, the public made no demands of Mayor Kenny. He noted on social media that yesterday was the anniversary of the assassination of 19th-century activist Octavius Catto while fighting for African-American voting rights.
on the calendar
📚 BP Quizzo is sponsored by Mighty Writers this month! Join us for a Philadelphia Trivia Night at the Hawthornes at Bella Vista. Win prizes and enjoy happy hour specials as we welcome literacy nonprofits and their NEA Big Read program. Reply Play Quizzo for free. (Tuesday, October 18, 6:30pm to 8:30pm)
🔬 Science writer Ed Yong discusses his book “One Huge World” with Maiken Scott of WHYY at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Tix starts at $15. (Wednesday, October 12, 6:30pm-8pm)
🥪 Le Virtu at East Passyunk is turning 15 with a cash-only BBQ party on the patio. Expect music from Snacktime, $6 beer at Troubles End, paninis and artisan sausages. (Wednesday 12 October 5pm)