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Here are the top 3 stories today in Philadelphia:
- Local nonprofit Bebashi is aiming to improve access to food through its new community fridge. The fridge, which was installed and decorated in collaboration with Backyard Diamond’s Community Fridge and the Nirbhayam Project, adds to the organization’s Food First Pantry. More than 30 fridges have cropped up in communities throughout Philadelphia to provide food to those in need. (The Philadelphia Tribune)
- According to a recent report, Pennsylvanians spent record amounts on alcohol during the 2021 fiscal year, buying $2.91 billion worth of spirits and wine. That figure represents a $349.4 million increase over the year prior and beat out the pre-pandemic-era record of $2.67 billion set in the 2019 fiscal year. A significant portion of those sales came from Greater Philadelphia; five of the six top-selling counties were Philadelphia and its four collar counties. (NBC 10 Philadelphia)
- In this year of record-breaking gun violence, a member of the Philadelphia Police Department is finding a way to address the problem head-on. Captain Matt Gillespie launched a podcast called “Aftermath Philadelphia.” The goal is to examine the causes of the violence and explore solutions, as well as bring awareness to city residents about current resources and partnerships. (WPVI-TV)
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- As demand for COVID-19 testing surges during the holiday season and the omicron variant spreads rapidly across the region, Philadelphia officials are urging people not to go to emergency rooms as a last-ditch effort to get a coronavirus test. (PhillyVoice.com)
- Still have family in town or looking for something to do during your staycation? The Philadelphia Museum of Art is open all week for art, food, shopping, and more. For contactless entry, reserve tickets online before visiting. (Instagram)
- To celebrate Kwanzaa, the Free Library of Philadelphia is sharing both history and library recommendations for the holiday. (Facebook)
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About me: Dan Casarella is a writer, podcast producer, and small business development specialist who formerly worked in late-night television. He’s produced many talk segments, including with President Joe Biden, Kobe Bryant, and Chadwick Boseman. Dan studied Media Studies and Production at Temple University. He also enjoys running, painting, and the highs and lows of Philadelphia’s sports teams.