Archive | June, 2012

Missing black & white cat “Casio” (48th and Warrington). Update: Found!

June 30, 2012

Update (7/9/2012): Casio has been found (see comments below).

Casio, a black & white short-hair cat, was last seen at 48th and Warrington on June 29. He was wearing a purple collar. He is friendly and probably scared. If you have seen him please call 305-389-6622.

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West Philly, Look Up! (Hint 1 added)

June 29, 2012

Update: Mike C. got it. “Is that the old West Philly High?” It is indeed.

The old West Philly High is still for sale so no one is sure what will become of these little sculptures outside. They’re cool.


Think you know your hood? This is part of a photo that was taken somewhere in the area between 52nd to 40th streets, Market to Kingsessing. We will zoom it out each day until someone gets it right. Register your guess in the comments and be specific about the location.

The last time we did this, Andy L. got it in about 10 minutes. Hopefully this one is more challenging.

One guess per person per day please.

Hint 1: To help out a little, we are reducing the size of the area. So lets say 42nd to 49th streets, Market to Baltimore.


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Honest Tom is giving away the taco truck

June 29, 2012

Honest Tom’s 1970 Chevy step van (From Honest Tom’s Taco Shop Facebook page).

We have good news and bad news. Curbside diners from Clark Park to Center City will be sad to hear that Honest Tom is retiring his taco truck. The good news is that an entrepreneur eager to get into the food truck game will get the colorful 1970 Chevy step van, one of the most vaunted food trucks in the city,  free of charge.

“Honest” Tom McCusker, who in December climbed out of the truck and into his new shop on 44th Street, is giving the truck away for a story.

“It runs like an old workhorse but definitely has its quirks,” said McCusker, who says he bought the truck off a man named Derek with credit card cash advances from “multiple credit cards.”

Here’s a post from his Facebook page that spells out the deal:

For those that have inquired or anyone else it may concern:

We have been trying to get the truck back into regular rotation for months now, but with the shop schedule being as demanding as it is we have realized that it is not going to be possible. So we’ve come up with a plan…

As good as the truck has been to us we’ve decided it cannot be burdened with a monetary value. We will be gifting it to a noble up and comer looking to dive into the dark scary world of food trucking. Email honesttoms – at – with why you should be the chosen one and we will make a decision on monday the 9th of july,meaning emails must be in that Sunday by midnight.

So get your e-mail to Tom by midnight on July 8.

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Found Akita shepherd (near 49th and Chester)

June 29, 2012

This enormous, gorgeous Akita shepherd was found near 49th and Chester. He looked hungry and was given food and water. The SPCA was informed and are on their way. Email Max at if you know this dog.

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Two arrested in large marijuana growing operation near 48th and Chester

June 28, 2012

1123 S. 48th St
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Police charged two men in connection with an alleged marijuana growing operation on S. 48th Street yesterday.

James Lippert, 49, and David Eisenstadt, 50, were charged with possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, which is a felony, and other drug-related charges, after police raided 1123 S. 48th St. (near Chester Ave.) yesterday afternoon.

Lippert is being held on $1.5 million bail, according to court records. Eisenstadt’s bail is $1 million. Both are being held at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility.

Witnesses say they saw police removing large trash bags and planting pots from the home, which property records show is owned by Lippert.


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New gallery opening at 50th and Baltimore, looking for artists

June 28, 2012

Seeds Gallery is opening at 5011 Baltimore Ave.

Seeds Gallery is coming to Baltimore Avenue soon and is seeking artists who would like to display their work for the opening event at the end of July. Seeds Gallery is a modern art studio with a focus on local artists and represents emerging and established career artists in all media and styles. Currently, the gallery is showcasing artwork collections throughout the city – in local restaurants, coffee shops, yoga studios, libraries and bookstores.

The gallery’s mission is to create a networking forum for local artists and to help seed them in the community. Also, they are trying to go beyond presenting artist’s work to help educate them in business practices such as risk and liabilities, contract management, financial management, product pricing, and marketing.

If you are a local artist and are looking to get your work out there, drop an email to For more information, visit

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