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Pat is a Web Curator for PhillyVoice, where he writes about news, sports, culture, and health in the City of Brotherly Love and surrounding region. Originally from the Jersey Shore, Pat graduated from Villanova University with a bachelors degree in political science and communications and then earned his masters in journalism at Columbia University. Before making the move from New York City to Philadelphia, Pat previously worked for Golf.com/Golf Magazine, the New York Post, Sports Business Journal/Daily, and Business Insider. Follow him on Twitter @Pat_Ralph.

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May 13, 2021

Government

Wildwood Crest bans smoking on the beach, imposes restrictions on marijuana use

Wildwood Crest's board of commissioners passed three ordinances Wednesday that will ban smoking on the beach and restrict how marijuana can be used and distributed within the popular Jersey Shore destination. The borough's newest restrictions will take effect June 7 as the summer beach season at the Jersey Shore gets underway.

May 13, 2021

Books

Ray Didinger to release memoir detailing Eagles fandom, sports writing career

Ray Didinger will release his memoir titled "Finished Business: My Fifty Years of Headlines, Heroes, and Heartaches" that will talk about his Hall of Fame sports writing career, growing up a diehard Eagles fan in Southwest Philly and how he's been able to balance both for the last five decades. The book is scheduled to be released May 26.

May 13, 2021

MLB

Full-capacity crowds, tailgating at Phillies games to resume in June

The Phillies will reopen Citizens Bank Park to full capacity crowds starting June 12 when the team hosts the New York Yankees. Tailgating will be permitted in parking lots surrounding the ballpark in South Philly. The team will first increase its current occupancy limit from 11,000 fans to 16,000 spectators on May 21 against the Boston Red Sox.

May 12, 2021

Entertainment

Upper Darby native Todd Rundgren inducted into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Todd Rundgren is one of six performers who were selected Wednesday for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 2021 induction class. Joining the Upper Darby native in the Hall of Fame this year will be Tina Turner, Carole King, The Go-Go's, Jay-Z and Foo Fighters. Rundgren had been nominated three straight years for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

May 12, 2021

Shopping

Kobe Bryant's game-worn Lower Merion home jersey is up for auction

Kobe Bryant's authentic, game-worn home white jersey from his playing days at Lower Merion High School is up for auction with a starting bid of $50,000. The jersey is being auctioned off by Lelands, a New Jersey-based auction house. The auction for Bryant's jersey started this past Sunday and will close June 4. Bids for the jersey can be submitted online.

May 11, 2021

Wildlife

Great white shark swimming off Jersey Shore now appears headed further out to sea

A great white shark swimming off the Jersey Shore appeared to be headed further into the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday evening, according to data Ocearch, which had fitted the shark with the tracking device last year. The female sub-adult shark named Andromache had been tracked four times near New Jersey since the weekend – as far south as Avalon and as far north as Surf City.

May 11, 2021

Music

Billie Eilish, The Killers highlight Firefly Music Festival's 2021 lineup

Billie Eilish, The Killers, Lizzo and Megan Thee Stallion will headline the 2021 Firefly Music Festival when the annual four-day event returns to The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway in Delaware this September. This year's festival is scheduled to take place Sept. 23-26 after being called off in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 11, 2021

Recreation

MLK Drive to reopen to vehicles in August

Martin Luther King Drive in Philadelphia will reopen to cars starting later this summer for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began last March. The roughly four-mile long roadway will reopen to vehicles the first week of August once renovations are finished in July.

May 10, 2021

Transportation

Schuylkill Expressway in South Philly reduced to one lane in each direction for construction through August

The portion of the Schuylkill Expressway in South Philly between Passyunk Avenue and Broad Street is reduced to one lane in both directions beginning Monday, May 10, 2021 as the Delaware River Port Authority begins the next phase of an improvement project just west of the Walt Whitman Bridge. The roadwork is expected to continue through August.

May 10, 2021

Obituaries

Helmut Jahn, architect of One Liberty Place, dies in bicycle crash

Helmut Jahn, the German-American architect who designed Liberty Place in Philadelphia, was killed Saturday afternoon while riding his bike in a Chicago suburb. He was 81. One Liberty Place was the first skyscraper to rise above the William Penn statue on City Hall, sparking a contentious debate and prompting the "Curse of Billy Penn."

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