Today's Top Picks: April 10, 2017

Preparation and construction for the NFL Draft is ramping up on the Ben Franklin Parkway, and workers and setting up a stage at the Art Museum.

What will happen to all the food and packaging waste produced when 200,000 people show up to Philadelphia later this month for the NFL draft, a three-day football gorge-fest along the Ben Franklin Parkway? The NFL says the event will feature an ambitious amount of recycling, while city officials say the bulk of trash and leftover food won't wind up in a landfill. Trash, recycling and compost bins will be plentiful along the Parkway and building materials will be dismantled and donated for reuse. Extra or leftover food is set to go to soup kitchens and shelters, or a compost facility in Fairmount Park. "This is an extreme measure of conscientiousness," said Nicholas Esposito, director of Mayor Kenney’s Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet. "I think the NFL is taking that extra step to having sustainability at a deep level." Read more
From Frankford to West Philadelphia, about 35 churches live under the El. One – Rock Ministries in Kensington – gives free boxing lessons to kids who attend a short Bible study. On some nights, as many as 75 kids come to box, with dozens more doing homework in a study space upstairs. "It’s not boys and sports stay out of courts. It’s boys and Christ stay out of courts," said pastor Mark “Buddy” Osborn, whose gym includes both. Read more
The official opening of the Chester Creek Trail, making a path through largely wooded areas in Middletown accessible via an old railroad bridge and tracks, has been 23 years in the works and spotlights efforts to grow the region's trail network. "I think more and more these trails are really being seen as bringing back and rejuvenating suburban communities that have been cut off by roads and highways,” said Sarah Clark Stuart, chair of the Circuit Trails Coalition. Read more
A semi-bucolic scene in Westampton Township could be erased within years as a planned $1 billion medical complex begins to take shape. Virtua Health Inc. is proposing a nine-story, 670,000-square-foot hospital, which would replace its three-story hospital in nearby Mount Holly, at the farm site. Virtua also plans an ambulatory and surgical center, hospice services, a long-term care and rehabilitation facility, assisted-living accommodations and medical offices. A state board is expected to analyze the project this week. The project allows "a large nonprofit entity to partner with a small community like us and gives us things we couldn’t image for ourselves," said Mayor C. Andre Daniels, who said the complex could also spark other development in the area. Read more
New Jersey is petitioning a federal commission to reverse its new restrictions on catching summer flounder in state waters. "If you talk to any recreational angler they’ll tell you how important flounder is in New Jersey," said Larry Hajna, a spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection. Summer flounder, also called fluke, is one of the top draws to the state's $1.5 billion recreational fishing industry. Read more
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