Neighborhood Chatter: Mayor Kenney dishes out an assist

Set up a basketbal net anywhere in the City of Philadelphia, and there is a good chance Bria Young will swish it. Why do you think they call her Swish?

Well, earlier this week, the Prep Charter grad stopped by City Hall to attempt a trick shot with an assist from Mayor Jim Kenney. He trekked up four flights of stairs with a basketball in hand, and gave a pass to Young (see page 14). Swish turned and shot the ball through a window and into a hoop for a live audience in the courtyard. Sounds like a remake of the old McDonald’s commercial featuring NBA legends Larry Bird and Michael Jordan.

As a thank you to the City of Philadelphia and the Mayor’s office, the Harlem Globetrotters will donate 50 tickets for kids from the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia to see their game live. The Globetrotters are in Philly preparing for 10 games in the area, including three at Wells Fargo Center on Saturday and Sunday. Visit to see the entire video.

It’s hard to say no to a cheesesteak from Jim’s Steaks, 400 South St. Well, from 10 a.m. March 6–1 a.m. March 7, this South Street institution will be donating a percentage of purchases to Nebinger Elementary School, 601 Carpenter St. …

Yes, we are all counting down to the start of the Phillies season. But before the first pitch is thrown out at Citizens Bank Park in April, there is the seventh annual Phillies Charities 5K! on Saturday, April 1. The USATF-certified 5K (3.1 mile) run starts and ends at Citizens Bank Park with a new route that includes a loop through the Navy Yard.

Surprise guests will include the Phanatic, Phillies Alumni, Phillies Ballgirls and more.

The top overall male and female finishers will receive a Phillies Charities 5K Louisville Slugger baseball bat autographed by a Phillies player and be recognized after crossing the finish line. They will also be recognized on the field prior to the Phillies game on April 8. The top finisher in each age category will receive a Phillies Charities 5K Rawlings baseball autographed by a Phillies player.

The entry fee is $50 per person, with net proceeds benefitting Phillies Charities, Inc. To register and for more information, visit …

Seeking some egg-citing family fun for Easter? Yes, March just started, but this one is a biggie. Plans are coming together for Philadelphia’s largest holiday celebration: South Street Headhouse District’s 86th Annual Easter Promenade. On April 16, aka Easter Sunday, hop on down for bunnies, bonnets and brunch. Join master of ceremonies Henri David, musicians, the Easter Bunny, and even Mr. and Mrs. Peter Cottontail. After the ceremonies, Queen Village and Society HIll eateries will host Easter Sunday brunch and special menus. For more information, visit