❄️ Prepare for an expensive winter

We are back in sunny skies with temperatures reaching the low 50’s.

Welcome back after Thanksgiving weekend. I hope you ate as much stuffing, turkey, and pie as you wanted.

But now it’s Monday and it’s time to toss those leftovers if you haven’t already (or at least freeze them).

We still have a few weeks, but some of the signs of winter are already here. Shorter days and colder temperatures are the obvious clues. But another indication is imminent: higher heating costs.

Our main story explains why you’re likely to have to shell out more to warm your home this season.

—Taylor Allen (@TayImanAllenmorning [email protected])

Expect a more expensive winter regardless of how you heat your home.

The bad news: Household customers will spend around 28% more on heating with natural gas compared to last winter.

  • Heating oil customers are expected to pay 45% more this year than last year.

  • The energy portion of a PECO electric bill will rise 15.8% in Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs on Thursday.

  • Less common fueling methods such as propane and kerosene are also increasing.

Be careful: Expect high prices, especially between the beginning of December and the beginning of February, if you are dependent on diesel or heating oil.

The good news: Electricity prices could peak and customers could have a choice of competitive providers over the next few weeks.

Read on to understand and get the global impact on local prices a few tips on how to save some money.

Harrisburg has set aside $5 million specifically for independent filmmakers, as it accounts for most of the state’s film tax Credits go to big-budget projects like HBO Mare by Easttown, filmed in the Philadelphia suburbs.

But instead of going into several smaller indie flicks, as some lawmakers intended, the $5 million went to one of the state’s most celebrated filmmakers, M. Night Shyamalan Knock at the huta film set for release next year.

Necessary context: Pennsylvania has a large $95 million movie tax credit pool, and the other is the smaller $5 million pool for independents.

  • The $100 million total supports approximately $400 million in film and media production.

  • The Film Tax Credit Program subsidizes entertainment companies that film and produce in Pennsylvania. A company can use the tax credits to reduce its state taxes or sell them.

Read on to learn more about the growing tensions between big and small film projects.

  • Immigrants from all over the world have made a new life in Philadelphia after fleeing conflict, religious persecution, natural disasters, and more. Read their reflections, including a long-distance interpreter from Afghanistan who came to Philadelphia after the war ended last year.

  • Philadelphia’s Candy Lady shared her love of selling treats, her rise as a local celebrity, and her determination to make it big.

  • Hopeworks, a Camden-based non-profit that trains young people for entry-level engineering jobs, will be expanding with an office in Kensington.

  • Boot & Saddle, the popular indie rock club in South Philly, may no longer exist, but the sign will continue to shine.

  • A rural Pennsylvania ski slope that has been closed for nearly a decade is looking for a way to restart operations.

  • Local coronavirus numbers: Here’s your daily look at the latest COVID-19 data.

After closing in 2020, Philly’s Boot & Saddle reopened earlier this month as a nightly live music venue and all-day cafe and jazz bar under new owners.

What’s the new name?

A. Sun Myth

B. Luna

C. Trick question. It’s the same name

D. None of the above

Find out if you know the answer.

📰 Reading: A collection of cute stories told by surviving spouses to The Inquirer’s obituary writer.

🌅 Recommendation: A winter getaway to the Jersey Shore (yes, seriously). At this time of year you will surely want to see the sunset.

📚Split: A guide to more than a dozen independent bookstores in Philly, the surrounding suburbs and New Jersey.

Tip: Wissahickon Valley Park


And that’s our start to the week. Thanks for starting it with The Inquirer.