June 6, 2015 |
At first blush, this is a headline screamer: Philadelphia region brings up the bottom in job recovery. How bad is it? So bad that the region's wretched post-recession job-growth performance makes the beleaguered city of Detroit look like a rock star, based on a Pew Trust analysis of U.S. Labor Department Statistics. Of the nation's 50 top metropolitan regions, Philadelphia ranked 47th, with 4.7 percent increase in jobs since the darkest days of the recession. At the top, San Jose, Calif., grew 23.7 percent, followed by Austin, Texas, at 22.6 percent, and Nashville at 19.3 percent.
March 31, 2015 |
When Nick Bayer, now 37, went to college, he had no idea what he wanted to do. Business, industry, finance - each internship served to eliminate those as possibilities. "I remember Sunday nights were the most depressing nights for my family, because my parents had to go to jobs they didn't really like," Bayer said. "I didn't want to have a depressing Sunday night every week. "I wanted to love what I did. It dawned on me that the only way to really do that was to create something for myself.
October 27, 2014 |
After 15 years in Morocco, Steve and Judi Bowman wanted to return home to a diverse community in the United States. So they settled in Upper Darby. The couple renovated a building across from the township building and opened it last year as Five Points Coffee. But Five Points is more than a coffee shop. The Bowmans also started a nonprofit organization, with a vision of serving international students, immigrants, and refugees. Their shop has become a regular meeting place for English conversation groups for nonnative speakers, a local church's SAT tutoring, and the township's multicultural committee.
July 26, 2014 |
The pastor assured the crowd that his congregation wanted the same things as the residents who are worried about a plan to build a new church in the Hatfield Township neighborhood. "You want open space. We want open space. You want walking trails, we want walking trails," John Cope, pastor of Keystone Fellowship in Montgomeryville, told the standing-room-only audience at the township building. "Softball fields, baseball fields. We want that. " But many neighbors don't want an expansive new building - church or otherwise - in the middle of it all. That difference of opinion is at the core of the church's effort to change the zoning on a 43-acre property it owns, known as the Bishop Tract, to let it build a 75,000-square-foot facility on Orvilla Road.
July 13, 2014 |
Last week, Oiselle, a women's athletic apparel company, tweeted the following: "Urban running tip: cure a mid-run bonk with a free honey packet - available in most grocery store deli areas. " Not a bad idea, I thought. A bonk is when you just can't run anymore, usually because you're dehydrated or you're running low on the electrolytes your body needs to make your muscles go. Honey has glucose, a key electrolyte. I've been caught on a hot run without enough fuel and could have used some sustenance to get me through, but I never thought of free honey packets at the Wawa coffee bar as an easy-to-grab solution.
June 25, 2014 |
The fourth album Philadelphia songwriter Timothy Showalter has recorded under the name Strand of Oaks arrives with its title in all capital letters. It's called HEAL . "It's not like 'It'll be better,' " Showalter says, his voice dropping to a whisper, then rising to a shout. "It's like, 'It'll be . . . BETTER. You better believe it's going to be better!' It's slapping yourself in the face to make sure you're held accountable to the idea that you are going to heal. " Showalter's three previous Strand of Oaks albums - Leave Ruin (2009)
April 14, 2014 |
Say you're sitting in a coffee shop, and pull out your laptop or tablet to check your Web mail or bank balance. Fleetingly, you may wonder just how secure these things are. But then you're reassured by a Web address that begins with "https" and displays a comforting icon: a padlock. We learned last week that we were a little too comforted by those symbols of security - each signs that a website uses a protocol known as SSL, in which the first S stands for secure . For two years - ever since a German engineer updated a section of code on New Year's Eve 2011 - a widely used version, OpenSSL, has been anything but secure, thanks to a bug nicknamed Heartbleed.
December 24, 2013 |
One woman was sitting in a window seat at La Colombe, lost in a discussion about a Macy's sale, when someone snatched her wallet from her purse. Alyssa Abbott had just finished lunch at a Chestnut Street cafe when she noticed how light her tote bag felt. And Temple University student Rachael Young was packing up her laptop at Starbucks when she realized her wallet was gone. Pickpockets. Or, more precisely, the work of what police now call "sneak thieves. " If the best friend of the coffeehouse thief is distraction, then the holiday season, with its crowded shops of hurried shoppers, offers the pickpocket prime opportunities.
December 7, 2013
Spare a marble? As a project for our Temple University course, my fellow students and I were asked to develop solutions for those living on the streets. Our contribution isn't to offer the homeless shelter or a change of clothes, but rather a simple cup of coffee. At local coffee shops, we're promoting a concept in use in Europe known as "suspended coffee. " With the agreement of shop owners, customers who buy an item at full price can opt for purchasing a "suspended" good at half price, for which the customer receives a marble to drop into a jar. Then, homeless individuals can walk into the coffee shop, take a marble from the jar, and receive one free item per day as long as there is a marble available.
August 28, 2013 |
A vandal smashed two windows of a coffee shop in South Philadelphia's Point Breeze neighborhood over the weekend, causing about $2,000 in property damage, police said. The owner of OCF Coffee House, Ori C. Feibush, said Monday that he reviewed surveillance video of the incident and is "confident" police will identify and arrest the culprit. "The video clearly shows this was deliberate, it was planned, and it was coordinated," said Feibush, 29, a real estate developer. Feibush, who has been embroiled in a long-running dispute with residents who oppose his redevelopment company, blamed the attack on a neighborhood group, the Point Breeze Organizing Committee.