February 21, 2015 |
Mayor Nutter said Thursday that his successor must understand the importance of preventing youth violence if Philadelphia is to thrive. "You know what year it is," he told a room crowded with educators, politicians, and youth outreach groups on Temple University's campus. "I will go. But the work, the effort, and the impact, must continue. Whoever comes next must understand how critically important, how critically vital, how impactful this work is. " The city has made some important progress, he noted: homicides are down, employment is up, and development is booming.
February 20, 2015 |
YOUTH VIOLENCE is a disease and it spreads like a virus, Mayor Nutter told about 75 people at a Temple University conference yesterday. Attendees included activists, educators and members of the mayor's Youth Violence Prevention Collaborative. "Violence is a public-health crisis," Nutter said. "It is a disease. We know how to treat disease. " Nutter cited a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to the city and Temple to set up Ceasefire Philly, an offshoot of a Chicago-based group that uses methods and strategies similar to disease control to stop violence in communities.
January 18, 2015 |
A Reading School District teacher and his brother have been arrested for allegedly dealing heroin, after more than 400 bags of the drug were found inside their home, Limerick Township police announced Friday. Dusten Cook, 32, and Bryan Forrest Cook, 26, of the 200 block of Benner Road, in Limerick, were charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and related offenses, according to police. The brothers posted bail on Jan. 9, according to court documents.
September 7, 2014 |
When Jose Manuel Benito was detained and ordered deported, his young children went to LOVE Park in Philadelphia with their mother and made a wish on the fountain that Dad would come home. "It was all I could think of to do," Benito's partner, Blanca Bautista, said after his surprise release this week. Benito, 32, who has lived in the country for 13 years and has four children, 11 and younger, with Bautista, was arrested by immigration agents at his East Camden home in May. The investigators were looking for someone else when they knocked on his door, law enforcement sources say. But when they ran Benito's name, they saw he had been deported before - in 2004 on a return trip from visiting his widowed father in Puebla, Mexico - and arrested him. In the four months that followed, Bautista, overcoming her own fears as an undocumented immigrant, did much more to keep her family together than drop a coin in a fountain.
August 31, 2014 |
THE SCHOOL DISTRICT announced more belt-tightening measures yesterday, paring down its staff just more than a week before students head back to class. Layoff notices were sent to 17 employees in the district's headquarters, said Fernando Gallard, a district spokesman. In total, 81 positions were eliminated, the majority of which were vacant. Those who lost their jobs worked in the district's capital improvement and facilities offices, Gallard said. One employee worked in the Office of Family and Community Engagement.
July 18, 2014 |
THE PHILADELPHIA School District has taken another step into the digital age this week by making its salary information available to the general public. The district published the free information, along with OpenDataPhilly, to promote transparency and community engagement. Since last year, the district has published 10 sets of data, with the salary information being the most recent. The data is provided as a zip file that can be viewed using Excel or other spreadsheet programs.
April 30, 2014 |
Come October, when discount designer-apparel chain Century 21 opens an outpost at the Gallery at Market East, Philadelphia will gain a part of a New York City retail institution known for both its business acumen and its community engagement. The department-store company last week signed a lease with mall owner Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust to fill 100,000 square feet, mostly on the second floor of the old Strawbridge & Clothier store at 801 Market St. In announcing the agreement, Joseph Coradino, PREIT's chief executive officer, called Century 21 an "iconic" retailer that "meets or exceeds the sales of any luxury department store in most malls in this country.
March 9, 2014 |
MANTUA Walking through trash-strewn lots and past dilapidated houses, Mayor Nutter and Federal Housing Administration Commissioner Carol Galante listened to officials and community leaders talk about the future transformation of Mantua. The tour was the first one for city and federal officials since President Obama designated Mantua a Promise Zone. "We will bring back Mantua," the mayor said. The one-hour jaunt, which started at 37th and Brown Streets and ended about an hour later at 35th Street and Fairmount Avenue, allowed the entourage to envision possibilities, such as a transit stop at Philadelphia Zoo, 34th Street and Mantua Avenue, and a 10-block greenway along Mantua, a street now littered with diapers and other trash.
February 23, 2013
By Michael K. Pearson and Gary Skulnik To remain dynamic, Philadelphia needs new blood and new businesses. But just as a good neighbor can make a huge difference in residents' quality of life, so too can the right businesses. We must seek companies with modern mindsets and practices. That means attracting businesses that share the city's vision of progress. These companies are socially responsible corporate citizens. They practice what they preach, and they concern themselves with diversity, community engagement, and environmental stewardship - in addition to turning a profit.
January 21, 2013 |
When Youssef Kromah honors the memory of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, the 22-year-old student will do what he considers an act of community service. He will recite a poem. Black boy you are chiseled from the sturdiest of mountains. Black boy you are a fountain to wash away your woes. But the black boy knows not of his power and his realness. In "Black Voice," the work that Kromah wrote and will perform at the Arden Theatre, King is alive in 2013 and troubled by the condition of the black community.