February 12, 2015 |
A SEXY young woman wearing a slinky black dress and red patent-leather heels approached Susana Mayer before the first Erotic Literary Salon, in 2008. "Can I really read anything?" the woman asked. She then asked to go first and shared an original piece about her "daddy" - and she didn't mean her biological father. "That really set the pace," said Mayer, the salon's founder. "I couldn't have planned it to be better, because then people thought in their minds, 'I can read anything.' And in fact, somebody did. Someone who lived close by said, 'I'm going home and getting my diary at intermission.' " The Erotic Literary Salon is an open mic for authors and fans of original erotica.
October 31, 2013 |
CAMDEN Following an alarming survey in which more than half the students in some Camden schools said they felt unsafe, the district superintendent announced at the monthly school board advisory meeting Tuesday a series of town hall forums and focus groups on the state of the city's schools. Paymon Rouhanifard said he would hold town hall meetings at Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy on Nov. 12, Bonsall Family School on Nov. 14, Woodrow Wilson High School on Nov. 20, and Molina Elementary School on Nov. 21. All meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. He will also hold focus groups with students, teachers, parents, and support staff, all part of what he calls his listening tour.
March 3, 2013 |
A public briefing on the progress of Delaware County's still-forming local economic development strategy will be held Wednesday by the County Council. Once complete, the strategy will be a 10-year plan to promote job growth, opportunity, and community vitality, according to county spokeswoman Trish Cofiell. The Redevelopment Authority of the Delaware County Commerce Center has been working with the Delta Development Group Inc., a Mechanicsburg, Pa.-based planning firm hired for about $107,000, to conduct the study to form the strategy.
March 2, 2013 |
A public briefing on the progress of Delaware County's still-forming local economic development strategy will be held Wednesday by the County Council. Once complete, the strategy will be a 10-year plan to promote job growth, opportunity and community vitality, according to county spokeswoman Trish Cofiell. The Redevelopment Authority of the Delaware County Commerce Center has been working with the Delta Development Group Inc., a Mechanicsburg-based planning firm hired for about $107,000, to conduct the study to form the strategy.
November 23, 2012 |
The U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of Travel and Tourism forecasts that international trips to the United States will grow 23 percent by 2016. The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau wants a big chunk of that business, whether through conventions, tourists, or students. But with a stagnant budget of $11 million a year, the agency charged with selling space at the now-much-bigger Convention Center has had to improvise. So it conducted a six-month study with focus groups and partnered with City Hall, local businesses, restaurants, and universities, among others, to package Philadelphia as a modern renaissance city.
August 28, 2012 |
TAMPA - For a focus group of Florida swing voters, heavy with those who supported President Obama in 2008 but are ready to switch, "hope and change" have been replaced by disappointment and disgust. Therein lies Mitt Romney's opportunity. But these voters also made clear in a 2½-hour discussion Sunday that their ire is directed at both parties and at the process itself. None of the 23 participants approved of Congress as an institution - in a word-association exercise, the words putrid and self-serving were blurted out to describe the legislative body.
December 12, 2010 |
As President Obama struck a tax-cut deal with congressional Republicans last week and fought to save it from the outrage of liberals, a focus group of Philadelphia-area voters delivered a mixed verdict on his presidency at midpoint: They lack a strong emotional connection to Obama, finding him aloof and unclear about where he wants to lead the nation. They wonder what core principles he won't compromise on. Yet they like the president, give him some credit for preventing an economic depression, and want him to succeed.
June 22, 2010 |
PHILADELPHIA City Council recently held hearings on the issue of infant mortality. Many experts testified. A lot of important information was shared - much of which we've heard over the last 20 years. Let's review some of that data. There is a disparity in the rates of infant mortality affecting African-Americans and others in the city and state. West, Southwest and upper North Philadelphia have the highest rates of infant mortality, according to Melita Jordan, director of the state health department's bureau of family health.
June 16, 2010
By Bill McDermott A skilled workforce is the lifeblood of any successful company, industry, or economy. Unfortunately, many young people in Philadelphia and across the country are falling short of their global counterparts. In a recent ranking of 31 developed countries, American students finished 15th in reading, 19th in math, and 14th in science. Other statistics suggest we may be headed for trouble. International patent filings from the United States declined by 11 percent last year, while China's increased by nearly 30 percent.