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April 17, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
The first training session for people interested in monitoring the Schuylkill River Trail to improve safety is set for later this month. The Schuylkill River Trail Watch is being formed in response to occasional spikes of crime on the popular path for runners, walkers and cyclists. Organizers say the first training session for those interested in joining will take place April 27. Spots are limited; people can sign up or get more information at http://www.srtwatch.com . The initiative is backed by the running group Run215, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson's office, Philadelphia police, the Schuylkill River Development Corporation, and numerous other city agencies and advocacy groups.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2016 | By Diane Mastrull, Staff Writer
A Pennsylvania nonprofit, nonpartisan, entrepreneur-driven advocacy group is expected to launch July 1 with the outgoing president and CEO of the Commonwealth Foundation, Matthew J. Brouillette, at its helm. Commonwealth Partners Chamber of Entrepreneurs will consist of entrepreneurs and philanthropists "working in partnership to advance better public policies in Pennsylvania," according to an announcement issued Thursday. Brouillette's term at the Commonwealth Foundation, a think tank in Harrisburg that advocates fiscally conservative and libertarian public policies, will end June 30. The new agency he will lead, also to be based in Harrisburg, will work to advance public policies in Pennsylvania, educate the public regarding laws and policies, and advocate for legislation to improve economic and educational opportunities for every resident of the state, according to the statement.
FOOD
April 15, 2016 | By Wendy Ramunno, For The Inquirer
It's just before midnight on a Thursday when they straggle into the hushed lobby of the Rittenhouse Hotel, many bleary-eyed from their restaurant shifts, each toting a bottle wrapped in a brown paper bag. Upstairs in Lacroix's private dining room, these servers and sommeliers gather around a long table, pouring their wines into decanters and arranging their spit cups. After a few stifled yawns, the group is primed for a deep dive into this week's theme: domestic reds. Led by Justin Timsit, the hotel's wine director, and his assistant sommelier, Samantha Germani, more than a dozen participants from some of the city's top restaurants - Volver, Serpico, Fork - take turns trying to identify the wines based on appearance, aroma, and taste.
NEWS
April 10, 2016 | By John N. McGuire, Staff Writer
A plan to reopen wells in Moorestown that were shut because of contamination is drawing continuing resistance from a group of residents. Two wells in the Burlington County township were shut down because they were found to be tainted by the chemical 1,2,3-trichloropropane (TCP). Township Manager Scott Carew said Moorestown officials have proposed an interim treatment plan to the state Department of Environmental Protection that will reduce harmful compounds like TCP in the wells.
NEWS
April 3, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
The investment group that purchased the failed Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School paid $6 million for the 60,800-square foot building, according to records filed with the city. Andrew Yaffe, president of American Investment Partners, said after the sale closed in January that the group was considering various options for the building on 1.5-acres of land on the western edge of the Northern Liberties neighborhood. The school had been in the middle of charter-revocation proceedings when it announced it would close Dec. 31, 2014.
NEWS
March 31, 2016 | By Chris Palmer, Staff Writer
A group of young men and women are launching a project in West Philadelphia's Carroll Park section next week that they hope will develop programming to help divert their peers from the streets in violent neighborhoods. Starting Thursday, five young people ages 15 to 23 will recruit residents to complete a survey at the Carroll Park Center for Hope, Help, and Healing, said Latisha Webb, who with her husband, William, founded Opportunity Inc., a community group assisting with the effort.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Two large trade associations, the National Retail Federation and the National Association of Manufacturers, have come out against new regulations involving labor consultants announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Labor. "This unwarranted action by the Department of Labor will further restrict employers' ability to educate and inform employees on essential issues in the workplace," Jay Timmons, chief executive of the National Association of Manufacturers, said in a statement. The changes require employers to submit reports to the department when they hire consultants to help them stave off union organizing drives, even if the consultants are used only as advisers and do not directly address employees.
NEWS
March 25, 2016 | By Trudy Rubin, Columnist
In the wake of the ISIS atrocity in Brussels, it's time to reflect on the meaning of John Kerry's recent statement that the group has committed a genocide against Yazidis. It is certainly true that ISIS has done its best to wipe out members of the ancient monotheistic religion, killing thousands of men, enslaving women and children, and creating roughly 400,000 refugees. But what good does a State Department declaration do for women and girls who escaped ISIS captivity after months of being raped daily, or the thousands who remain enslaved?
NEWS
March 24, 2016 | By Stacey Burling, Staff Writer
Dissension over a new direction for the Alzheimer's Association has left the Philadelphia-based chapter, one of the nonprofit group's largest, with an even bigger territory. Wendy Campbell, chief executive officer of the Delaware Valley chapter, is now temporarily in charge of all of New Jersey in addition to Southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware. Her staff will be competing - in a friendly way, she says - with former allies. Six of 81 local affiliates - based in North Jersey; New York City; Austin, Texas; San Diego; Los Angeles; and Orange County, Calif.
NEWS
March 16, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
When Cape May County's LGBT organization was asked to sponsor a needleworking group, Craig van Baal was reluctant. "He said it might perpetuate a stereotype - a bunch of queens sitting around knitting," recalls fiber artist Francesca Geores. But she persisted, and van Baal, vice president of GABLES, came to realize that knitting for charity was an endeavor that could attract all sorts of people. "I went back to our mantra," he says. "We are the gay group doing good things for the entire community.
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